Renowned as the world’s premier leader development institution, West Point accomplishes its mission by developing cadets intellectually, physically, militarily, ethically, spiritually, and socially. Recent acknowledgments of our success include Forbes.com pronouncing West Point as the Best Public College or University in America for undergraduate education, U.S. News and World Report announced its “2011 America’s Best Colleges Rankings” with West Point the “Top Public Liberal Arts College” for the third consecutive year, and the Princeton Review designating the Academy as one of the 100 Best Value Colleges for 2009. The Academic Program consists of 26 core courses which establish the foundation for elective courses that permit cadets to explore in greater depth more than 40 majors. All cadets receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are fully prepared to meet the intellectual requirements of a leader in today's Army.
The Department of Chemistry and Life Science is a multidisciplinary department teaching two semesters of general chemistry to the entire freshmen class (plebes) and elective courses in chemistry, life science, and chemical engineering. The department offers a Chemistry major, Life Science major, and a Chemical Engineering major. In addition to the elective program requirements, all cadets must complete the 27 core courses, and complete a three-course engineering sequence. Any of the seven engineering sequences (civil, mechanical, electrical, nuclear, environmental, systems or computer) are acceptable for cadets pursuing the Chemistry major or the Life Science major. Cadets in the Chemical Engineering major do not choose an engineering sequence since the core engineering requirement is imbedded in their program.
The Department of Chemistry and Life Science recognizes and emphasizes the importance of conducting quality, cutting-edge research in support of cadet education and broader warfighter requirements. Research is conducted as an individually-supervised inquiry that provides the opportunity to pursue advanced study in chemistry, life science, or chemical engineering. The program familiarizes cadets with advanced experimental procedures and techniques, and acquaints them with essential features of independent research. Cadets, with the assistance of a faculty advisor, design a research plan and develop techniques and procedures to solve research problems. Cadet research culminates each spring with a formal presentation of their research on Projects Day to internal and external research reviewers.