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    Virginia Military Institute
   
 
  Oct 19, 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.

 

Other Courses

   •  ELEC BI - Biology Elective

AEROSPACE STUDIES

Department of Aerospace Studies
Department Head: Colonel Webb

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

   •  AS 103 - The Foundation of the United States Air Force I
   •  AS 104 - The Foundation of the United States Air Force II
   •  AS 113 - Leadership Lab for AS 103
   •  AS 114 - Leadership Lab for AS 104
   •  AS 203 - Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I
   •  AS 204 - Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II
   •  AS 213 - Leadership Lab for AS 203
   •  AS 214 - Leadership Lab for AS 204
   •  AS 303 - Leadership Studies I
   •  AS 304 - Leadership Studies II
   •  AS 313 - Leadership Lab for AS 303
   •  AS 314 - Leadership Lab for AS 304
   •  AS 403 - National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty I
   •  AS 404 - National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty II
   •  AS 413 - Leadership Lab for AS 403
   •  AS 414 - Leadership Lab for AS 404

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Department of Applied Mathematics
Department Head: Colonel Siemers

Requirements for a major in applied mathematics are specified in Applied Mathematics .

Note: All cadets must have at least six hours of mathematics. MA 114 does not fulfill a mathematics requirement and cannot be used as elective credit.

   •  MA 103 - Matrix Algebra
   •  MA 105 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
   •  MA 106 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics II
   •  MA 108 - Introduction to Probability & Statistics
   •  MA 110 - Mathematical Software
   •  MA 114 - Pre-Calculus Mathematics
   •  MA 123 - Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
   •  MA 124 - Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
   •  MA 125 - Quantitative Methods I
   •  MA 126 - Quantitative Methods II
   •  MA 133 - Mathematical Modeling I
   •  MA 134 - Mathematical Modeling II
   •  MA 215 - Calculus With Analytic Geometry III
   •  MA 220 - Probability & Statistics for Engineers & Scientists
   •  MA 301 - Higher Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists
   •  MA 303 - Advanced Calculus I
   •  MA 304 - Advanced Calculus II
   •  MA 305 - Elementary Linear Algebra
   •  MA 306 - Elementary Number Theory
   •  MA 307 - Applied Statistics for the Social Sciences
   •  MA 310 - Matlab Programming
   •  MA 311 - Elementary Differential Equations
   •  MA 319 - Mathematical Methods of Operations Research
   •  MA 320 - Mathematical Modeling
   •  MA 326 - Probability and Statistics
   •  MA 330WX - History of Mathematics
   •  MA 331X - History of Mathematics II
   •  MA 401 - Modern Algebra
   •  MA 405 - Statistics
   •  MA 407 - Complex Variables
   •  MA 415 - Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics
   •  MA 419 - Intro to Non-Linear Optimization
   •  MA 426 - Intro to Stochastic Process
   •  MA 432 - Numerical Analysis
   •  MA 433 - Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations
   •  MA 451 - Independent Study
   •  MA 459 - Independent Study
   •  MA 471 - Topics in Mathematics
   •  MA 490W - Research Practicum in Applied Mathematics
   •  MA 495 - Advanced Research Projects in Applied Mathematics

ARABIC

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Department Head: Colonel Sunnen

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 combined with their previous high school language coursework, and after consultation with the department head of modern languages.

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.

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 four 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 I
   •  AR 202 - Intermediate Arabic II
   •  AR 301W - Arabic Composition and Conversation I
   •  AR 302W - Arabic Composition and Conversation II
   •  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 Hodges

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

   •  AT 170 - The Universe
   •  AT 201 - Introductory Astronomy I
   •  AT 202 - Introductory Astronomy II
   •  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 111 - Fundamentals of Biology I
   •  BI 112 - Fundamentals of Biology II
   •  BI 113 - Fundamentals of Biology III
   •  BI 192 - Independent Research
   •  BI 193 - Independent Research
   •  BI 204 - Physiology
   •  BI 205 - Genetics
   •  BI 210 - Comparative Animal Nutrition
   •  BI 215 - Nutrition
   •  BI 216 - Animal Behavior
   •  BI 217 - General Botany
   •  BI 218X - Biology of Gender
   •  BI 219 - Conservation Biology
   •  BI 222 - Environmental Science
   •  BI 240 - Biological Agents in Warfare and Terrorism
   •  BI 245X - Epidemics and Society
   •  BI 290/290W - Independent Research
 

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