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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.

BASIC SCIENCES DIVISION Col Scott E. Williams, Division Chair

Biology

Col Steve Hasstedt, Permanent Professor
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

Col Tasha L. Pravecek, Permanent Professor
Provides a curriculum for cadets interested in chemistry, biochemical chemistry, or advanced materials chemistry to pursue positions in research, development, graduate school or medical/dental school.
Learn about the Department of Chemistry

Mathematical Sciences

Col Scott Williams, Permanent Professor
Offers an education in 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 Mathematical Sciences

Physics

Col Rex Kiziah, Permanent Professor
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

ENGINEERING DIVISION Col David J. Caswell, Division Chair

Aeronautics

Lt Col Barrett T. McCann, Department Head
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

Astronautics

Col Luke M. Sauter, Permanent Professor, Department Head
Cadets design and build rockets and missiles, communications satellites, space navigational systems, space vehicles and other assets that contribute to our national economy and security.
Learn about the Department of Astronautics

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Col Joel A. Sloan, Permanent Professor
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 & Cyber Sciences

Col David J. Caswell, Permanent Professor
Helps cadets develop computer-based skills and abilities that can be applied in all Air Force career fields.
Learn about the Department of Computer & Cyber Sciences

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Col Brian J. Neff, Permanent Professor
Provides cadets with the hardware and software skills to design, develop, and analyze modern electronic, communications, and computer systems.
Learn about the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Engineering Mechanics

Col Cory A. Cooper, Permanent Professor
Mechanical Engineering is a broad-based and flexible program, allowing cadets to focus in many important disciplines, such as structures, materials, thermal-fluid systems and dynamic/mechatronic systems.
Learn about the Department of Engineering Mechanics

Systems Engineering Program

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

HUMANITIES DIVISION Col Jim Cook, Division Chair

English & Fine Arts

Col Kathleen Harrington, Permanent Professor
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 Programs

Col Dan Uribe, Permanent Professor
The Department of Foreign Languages & International Programs develops leaders of character with global perspective through world class language and culture education.
Learn about the Department of Foreign Languages & International Programs

History

Col Meg Martin, Permanent Professor
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

Philosophy

Col James Cook, Permanent Professor
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 DIVISION Col Linell A. Letendre, Division Chair

Behavioral Sciences & Leadership

Col Joe Don Looney, Department Head
Lays the foundation for the understanding of yourself and others and your ability to work together. Concentrations within this program range from psychology to leadership to the health profession.
Learn about the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership

Economics & Geosciences

Col Jen Alexander, Permanent Professor
Responsible for three academic majors, including Economics, Geospatial Science and Meteorology.
Learn about the Department of Economics & Geosciences

Law

Col Linell Letendre, Permanent Professor
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

Col Scott G. Heyler, Department Head
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 Studies

Col Tom Swaim, Permanent Professor
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 or Military & Strategic Studies

Political Science

Col Cheryl A. Kearney, Permanent Professor
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