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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

Engr 101

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 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Aero Engr 315

Beh Sci 310

Biology 315

ECE 231

History 300

Math 342

Math 360

Math 366

Math 377

Math Concentration

Math Concentration

Math Opt

Philos 310

Proof Based Opt

Sys Opt

Academy Opt

Applied Math Option

Astro Engr 310

English 411

Math 366

Math 420

Math 421

Math 465

Math Concentration

Math Concentration

Math Open Elective

Math Opt

Math Opt

Mgt 400

MSS 415/416

Soc Sci 412


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

Engr 101

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 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Beh Sci 310

Biology 315

Concentration #1

Concentration #2

ECE 231

Math 342

Math 377

Math 360

Math Option #1

Philos 310

History 300

Sys Opt

Aero Engr 315

Astro Engr 310

Concentration #3

Concentration #4

English 411

Math 366

Math 420

Math 421

Math Option #2

Math Option #3

Mgt 400

MSS 415/416

Soc Sci 412

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

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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