Center for Molecular Science


Our mission is to support the Army and United States Military Academy by serving as the focal point for the Department of Chemistry and Life Science in chemistry, chemical engineering, and biological sciences research and outreach activities, leveraging intellectual capital, building strategic relationships, and developing chemical education pedagogy.

Our Cadets

While completing their undergraduate studies, cadets have the opportunity to engage in laboratory work for academic credit. The work will involve planning, executing, and reporting engineering and science experiments under the guidance of C&LS faculty members. The work may complement AIAD (summer internship) experiences in the summer at locations away from West Point or it may be a stand-alone set of experiments.  During this time, cadets select a research advisor (“Principal Investigator” or “Mentor”) and enroll in an appropriate research course.  There are currently 10 research courses offered in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science.

The Department of Chemistry and Life Science currently has research collaborations with the following groups:  Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS), CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), JPEO-Armaments and Ammunition and CCDC-Armaments Center, Lockheed Martin, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USHUS), Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB), Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), 4-Dimensional Bioprinting, Biofabrication, and Biomanufacturing Program (4DBio3), Keller Army Community Hospital (KACH), and MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MITLL).

Here is a list of current research projects and publications.

Check out our Project's Day 2021 page to see the great research our cadets and faculty are conducting!


Contact Us


Director, CMS:  LTC Andrew Kick



Important Links


Department of Chemistry and Life Science homepage

USMA CLS Digital Commons