Life Science

Life Science is a branch of the sciences that study the structure and processes of living organisms. Four unifying principles form the foundation of Life Science: cell theory, evolution, genetics, and homeostasis.


Military Applications of the Life Sciences


Life Science student in labThe most important "system" in the Army is the human soldier. Because the soldier is a biological system, life science, biotechnology, and medicine offers unique potential for enhancing the performance of this most complex, critical, and costly of the Army's systems. Pursuing a career in life science can be immensely exciting and rewarding. Studying life science encourages professionals to ask questions, make observations, evaluate evidence, and solve important problems. Although many life scientists are primarily involved in research and development, and work in the laboratory or field, you may decide you want to work in another area within the science, such as management or administration. In the Army, many opportunities are available within many branches for life scientists to apply their technical expertise.

The Life Science Major gives cadets a basic understanding of analytical and organic chemistry and biology. The major focuses on the broader understanding of biology and biotechnology.

The Program Goals include:

  • Understand and apply the Scientific Method
  • Gather, analyze, organize, and present scientific information
  • Understand the basic principles of life science and chemistry, and their applications to the Army and Society
  • Understand and apply basic instrumental methods of biological and chemical analysis
  • Recognize the structure and understand the functions of biomolecules
  • Know the structures and functions of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells
  • Understand the principles of bioenergetics and metabolism
  • Understand the structure-function relationships at all levels of organization of living organisms
  • Understand evolutionary biology and its importance
  • Understand ecology (organization, diversity, and interdependence of living organisms)
  • Understand the fundamental principles of heredity


A Life Science Major must complete 27 core courses (including IT305) and any one of the seven three-course engineering sequences. The Life Science Major requires 11 courses (10 required and 1 elective) for a total of 41 academic courses.


Honors Program

In order to receive a Life Science Major with Honors a cadet must:

  • Complete the following two courses: CH489 Individual Research I and CH490 Individual Research II
  • Graduate with a QPA >3.0 in the 30 core academic program courses
  • Graduate with a QPA >3.5 in the 11 chemistry program courses