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BIOLOGY

The biology major provides a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human performance in air and space, exercise, biomechanics, environmental sciences, and cutting-edge cell and genetic engineering.

Some cadets pursue specialized areas of interest, detailed below, such as aviation and flight, human factors in aviation and space, athletics and sports performance, ecology, cell and molecular biology, or professional or advanced degree preparation.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 43AX – Aerospace & Operational Physiologist
  • 46FX – Flight Nurse
  • 47GX – Dentist
  • 61CX – Biologist
Outside the Air Force
  • Physical therapist
  • Bioenvironmental engineer
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Nutritionist

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • Anatomy and Physiology: Sensory and Motor Integration
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Biology 210

Biology 330

Chem 230

Econ 201

English 211

Engr Mech 220

Law 220

MSS 200

Physics 110

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

S/T Energy Sys Opt

Aero Engr 315

Beh Sci 310

Biology 331

Biology 332

Biology 360

Biology 363

Biology Opt

ECE 315

History 300

Math 356

Philos 310

Sci Breadth Opt

Academy Opt

Astro Engr 310

Biology 380

Biology 459

Biology 480

Biology Opt

Biology Opt

English 411

Mgt 400

MSS 415/416

Sci Breadth Opt

Soc Sci 412

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

DEGREE CONCENTRATIONS

Environmental and Organismal Biology Option
Combines knowledge the physical world, the human element and problem-solving skills to understand man’s role and impact on the planet Earth.

Bioenvironmental Engineering Option
Applies engineering and scientific knowledge and techniques to identify and manage risks for health protection; develop procedures, techniques and equipment; conduct and supervise engineering services and participate in medical facility programs.

Cellular and Molecular Biology Option
Combines the study of biochemical and cellular-level processes to understand the rapidly growing fields of genetic engineering, immunology, disease defense, hormonal control, aging and cancer.

Human Factors and Performance Option
Allows cadets to study the physical, physiological, mechanical and psychological factors related to the man-machine interface (human factors) or to optimizing and teaching neuromuscular skills (performance, athletics).

Aerospace Physiology Option
Studies the management of aerospace physiological training and hyperbaric therapy units, performance of research and provision of expertise on the human aspects of manned high-altitude/high-speed flight (including space flight).

Physical Therapy Option
Prepares cadets to provide professional care that can be applied to patients referred from most disciplines of medicine.

Professional or Advanced Degree Option
Designed for cadets pursuing graduate school or a professional health degree.

VALIDATION AND TRANSFER CREDITS

We accept AP credit toward Bio 315 (Introductory Biology) and Bio 210 (Paradigms of Biology) for sufficiently high scores on the AP exam. The transfer of credits for equivalent courses is handled on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the course director and department head.

CONTACT US

Dr. David Hale
Associate Professor of Biology
david.hale@usafa.edu
(719) 333-6035

WANT TO STUDY BIOLOGY?