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63 Courses


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CH101 2019-2 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4.0
(BS=4.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides a solid background in chemistry principles and applications. It includes a study of the nature of matter, its atomic and molecular structure, and associated energies. Fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and laws of chemistry are emphasized. Stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, foundational thermodynamics, acid-base and redox reactions are addressed. The course also provides the student with an introduction to materials chemistry, environmental chemistry, and military chemistry. An extensive laboratory program is integrated within the course and is designed to develop an appreciation of classical and modern investigative techniques and to reinforce fundamental concepts introduced in the classroom.
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CH101X 2013-1 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE USED FOR SCHEDULING PURPOSES ONLY. This course provides a solid background in chemistry principles and applications. It includes a study of the nature of matter, its atomic and molecular structure, and the associated energies involved. Fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and laws of chemistry are stressed. Stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, electro-, organic, and nuclear chemistry are stressed. The course also provides the student with a strong foundation in materials chemistry, the chemistry of life, environmental chemistry, and military chemistry. A laboratory program is integrated within the course and is designed to develop an appreciation of classical and modern investigative techniques and to illustrate fundamental concepts.

No Course Offerings


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CH101Y 2013-1 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE USED FOR SCHEDULING PURPOSES ONLY. This course provides a solid background in chemistry principles and applications. It includes a study of the nature of matter, its atomic and molecular structure, and the associated energies involved. Fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and laws of chemistry are stressed. Stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, electro-, organic, and nuclear chemistry are stressed. The course also provides the student with a strong foundation in materials chemistry, the chemistry of life, environmental chemistry, and military chemistry. A laboratory program is integrated within the course and is designed to develop an appreciation of classical and modern investigative techniques and to illustrate fundamental concepts.

No Course Offerings


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CH102 2019-2 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4.0
(BS=4.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course extends the foundational disciplinary content and practices from General Chemistry I into chemical equilibrium acid/base chemistry, electrochemistry, thermodynamics (entropy and free energy) and kinetics. Basic principles governing organic chemistry is also addressed. The laboratory is integrated within the course. The initial labs develop skills which are they applied to an authentic research problem.
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CH102X 2012-2 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE USED FOR SCHEDULING PURPOSES ONLY. This course provides a solid background in chemistry principles and applications. It includes a study of the nature of matter, its atomic and molecular structure, and the associated energies involved. Fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and laws of chemistry are stressed. Stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, electro-, organic, and nuclear chemistry are stressed. The course also provides the student with a strong foundation in materials chemistry, the chemistry of life, environmental chemistry, and military chemistry. A laboratory program is integrated within the course and is designed to develop an appreciation of classical and modern investigative techniques and to illustrate fundamental concepts.

No Course Offerings


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CH102Y 2012-2 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE USED FOR SCHECULING PURPOSES ONLY. This course provides a solid background in chemistry principles and applications. It includes a study of the nature of matter, its atomic and molecular structure, and the associated energies involved. Fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and laws of chemistry are stressed. Stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, electro-, organic, and nuclear chemistry are stressed. The course also provides the student with a strong foundation in materials chemistry, the chemistry of life, environmental chemistry, and military chemistry. A laboratory program is integrated within the course and is designed to develop an appreciation of classical and modern investigative techniques and to illustrate fundamental concepts.

No Course Offerings


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CH151 2020-1 ADV GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4.0
(BS=4.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE An advanced coverage of the concepts and principles covered in CH101 including a more in-depth laboratory program.
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CH152 2024-2 ADV GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4.0
(BS=4.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE An advanced coverage of the concepts and principles covered in CH101-102 including a more in-depth laboratory program with emphasis on instrumental analysis.

No Course Offerings


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CH275 2020-1 BIOLOGY 4.0
(BS=4.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides a broad understanding of biological principles, applications and the relevance of biological science to the military and society. This course consists of an examination of the unity and diversity of life. The course utilizes a reductionist approach to biological study by beginning with an introduction to life at the cellular level and proceeding through Mendelian Genetics, central dogma, DNA technologies, and Darwinian evolution. The course culminates in the application of basic biological principles to human structure and function. Emphasis is placed on course material that is relevant to current environmental issues and disease particularly as these areas apply to military operations. A laboratory program is integrated within the course and is designed to enhance understanding of classical and modern investigative techniques and to illustrate fundamental concepts.
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2025 9
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CH289 2023-1 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH I 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Introduces the methods of research in chemistry, chemical engineering, or life science that includes use of the research literature and instruction in intermediate experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques specific to the cadet's program of study. Under the direct supervision of faculty.
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CH290 2023-1 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH II 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Continues the development of research methods in chemistry, chemical engineering, or life science that includes use of the research literature and instruction in intermediate experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques specific to the cadet's program of study. Under the direct supervision of faculty.
2024 7
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CH290A 2023-1 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH II(A) 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Continues the development of research methods in chemistry, chemical engineering, or life science that includes use of the research literature and instruction in intermediate experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques specific to the cadet's program of study. Under the direct supervision of faculty.
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CH290B 2024-1 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH II(B) 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Continues the development of research methods in chemistry, chemical engineering, or life science that includes use of the research literature and instruction in intermediate experimental and theoretical procedures and techniques specific to the cadet's program of study. Under the direct supervision of faculty.
2025 1

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CH291 2021-1 HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS SEM I 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Healthcare is a complex and rewarding field with numerous career opportunities for military service members. This course is intended for cadets planning to attend medical school and/or seriously interested in a healthcare career. The course will examine important aspects of medicine that transcend the basic sciences including medical history, economics, ethics, and challenges to healthcare in the United States. An introduction to military medicine will be provided with information on deployments, career opportunities, and changes in military healthcare. Coverage of these important topics will provide exposure to key issues and help cadets prepare for futures as medical professionals.
2025 1
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CH292 2021-2 HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS SEM II 1.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Healthcare is a complex and rewarding field with numerous career opportunities for military service members. This follow-on course is intended for 2nd class cadets planning to attend medical school. Course content will focus on the medical application process and topics of interest to future physicians. Specific subjects will include writing a personal statement, interviewing, selecting a medical school, completing the AMCAS application, and the basics of clinical practice. The seminar will facilitate the development of knowledge and skills key to the medical school application process while providing an opportunity to monitor MCAT preparation.
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CH300 2024-2 BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING 3.0
(BS=2.0, ET=1.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is designed to develop an understanding of the field of biomedical engineering. The course covers application of engineering principles to the study of medical physiology. Topics include biomaterials and biomaterial processing, interaction of biomaterials with tissues, tissue engineering, transport modeling, and medical imaging. Mathematical modeling is an integral part of the course.
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CH350 2024-1 BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING 3.0
(BS=1.0, ET=2.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is designed to develop an understanding of the field of biochemical engineering. The course covers the application of engineering principles to the study of bioprocesses and biochemical reactor design. Topics include enzymes and enzyme kinetics, cell growth and cell growth kinetics, suspension and immobilization of cultures, bioreactor design, scale-up, and control, and recovery and purification technology. Mathematical modeling is an integral part of the course.
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CH362 2020-2 MASS & ENERGY BALANCES 3.5
(BS=0.0, ET=3.5, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Introduction to mass and energy balances in single phase and multiphase, nonreactive and reactive systems. Course topics include an introduction to engineering calculations and process variables, use of computers in solving chemical engineering problems, fundamentals of material balances in single-phase and multi-phase systems, energy balances on nonreactive and reactive processes, applications of combined material and energy balances, introduction to chemical engineering unit operations, and a general introduction to the field of chemical engineering.
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CH363 2019-1 SEPARATION PROCESSES 3.5
(BS=0.0, ET=3.5, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course covers methods for the physical separation of chemicals. Topics include dew point and bubble point calculations, adiabatic flash, distillation, chromatography, liquid-liquid and gas-liquid absorption. Students are taught the significance of staging of unit operations. Heavy emphasis is placed on theory of operation, numerical methods of solution, and simulation.
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CH364 2012-2 CHEMICAL REACTION ENGINEERING 3.5
(BS=0.0, ET=3.5, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course studies the effects of chemical reaction kinetics on systems of engineering significance. It introduces selection and operation of commercial chemical reactors, emphasizing chemical kinetics and transport phenomena. It studies currently practiced engineering techniques associated with each of these reactors. Topics covered in this course include ideal reactors including batch, CSTR and PFR, isothermal and nonisothermal. Other topics may include catalytic reactors, bioreactors, reactors, transient and steady state design, pressure drop in reactors, recycle, stability, and numerical methods.
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CH365 2023-1 CHEMICAL ENG THERMODYNAMICS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=3.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course covers the body of thermodynamic knowledge necessary for understanding modern chemical process simulation. Students learn the theory behind the thermodynamic methods used in the software. The course includes calculus- and numerical-based thermodynamics approaches for determining the properties of substances, solutions, and multiphase mixtures. Topics include equations of state, pure component properties, transport properties, properties of mixtures, fugacity, excess properties, activity coefficients, and phase equilibria. The problems in the course emphasize engineering applications. Topics covered in class are related to real systems through the use of chemical process simulators.
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CH367 2019-2 INTRO / AUTOMATIC PROC CONTROL 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=3.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course covers the principles necessary to understand the automatic control of chemical processes. Students learn the current mathematical models and mechanical details of various control elements, including sensors, transmitters, actuators, and controllers. Application of mathematical models will be covered with dynamic modeling techniques as well as real-time training using process simulators. The course will also cover tuning of controllers as well as safe response to process upsets. A capstone project will involve dynamic modelling of an integrated process control system.
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CH371 2019-2 INTRO TO ANALYTICAL CHEM 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The course teaches the fundamental concepts of analytical chemistry. Topics include acid-base equilibria, redox potentials, compleximetric titrimetry, separations, electrochemistry, and absorption spectroscopy. The course provides an overview of modern analytical techniques being used in various fields. The course emphasizes the development of rigorous laboratory techniques and introduces the cadet to computer based data acquisition. Cadet laboratory work is evaluated in terms of the student's ability to accurately determine the identity and quantity of an unknown sample.
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CH375 2017-1 ADVANCED BIOLOGY 4.0
(BS=4.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course focuses on the evolution, diversity, structure, and processes of living organisms. The curriculum starts with a description of the structure and function of cells and their metabolism. These topics are used to explain DNA replication, transcription, translation and gene expression. In turn these concepts serve as a foundation of knowledge examining natural selection, population genetics, biodiversity, and ecology. Emphasis is placed on related course material to current environmental issues and disease, particularly as these areas apply to military operations.
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CH376 2020-2 ADV. TECH IN LIGHT MICROSCOPY 3.0
(BS=3.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides a deep understanding of the wide variety of advanced techniques of light microscopy used universally to investigate living and fixed systems at the cellular and molecular level. This course consists of an examination of optical-based microscopy techniques based on light's behavior as a ray, as a wave, and as a particle. Microscopy techniques below the diffraction limit of light and ethics in image analysis are also studied. This course uses both theoretical and hands-on methods to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental properties underlying the use of microscopy as a tool for the study of the amazingly diverse world too small for humans to see with the unaided eye. The course culminates in the use of laser scanning techniques to probe the microscopic world below the Abbe diffraction limit of light which was once believed to be impossible with light microscopy. Emphasis is placed on advanced microscopy concepts, equipment, problems and traditional microscopy challenges particularly as these areas apply to challenges facing military and civilian researchers in the world today.
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CH383 2019-1 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Organic chemistry I is an introduction to the relationship between chemical structure and the physical and chemical properties of molecules. A qualitative description of structure and bonding is presented. The relationships between free energy changes and equilibria, and between activation energy and rate of reaction are developed. Stereochemistry and isomerism are explored. The concept of the mechanism of reaction is presented and the relationships between mechanism, the least energy path, stable intermediates and transition states are exemplified by the reactions of the alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, and alcohols. The use of instrumental methods of structural analysis is also introduced.
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CH384 2019-2 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The reactions of the important functional groups are explored: conjugated alkenes; aldehydes; ketones; carboxylic acids; and amines. The concept of aromaticity is explored and its mechanistic implications are developed. Selected topics in carbohydrate and lipid chemistry are also studied. Functional group interconversions and synthetic strategy are presented. The laboratory capstone synthesis introduces cadets to multi-step synthetic sequences.
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CH385 2011-1 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The course will cover the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The course will present a detailed discussion on the molecular biology of DNA replication, transcription, translation, the control of gene expression, cell-to-cell signaling, and the cytoskeleton. Emphasis will be placed on research methods and techniques that have lead to our understanding of how the cell works.
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2028 8

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CH387 2018-2 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course consists of an in-depth study of human physiology and the interrelationships between major organs and systems of the body. This course will concentrate on homeostatic reflex mechanisms of the human body. Major topics covered include endocrinology, neural physiology, muscles, cardiovascular physiology, respiratory physiology, renal physiology, digestion, immunology, and reproductive physiology. The laboratory program reinforces the foundational principles of thermoregulation, muscle, cardiac, respiratory, neural, sensory and renal physiology and introduces cadets to basic laboratory measurements and diagnostics for each of those subjects.
2025 2
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CH388 2020-1 GENETICS 3.0
(BS=3.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Genetics is the science of heredity. It is concerned with the physical and chemical properties an organism's genome, how the genome is transmitted from one generation to the next, and how genes are expressed in the development and function of an organism. Heredity is the process by which all living things produce offspring like themselves. This capacity for self-reproduction involves the transmission from parent to offspring of genetic information. This course is intended to develop an understanding the basic principles of genetics and to develop an ability to apply these principles to solve problems involving heredity. These genetic principles are built on a foundational understanding of DNA structure and replication, as well as basic cellular processes such as transcription and translation. Students will learn basic Mendelian genetics and progress to more complex genetic problems. These principles will be applied in the laboratory through the completion of a Mendelian genetics project.
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CH389 2023-1 ADVANCED LAB PROJECTS I 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The development of usable protocols, procedures, or laboratory experiments to advance current research projects directed by a member of the faculty. Individual cadets must gain the consent of the faculty member and present project title and scope of proposed effort for Program Director approval.
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CH390 2023-1 ADVANCED LAB PROJECTS II 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The development of usable protocols, procedures, or laboratory experiments to advance current research projects directed by a member of the faculty. Project can be either a continuation of CH389 or a new project limited to the scope of 2.0 credit hours. Individual cadets must gain the consent of the faculty member and present project title and scope of proposed effort for Program Director approval.
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CH391 2023-1 ADV LAB PROJECTS III 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The development of usable protocols, procedures, or laboratory experiments to advance current research projects directed by a member of the faculty. Project can be either a continuation of CH390 or a new project limited to the scope of 2.0 credit hours. Individual cadets must gain the consent of the faculty member and present project title and scope of proposed effort for Program Director approval.
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CH392 2023-1 ADVANCED LAB PROJECTS IV 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The development of usable protocols, procedures, or laboratory experiments to advance current research projects directed by a member of the faculty. Project can be either a continuation of CH391 or a new project limited to the scope of 2.0 credit hours. Individual cadets must gain the consent of the faculty member and present project title and scope of proposed effort for Program Director approval.
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CH392A 2023-1 ADVANCED LAB PROJECTS IV A 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The development of usable protocols, procedures, or laboratory experiments to advance current research projects directed by a member of the faculty. Project can be either a continuation of CH391, CH392 or a new project limited to the scope of 2.0 credit hours. Individual cadets must gain the consent of the faculty member and present project title and scope of proposed effort for Program Director approval.

No Course Offerings


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CH392B 2023-1 ADVANCED LAB PROJECTS IV B 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The development of usable protocols, procedures, or laboratory experiments to advance current research projects directed by a member of the faculty. Project can be either a continuation of CH391, CH392, CH392A or a new project limited to the scope of 2.0 credit hours. Individual cadets must gain the consent of the faculty member and present project title and scope of proposed effort for Program Director approval.

No Course Offerings


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CH392C 2023-1 ADVANCED LAB PROJECTS IV C 2.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The development of usable protocols, procedures, or laboratory experiments to advance current research projects directed by a member of the faculty. Project can be either a continuation of CH391, CH392, CH392A, CH392B or a new project limited to the scope of 2.0 credit hours. Individual cadets must gain the consent of the faculty member and present project title and scope of proposed effort for Program Director approval.

No Course Offerings


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CH399 2019-2 TOPICS IN CHEM/LS/CHMENG 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides in-depth study of a special topic in chemistry, chemical engineering and life science not offered elsewhere in the USMA curriculum. Course content will be based on the special expertise of the Visiting Professor, Rotating PhD, or a senior faculty member. This course may also be offered as an AIAD course at USMA.
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CH399A 2019-2 TOPICS IN CHEM/LS/CHMENG 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides in-depth study of a special topic in chemistry, chemical engineering and life science not offered elsewhere in the USMA curriculum. Course content will be based on the special expertise of the Visiting Professor, Rotating PhD, or a senior faculty member. This course may also be offered as an AIAD course at USMA.

No Course Offerings


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CH400 2020-1 CHEM ENG PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 1.5
(BS=0.0, ET=1.5, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The course will meet once per week and will cover topics such as ethics, continuing education, and global and social issues within chemical engineering. Special emphasis will be placed on preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam using practice problems and graded practice exams. The course also covers professional plant engineering using plant simulators and mock exercises to teach proper troubleshooting and response techniques.
2025 2
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2028 2

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CH402 2019-2 CHEM ENG PROCESS DESIGN 3.5
(BS=0.0, ET=3.5, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides a capstone experience that brings together material from previous courses to examine contemporary problems in chemical engineering process design. The course provides instruction in the conceptual design of processes to achieve design goals, as well as the economic optimization of the process. The course emphasizes the use of computer simulations, theory of unit operations, process control, safety, environmental and economic factors. The effect of changes in design on the process economics will be investigated. Written design reports for the capstone design project are required.
2025 2
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CH450 2019-2 BIOENGINEERING MDLING & ANLSIS 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=3.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides a broad understanding of bioengineering disciplines to include biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, biocatalysis, biochemical engineering, and biosensors. Fundamental concepts of molecular kinetics, thermodynamics, and mass transport are applied in problem sets in each bioengineering sub-discipline and capstone design project providing students the opportunity for modeling, analysis, and design from the biomolecular to physiological length scale and across multiple time scales. Modeling software such as MATLAB and Mathematica is extensively used.
2025 2
2026 2
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2028 2

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CH457 2020-1 MICROBIOLOGY 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course introduces the diversity of microorganisms in all three domains of life. The course covers prokaryotic cell structure and function, growth, genetics, and metabolism. The course will survey five major groups of microorganisms: eubacteria, archaea, protozoa, fungi and viruses including ecology, their role in human disease and their applications in medicine, industry and warfare. Cadets have the opportunity to explore both a viral and a bacterial disease in-depth and present their findings in a briefing and a paper. The 18-hour laboratory program focuses on practical applications of concepts covered in class, with a particular emphasis on the eubacteria. The lab program culminates with a hands-on laboratory examination.
2025 1
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CH459 2011-1 CHEM ENGR LABORATORY 3.5
(BS=0.0, ET=3.5, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides laboratory experience in selected chemical engineering unit operations, such as gas absorption, evaporation, distillation, liquid-liquid extraction, cooling tower, heat exchanger, and chemical reactors. Process control and process safety are emphasized in laboratory and classroom instruction. Written and oral reports required.
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2028 1

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CH460 2019-2 HUMAN ANATOMY 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is designed to provide cadets with a detailed study of the anatomical structure of the human body. Body structure will be studied by organ systems and will involve a balance between gross anatomical study and histology. Form-function relationships will be emphasized. The laboratory study will involve working with human skeletal collections and virtual dissection of cadavers and preserved specimens. The 14-hour laboratory program focuses on structural identification (naming) of human and mammalian anatomy and various imaging modalities (e.g., radiographs, CT scans), and computer programs. Cadets that successfully complete this course will have a good understanding of human body structure, construction, and function.
2025 2
2026 2
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2028 2

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CH471 2019-2 POLYMER CHEMISTRY 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an introduction to modern polymer chemistry. It provides an introduction to macromolecules and their properties. It covers polymerization methods, copolymerization, the morphology of polymers, and the testing and characterization of polymer products. The course also introduces polymer additives, natural and biomedical polymers and modern polymer applications, emphasizing the military uses of polymer products.
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2
2028 2

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CH472 2020-1 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course features an in-depth study of main group and transition elements and their compounds, with emphasis on chemical bonding and both atomic and molecular structures. The fundamentals of quantum chemistry to include the valence bond and molecular orbital theories as applied to inorganic chemistry are studied. An introduction to symmetry/group theory, coordination chemistry/crystal field theory, chemistry in aqueous and nonaqueous solutions, and organometallic compounds are also included in the course. Chemical principles and spectroscopic techniques will also be emphasized. Journal articles from the chemical literature are used to supplement the text with topics of current interest.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1
2028 1

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CH473 2019-2 BIOCHEMISTRY 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is an introduction to biochemical systems and concentrates on studying them from the molecular approach. Three themes are emphasized: 1) Structure - Function relationships, 2) Metabolism, and 3) Regulation of the systems and processes studied. The fundamental goals of the course are to provide students the basic knowledge of biochemistry and to give them a framework for analyzing problems and questions in life science studies. Additional emphasis is placed on familiarizing students with the experimental techniques used in biochemistry and their application to current issues of interest.
2025 2
2025 8
2026 2
2026 8
2027 2
2027 8
2028 2
2028 8

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CH474 2020-1 INSTRU METHODS OF ANALYSIS 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE A laboratory course designed to develop proficiency in the selection and use of modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Topics include atomic spectroscopy, molecular absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry, and chromatography. The laboratory program includes a Capstone experimental procedure and methodology design component. Cadet laboratory work is evaluated in terms of the student's ability to determine the proper instrumental methodology to analyze a chemical sample.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1
2028 1

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CH479 2019-2 METHODS & APPS OF BIOTECH 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course is intended to reinforce topics learned in other life science courses by studying laboratory and practical applications of biotechnology. Laboratories will concentrate on biotechnology methods including purification, separation, and identification or DNA, RNA and protein. Other biotechnology techniques that will be studied include recombinant DNA techniques, PCR, and DNA sequencing. Classroom lessons will include discussions of assigned readings on the modern applications of biotechnology.
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2
2028 2

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CH481 2020-1 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The major areas of study in this course are chemical thermodynamics with a special focus on chemical equilibrium, and chemical kinetics, introduction to intermolecular interactions. Some of the specific topics covered include properties of real gases, the kinetic theory of gases, the laws of thermodynamics as related to chemical systems, diffusion as a description of mass transport, rates of chemical reactions, and molecular reaction dynamics. The laboratory program illustrates the fundamental topics covered through precision measurements, utilizing modern instrumental and computational methods.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1
2028 1

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CH482 2010-2 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II 3.5
(BS=3.5, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course builds on the concepts covered in CH481 through a study of the quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules, their interaction with radiation, and statistical thermodynamics. Some of the specific topics covered include the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, molecular geometry, molecular symmetry, several types of spectroscopy used for identification and monitoring of the local molecular environment, and the details of molecular motion. Various levels of theory are used to obtain increasingly more accurate descriptions of atomic and molecular systems with user-friendly software tools. Statistical thermodynamics enables understanding about the connection between the microscopic details in quantum mechanics and the macroscopic observations made in the laboratory. The laboratory program illustrates the fundamental topics through use of modern instrumental and computational methods.
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2
2028 2

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CH485 2023-1 HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER 3.5
(BS=0.0, ET=3.5, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course includes the study of the mechanisms of energy and mass transport, with special emphasis on applications in engineering systems. Coverage includes Fourier's Law of Heat Conduction, and Fick's Law of Diffusion, the development of shell energy and species balances, and the use of these equations to solve for temperature and concentration profiles in chemical engineering systems. An important emphasis in the course is the use of transport equations to understand species diffusion, convection, and chemical reaction in equipment design.
2025 1
2026 1
2027 1
2028 1

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CH487 2019-2 ADVANCED CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 3.0
(BS=3.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE In this laboratory course cadets will further develop their knowledge and understanding of organic and inorganic syntheses, quantitative and qualitative instrumental analysis, and applications of physical chemistry principles to molecular structure and kinetics. They will carry out experiments based on current needs and applications of the Army. Cadets and faculty will also discuss current research and present their work.
2025 2
2026 2
2027 2
2028 2

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CH489 2023-1 INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH I 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This undergraduate research course is designed to significantly advance the cadet's knowledge and comprehension of science and/or engineering by answering a real world scientific question. Course work includes defining a problem, understanding related issues, designing an experimental approach, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. By applying the scientific method to attempt to solve an actual problem, cadets will expand their critical thinking and intellectual capability. Cadets are supervised by a faculty advisor with expertise in the chosen research area. Cadets conduct research individually but may be part of a larger group working on a project with a broad scope. The minimum requirement for moving onto CH490 is a defined problem and hypothesis, a background in related research, and an experimental design. The Head of the Department will approve cadet projects. Lessons and labs will be established through consultation between cadet and advisor. Requirements include both written and oral progress reports.
2025 1
2025 2
2026 1
2026 2
2026 7
2027 1
2027 2
2028 1
2028 2

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CH489A 2023-1 IND RESEARCH I 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE Same scope as CH489, but a continuation of research.
2026 1

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CH490 2023-1 INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH II 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE With the same outcome goal as CH489 of significantly advancing the cadet's knowledge and comprehension of science and engineering into answering a real world scientific question, this course typically involves experimentation, data analysis, data evaluation, and publishing results. Cadets are supervised by a faculty advisor with expertise in the chosen research area. Cadets conduct research individually but may be part of a larger group working on a project with a broad scope. This course could conclude in a poster presentation, publication and/or a conference presentation as the undergraduate researcher contributes to the larger scientific community. Requirements include both a written final report and an oral presentation.
2025 1
2025 2
2026 1
2026 2
2027 1
2027 2
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2028 2

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CH490A 2023-1 INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH II - A 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE With the same outcome goal as CH489 and CH490 of significantly advancing the cadet's knowledge and comprehension of science and engineering into answering a real world scientific question, this course typically involves experimentation, data analysis, data evaluation, and publishing results. Cadets are supervised by a faculty advisor with expertise in the chosen research area. Cadets conduct research individually but may be part of a larger group working on a project with a broad scope. This course could conclude in a poster presentation, publication and/or a conference presentation as the undergraduate researcher contributes to the larger scientific community. Requirements include both a written final report and an oral presentation.

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CH491 2023-1 ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL STUDY I 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This undergraduate research course is structured similarly to both CH489 and CH490. In this course, a cadet may continue on an established research problem or begin a new line of investigation. The minimum requirement for moving onto CH491 is a defined problem and hypothesis, a background in related research, and an experimental design. Requirements include both written and oral progress reports. Written recommendation from Department Head must be presented to AARS and approved by the Dean of the Academic Board as this course constitutes a third semester of independent study.
2025 1
2025 2
2026 1
2026 2
2027 1
2027 2
2028 1
2028 2

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CH492 2023-1 ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL STUDY II 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The Advanced Individual Study provides cadets the unique opportunity to complete a carefully defined question or problem researched over the course of the previous 1.5 to 2 years. Based in research, this problem may be critical, experimental, applied, or creative in nature, and represents an effort to make an original contribution to the field. The Research Thesis is a culmination of a research effort that goes beyond normal requirements of the major and represents the cadet's best work in their discipline. Each thesis must demonstrate clear critical thinking, a mastery of disciplinary material, clarity in communication of complex ideas, and professionalism in production. Cadets must complete a written thesis and present an oral thesis defense to the faculty and staff. Additionally cadets having completed a year of research on one topic would be able to explore another researcher topic altogether. Written recommendation from Department Head must be presented to AARS and approved by the Dean of the Academic Board.
2025 1
2025 2
2026 1
2026 2
2027 1
2027 2
2028 1
2028 2

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CH492A 2023-1 ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL STUDY II-A 3.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The Advanced Individual Study provides cadets the unique opportunity to complete a carefully defined question or problem researched over the course of the previous 1.5 to 2 years. Based in research, this problem may be critical, experimental, applied, or creative in nature, and represents an effort to make an original contribution to the field. The Research Thesis is a culmination of a research effort that goes beyond normal requirements of the major and represents the cadet's best work in their discipline. Each thesis must demonstrate clear critical thinking, a mastery of disciplinary material, clarity in communication of complex ideas, and professionalism in production. Cadets must complete a written thesis and present an oral thesis defense to the faculty and staff. Additionally cadets having completed a year of research on one topic would be able to explore another researcher topic altogether. Written recommendation from Department Head must be presented to AARS and approved by the Dean of the Academic Board.
2027 1
2028 1

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CH498 2022-3 ADV STUDY IN PRE-MED SCIENCE 0.0
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE The cadet pursues advanced study of topics in preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the medical school application process on an individual or small group basis, independent of a formal classroom setting. MCAT preparation includes the following areas: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. Primary and secondary medical school applications are completed during this period. Like graduate level study and preparation for professional examinations, the scope of work is tailored to the interests and abilities of the cadet in consultation with a faculty advisor.
2024 3
2025 3
2026 3

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CH499 2020-1 TOPICS IN CHEM/LS/CHMENG W/LAB 3.5
(BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
Scope Offerings
SCOPE This course provides in-depth study of a special topic in chemistry, chemical engineering and life science not offered elsewhere in the USMA curriculum. Course content will be based on the special expertise of the Visiting Professor, Rotating PhD, or a senior faculty member. This course may also be offered as an AIAD course at USMA. This course will contain significant lab content to justify 3.5 credit hours.
2024 3
2025 3