General Chemistry (CH101/102) and Advanced General Chemistry (CH151/152) are the introductory science course that all cadets will take as part of the Core Curriculum consisting of 26 common core courses. These courses provide 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. The course also provides cadets 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. CH151/152 provides advanced coverage of the concepts and principles covered in CH101/102 including a more in-depth laboratory program with a strong emphasis on instrumental analysis.
The Program Goals include:
- Promote problem solving and analytical reasoning
- Inspire cadets to think critically
- Motivate self-learning/reliance while enhancing study skills
- Demonstrate the relevance of chemistry to the real world and to the profession of arms
- Integrate a laboratory program which reinforces classroom theory
- Establish/improve scientific literacy
- Improve communication skills
Military Applications of Chemistry
As stated above, one of the Program Goals is to demonstrate the relevance of chemistry to the real world and to the profession of arms. These applications include the synthesis and development of explosives and understanding the effects of their use; understanding the theory behind night vision technology; understanding the fundamental concepts underlying chemical and biological sensing involved in CBRNE operations; and understanding nuclear chemistry and its uses in weapon and energy applications. We provide opportunities throughout the Program for cadets to engage these opportunities to include the annual Military Chemistry (MILCHEM) Lecture that demonstrates to cadets chemistry’s relevance and connection to current Army technology and their future roles as leaders in the Army. We have showcased numerous systems to include the Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the Hellfire Missile, NET Warrior, the IED Remote Detection robot (ANDROS) and reconnaissance robot (ODF EyeDrive) as well as the Army’s NBC Stryker Vehicle and Civil Support Teams. These opportunities explicitly link the learner to key military applications that are relevant and exciting.
National-Level Outreach - eCYBERMISSION
The General Chemistry program has participated in eCYBERMISSION for a number of years. eCYBERMISSION is a Department of the Army sponsored, web-based, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. The program depends on volunteers to serve vitally important roles throughout the year to help make this great program a reality. Cadets from the Program have served as Virtual Judges to help score the student's Mission Folders (Science Projects) and thereby contributed directly to the Army's primary STEM outreach program in a significant way. In 2010 420 cadets and 14 faculty members from the Program served as Virtual Judges judging over 2,000 student projects.