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Core Courses for Youngster Year

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Seeking Knowledge, May 21, 2011.

  1. Seeking Knowledge

    Seeking Knowledge 5-Year Member

    Oct 25, 2008
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    I realize Mids get to start on courses for their major, but I was wondering what are the common courses they all need to take in their second year (w/ the assumption that these classes were not validated). I believe they take physics, but I'm not sure what else...
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

    Jun 9, 2006
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    I'm going WAY back, but here's what I recall and I believe is generally true today:

    2 semesters of Physics
    2 semesters of math (Calc III and, in my day, Differential Equations -- I think there are other math options for 2nd semester today)
    1 semester of Leadership
    1 semester of Navigation

    There may also be an engineering course in the mix -- I know there was Naval Architecture 2/c year but can't recall if any as a youngster.

    And, I'm probably forgetting something . . .:rolleyes:
  3. osdad

    osdad 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    My (in a couple of hours) Youngster's schedule for fall has these classes besides those in her major:

    Navigation and Piloting
    Naval Warfare
    Physical Education

    Note 2: math was validated so took calc 3 & DiFEQ as plebe
    Note 2: took youngster physics as plebe
    Note 3: youngsters probably need an English class too

    So your typical Youngster's fall term might be:

    Nav & Pilot
    Naval Warfare
    Calc 3
    Something in your major
  4. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012 5-Year Member

    Jan 14, 2011
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    Both posters are kinda-sorta there. Warfare is almost always a 2/C class, and 2015 won't have it because they're really changing up the curriculum.

    For all youngsters, core courses are:

    Physics I and II
    Navigation II
    PE (Swimming and Martial Arts I)
    Western Civ I & II

    For Group I Majors, add:

    Calc III (Vector Fields)
    Differential Equations
    Statics (for most engineers)
    Dynamics (again, for most of the engineers)

    For Group II:

    Calc III (Vectors Fields)
    Diff Eqs

    Group III:

    Calc III (Optimization)
    Probability with Naval Applications
    First 2 Semesters of a language, if they didn't start plebe year or validate something.

    ...And then one to two classes in the major each semester.
  5. MomoftheMagik

    MomoftheMagik 5-Year Member

    Feb 5, 2010
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    Thanks, Hurricane! And Congrats as you rise to Firstie! :thumb:

    Can they validate the semester of swimming? If so, would they take two of martial arts or just skip PE that semester? Just curious...DS loves to swim, so he'd probably take it anyway.
  6. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012 5-Year Member

    Jan 14, 2011
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    Thanks! Feels great to finally (almost) be there...

    Validating swimming is a GOOD DEAL, especially since you can't validate out of martial arts unless you're a prior Marine. You get out of PE for that semester, which means an extra free period, with the added bonus of not spending one day a week all dank and gross from swimming. You automatically get at least a decent grade and more free time. I've never met anyone who validated swimming and elected to take the class. If you were decent enough to validate, you wouldn't learn anything and it'd just be frustrating.

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