New and Special Courses

Spring Semester 2012-2013

The courses whose descriptions appear here are either seminar courses, experimental courses, one-time offerings, or new courses recently added to the permanent offerings at the Naval Academy. Only courses that are a part of the regular offerings at the Naval Academy are listed in the Naval Academy Course Catalog.  Midshipmen intending to take any of these courses should be aware of how they will be credited in their majors. For information about this, consult with the department concerned or the listed instructor. This listing is not static and so should be consulted from time to time since the offerings may change.  Indeed, prior to the deadline for preregistration, the list is likely to change several times.

Credits are listed next to the title as an ordered triple (R-L-C), where R is the number of weekly recitation-lecture hours, L is the number of weekly laboratory hours, and C is the number of credits.


EA482 Aerospace Engineering Seminar (1-0-1).  This course is a lecture seminar where guest speakers are invited to the Naval Academy to discuss recent advances and findings in Aerospace Engineering. Prereq: None.

EA486A: Human Space Flight (3-0-3). Introduction to the field of human space flight including the history, current missions, future plans, and challenges posed by the space environment on humans. Topics will include: Life support requirements, human physiology, psychological demands, system design impacts and trade studies, and logistics. The significant contributions by alumni of the U. S. Naval Academy to the success of human spaceflight will be examined and analyzed. There will be an emphasis on system design and engineering to support human space missions, both in space and on the ground. A team design project will be conducted.

EA486G: New Findings about Dark Matter and Dark Energy (3-0-3). This course explores recent discoveries in research on dark matter and dark energy, including the July discovery of the Higgs boson. Special emphasis is on information obtained from space-based instruments. The special and general theories of relativity and cosmology theory will be introduced to explain the origin and structure of space-time. Finally, recent research into dark matter and dark energy will be introduced to explain new views on the expansion of the universe. Prereq: SM212.


EC486A: Wireless Networks (2-2-3). This course is an introductory course in wireless networking. It introduces students to both current and proposed wireless networking standards including IEEE 802.11 (and its variants), Bluetooth, and WiMax. Wireless network security principles and techniques are discussed. The course also covers the wireless networking technologies underlying 3G/4G cellular networking, satellite networking, and wireless sensor networking. Offered: Spring A/Y 2013. Prereq: EC436, EE433 or IC322.

EC488A: Applications of Cyber Engineering (3-2-4). This course is a forerunner to EC310, which will be a core course for the Class of 2015 and the replacement to EE302 and EE334. It is an introductory course in cyber security and will count for EE334 for all Group 1 majors and count for EE302 for all Group 2 and 3 majors. Note: EE301/EE331 is NOT a prerequisite for this course. Students are introduced to the fundamental computer engineering concepts associated with cyber security including networking, digital signal representation, and digital data transmission in wired and wireless protocols. The avenues of cyber attack are studied including assembly level programming, network socket programming, and buffer overflow attacks. Vulnerabilities of Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems are explored. Offered: Spring A/Y 2013. Prereq: Physics II (SP212 or SP222).

EC488B: Applications of Cyber Engineering for Systems Engineers (3-2-4). This course is a forerunner to the Cyber 2 course being developed for systems engineers, which will be a core course for the Class of 2015 and the replacement to EE332.  Students are introduced to the fundamental computer engineering concepts associated with cyber security including networking, digital signal representation, and digital data transmission in wired and wireless protocols.  The avenues of cyber attack are studied including assembly level programming, network socket programming, and buffer overflow attacks. Vulnerabilities of Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems are explored.  The concepts of communication systems are taught to develop their knowledge in applying to reception and transmission of signals that can be compromised. Offered:  Spring AY 2013 Prereq:  Physics II (SP212 or SP222) and Electrical Engineering I (EE331).

EE486C: Survey of RF and Microwave Communications (3-0-3). This course is designed to give the student a fundamental understanding of RF and Microwave communications and applications. Topics of discussion include a baseline introduction to the communications channel from transmitter to receiver with emphasis on the common elements in all wireless applications including Amplifiers, Modulators/Demodulators, Forward Error Correction, Filters, Phase Locked Loops, Up/Down Converters, Wave Guides and Coaxial transmission lines, Antennas, Noise, RF propagation and Link Analysis. Building on these fundamental concepts the student will be introduced to applications such as Satellite Communications, Radar, VHF and Line of Sight Communications, HF and Over the Horizon Communications, Channel coding and Bulk Encryption, and Free Space Optics. The student will be introduced to test instrumentation and take RF spectral measurements of a typical communications channel to include bandwidth, adjacent channel power, S parameters, antenna gain, noise figure, and frequency response. The students will propose a wireless application and then design, build, and test a VHF transceiver their application. Offered: Spring AY 2013. Prerequisite: Modern Communications Systems (EE354).


EM482: Introduction Marine Corrosion Seminar (1-0-1). One hour/week seminar that will cover various topics in corrosion and corrosion control. Format will include guest speakers and hands on activities. Seminar will be helpful to midshipmen who want to learn more about corrosion and materials degradation, who want to prepare for possible summer internships in this area, and/or who want to consider doing independent research in this area during their 1/C year. Prereq: EM313, EN380 or EM321, 2/C Engineering major or Department Chair Approval.

EM486D: Material Fracture Experimentation (2-2-3). This course will focus on the experimental methods used to characterize materials for prediction of critical flaw size, fatigue crack growth and the estimation of remaining service life of components containing subcritical flaws. Focusing on Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics, discussion of analysis methods and design applications will enhance the student’s understanding of materials options for engineering projects. Prereq - EM217, EM321, EM313, 1/C Engineering major or Department Chair Approval

EX486B: Design of Modern Weapons (3-0-3). This course provides an introduction to the technologies used to make and analyze modern weapon systems. Topics include explosive and propellants, warhead design and analysis, weapon/target interactions, vulnerability and weaponeering, and novel technologies such as railgun and improved explosives. Prereq: 1/C Engineering major and Department Chair Approval.

EM486H: Turbulence in Natural and Engineered Systems (3-0-3). A survey of the theory, methods, and applications of turbulent fluid flow. Topics include the energy cascade and Kolmogorov theory, statistical descriptions of turbulence, free and wall-bounded shear flows, and modern approaches for both numerical simulation and measurement. Applications may include mixing and combustion, turbulence in biological flows, and atmospheric turbulence. Prereq - EM316 or EM324, 1/C Engineering major or Department Chair Approval.


EN486B:  Port and Harbor Engineering (3-0-3).  Covers engineering of marine terminals and small-craft harbors, ship berthing and maneuvering considerations, port navigation, port-related structures, channel design, floating terminals, offshore moorings, dredging, port security. Prereq: 1/C EOE or ENA.


ES486D: Survey of Engineering Economics (3-0-3). This course provides a survey of material relevant to financial intertemporal decision making for engineering activities. Components of this course include traditional engineering economy topics; fundamentals of accounting and cash flow analysis, interest factors, a comparison of economic alternatives, effects of depreciation and capital budgeting, decision analysis, value of information & options applicable to the management of technical organizations. The skills used will be applied to a systems engineering term project. Prerequisites: ES461, 1/C ESE major or Department Chair Approval.


FA282A: Basic Arabic Conversation (1-0-1). This weekly conversation hour supports FA102 and provides students with the opportunity to practice, implement, and hone speaking skills in Arabic. The course reinforces the material covered in Basic Arabic. Offered:Spring 2013. Prerequisite: FA101. Corequisite: FA102.

FA282B: Intermediate Arabic Conversation (1-0-1). This weekly conversation hour supports FA202 and provides students with the opportunity to practice, implement, and hone speaking skills in Arabic. This course reinforces the material covered in Intermediate Arabic. Offered: Spring 2013. Prerequisite: FA201. Corequisite: FA202.

FA282C: Advanced Arabic Conversation (1-0-1). This weekly conversation hour provides students with the opportunity to practice, implement, and hone speaking skills in Arabic. Students will have to accomplish interactional tasks using material from advanced Arabic classes. This course supports any 300-400 level Arabic course. Offered: Spring 2013. Prerequisite: FA301 or higher.

FA486A: Issues And Argumentation In Arabic (3-0-3). Guided reading of select passages from Arabic literature and history, along with current articles on politics, the arts, criticism, and contemporary thought. Primary focus will be on the critical analysis of the selected expressions and the style of writing. The goal of this course is to improve students' ability to build better argument structure using the target language in their written and oral discourse. Offered: Spring 2013. Prerequisite: FA302.

FA486B: Arabic Song and the Performance of Poetry (3-0-3). Using a variety of Arabic songs, students will acquire new vocabulary, become more familiar with dialectical variations across the spectrum of Arabic dialects, and learn the values for the performance of poetry and song. Students will read and learn to recite selected short poems and songs, discuss the material in Arabic, and analyze the cultural commentary and cultural phenomena in contemporary Arabic songs. This is a 300-level course. Offered: Spring 2013. Prerequisite: FA202.

FA486E: Comparative Middle Eastern Jurisprudence: Introduction to Secular Law and Sharia (Taught in English) (3-0-3). Students will develop an understanding of the various legal systems in the Middle East, especially the Arab World. Although the course is taught in English, students will be introduced to basic Arabic and English legal terminologies. Furthermore, students at the intermediate and advanced levels of Arabic will find such a course rewarding as they will be able to conduct research in Arabic. This course counts as a Major Elective for FLA majors and as a HUMSS elective/Free Elective for students of other disciplines. No prior legal knowledge is required. Offered: Spring 2013. Requisites: HE111/112.

FF282A: Basic French Conversation II (1-0-1). This is a basic conversation course to be taken in conjunction with FF102. Midshipmen enrolled in FF102 are not required to take this course, but it is strongly recommended for those who wish to develop basic conversational French. The course will activate vocabulary and structures from the FF102 text and will use the feature film that is the basis for the course as a springboard for conversation. Assessment will be based on class participation, individual oral interviews, and group presentations. Offered: Spring 2013. Corequisite: FF102.

FF282B: Intermediate French Conversation II (1-0-1). This course is an intermediate French conversation course to be taken in conjunction with FF202. Although midshipmen enrolled in FF202 are not required to take FF282B, it is strongly recommended for those who wish to develop intermediate conversational French. The course will activate vocabulary and structures from FF202 textbook materials. Frequent opportunities for speaking practice will be provided. Assessment will be based on oral presentations, class participation, and individual oral interviews. Offered: Spring 2013. Corequisite: FF202.

FF486: Francophone Cinema (3-0-3). This courses explores the evolution of Francophone identities from the colonial period to today's postcolonial time. It also explores the possibilities of determining a specific film language as well as the limits of mainstream theories in understanding the selected films.

FJ482: LSAP Japan Seminar 2013 (1-0-1). Designed for LSAP Japan participants, this one-credit seminar is offered in the spring semester before the trip. This seminar helps students develop and identify clear and focused goals for Japanese language and culture learning before going to Japan. It also provides language and culture instructions to reinforce students' communication skills at academic, social, and professional contexts in Japan. Finally, the seminar includes completing all LSAP-related paperwork including LSAP survey and Japanese Culture Survey. Offered: Spring 2013.

FJ486B: Japanese For Naval Officers II (3-0-3). This course is designed to provide an understanding of the fundamental Japanese values in aesthetics and ethics. It will also enhance students' Japanese language abilities. Midshipmen will become familiar with Japanese moral values and will be able to analyze Japanese behavioral patterns. The course will have a final exam. Prerequisite: FJ202 or instructor’s permission.

FR482: Pre-LSAP Seminar For Russia (1-0-1). This course is required for midshipmen wishing to study in Russia. It will prepare students for linguistic and cultural immersion by emphasizing speaking and aural comprehension. Offered: Spring 2013. Prerequisite: Application to LSAP or SEMEX.

FR486A: The Regions of Russia (3-0-3). This advanced content-based Russian language course will introduce midshipmen to Russia's diverse regions, from the Urals to Siberia. The course will focus on the social, political, economic, and military forces shaping the regions. All reading and discussion will be conducted in Russian. This course will have a final term project instead of a final exam.Offered: Spring 2013. Prerequisite: FR340 or the equivalent.

FR486B: Russian Literature And Society (3-0-3). This course familiarizes students with major Russian authors and introduces them to Russian history and culture. The readings, discussion and assignments are primarily in Russian, although some critical works and longer texts may be assigned in English. Offered: Spring 2013. Prerequisites: FR202 or instructor's permission


FE286B: Terrorist Financing (3-0-3). This course will examine the vital components of Terrorist Financing (TF): namely sources and methods. Sources of TF will mainly focus on the roles of charities, legitimate businesses, and crime. Methods of TF will focus on moving and storing money, the use of formal banking systems, hawala funds / informal value transfer systems, and money laundering. It will cover national and international structures, laws, regulations, tools, and efforts to (1) identify, (2) track, (3) capture, and (4) eliminate terrorists and their financial support through their transactions. Finally, the course will take a look at current efforts already utilized and make recommendations for improvement. Case Studies and Guest Lectures will be utilized. Offered: Spring 2012-2013. Prereq: FE210.

FE486A: Law And Economics (3-0-3). Law and Economics uses microeconomic analysis to provide methodology to estimate outcomes from legal rules and assess these against the concept of economic efficiency. Laws serve as an incentive for changes in people’s behavior. We answer questions such as how does law affect behavior? Do such rules induce efficient outcomes? The course examines Property Law (ownership of property rights), Contract Law (exchange of property rights), and Tort Law (damage to property rights). Rational Choice Theory (utility maximization) is applied to examine outcomes under various legal rules along with efficiency concepts, the Coase Theorem (with, and without, the consideration of transaction costs), uncertainty and risk, and asymmetric information. Offered: Spring 2012-2013. Prereq: FE341.

FE486B: Financial Crisis (3-0-3). This course explores in depth the causes of the current financial crisis, the contagion into other countries, and the policies being purposed to prevent further crisis.

FE486L: Cyber Power: Policy and Economics (3-0-3). A growing dependence on military and intelligence networks and the networking of our critical national infrastructure can quickly become vulnerabilities.  This course will develop a political and economic framework for analyzing cyber power.  The course will cover the body of thought that impinges on cyber matters and provides a synthesis of this information in a variety of decision-making contexts. Course prerequisite:  FP130.


FP486K War and Grand Strategy: Some Fundamental Concepts (3-0-3). Adopts an interdisciplinary approach by drawing on history, political science, international relations and economics. The readings consist of leading strategic theorists on war and allow students to evaluate and discuss the way political leaders and strategic planners have successfully/unsuccessfully grappled with the challenges associated with the use of force to obtain national objectives. Prereq: FP210.

FP486I Emerging International Security Threats (3-0-3). The course will cover the full range of current and looming challenges to global and national security, from violent extremism to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to emergence of new powers (especially China) to failing states. It will also explore such systemic security challenges as pandemic disease, climate change, resource competition, and cyber vulnerabilities. The course will be in seminar format; combine political, economic, and technical analysis’ and involve policy and crisis-management “games.” Prereq: FP130.

FP486J: Cyber Power: Policy and Economics (3-0-3). A growing dependence on military and intelligence networks and the networking of our critical national infrastructure can quickly become vulnerabilities.  This course will develop a political and economic framework for analyzing cyber power.  The course will cover the body of thought that impinges on cyber matters and provides a synthesis of this information in a variety of decision-making contexts. Course prerequisite:  FP130.


HE286: Methods of Literary Analysis (3-0-3). This course is designed to introduce new majors to tools of professional literary analysis through a set of focused readings. The course has three goals. First, students will acquire and display a mastery of the critical vocabulary used by literary critics in textual readings. Second, they will develop the skills necessary to conduct in-depth research projects in literary studies. Third, they will gain exposure to a variety of representative extra-textual (philosophical, socio-economic, historical) approaches to the analysis of literature. Students will write a series of short essays, and the course will culminate with a long research essay.

HE504: Reading Too Much Into Renaissance Texts (3-0-3). (Ward) What does it mean to read too much into something?  When does interpretation become over-interpretation?  What are the allurements of over-reading, and what are its dangers?  This class will examine the idea of over-analysis both within and applied to texts from the English Renaissance, a period during which religious, social, and political forces were putting new kinds of pressure on traditional interpretive practices.  Texts will include Renaissance readings that, to modern eyes, appear to be obsessive, paranoid, or even insane—as well as modern analyses (and crypto-analyses) that might have baffled the authors or original readers of the works being analyzed.

HE463:  “The Quarrel with Ourselves”: The Life and Work of W.B. Yeats (3-0-3).
(Cone) “We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry,” wrote William Butler Yeats, arguably the greatest poet of the 20th century, who was himself a statesman, occult philosopher, folklorist, Irish nationalist, anti-democratic proponent of aristocracy, leader of the revival in Irish theater, Nobel Prize-winner, and self-proclaimed “wild old wicked man” who celebrated sexual passion even into old age.  This seminar will address the entirety of Yeats’ literary career, focusing principally on his poetry but also addressing his dramatic and prose writings, including his long occultist work, A Vision.  We will trace his work from its origins in Romantic literature and Irish myth to its Modernist fusion of autobiography, occult philosophy, and revolutionary politics, concluding with the startlingly intimate and moving meditations on age, desire, and mortality in his late work.  In order to make sense of the unifying vision of history Yeats articulates in A Vision, we will explore the occult writings and practices Yeats draws on, and we will also read from several histories of the Anglo-Irish War and the Irish Civil War, which both occurred while Yeats was elaborating his complex symbolic system.  And to get a better sense of the man himself, we will his correspondence and engagement with such figures as Ezra Pound, Lady Augusta Gregory, and Maud Gonne.  Our goal finally is to understand and accept how, as Yeats himself put it, we cannot know “the dancer from the dance.”

HE467: American Theatre and Drama Before World War I (3-0-3). (Shaffer)
This course will expose students to the rich traditions of dramatic literature and theatrical performance that developed in the United States between the colonial period and the turn of the twentieth century.  Students will read from a number of “pre-modern” dramatic genres popular in the United States from the colonial and early republican periods until the first decade of the twentieth century, from “high” genres such as the heroic tragedy and the comedy of manners to such great “middlebrow” or “low” genres as the mortgage melodrama, the temperance play, and the minstrel show, exploring the surprising complexity of these neglected texts.  Because the pre-war American theatre, from the propaganda plays of the American Revolution to the great traveling spectacle of George Aiken’s 1852 dramatization of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, spoke directly to the popular imagination, students will study not only the formal components of these dramatic genres, many of which continue to influence our culture, but the ways in which the theatre culture of the United States both mirrored and influenced the changing nature of a variety of American identities—national, political, racial, and gender-based.

HE360: Bodies in Motion: Literature after 9/11 (3-0-3). (Danback) On September 11th, 2001, today’s First Class Midshipman was approximately twelve years old. In the past decade since these attacks, the various discourses surrounding 9/11 have shaped the world in which they grew up. In this course, students will study a nascent genre of literature that both depicts and responds to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Students will also evaluate literature’s strengths and limitations in depictions of the day’s events and aftermath and address literature’s interaction with various art forms, such as illustrations, photography, sculpture, and film. This course will rely heavily on theoretical analysis, subsequently providing students with a better understanding of these modern theories and discourses. We will discuss how theoretical discourses, such as Susan Sontag’s theories on photography and relativism, Jacques Lacan’s discussion on anamorphosis, and Sigmund Freud’s collective forgetting, are no longer sufficient means of analysis with regards to post-9/11 literature; instead, we will explore how traditional theories portend and contribute towards the application of trauma theory, multiculturalism, and post-modern theories of space and temporality. However, how effective are these discourses? Ultimately, students will decide whether or not these new discourses effectively confront issues surrounding 9/11.
In his 2001 article “In the Ruins of the Future”, DeLillo describes 9/11 as the day when “the narrative ends in the rubble and it is left to us to create the counter-narrative.” A decade later, students will evaluate the effectiveness of this ongoing counter-narrative and determine if existing literature is up to the challenge of adequately exploring the 9/11 phenomenon.

HE360B: See What I Mean: The Art and Language of the Graphic Novel (3-0-3). (Salinas) This course will examine the uniquely literary-aesthetic and highly interactive genre of the graphic novel by developing a critical framework for understanding comic art and then exploring several important graphic novels. Graphic novels represent one of the most exciting literary innovations of recent decades. Gaining increased acceptance as “serious literature” in the years following Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus, graphic novels have rapidly evolved to encompass all manners of genre, including memoir (Blankets), biography (Feynman), mathematics (Logicomix), religion (Marked), and contemporary history (The Pride of Bagdad), and are now widely taught at universities across the country.


HH486B: The War of 1812 (3-0-3). The course places the War of 1812,--in this bicentennial year, no long “The Forgotten War”--in historical context, analyzing its causes and origins, military and naval operations, and impact on shaping the future of Native Americans, Canadians, and U. S. citizens. Offered Spring 2012-2013. Prereq: HH104.

HH386C: Topics in Military History: World War I (3-0-3). World War I: The Great War is often seen as the prelude to the Second World War, rather than examined in depth as the world shattering event it was.  Students in this class will be able to understand the causes, course, conduct and conclusion of the war, and will examine numerous historical problems in depth, including the origins of the war, the importance of fronts other than the Western Front, trench tactics, and the Jutland debate. Offered Spring 2012-2013. Prereq: HH104.


IT486D: Cyber Defense Operations (2-2-3). In this course, students will apply the latest recommended tools and techniques for securing a small enterprise network against advanced cyber threats. Topics include: system hardening, group policies, enterprise PKI management, critical system controls, intrusion detection and prevention, malware detection, malware removal and analysis, and cyber incident response. Prereq: IC322.

IT486E: Mobile OS Development (2-2-3). Are there military applications based on using toady's mobile computing devices? This course will focus on application development on Android devices, and how mobile computing devices can be used in military applications. We will cover the technical programming aspects of client-server systems, graphics capabilities using OpenGL, and how these and other mobile technologies can be leveraged by military forces. Prereq: IC322.

SI486D: Randomness and Computing (3-0-3). Random numbers and bits are by definition both completely meaningless and impossible for any computer program to (perfectly) produce. So it is somewhat surprising that they seem to be useful in a wide variety of computational problems. This course will examine the role of randomness in computation. We will look at a number of randomized algorithms and data structures, and see where and why they are favorable to deterministic (non-random) ones. We will also study how computers are able to generate pseudo-random numbers, and deeper questions such as whether a source of randomness makes computers strictly more powerful. Students will gain practical knowledge of useful methods and techniques, as well as some insight into the limits of computation. Prereq: IC312.


NL286 Sociology of Marriage and Families (3-0-3). [CDR Smith] This course examines contemporary American families, with special emphasis on military families. It approaches the study of marriages and families from a sociological perspective with a focus on a diversity of structure and process based on scholarship and research. Midshipmen will learn about the state of marriages and families in the United States, with particularly emphasis on the military population, and how past and present forces contribute to changes in the nature of marriage and families. They will explore the nature of relationships between the family and other major social institutions, evaluate contemporary issues, policies, and research related to marriages and families in order to determine the social significance of these situations. Counts for Humanities-Social Science Credit. Prereq: NL110

NL286A Psychology of Intimate Relationships (3-0-3). [LT Grow] This course will provide an in-depth understanding of the psychological processes involved in intimate relationships through the application of psychological theory to our own lives in the context of interpersonal attraction, friendship development, affiliation, loneliness, shyness, theories of love, courtship, sexual relationships, commitment, violence in close relationships, marital conflict, divorce, and marital therapy. Counts for Humanities-Social Science Credit. Prereq: NL110

NL486 Law of Armed Conflict (3-0-3). [Maj Phillips] This course will develop a basic understanding of the law of armed conflict (LOAC), emphasizing contemporary issues facing junior officers at the tactical level. The course will introduce a historical background of LOAC, examining the sources of the LOAC to include Hague Law, Geneva, and customary international law (CIL). The course will examine the complex issues on today’s battlefield to include conflict status and individual status, the use of force and targeting, and detention operations. Counts for upper level humanities-social science credit. Prereq: NL310

NL486A Piracy, Maritime Terrorism and Law of the Sea (3-0-3). [LCDR C. Kimball and CAPT B. Wilson] This course will examine the policy and legal frameworks applicable to maritime security and the law of the sea. The course will focus on piracy repression, responding to the maritime transport of WMD and terrorists, and the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention. Topics addressed will include articles of the LOS Convention applicable to military operations, policy and legal considerations in piracy repression operations, authorities to conduct compliant and non-compliant maritime boardings, and the impact of national maritime strategies on U.S. naval operations. Counts for upper level humanities-social science credit. Prereq: NL310.

NL496B, GENDER AND LEADERSHIP (3-0-3). This independent research course will continue to explore what it means to be a woman in a leadership position and the relationship between gender, work and family, with a focus on research methods;  Counts for upper level HM SS;    No exam date requested during final exam period. Restricted enrollment by Department Chair approval only.

NL486N, Ethics and Deployment Psychology (3-0-3). This course will explore elements of clinical practice during military deployment with emphasis on elements that amplify ethical quandaries; Does not count for HUM/SS credit. Restricted enrollment by Department Chair approval only.

NP486 Christian and Islamic Just War Theory (3-0-3). [Asst. Professor Skerker] Christianity and Islam have robust traditions of moral reflection on warfare. This course will study and compare the two traditions with a main focus on primary texts from classical to modern times.   Counts for Humanities-Social Science Credit. Prereq: NE203 or NP230 and 2/C standing

NP486A Philosophy of Law (3-0-3). [Assoc. Professor Garren] It is often said that ours is “a government of laws, and not of men.” But is that a good thing? What are laws, after all? Where do they come from? What purpose do they serve? Why are we obligated to obey them? What recourse do we have if we don’t agree with them or think them immoral or unjust? For example, what if the law requires us to do something that we don’t wish to do (buy health insurance), or forbids us from doing something that we do wish to do (marry a member of the same sex)? Must we follow such laws, or is it permissible to break them? Through a careful reading of texts and cases, weekly writing assignments and robust discussion and debate, students will explore these and other fundamental questions in the philosophy of law. Counts for Humanities-Social Science Credit. Prereq: NE203 or NP230 and 2/C standing


NS486: Advanced Shiphandling (1-4-3).
This course introduces students to the principles and science of shiphandling while emphasizing the safe practices of operating a naval vessel. The course is designed to provide midshipmen with the knowledge and skills of shiphandling, to include both practical proficiency as well as an understanding of the physics involved. Upon completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and experience necessary to pursue Craftmaster qualification and the necessary skills to excel as Fleet conning officers and beyond.


SB338: Molecular and General Genetics (3-0-3). Students in this course will study the inheritance of traits, starting with basic (Mendelian) genetics and ending with modern molecular biology. The course will examine incomplete dominance, epistasis, pleiotropy, transformation, cloning, genetic engineering, imprinting, and experimental techniques. Colisted as SC338. Pre-req: SB251 or SC335.

SC351: X-Ray Structure Determination (2-2-3). X-ray diffraction is the most powerful tool for determining the three dimensional structures of molecules. This course is a practical, hands-on, introduction to the modern methods of crystal structure determination using X-ray diffraction.  Through a series of lectures and lab sessions, students will learn the basics of the technique from crystal growth to final structure solution. Pre-req:   SC112,  Co-req SM212.

SC336: Biochemistry II (3-0-3). This course will provide advanced treatment of topics covered in SC335, such as biomolecular structure, bioenergetcs and enzyme kinetics, and cover the following new material as well: biosynthesis of amino acids, nucleotides and cofactors; photosynthesis and plant metabolic cycles; signal transduction; molecular genetics; regulation of eukaryotic and prokaryotic gene expression. There will be an introduction to virology, immunology and the metabolism of specialized cells. Pre-req: SC335.

SC442: Propellants and Explosives (2-2-3). This course will explore the fundamental aspects of the chemistry of propellants and explosives. It will delve into the structural, physical, and chemical properties of these energetic materials. It will investigate the application of these energetic materials to military and civilian systems, and it will explore methods and processes to detect and characterize energetic materials both before and after use. This course will consist of classroom lecture and group activities. In addition, it will involve laboratory experiments investigating energetic materials and their applications. Pre-req: SC226, SC345.

SC486C: Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (3-0-3). This course will revisit fundamental topics from Organic Chemistry I and II such as conformational analysis, stereochemistry, and reaction mechanisms and explore them in new ways and in greater detail.  It will also delve into a selection of special topics derived from the current research literature in organic chemistry including, for example, physical organic chemistry, and computational organic chemistry.  Students will make use of molecular modeling software to investigate the structure-property relationships of organic compounds throughout the course. Pre-req:  SC226.  Co-req: SC335, SC345, or permission from instructor.


SO486A:  Marine Mammal Conservation & Bioacoustics (2-2-3). Intro to Marine Mammal Conservation as it directly applies to Naval Operations. Topics include whaling, 20th century conservation efforts, taxonomy and behavioral ecology of pelagic and coastal cetaceans, and beachings potentially caused by Navy ops.

SO486J: Methods in Hurricane Data Collection (3-0-3). During airborne hurricane reconnaissance, data in varying formats are collected rapidly. Procedures to quality control, document, display and archive these data will be developed and tailored processing routines will be designed to automate the processes.

SO486Z: Historic Shipwrecks (3-0-3). This course provides a multidisciplinary look at historic shipwrecks & their historic records, the science behind their discovery, and the technology of their recovery. SO486Z counts as a free elective.


SP482 Science of Music & Sound (1-0-1). This seminar will focus on the technical aspects of music and sound. Topics will start with a review of basic definitions of waves and oscillations, followed by an in-depth look at sound generation on strings and pipes. Modes of plates and volumes will be discussed as a prelude to putting all the elements together to form musical instruments. The relationship between the source, medium, and detector responses will complete the picture as to what exactly is being heard when we perceive sound. A mathematical discussion about the nature of music and its relationship to harmonies will lead to a closing discussion about music theory. This course has a lab component which is held 7th period as it will involve making loud sounds. Prereq: none.

SP482A Asteroids (1-0-1). This course is an introduction to the minor planets of the solar system, including the near-Earth asteroids, the main belt, asteroids, comets, dwarf planets, and Kuiper belt objects. These objects will be studied in the context of the physics of their orbital properties, their composition, and current models for their origin and evolution. Topics of special interest include impact physics, origin of impacts on Earth, techniques for study, and computer techniques for image processing and motion detection of asteroids. As a course project, students will measure the brightness and motion of an asteroid discovered by NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer Satellite using data taken at a world class telescope of 1.5 meter or larger size for publication. Prereq: SP333.

SP482B Geometrical Methods in Linear Vector Spaces (1-0-1). In technical fields, it often happens that one needs an approximate idea of how a system behaves, rather than a full-blown exact solution. This course offers a tool that is useful for visualizing linear systems by creating a geometrical picture of how the simplest vector spaces work, the role that transformations play, how operators make states evolve, and the relationship between operators and eigenstates. Prereq: Calc III.

SP482D Mathematica for Scientists, Engineers, and Techies (1-0-1). A workshop-based introduction to Mathematica, developing skills in syntax, plotting, symbolic manipulation, graphics, animated output, and programming. Hands-on projects will draw from examples motivated by student needs in other courses. Prereq: SP211.

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