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ECONOMICS & GEOSCIENCES

Comprises three academic majors, including Economics, Geospatial Science, and Meteorology.

About Us

The Department of Economics and Geosciences at the U.S. Air Force Academy is responsible for three academic majors, including Economics, Geospatial Science, and Meteorology.

The department also teaches courses for two related programs – Foreign Area Studies and Operations Research. Each program of study is supported by some of the nation’s best faculty in their respective fields.

Our department strives to create an intellectually stimulating environment through learning-focused courses and faculty-student mentoring.

Economics and Geosciences Faculty and Staff

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October 15, 2019

5 research projects AF Academy cadets are working on today

By Janine Dreger, Oct. 15, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Ever wonder what cadet researchers are doing these days at the Air Force Academy? Here’s five projects we think are very interesting.  Falcon Satellite Program All systems are “go” for FalconSat-6, a 400-pound satellite designed and built by cadets. It’s been in orbit for 10-months, receiving and transmitting information allowing cadets to track the progress of several space-technology projects. New Dimensions Cadets are developing technology to give pilots mission information during their “debriefs” in three dimensions. If cadets have their way, our pilots will eventually wear 3-D glasses to...

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July 17, 2019

Feature story: AF Academy cadets take educational journey to Normandy, pay tribute to D-Day

(Courtesy photo) By Ray Bowden, July 17, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Cadets from the Air Force Academy spent two weeks of their summer break near the beach, but it probably wasn’t the shoreline you’d expect. They went to Normandy, France, to pay their respects to the 160,000 allied troops who crossed the English Channel on D-Day, June 6, 1944, to begin clawing-back Europe from Nazi control. The two-week academic journey took the cadets and some of their faculty to Normandy where the allied campaign, Operation Overlord, occurred. The group also participated in the D-Day 75th Anniversary memorial...

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April 22, 2019

Cultural Immersion Program trips make ‘the world a bit smaller’

U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Brianna Murray (middle left) sits with Ugandans during a Cultural Information Program trip to East Africa during spring break, 2019. (Courtesy photo) By Jennifer Spradlin U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Cadet 1st Class Brianna Murray came to the Air Force Academy looking for a chance to be part of something bigger than herself, and recently realized part of that goal with a Cultural Immersion Program trip to East Africa. Murray and three other cadets joined Dr. John Riley, an associate professor in political science, on a 10-day trip during spring break to Rwanda...

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