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Harnessing Abstract and Critical Thinking

MATHEMATICS

The Mathematics and Applied Mathematics programs offer an education in problem solving, analytic reasoning, critical thinking, and technical communication. These skills prepare cadets to handle the complex operational, managerial, and technical problems that routinely challenge Air Force officers. Both majors also provide a superior education that facilitates success in a wide variety of graduate school programs including operations research, physics, engineering, business administration, economics, computer science, law, medicine, meteorology, and, of course, mathematics and applied mathematics.

More specifically, the Mathematics degree focuses on classical and modern mathematics while leaving flexibility for cadets to tailor a program that meets individual interests. The degree stresses problem solving, logic and abstract reasoning while also providing exposure to various modern applications of mathematics to include programming.

The Applied Mathematics degree also provides a solid foundation in diverse mathematical topics but applies that foundation to related subjects. The hallmark of the Applied Mathematics degree is a focused four-course interdisciplinary concentration coordinated with another department or departments. This blending of applied mathematics with another scientific discipline offers significant benefits in terms of career and graduate school choices.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 11X – Pilot
  • 13X – Space, Nuclear, and Missile Operations & Command and Control
  • 14X – Intelligence officer
  • 17X – Cyberspace Operations
  • 18X – Remotely Piloted Aircraft
  • 61XX – Scientist
  • 63AX – Acquisition Manager
  • 65XX – Financial Management
  • 71SX – Special Investigator
Outside the Air Force
  • Academia
  • Actuary
  • Animator
  • Attorney
  • Biostatistician
  • Budget Analyst
  • Computational Biologist
  • Computer Scientist
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Economist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • National Security Analyst
  • Ops Research Analyst
  • Statistician

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Modern Algebra
  • Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Introduction to Point-Set Theory
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
Mathematics
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110
Chem 100
Com Sci 110
English 111
For Lang 1
For Lang 2
History 100
Math 141
Math 142
Physics 110
Chem 200
Comp Sci 211
Econ 201
English 211
Engr Mech 220
Law 220
Math 243
Math 245
Math 320
MSS 251
Physics 215
Pol Sci 211
Aero Engr 315
Biology 215
ECE 315
History 300
Math 342
Math 360
Math 366
Math 377
Math Concentration
Math Concentration
Math Opt
Philos 310
Proof Based Opt
Academy Opt
Applied Math Option
Astro Engr 310
Math 366
Math 420
Math 421
Math 465
Math Concentration
Math Concentration
Math Open Elective
Math Opt
Math Opt
Advanced Sociocultural Option
SocSci 311

Applied Mathematics
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110
Chem 100
Com Sci 110
English 111
For Lang 1
For Lang 2
History 100
Math 141
Math 142
Physics 110
Chem 200
Comp Sci 211
Econ 201
English 211
Engr Mech 220
Law 220
Math 243
Math 245
Math 320
MSS 251
Physics 215
Pol Sci 211
Aero Engr 315
Biology 215
ECE 315
History 300
Math 342
Math 360
Math 366
Math 377
Math Concentration
Math Concentration
Math Opt
Philos 310
Proof Based Opt
Academy Opt
Applied Math Option
Astro Engr 310
Math 366
Math 420
Math 421
Math 465
Math Concentration
Math Concentration
Math Open Elective
Math Opt
Math Opt
Advanced Sociocultural Option
SocSci 311

Additional information on the Mathematics major can be found on pages 186-190 of the Curriculum Handbook. Additional information on Mathematics courses can be found on pages 309-315.

VALIDATION AND TRANSFER CREDITS

Contact the Department of Mathematics regarding transfer credits from other universities.

CONTACT US

For questions about Math and Applied Math Majors:
Dr. Kurt Herzinger
Professor
kurt.herzinger@usafa.edu
(719) 333-8040

For all other questions:
Maj Eric Hastings
eric.hastings@usafa.edu
(719) 333-4470

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DFMS Personnel Officer
2354 Fairchild Drive, Suite 6D102
USAF Academy, CO 80840
(719) 333-8023
DFMS_Personnel@usafa.edu

 

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