The chemistry major is designed to prepare cadets for a junior officer position in research, development, graduate school, or medical/dental school. The chemistry major emphasizes the use of laboratory methods and individual research projects. The Department of Chemistry offers a single Bachelor of Science degree, but does so through three discrete tracks in the field of chemistry. They are chemistry, biochemistry, and material chemistry.
Those cadets successfully completing the chemistry option receive a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree. The official cadet transcript will state that the student graduated with the chemistry option. This degree program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The chemistry option is recognized by American universities as a balanced lecture/laboratory sequence providing the best possible chemical background for future work. Cadets interested in research and development positions or graduate training in chemistry are encouraged to select this option.
The biochemistry option is designed for cadets interested in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or medicine. Cadets successfully completing this option are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry which is approved by the American Chemical Society. The official cadet transcript will state that the student graduated with the biochemistry option. This course of study bridges the gap between chemistry and biology and enables students to fully appreciate and understand the chemistry of life. The biochemistry option offers an excellent opportunity for cadets interested in research in the biomedical field and, like the approved chemistry option, provides an excellent background for those with an interest in attending medical school.
Material Chemistry Track
The Material Chemistry option is an American Chemical Society approved interdisciplinary program designed to meet the Air Force's need for qualified personnel with an understanding of modern materials such as composites, ceramics, polymers, alloys, semiconductors, and superconductors. This course of study bridges the gap between designing and developing materials at the molecular level and the physical application of these materials at the macro level for structural, electronic, and optical uses. To investigate this relatively new field of study we have taken advantage of a wide range of expertise found at the Air Force Academy. This interdisciplinary approach allows the student to gain a broader understanding of the subject by crossing traditional academic boundaries. Cadets successfully completing this option are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The official cadet transcript will state that the student graduated with a materials science option.