Life Science Major Life Science Major The most important “system” in the Army is the human soldier. Because the soldier is a biological system, life science, biotechnology, and medicine offer unique potential for enhancing the performance of this most complex, critical, and costly of the Army’s systems. Life scientists study the structure and processes of living organisms using the unifying principles of life: cell theory, evolution, genetics, and homeostasis. Breadcrumb life science major Majors-and-Minors-left MENU Explore Academic Majors and Minors Academic Majors American Politics Major Applied Statistics and Data Sciences Major Chemical Engineering Major Chemistry Major Civil Engineering Major Computer Science Major Cyber Science Major Defense and Strategic Studies Major Economics Major Electrical Engineering Major Engineering Management Major Engineering Psychology Major English Major Environmental Engineering Major Environmental Science Major Foreign Area Studies: Africa Major Foreign Area Studies: East Asia Major Foreign Area Studies: Eurasia Major Foreign Area Studies: Europe Major Foreign Area Studies: Latin America Major Foreign Area Studies: Middle East Major Foreign Language: Arabic Major Foreign Language: Chinese Major Foreign Language: French Major Foreign Language: German Major Foreign Language: Persian Major Foreign Language: Portuguese Major Foreign Language: Russian Major Foreign Language: Spanish Major Geography Major Geospatial Information Science Major History Major International Affairs Major Kinesiology Major Law and Legal Studies Major Life Science Major Management Major Mathematical Sciences Major Mechanical Engineering Major Nuclear Engineering Major Operations Research Major Philosophy Major Physics Major Sociology Major Space Science Major Systems & Decision Sciences Major Systems Engineering Major Academic Minors Aeronautical Engineering Minor America in the World Minor American Foundations Minor Applied Statistics Minor Cyber Security Minor Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor Engineering Management Minor General History Minor Geography Minor Grand Strategy Minor Network Science Minor Nuclear Science Minor Photonics Minor Regional Studies Minor Robotics Minor Space Science Minor Systems Engineering Minor Terrorism Studies Minor War Technology and Society Minor Guidance on Choosing an Academic Major Overview Courses Enrichment The life science major focuses on the evolution, structure, and processes of living organisms. Advances in molecular biology and biotechnology are providing significant improvements in the quality of our lives even as they alter the fundamental way we view life itself. Evolution, genetic engineering, recombinant DNA research, medical treatment, ecology, and emerging diseases are just a few of today's research areas under the life sciences heading. The life science major gives cadets a basic understanding of analytical and organic chemistry and biology, focusing on the broader understanding of biology and biotechnology. The life science major includes all the courses needed for cadets pursuing the medical school option as well as other post-graduate choices. However, life science majors do not need to be interested in becoming medical doctors; there are multiple opportunities available within many Army branches for life scientists to apply technical expertise. Life sciences majors have a lab requirement component. This major offers an honors track. To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Chemistry and Life Science. Required Courses CH383 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I CH384 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II CH385 INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY CH387 HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY CH388 GENETICS CH457 MICROBIOLOGY CH473 BIOCHEMISTRY Sample Electives CH362 MASS & ENERGY BALANCES CH371 INTRO TO ANALYTICAL CHEM CH399 TOPICS IN CHEM/LS/CHMENG CH450 BIOENGINEERING MDLING & ANLSIS CH460 HUMAN ANATOMY CH471 POLYMER CHEMISTRY CH474I NSTRU METHODS OF ANALYSIS CH481 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I CH499 TOPICS IN CHEM/LS/CHMENG W/LAB EV471 ECOLOGY KN355 FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY NE474 RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY PH365 MODERN PHYSICS PL390 BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY This major offers an honors track. To learn more, view the full Life Science Major Curriculum. Cadets have numerous opportunities to participate in activities that will expand their intellectual and social interests within their field including medical school scholarship opportunities, Projects Day participation, and summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Chemistry and Life Science or the Center for Molecular Science.