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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. 



Anchor Losch is a senior at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to earn a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She studies Chemical Engineering and Middle Eastern Studies at West Point. Since her freshman year, she has distinguished herself in the West Point Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory, co-authoring two peer-reviewed publications on her material synthesis research and presenting her research at multiple conferences. From serving as an English teacher during her semester in Morocco, to volunteering in Uganda, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Ecuador, Anchor focused her time on serving communities to give her engineering work context. As a Joseph J. Malone Fellow with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, she spoke at the 2017 Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference and served as a delegate on two separate trips to the Middle East. Anchor also attended the joint Yale-West Point Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative in Israel. Anchor serves as the President of both the West Point Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and West Point Model Arab League. She is also the head conductor of the Cadet Spirit Band. Anchor will commission as an Engineer officer later this year.

Anchor joins our other CLS scholars this year including Goldwater Scholar Kelei Hering (2021, Life Science) and Stamps Scholars Felita Zhang (2022, Life Science) and Veronica Lucian (2022, Life Science).

In the News

LTC Corey James participated in the filming of a six part PBS series titled, "Power Trip:  The Story of Energy." 20 April 2020.


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