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   - Economics
   - Geospatial Science
   - Meteorology


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  Economics Major

Economics is the scientific study of how individuals and institutions use their limited resources to satisfy their unlimited wants. The discipline begins with a sequence of core economic courses and then branches outward allowing cadets to focus on the international arena, public policy and finance, or quantitative economics.

The major is designed to help a student develop analytical skills which can be applied in a variety of circumstances. Cadets acquire the tools necessary to solve a wide range of problems such as allocating military personnel, analyzing a company's production efficiency, and evaluating the effect of government regulations.

The Economics major develops problem solving techniques which have been proven effective in today's changing Air Force environment and is widely recognized as a solid background for careers in business, government, law, and teaching

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  Geospatial Science

The Geospatial Science major offers a diverse and challenging program focusing on contemporary world problems. A flexible curriculum has been carefully designed to permit either an in-depth or cross-disciplinary approach to the study of geospatial science, maximizing a cadet’s ability to design his/her academic program beyond the core disciplinary requirements. Course offerings within the discipline represent an excellent cross-section of the key geospatial science sub-fields including physical, human, and regional geography, as well as state-of-the-art geographic information processing methods such as digital image processing and geographic information systems.

Geospatial Science graduates distinguish themselves from other college graduates by the conceptual framework in which they view the world. They leverage knowledge of cultural and physical processes and digital modeling techniques to focus on the effects of space and place and interpret any landscape using an inherently geospatial approach.
Geoscience graduates can both formulate and answer the following questions:

  • What are the physical processes that shape this landscape?
  • What are the cultural processes that shape this landscape?
  • How can this landscape be digitally modeled for analysis?
  • What is the most effective manner to present analysis?

The Geospatial Science major provides excellent preparation for any assignment in the Expeditionary Air Force. The Geospatial Science major provides a foundation for understanding cultures and operating anywhere in the Battlespace. About 70% of Geospatial Science majors use their education as pilots or intelligence officers. Many of the intelligence officers progress to become Foreign Area Officers.

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  Meteorology Major

Meteorology is the study of atmospheric phenomena. The Meteorology major provides the background necessary for understanding atmospheric behavior over a broad range of time and space scales. These include small features such as turbulent eddies and tornadoes; medium-sized features such as squall lines, hurricanes and blizzards; and even larger features such as continental weather, climate regimes, and waves in the jet stream.

The science of meteorology has experienced dramatic changes. New observation techniques based on remote sensing have improved our understanding of weather phenomena and their interrelationships. Images of the earth taken from satellites have given us a truly global weather perspective. Doppler radars enable us to look at the circulations within thunderstorms to try to identify whether they might generate a tornado. Coupled with this increased observational capability, the introduction of sophisticated numerical weather prediction models has greatly improved our ability to forecast the weather.

The Meteorology major requires a strong foundation in physics, geospatial science, and mathematics, in addition to an aptitude for problem solving. Many of the decisions Air Force officers make, from planning deployments and air strikes in a time of war to launching the Space Shuttle, flying a sortie, or simply deciding what uniform to wear on a particular day, are affected by weather. While graduates in the Meteorology major are academically qualified to enter the weather career field, future pilots and navigators can greatly benefit from a better understanding of the environment in which they fly.

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