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    Virginia Military Institute
   
 
  Dec 12, 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.

 

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 452 - History and Systems Laboratory
   •  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 - General Physics Laboratory I
   •  PY 156 - General Physics Laboratory II
   •  PY 160 - General Physics I
   •  PY 161 - General Physics II
   •  PY 223 - Programming and Data Analysis
   •  PY 253W - Optics Laboratory
   •  PY 254 - Optics
   •  PY 257 - Electronics and Interfacing
   •  PY 262 - General Physics III
   •  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 345 - Lasers and Their Applications
   •  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 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.

   •  SP 101 - Elementary Spanish I
   •  SP 102 - Elementary Spanish II
   •  SP 200WX - Spanish in the STEM Professions
   •  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
   •  SP 406 - Readings in Hispanic Literature
   •  SP 409 - Early Spanish Literature
   •  SP 411 - 19th Century Peninsular Literature
   •  SP 421 - Colonial Spanish American Literature
   •  SP 422 - Spanish American Literature of the 19th Century
   •  SP 423 - Spanish American Literature of the 20th Century
   •  SP 424 - Narcos, Hitmen and Religion: Drug Trafficking Culture in Columbian Literature and Media
   •  SP 425 - Cervantes
   •  SP 426 - Contemporary Spanish Literature I
   •  SP 427 - Contemporary Spanish Literature II
   •  SP 450 - Modern Language Capstone Course
   •  SP 470 - Special Topics in Spanish
   •  SP 481 - Survey of Spanish Culture & Society

CATALOG ELECTIVES

   •  BI Capstone - Capstone Experience
   •  BI Core - Core Area Elective
   •  BI Core - Core Area Elective
   •  BI Core - Core Area Elective
   •  BI Core - Core Area Elective
   •  BI Core - Core Area Elective
   •  BI Elective - Non-Science Elective
   •  BI Elective - Non-Science Elective
   •  BI Elective - Non-Science Elective
   •  BU ELEC - Business Elective
   •  CE ELEC - Design Elective
   •  CE ELEC - Engineering Science Elective I
   •  CE ELEC - Engineering Science Elective II
   •  CE ELEC - Natural Science (GE 306 or BI 101)
   •  CE ELEC - Technical Elective
   •  CE ELEC - Technical Elective
   •  CH Elective - Concentration Elective
   •  CH Requirement - Advanced Chemistry Course
   •  CH Requirement - Advanced Chemistry Laboratory
 

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