Network Science Minor

Network Science is an inherently interdisciplinary academic field which studies complex networks such as telecommunications, computer, biological, cognitive, and social networks. Network representations of these systems lead to predictive models and insights into how networks behave and evolve. The USMA Network Science Center was established in 2007 with the intent to engage more academic institutions, public and private research organizations, and scholars in basic and applied research relevant to US Department of Defense’s doctrine of Network Centric Operations.

Cadets who minor in Network Science (NS) graduate with an enriched understanding of the interrelationships and influences that drive formation and evolution of systems. Examples of such systems include, but are not limited to, social systems like organizations; physical systems like the contemporary communications infrastructure; and natural systems like ecological webs.

NS minors learn to formalize and measure several different aspects of an individual’s importance to a system, as well as to formalize and measure various characteristics of the system itself, such as its size, sensitivity to change, and topology (such as its shape and pattern of connectivity). However, NS minors will learn to do more than simply calculate these measures; the program of study emphasizes the application of NS to real world problems that exist within and between academic disciplines as diverse as sociology, economics, biology, policy, electrical engineering, international relations, organizational theory, and computer science.

The NS minor is inherently interdisciplinary and combines aspects of mathematics with theories drawn from the social and behavioral sciences and tools created by computer scientists. This interdisciplinary focus will prepare cadets to navigate the complex and diverse problems they will face as officers – problems which no single discipline can solve in isolation and which require rigorous analytical problem solving.

Program of Study

The Network Science minor is currently offered through the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (BS&L) Department and involves taking 5 courses beyond the cadets major (without any double counting). Cadets can meet with the BS&L academic counselor to determine the feasibility of adding a Network Science minor.
is a discipline within the Mathematical Sciences that involves collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data. Applied Statistics is particularly concerned with describing sample data and using it to draw inferences about the underlying population. Modern computing has dramatically increased the power and use of statistical techniques. Data based research is now the norm in almost every discipline to include those in the humanities. Further, data is regularly used and analyzed for military operations. As a result, many exciting opportunities currently exist for officers to pursue an education in Statistics at the graduate level, and to apply the skills they acquire in such a program during their military service. 

Required Courses(1 of 1)

Course No. Course Title
MA394 Fundamentals of Network Science

Theory Courses (Choose 1 out of 6)

Course No. Course Title
MA371 Linear Algebra
MA372 Discrete Math
MA488 Special Topics
MA461 Graph Theory
PL384 Sociological Theory
IT350 Network Engineering & Manegement
Modeling Elective (Choose 1 out of 6)
Course No. Course Title
CS384 Data Structures
CS385 Design & Analysis Algorithms
​MA391 ​Mathematical Modeling
​SE387 Deterministic Models
​SE388 ​Stochastic Models
​EM481 Systems Simulation
​SE485 ​Combat Modeling
​SM484 System Dynamics Simulation
​SS387 ​Economics of Public Policy
Application Elective (Choose 1 out of 25)
Course No. Course Title
CE350 Design of Structure in Theater Opn
CE490 Topics in Civil Eng: Infrastructure
​CS482 Cybersecurity
​CS484 Computer Networks
​DS455 Comparative Military Systems
​EM482 Supply Chain Eng & Info Mgt
​EV365 Geography of Global Cultures
EV398 Geographic Info Systems
​EV478 Military Geographic Operations
EV390B Urban Geography
​CS486 ​Artificial Intelligence
IT384 Network Systems Programming
​IT460 Information Warfare
MA488 Special Topics
​MG379 ​Leading Teams
MG390 Negotiation for Leaders
​PL383 ​Experimental Social Psychology
PL398 Leadership Theory & Development
​PL396 SNA for Public Policy
PL475 Human Computer Interface
​SM440 ​Complex Systems Architecture
SS368 Econometrics I
​SS381 ​Cultural & Political Anthropology
SS465 Terrorism: New Challenges
​XH467 ​Winning the Peace
Integration Elective (Choose 1 out of 2)
Course No. Course Title
PL497 Seminar in Behavioral Sciences
PL398 Adv Study in Behavioral Sciences