NUCLEAR WEAPONS & STRATEGY (MINOR)
The Nuclear Weapons and Strategy minor provides a pathway for cadets from all majors to build the technical and strategic foundation to lead the United States Air Force in the second nuclear age.
Nuclear weapons play an essential role in the strategic deterrence of adversaries and the current limited nature of warfare. The Nuclear Weapons and Strategy minor at the Academy focuses on the enduring fundamentals of the nuclear enterprise. This includes the origin of nuclear energy, strategic policy, proliferation, and the effects of radiation as a result of nuclear reactions.
The skills and abilities developed in the Nuclear Weapons and Strategy minor are of high importance to the execution of the Air Force’s nuclear mission and maintenance of the Air Force nuclear stockpile.
Cadets in the minor must have a Secret security clearance.
POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
Graduates can work for a range of organizations,
Outside the Air Force
Cadets will earn the minor by completing five courses (15 semester hours):
|Physics 310||Principles of Nuclear Science|
|Physics 354||Nuclear Weapons Engineering|
|Physics 450||Nuclear Weapons Effects|
|Soc Sci 467||Nuclear Weapons Policy and Strategy|
Choose One of the following:
|Pol Sci 302||American Foreign and National Security Policy|
|MSS 367||Weapons, Warfare, and Mass Disruption|
|Chem 350||Chemistry of Weapons|
|History 376||A History of Space Power|
|History 371||Airpower History|
For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.
Dr. Ryan Cress
Director of Nuclear Science