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Chemistry and Life Science, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Nuclear Engineering

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Journal of College Science Teaching

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At conferences or meetings, West Point faculty are often asked, “What’s it like to teach at West Point?” To answer this question we present the unique model that West Point uses to bridge traditional higher education and the United States Army. The West Point model stems from its mission to develop cadets as leaders of character who are prepared to be the future leaders of the U.S. Army. To fulfill the mission, cadets meet physical and military requirements, in addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Here we discuss how the West Point student body, curriculum, and mission affect courses and opportunities in STEM.