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2012-2013 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Courses of Instruction


Course Numbering System. Each subject is identified by a symbol made up of two parts. The first part is an abbreviation denoting the general field of study. The second part is a number denoting the particular subject. The first digit indicates the year in which the course is usually taken and, therefore, the level of instruction.

Credit. The unit of academic credit used at the Virginia Military Institute is the semester hour. A semester hour represents one hour of classroom work (lecture or recitation) or one period (two or three hours) of laboratory or supervised research or field work per week during a single semester. Thus a course that meets for three class hours and one laboratory period each week during one semester carries credit for four semester hours.

In the following course descriptions the figures on the title lines indicate, in order, the class hours per week, the laboratory or field work hours per week, and the semester hours credit. For example, the figures “3—2—4” mean that the class meets three times a week for one-hour classroom sessions and has two hours of laboratory, supervised research, or field work each week, and that the course carries four semester hours of credit.

 

 

AEROSPACE STUDIES

Department of Aerospace Studies
Department Head: Colonel Lee

Curriculum is delivered in accordance with applicable service regulation and instruction.

   •  AS 103 - The Air Force Today
   •  AS 104 - The Air Force Today
   •  AS 203 - The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power
   •  AS 204 - The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power
   •  AS 213 - Air Force Lab for 203
   •  AS 214 - Air Force Lab for 204
   •  AS 303 - Air Force Leadership and Management
   •  AS 304 - Air Force Leadership and Management
   •  AS 313 - Leadership Lab for AS 303
   •  AS 314 - Leadership Lab for AS 304
   •  AS 403 - National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty
   •  AS 404 - National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty
   •  AS 413 - Leadership Lab for AS 403
   •  AS 414 - Leadership Lab for AS 404

ARABIC

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Department Head: Colonel Bulger-Barnett

  1. All cadets who enter with two or more entrance units in a modern foreign language are given placement tests and are placed in appropriate courses on the basis of the test results, their previous high school language coursework, and after consultation with the department head of modern languages.
  2. A single year of a foreign language shall count toward meeting graduation requirements only when the cadet is studying a second language or is taking a language as an elective.
  3. Classroom work is supplemented with computer-aided language instruction in a wellequipped Language Learning Center. Prerequisites: Cadets must demonstrate proficiency in ML 101 in order to be admitted into ML 102. They must, similarly, demonstrate proficiency in ML 102 before enrolling in ML 201, and in ML 201 before enrolling in ML 202/204. Proficiency in ML 202/204 is a prerequisite for admission to 300-level courses. Completion of two 300-level courses or their equivalent is expected before enrollment in any 400 -level course. Once a cadet has completed work at the 202/204 level, he/she may not return to the elementary level course for credit.

Cadets who present three or more years of a high school language or demonstrate native or near-native language abilities may not enroll at the elementary level of that language. Such students will have the choice of enrolling either in the first semester intermediate level of that language or in the first semester elementary course of a different language.

   •  AR 101 - Elementary Arabic I
   •  AR 102 - Elementary Arabic II
   •  AR 201 - Intermediate Arabic
   •  AR 202 - Intermediate Arabic
   •  AR 301W - Arabic Composition and Conversation
   •  AR 302W - Arabic Composition and Conversation
   •  AR 314 - Arabic Civilizations and Cultures
   •  AR 315 - Arabic for the Media
   •  AR 316 - Topics in Arabic
   •  AR 405 - Independent Readings
   •  AR 407 - Advanced Arabic Grammar and Syntax
   •  AR 408 - Arabic Literature of the 19th Century
   •  AR 409 - Arabic Literature of the 20th Century
   •  AR 410 - Advanced Arabic
   •  AR 418 - Arabic for Business
   •  AR 420 - Arabic Poetry
   •  AR 450 - Modern Language Capstone Course
   •  AR 470 - Special Topics in Arabic
   •  AR 481 - Survey of Moroccan Culture and Society

ASTRONOMY

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department Head: Colonel Thompson

Requirements for a major in physics are specified in Physics and Astronomy .

   •  AT 201 - Introductory Astronomy: the Solar System
   •  AT 204 - Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
   •  AT 301 - Observational Techniques
   •  AT 306 - Introductory Astrophysics

BIOLOGY

Department of Biology
Department Head: Colonel Turner

Requirements for major in biology are specified in Biology .

   •  BI 101 - General Biology I
   •  BI 102 - General Biology II
   •  BI 103 - Biological Diversity and Systematics I
   •  BI 104 - Biological Diversity and Systematics II
   •  BI 192 - Independent Research
   •  BI 193 - Independent Research
   •  BI 201 - Biostatistics
   •  BI 204 - Physiology
   •  BI 205 - Genetics
   •  BI 215 - Nutrition
   •  BI 216 - Animal Behavior
   •  BI 217 - General Botany
   •  BI 218X - Biology of Gender
   •  BI 219 - Conservation Biology
   •  BI 240 - Biological Agents in Warfare and Terrorism
   •  BI 245X - Epidemics and Society
   •  BI 290 - Independent Research
   •  BI 291 - Independent Research
   •  BI 292 - Independent Research
   •  BI 293 - Independent Research
   •  BI 302 - Cell Biology
   •  BI 303 - Developmental Biology
   •  BI 304 - Comparative Vertebrate Morphology
   •  BI 311 - Aquatic Ecosystems
   •  BI 312 - Ecology
   •  BI 313 - Microbiology
   •  BI 316 - Mammalogy
   •  BI 317 - Herpetology
   •  BI 321 - Invertebrate Zoology
   •  BI 322 - Plant Physiology
   •  BI 323 - Exercise Physiology
   •  BI 324 - Ornithology
   •  BI 331WX - Cultural, Ethical, Economic, Religious, and Political issues Surrounding Science and Medicine
   •  BI 335 - Neurobiology
   •  BI 340 - Teaching Mentorship in Biology
   •  BI 351 - Selected Topics in Biology
   •  BI 352 - Selected Topics in Biology
   •  BI 353W - Summer Scholars Program I
   •  BI 354W - Summer Scholars Program II
   •  BI 390 - Independent Research
   •  BI 391 - Independent Research
   •  BI 392W - Independent Research
   •  BI 393W - Independent Research
   •  BI 401W - Senior Honors thesis
   •  BI 402W - Senior Honors Thesis
   •  BI 404 - Cell Biology
   •  BI 405 - Histology
   •  BI 410 - Evolutionary Biology
   •  BI 411 - Immunology
   •  BI 420W - Biology Seminar
   •  BI 430 - Molecular Biology
   •  BI 490W - Independent Research
   •  BI 491W - Independent Research

BUSINESS

Department of Economics and Business
Department Head: Colonel Duncan

Requirements for a major in economics and business are specified in Economics and Business .

   •  BU 210 - Financial Accounting
   •  BU 211 - Managerial Accounting
   •  BU 215 - Financial Planning
   •  BU 220 - Principles of Management
   •  BU 230 - Principles of Marketing
   •  BU 305 - Intermediate Accounting
   •  BU 306 - International Business
   •  BU 310 - Business Finance
   •  BU 316 - Legal Environment of Business
   •  BU 320 - Business Marketing
 

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