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College of Science and Mathematics

MINORS, CERTIFICATES

  • Applied Statistics

    Minor

    The minor is designed to prepare students for careers in research, education, industry, and government. If you are a STEM major; you are halfway toward a Mathematics or Statistics minor!

    Careers

    • Actuary
    • Insurance Underwriter
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Operational Research Analyst
    • Statistician
  • Astronomy

    Minor

    Astronomy, one of the oldest sciences, is the study of celestial bodies including planets, stars, galaxies and other entities in space. Astronomers utilize principles in physics to learn about the universe and create theories based on their research. Astronomy majors at Valdosta State University gain knowledge of the fundamental branches of astronomy, including solar system astronomy, astrophysics and observational astronomy. 

    Careers

    • Aerospace Professional
    • Data Analyst
    • Lab Technician
    • Observatory Scheduler
    • Planetarium Director
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  • Biology

    Minor

    A new Minor in Biology will be available starting in fall 2017. The minor requires fifteen hours of upper division biology courses including genetics, ecology and evolution, and eight hours of upper division biology electives.

    Careers

    • Biotechnology
    • Forensics
    • Genetic counseling
    • Medicine
  • Certificate in Data Science

    Certificate

    The Basic Certificate in Data Science is designed to prepare students for careers in research, education, industry, and government. This is a rapidly growing and in-demand career path. If you are currently a STEM major; you may want to consider adding this certificate to your degree.

    Careers

    • Data Analyst
    • Data Architect
    • Data Engineer
    • Data Scientist
    • Statistician
  • Chemistry

    Minor

    Chemists study the property, composition and structure of elements and compounds and the interactions between matter and energy. Chemists problem solve and contribute to the greater good of society through research and discovery. Students in the Valdosta State University chemistry program develop critical thinking skills, learn to identify and outline problems, and become proficient problem solvers. Students are prepared for graduate work in chemistry and for employment in industry or government agencies.

    Careers

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biochemical Engineer
    • Chemical Technician
    • Chemist
    • Clinical Chemist
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  • Computer Science

    Minor

    Computer scientists and computer information systems professionals use computers to solve problems by programming, analyzing, designing and implementing software systems. They deal with theoretical components related to computers and to issues with hardware. Jobs in the field of computer science and computer information systems are in high demand and graduates in these disciplines are prepared for a variety of positions in the field of science, technology, engineering, education, business and more. The computer science and computer information systems majors at Valdosta State University prepare students to enter the workforce and many students in the program find part-time jobs in the field while they continue their studies.

    Careers

    • Applications Developer
    • Computer Programmer
    • Computer Science Teacher
    • Computer Scientist
    • Computer Support Specialist
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  • Geography

    Minor

    A Minor in Geography is available to students of all majors. It consists of two specific core courses (GEOG 1112k and GEOG 1113k) and at least nine hours of upper-division elective courses. Geography is an interdisciplinary field that bridges both natural and social sciences so this Minor complements many other programs at VSU.  Geography teaches a variety of methods to analyze the natural environment and how it is impacted by humans.  Skills honed in this minor add breadth to students’ preparation for employment in the public or private sector or pursuit of graduate education.

  • Geology

    Minor

    A Minor in Geology is available to students of all majors.  This minor consists of two lower-level courses (GEOL 1121k and GEOL 1122k) as well as Mineralogy (GEOL 3101), Petrology (GEOL 3102) and at least three additional upper-division hours in geology.  Geology is the study of Earth’s materials, their composition, how they change over long spans of time, and ways that humans utilize natural resources.  These courses teach a variety of analytic techniques both in the classroom and in the field.  Skills honed in this minor augment students’ preparation for employment in the public or private sector or pursuit of graduate education.

  • Mathematics

    Minor

    Mathematicians study quantity, distance and space with the goal of problem solving, reasoning, making connections and communicating. They advance knowledge by developing new principles and recognizing previously unknown relationships between existing principles of mathematics. Applied mathematicians use mathematical theories and techniques, including mathematical modeling and computational methods, to formulate and solve real-world problems in business, government and engineering, and in the areas of physical, life and social sciences.

    Careers

    • Actuary
    • Budget Analyst
    • Claims Adjustor
    • Computer System Analyst
    • Controller
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  • Minor in Aerospace Studies

    Minor

    The Department of Aerospace Studies is the United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) detachment at VSU. Students seeking a commission into the active duty Air Force will take classes aimed at developing leadership, fostering teamwork, military history, and understanding the role of the US Air Force in national defense. The academic portion of AFROTC is also open to students who wish to only take the academic component without pursuing a commission.

    Careers

    • Air Battle Manager
    • Aircraft Maintenance Officer
    • Combat Rescue Officer
    • Combat Systems Officer
    • Contracting Officer
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  • Physics

    Minor

    Physics is a foundation science concerned with space, time, matter, energy, gravitation, electromagnetism, light, atoms, nuclei and the fundamental forces of the universe. Famous physicists such as Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton responsible for some of the most profound scientific discoveries in history, and the discipline continues to produce great thinkers who uncover the inner-workings of the universe. The physics program at Valdosta State University helps students achieve their dreams of in the discipline and prepares them for careers in the field and for further graduate studies.

    Careers

    • Astronomer
    • Astrophysicist
    • Atomic Physicist
    • Biophysicist
    • Chemical Physicist
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