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Information Dominance Through Data-Driven Insight

DATA SCIENCE

Data Science focuses on planning for acquisition, management, analysis of, and inference from data. Government and industry alike are experiencing a massive growth in the volume, velocity, and variety of available data. As a result, a competitive advantage is available to those with Data Science knowledge, skills, and abilities. In fact, according to Forbes, Data Scientist was the #1 Best Job in America for four consecutive years from 2016-2019.

Military leaders with Data Science education and training will be critical to winning the wars of the future. The 2018 National Defense Strategy identified advanced computing, “big data” analytics, and artificial intelligence as new technologies that are changing the character of war. All of these technologies, and more, are incorporated into the Data Science major. Graduates of the Data Science program will be armed with the expertise necessary to transform data into actionable insight for faster and more effective decision making. As stated by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General David Goldfein, “It’s not enough to have more data than our adversaries. It’s how we understand the information and use it at the speed of relevance that matters.”

Data Science is an interdisciplinary major led by the Departments of Computer & Cyber Sciences and Mathematical Sciences, with support from the Departments of Management and Philosophy. The curriculum has a heavy emphasis on programming and applied statistics, but also offers students an opportunity to select a focus track in which they apply skills learned in the major to another discipline. The major includes ample opportunity for student research in partnership with organizations in both government and industry.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 14F – Information Operations
  • 14N – Intelligence
  • 15A – Operations Research Analyst
  • 17D – Cyberspace Operations
Outside the Air Force
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Operations Analyst
SAMPLE COURSES
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Applied Statistical Modeling
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Data Ethics
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110
Chem 100
Comp Sci 110
English 111
For Lang 1
For Lang 2
History 100
Math 141
Math 142
Physics 110
Comp Sci 210
Comp Sci 220
Econ 201
English 211
Math 344
Mech Engr 220
Mgt 391
MSS 251
P/C/B Opt 1
P/C/B Opt 2
Pol Sci 220
Adv Socio Option
Astro Engr 310
Comp Sci 364
Data Sci Opt 1
Data Sci Opt 2
Focus Track 1
Focus Track 2
Law 220
Math 377
Math 378
Philos 310
Adv Open Option
Aero Engr 315
Comp Sci 471
Data Sci Opt 3
Data Sci 421
Data Sci 422
ECE 315
History 300
Philos 320
Soc Sci 311

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

CONTACT US

Dr. Justin Hill
Advisor-in-Charge (DFCS)
justin.hill@afacademy.af.edu

Lt Col Kris Pruitt
Advisor-in-Charge (DFMS)
kristopher.pruitt@afacademy.af.edu

 

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