Nov 12, 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.

 

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 430 - Health Education
   •  PE 431 - Physical Activity and Wellness Through the Lifespan
   •  PE 432 - Concepts of Strength Training and Conditioning

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 201 - Introduction to Psychology
   •  PS 203 - Biopsychology I
   •  PS 204 - Biopsychology II
   •  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 313 - Forensic Psychology
   •  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 390 - Independent Research
   •  PS 391 - Independent Research
   •  PS 392 - Independent Research
   •  PS 393 - Independent Research
   •  PS 401 - Psychology of Cognition
   •  PS 402W - Research Methods in Psychology
   •  PS 403W - Independent Project
   •  PS 404 - History and Systems in Psychology
   •  PS 491 - Supervised Research I
   •  PS 492 - Supervised Research II
   •  PS 495W - Independent Project in Leadership Studies

PHYSICS

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department Head: Colonel Hodges

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

   •  PY 115 - Laboratory for PY 120
   •  PY 116 - Laboratory for PY 121
   •  PY 120 - General Physics I
   •  PY 121 - General Physics II
   •  PY 155 - Laboratory for PY 160
   •  PY 156 - Laboratory for PY 161
   •  PY 160 - General Physics I
   •  PY 161 - General Physics II
   •  PY 220 - Physics Seminar
   •  PY 223 - Programming and Data Analysis
   •  PY 238 - Laboratory Techniques
   •  PY 253W - Optics Laboratory
   •  PY 254 - Optics
   •  PY 257 - Electronics and Interfacing
   •  PY 291 - Summer Research in Physics
   •  PY 294 - Summer Research in Physics
   •  PY 308 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
   •  PY 333W - Modern Physics Laboratory
   •  PY 334 - Nuclear Physics Laboratory
   •  PY 335 - Modern Physics I
   •  PY 336 - Modern Physics II
   •  PY 341 - Electricity and Magnetism I
   •  PY 342 - Electricity and Magnetism II
   •  PY 344 - Nuclear Physics
   •  PY 391 - Summer Research in Physics
   •  PY 394 - Summer Research in Physics
   •  PY 420 - Capstone
   •  PY 441 - Classical Mechanics I
   •  PY 446 - Thermal Physics
   •  PY 447 - Thesis I
   •  PY 448 - Thesis II
   •  PY 453 - Nuclear Reactor Engineering
   •  PY 459 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
   •  PY 460 - Topics in Quantum Mechanics
   •  PY 481 - Topics in Physics
   •  PY 491 - Summer Research in Physics
   •  PY 494 - Summer Research in Physics

SPANISH

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.

   •  SP 101 - Elementary Spanish I
   •  SP 102 - Elementary Spanish II
   •  SP 201 - Intermediate Spanish I
   •  SP 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
   •  SP 204X - Intermediate Spanish for Business
   •  SP 210X - Image and Meaning in Spanish Film
   •  SP 299X - Summer Abroad in Spain
   •  SP 303W - Spanish Composition and Conversation
   •  SP 305 - Survey of Spanish Literature I
   •  SP 306 - Survey of Spanish American Literature II
   •  SP 310X - The "Big Screen" in Democratic Spain
   •  SP 311 - Human Rights and the Hispanic Writer
   •  SP 312 - Culture and Civilization of Spain
   •  SP 313 - Advanced Spanish Grammar
   •  SP 314 - Latin American Cultures and Civilizations
   •  SP 315 - Introduction to Hispanic Texts
   •  SP 316 - Topics in Spanish
   •  SP 318 - Nobel Laureates
   •  SP 320W - Spanish Gothic Literature
   •  SP 321X - Across the Atlantic: Arabic Roots from Spain to Spanish-America
   •  SP 322 - Hispanic Cinema
   •  SP 387X - The Spanish Civil War As Text (in English)
   •  SP 388W - The Spanish Civil War As Text
   •  SP 399X - Summer Abroad in Spain
   •  SP 402 - Spanish Literature of the Siglo De Oro
   •  SP 405 - Readings in Hispanic Literature
 

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