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    Virginia Military Institute
   
 
  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue

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. In general 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 usually 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.

 

NAVAL SCIENCE

Department of Naval Science
Department Head: Colonel Coggins

Curriculum is delivered in accordance with applicable service regulation and instruction. All Navy option scholarship candidates must complete a full year of calculus, calculus-based physics, English, and American military history/national security policy courses. Additionally, all Navy option candidates are required to take a course which covers the culture of another country or group of people. All Marine option scholarship candidates must complete an American military history/national security policy course. Substitutions, exceptions, and waivers of these requirements can be authorized only by the Professor of Naval Science.

   •  NS 304 - USMC Small Unit Leadership, Weapons, and Tactics
   •  NS 308 - Naval Engineering
   •  NS 309 - Naval Weapons Systems
   •  NS 313 - Marine Lab for NS 303
   •  NS 314 - Marine Lab for NS 304
   •  NS 318 - Naval Lab for NS 308
   •  NS 402 - Leadership and Ethics
   •  NS 403 - Evolution of Warfare II
   •  NS 408 - Naval Operations and Seamanship
   •  NS 411 - Navy Lab for NS 408
   •  NS 412 - Navy Lab for NS 402
   •  NS 413 - Marine Lab for NS 403
   •  NS 414 - Marine Lab for NS 402

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Department of Physical Education
Department Head: Colonel Coale

Classes prior to 2016:

All cadets are required to take seven consecutive semesters of physical education classes and earn four semester credit hours (exclusive of any 3 credit hour course), to meet graduation requirements. New cadets do not take a physical education class first semester of their rat year. Second semester of their rat year, and first semester of the third class year, cadets will take either Swimming (PE 100 or 101), or Boxing (PE 102). Second semester of the third class year, and first semester of the second class year, cadets will take either Drug and Alcohol (PE 200), or Wrestling (PE 211). Second semester of the second class year, and first semester of the first class year, cadets will take either Principles of Physical Conditioning (PE 300), or a PE elective course. Second semester of the first class year cadets will take a PE elective course.

Class of 2016 and beyond:

All cadets are required to take seven semesters of physical education classes, and earn four semester credit hours (exclusive of any 3 credit hour course) to meet graduation requirements. New cadets are required to take Wellness Concepts (PE 105), and Boxing PE 102 during their fourth-class year. Third-class year cadets are required to take Swimming (PE 100 or 101), and Principles of Physical Education (PE 300). Cadets will take two PE Elective courses during their second-class year. Cadets will also take a PE elective during the first semester of their first-class year to complete their Physical Education requirements. There is no PE requirement (OPEN semester), for the second semester of the first-class year. To accommodate special circumstances that may arise, such as study abroad and medical/health issues, the OPEN semester may occur during the fall/spring of the second-class year, or the fall of the first class year.

 

   •  PE 100 - Beginning Swimming
   •  PE 101 - Basic Swimming and Survival
   •  PE 102 - Boxing
   •  PE 105 - Wellness Concepts
   •  PE 190 - Independent Research
   •  PE 200 - Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness
   •  PE 211 - Wrestling
   •  PE 290 - Independent Research
   •  PE 300 - Principles of Physical Conditioning
   •  PE 303 - Karate
   •  PE 306 - Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health
   •  PE 315 - Combatives
   •  PE 321 - Leadership Exercise and Sport
   •  PE 322 - Leadership in Adventue Programming
   •  PE 323 - Cadet Peer Health/Wellness Education
   •  PE 324 - Exercise Physiology
   •  PE 325 - Understanding Sports Injuries
   •  PE 326 - Dynamic Stretching & Speedwork for Running
   •  PE 327 - Passive Stretching and Yoga Exercise
   •  PE 328 - Stress Reduction and Mindfulness
   •  PE 340 - Teaching Mentorship in Physical Education
   •  PE 380 - Kinesiology and Functional Anatomy
   •  PE 390 - Independent Research
   •  PE 401 - Golf
   •  PE 402 - Lifeguarding
   •  PE 403 - Advanced Swimming and Survival
   •  PE 404 - C.P.R.
   •  PE 405 - Dietary Supplements
   •  PE 406 - Handball/Racquetball
   •  PE 407 - Volleyball
   •  PE 409 - Tennis
   •  PE 411 - Fundamentals of Resistance Training
   •  PE 412 - Weight Training
   •  PE 413 - Cardiovascular Training Application
   •  PE 414 - Basketball
   •  PE 430 - Health Education
   •  PE 431 - Physical Activity and Wellness Through the Lifespan
   •  PE 432 - Concepts of Strength Training and Conditioning
   •  PE 433 - Nutrition
   •  PE 490 - Exercise Science Internship

PSYCHOLOGY

Department of Psychology
Department Head: Colonel Gire

Requirements for a major in psychology are specified in Psychology .

Note: A grade of C or higher is required in PS 201  for all upper level PS courses starting with the Class of 2014.

   •  PS LAB - PS Lab
   •  PS 201 - Introduction to Psychology
   •  PS 202 - Introduction to Research Methods
   •  PS 205 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
   •  PS 290 - Independent Research
   •  PS 291 - Independent Research
   •  PS 292 - Independent Research
   •  PS 293 - Independent Research
   •  PS 301 - Psychology of Learning
   •  PS 302 - Social Psychology
   •  PS 304 - Educational Psychology
   •  PS 305 - Abnormal Psychology
   •  PS 307 - Developmental Psychology
   •  PS 308 - Motivation
   •  PS 309 - Fundamentals of Biopsychology (formerly PS 203 - Biopsychology I)
   •  PS 313 - Forensic Psychology
   •  PS 314 - Physiology and Behavior (formerly PS 204 - Biopsychology II)
   •  PS 315 - Theories of Personality
   •  PS 316 - Psychology Internship
   •  PS 317 - Sports Psychology
   •  PS 318 - Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
   •  PS 319 - Creative and Critical Thinking
   •  PS 320 - Positive Psychology
   •  PS 321 - Stress and Health
   •  PS 322 - Psychological Assessment
   •  PS 344 - Leadership in Organizations
   •  PS 351 - Biological Psychology Laboratory
   •  PS 352 - Health Psychology Laboratory
   •  PS 353 - Psychology of Learning Laboratory
   •  PS 354 - Social Psychology Laboratory
   •  PS 355 - Abnormal Psychology Laboratory
   •  PS 356 - Developmental Psychology Laboratory
   •  PS 357 - Personality Psychology Laboratory
   •  PS 358 - Positive Psychology Laboratory
   •  PS 390 - Independent Research
   •  PS 391 - Independent Research
   •  PS 392 - Independent Research
   •  PS 393 - Independent Research
   •  PS 401 - Psychology of Cognition
   •  PS 402W - Advanced Research Methods (formerly Research Methods in Psychology)
   •  PS 403W - Independent Project
   •  PS 404 - History and Systems in Psychology
   •  PS 451 - Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
   •  PS 452 - History and Systems Laboratory
   •  PS 491 - Supervised Research I
   •  PS 492 - Supervised Research II
   •  PS 495W - Independent Project in Leadership Studies
 

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