Nov 15, 2019  
2014-2015 Academic Catalogue 
    
2014-2015 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 field of study. The second part is a number denoting the particular subject. The first digit indicates the year in which the course is 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 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.

 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department Head: Colonel Hardin

Requirements for a major in mechanical engineering are specified in Mechanical Engineering .

   •  ME 343 - ME Design Competition Participation
   •  ME 344 - ME Design Competition Participation
   •  ME 350X - History of Technology
   •  ME 355 - Summer Research
   •  ME 356 - Summer Research
   •  ME 413 - Aircraft Propulsion Systems
   •  ME 414 - Turbomachinery
   •  ME 415 - Flight Mechanics
   •  ME 416 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
   •  ME 417 - Aircraft Structural Analysis
   •  ME 418 - Thermal Environment Engineering
   •  ME 419 - Thermal-Fluid Systems Design
   •  ME 425 - Mechanical Design
   •  ME 427 - Introduction to Automated Manufacturing Systems
   •  ME 431 - Power Plant Design
   •  ME 443 - ME Design Competition
   •  ME 444W - Mechanical Engineering Design
   •  ME 455 - Summer Research
   •  ME 456 - Summer Research
   •  ME 457 - Seminar
   •  ME 458 - Seminar
   •  ME 461 - Independent Research
   •  ME 462 - Independent Research
   •  ME 480 - Internal Combustion Engine
   •  ME 481 - Computational Modeling and Virtual Design
   •  ME 484 - Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials
   •  ME 485 - Advanced Mechanical Design
   •  ME 486 - Topics in Mechanical Engineering
   •  ME 490 - Topics in Mechanical Engineering

MODERN LANGUAGES INTERNSHIP (FOR ALL LANGUAGES)

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.

   •  ML 311 - Modern Language and Culture Internship
   •  ML 355 - Summer Research in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 356 - Summer Research in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 455 - Summer Research in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 456 - Summer Research in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 498 - Reading for the Honors Thesis in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 499 - Writing Course for the Honors Thesis in Modern Languages and Cultures

MILITARY SCIENCE

Department of Military Science
Department Head: Colonel Wanovich

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

   •  MS 109 - Foundations of Officership
   •  MS 110 - Introduction to Leadership
   •  MS 209 - Individual Leadership
   •  MS 210 - Leadership and Teamwork
   •  MS 309 - Leadership and Problem Solving
   •  MS 310 - Leadership and Ethics
   •  MS 319 - Lab for MS 309
   •  MS 320 - Lab for MS 310
   •  MS 409 - Leadership and Management
   •  MS 410 - Officership
   •  MS 419 - Advanced MS Lab for MS 409
   •  MS 420 - Advanced MS Lab for MS 410
   •  MS 429 - Leadership and Problem Solving
   •  MS 430 - Leadership and Ethics
   •  MS 439 - Lab for MS 429
   •  MS 440 - Lab for MS 430

NAVAL SCIENCE

Department of Naval Science
Department Head: Colonel Looney

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 101 - Introduction to Naval Science
   •  NS 102 - Sea Power and Maritime Affairs
   •  NS 203 - Leadership and Management
   •  NS 205 - Navigation
   •  NS 206 - Evolution of Warfare I
   •  NS 211 - Navy Lab for NS 205
   •  NS 303 - Amphibious Warfare
   •  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 315 - Combatives
   •  PE 321 - Leadership Exercise and Sport
   •  PE 322 - Leadership in Adventue Programming
   •  PE 323 - Cadet Peer Health/Wellness Education
   •  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
 

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