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You can get a good education at any college or university. At the United States Air Force Academy, we broaden your horizons, galvanize your character, and help you pave the way to an exciting career. Here, a world-class education is just the beginning.

With 20 different departments and a broad core curriculum, cadets can be certain they’ll find an area of study that interests and challenges them. Browse the list below to discover more information on each department.

Basic Sciences Division

  • Biology

    Cadets study different facets of biology within our molecular biology lab, life sciences research center, aerospace physiology lab, genetics lab, cadaver lab and greenhouse.

    Learn about the Department of Biology
  • Chemistry

    Provides a curriculum for cadets interested in chemistry, biochemical chemistry, or engineering chemistry to pursue positions in research, development, graduate school, or medical/dental school.

    Learn about the Department of Chemistry
  • Mathematical Sciences

    Strengthens critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and technical communication skills that allow cadets to tackle the complex operational, managerial, and technical problems that routinely challenge Air Force and Space Force officers.

    Learn about the Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics And Meteorology

    Helps cadets become great thinkers, to understand the laws and equations behind the devices that enable our modern technological society, and to develop real-world solutions to enhance the capabilities of the Air Force and Department of Defense.

    Learn about the Department of Physics And Meteorology

Engineering Division

Humanities Division

  • Department Of Languages And Cultures

    The Department of Languages and Cultures develops leaders of character with global perspective through world class language and culture education.

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  • English & Fine Arts

    Leaders throughout history have used their skills as readers, thinkers, and communicators to effect change. Our department is committed to improving the reading, writing, and speaking skills of all cadets.

    Learn about the Department of English & Fine Arts
  • History

    Our department teaches history for the profession of arms, helping future officers develop the empathetic skills necessary to understand people- past and present- in a manner crucial for all leaders.

    Learn about the Department of History
  • Philosophy

    Our department guides cadets in their study of philosophy and religion as part of a life of energetic inquiry aimed at developing the virtues appropriate to leaders of character.

    Learn about the Department of Philosophy

Social Sciences Division

  • Behavioral Sciences And Leadership

    Provides a scientific foundation for understanding human behavior across multiple domains using Psychology, Sociology, Human Factors Engineering, and Leadership disciplines.

    Learn about the Department of Behavioral Sciences And Leadership
  • Economics & Geosciences

    Economists develop critical thinking skills to efficiently allocate resources, design and align incentive structures, and assess policies using advanced data analytics. Geospatial scientists apply knowledge of the human condition, scientific reasoning, and a spatial perspective to analyze ill-defined problems and make recommendations.

    Learn about the Department of Economics & Geosciences
  • Law

    Cadets develop analytical skills and build expertise in the study of law and its role and function in both American society and the international community.

    Learn about the Department of Law
  • Management

    From accounting and analytics to marketing and human resource management, our cadets develop the skills needed to be critical thinkers for today’s dynamic, technologically complex, global environment.

    Learn about the Department of Management
  • Military & Strategic Studies

    Prepares cadets to think strategically and creatively in order to lead and operate across the spectrum of conflict throughout the globe.

    Learn about the Department of Military & Strategic Studies
  • Political Science

    Prepares cadets to comprehend domestic and international political events by examining political theories and ideologies, international relations, American politics, international security, defense decision-making, and more.

    Learn about the Department of Political Science