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Chemistry & Life Science

Chemistry & Life Science

"Science and Engineering for Leaders"

The Department of Chemistry and Life Science is one of thirty five academic departments at the United States Military Academy at West Point.   The department oversees the Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Life Science majors and conducts cutting edge research in collaboration with civilian academic and Department of Defense organizations.  

Our faculty is a blend of excellence between both civilian and military members that bring a wide array of experiences and expertise into the laboratory and classroom.  The Bartlett Hall Science Center offers world class laboratories and instrumentation to enable our cadets, faculty, and collaborators to tackle the challenges of the current and future Warfighter.

The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Life Science is to educate cadets with a firm foundation in the fields of chemistry, life science, and chemical engineering, so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character who can leverage their understanding of science to implement solutions using appropriate problem-solving skills; and to inspire cadets to a career in the United States Army and a lifetime of personal growth and service to the nation. 

The cadets we teach ultimately go on to serve our Army and nation – our graduates are our product.  We contribute to cadets’ scientific literacy and our future officers’ ability to critically think and solve problems in an increasingly complex and technologically integrated world.  Our foundational general chemistry and biology courses support not only our department’s three majors of chemistry, chemical engineering, and life science, but also numerous math, science, and engineering majors throughout the academy. 


Churchill Scholarship

Congratulations to 2LTJesse Palmer (Chemical Engineering, 2019), the only cadet from the CLS Department to be awarded the Churchill Scholarship.  The Churchill Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the math, science, and engineering disciplines, awarded to only 15 students nation-wide.  The scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master's study at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College.  The program was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfil his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security.  Jesse's research at West Point is focused on developing 3-dimensional hierarchically porous nanomaterials and aerogels.  These lightweight multi-functional materials are developed for power and energy, catalysis, and sensor applications.  His work resulted in co-authoring five peer-reviewed journal articles. 

In addition to the Churchill Scholarship, Jesse is also a recipient of the Goldwater and Stamps Scholarships.


Cadets have numerous opportunities to participate in activities that will expand their intellectual and social interests within their field.  Below are links that provide further information about these options.

Contact Us


UPS/ FEDEX Mailing address:

United States Military Academy
Official Mail and Distribution Center
646 Swift Road
West Point, New York 10996-1905

Administrative Officer:  Mrs. Sharon Moran

Department of Chemistry and Life Science

Phone: 845-938-3767