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DEVELOPING INTELLECTS, LEADERS AND LIFETIME SUPPORTERS

DIVISIONS, DEPARTMENTS & PROGRAMS

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, Academy 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.

Athletics

Commandant Of Cadets

Basic Sciences DivisionCol Mike Van Valkenburg, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Chemistry

  • BiologyCol Steven Hasstedt, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Biology

    Our department boasts numerous facilities and learning resources including a molecular biology lab, life sciences research center, aerospace physiology lab, genetics lab, cadaver lab and greenhouse. Extensive undergraduate research opportunities also exist for a variety of sub-disciplines within the department.

    Learn about the Department of Biology
  • ChemistryCol Mike Van Valkenburg, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Chemistry

    From developing the materials that extend the life of our aircraft fleet, to understanding space sensor and satellite technology, to analyzing chemical and biological warfare data, chemistry is critical to Air Force operational mission success and at the forefront of many research programs.

    Learn about the Department of Chemistry
  • MathematicsCol Scott E. Williams, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Mathematical Sciences

    Problem solving, analytical reasoning and technical communication, skills that allow cadets to tackle the complex operational, managerial and technical problems that routinely challenge Air Force officers.

    Learn about the Department of Mathematics
  • PhysicsCol Rex Kiziah, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Physics

    The Department of Physics graduates cadets who will go on to serve the Air Force as pilots, space operators, flight test engineers, acquisition managers, engineers, nuclear research officers, weather officers, intelligence officers, and, of course, physicists.

    Learn about the Department of Physics

Engineering DivisionCol Jeffrey T. Butler, Permanent Professor

  • AeronauticsCol John Cinnamon, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Aeronautics

    Supports cadets, the Air Force and the world through studies in aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, aircraft structures and experimental methods.

    Learn about the Department of Aeronautics
  • AstronauticsCol Marty France, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Astronautics

    Cadets learn the fundamentals of satellites, rockets, and other space systems as well as how to design them to contribute to our national security and economy. This experience is enhanced by senior capstone projects and independent and sponsored research opportunities with a variety of government and industry partners.

    Learn about the Department of Astronautics
  • Civil & Environmental EngineeringCol John Christ, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Prepares cadets for careers as civil engineers, which design, build and sustainably maintain the physical infrastructure of the largest weapons platform in the Air Force inventory—the Air Force Installation.

    Learn about the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer ScienceCol David Gibson, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Computer Science

    Helps cadets develop computer-based skills and abilities that can be applied in all Air Force career fields.

    Learn about the Department of Computer Science
  • Electrical & Computer EngineeringCol Jeffrey T. Butler, Permanent Professor

    Provides cadets with the hardware design skills to develop modern computers and control systems, and also how to integrate the algorithm-design skills of computer scientists to take a true “systems” view toward computing design.

    Learn about the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering MechanicsCol Thomas Yoder, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Engineering Mechanics

    Mechanical Engineering is a broad-based and flexible program, allowing cadets to focus in many important disciplines, such as fatigue/fracture mechanics and failure analysis.

    Learn about the Department of Engineering Mechanics
  • Systems Engineering

    Develops officers who are prepared to address the complex engineering and management challenges presented by modern systems design, development and operation.

    Learn about the Department of Systems Engineering

Humanities DivisionCol Dan Uribe, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Foreign Languages

  • English & Fine ArtsCol Kathleen Harrington, Permanent Professor and Department Head of 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
  • Foreign Languages & International ProgramsCol Dan Uribe, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Foreign Languages

    Provides future officers with broad-based, foreign area-related skills to master strategies for global engagement, partnership and expanded mutual security responsibilities.

    Learn about the Department of Foreign Languages & International Programs
  • HistoryCol Meg Martin, Permanent Professor and Department Head of History

    Teaches history for the profession of arms and provides a natural forum for the discussion of great leaders, past and present, insights that are invaluable to any future leader of this country.

    Learn about the Department of History
  • PhilosophyCol James L. Cook, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Philosophy

    Guides cadets to undertake their study of philosophy and religion as part of a life of energetic inquiry aimed at developing the virtues appropriate to a leader of character.

    Learn about the Department of Philosophy

Social Sciences DivisionCol Troy Harting, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Management

  • Behavioral Sciences And LeadershipCol Joe Looney, Department Head of Behavioral Science

    Lays the foundation for the understanding of yourself, others, and how groups work together.  Concentrations within this program are psychology, sociology, leadership, human factors, and the health professions.

    Learn about the Department of Behavioral Sciences And Leadership
  • Economics & GeosciencesCol Jennifer Alexander, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Economics & Geosciences

    Comprises three academic majors, including Economics, Geospatial Science and Meteorology.

    Learn about the Department of Economics & Geosciences
  • LawCol Linell A. Letendre, Permanent Professor and Department Head of 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
  • ManagementCol Troy Harting, Permanent Professor and Department Head of Management

    From accounting to marketing to human resource management, our department develops the skills cadets need to be critical thinkers for today’s dynamic, technologically complex, global environment.

    Learn about the Department of Management
  • Military & Strategic StudiesCol Thomas A. Drohan, Permanent Professor and Department Head of 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 ScienceLt Col Joe Foster, Department Head of 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