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Cyber Science

The Cyber Science major focuses on computer programming, embedded systems, networks, telecommunications, computer systems, computer investigations and cyber operations.

Cyber Science majors who become cyber operations officers will be able to:

  • Conduct offensive and defensive cyber operations
  • Establish and operate combat communications capabilities
  • Operate, maintain and defend computer and communications networks
  • Provide secure command and control capabilities
  • Contribute to the development and acquisition of new systems

Cyber Science majors who become pilots have greater insight into their aircraft and weapons systems which are highly dependent on software systems. They will have an in-depth knowledge of how cyberspace risks may impact mission capabilities. Previous programming experience is neither assumed nor required to succeed in this program.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 17X – Cyber operations officer
  • 11X – Pilot
  • 14X – Intelligence
  • 71SX – Office of Special Investigations
  • 13X – Space and Missile Operations
Outside the Air Force
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Security Consultant

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Cryptography
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Cyber Operations
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
For Lang 1

Beh Sci 110

History 100

Math 141

Comp Sci 110

For Lang 2

Chem 100

English 111

Math 142

Physics 110

Leadership 100

Comp Sci 210

MSS 251

ECE 315

Physics 215

English 211

Comp Sci 220

ECE 281

Math 340

Law 220

P / C / B Option 2

Mech Engr 220

Leadership 200

Cyber Sci 333

Comp Sci 467

ECE 382

Pol Sci 211

History 300

Econ 201

Cyber Sci 334

Cyber Sci

Elective 1

Comp Sci 483

Philos 310

Math 356

Adv Open Option

Leadership 300

Cyber Sci 435

Cyber Sci 438

Comp Sci 431

Aero Engr 315

Soc Sci 311

Cyber Sci 439

ECE 348

Cyber Sci Elective 2

Astro Engr 310

Adv SocioCultural Op

Leadership 400

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

 

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Cyber Science degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to: rapidly acquire required knowledge, lead others effectively, apply ethical and moral standards, improve unit performance by application of organizational skills, make sound decisions based on critical thinking, communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

Student Outcomes

Graduates of our program will have the ability to:

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.
  • Create intentional effects through social and technical manipulation of adversarial systems.

The number of cadets graduated or enrolled in the Cyber Science major are listed, by class, below:

Cyber Science Enrollment Data
2016: 2017:
42 48
CONTACT US

Lt Col Chiaramonte, DFCS
Michael.Chiaramonte@usafa.edu
(719) 333-3590

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