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BIOLOGY

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

ABOUT US

Are you interested in what makes your body function? Are you fascinated by the vast diversity of living organisms on this planet? Does the idea of decoding a strand of DNA interest you? The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Department of Biology helps cadets pursue these interests through academic instruction, practical laboratory experience and individual research projects.

Our graduates pursue careers in medicine or dentistry or in the Biomedical Sciences Corps (including aerospace physiology, bioenvironmental engineering and physical therapy).

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.

For information about Biology Outreach Programs, click here.

Biology Faculty and Staff

MAJORS & MINORS


Biology (major)

Basic Sciences (divisional major)*
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October 5, 2020

Cadets in STEM Spotlight: C1C Kat Kowar

Cadet First Class Katarina Kowar chose to attend the U. S. Air Force Academy for it's unparallelled undregraduate programs. A biology major from Woody Creek, Colorado, she has taken full advantage of the opportunities USAFA has to offer. Aside from regular cadet activities, Cadet Kowar has been involved with two STEM research projects and is a member of the USAFA Precision Flying Team. Cadet Kowar joined the biology lab as a sophomore, where she gained the foundational scientific reasoning and laboratory skills that would support her journey in upper level biology classes and research. Over the summer, she participated in...

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August 10, 2020

USAFA Pandemic Math Team

Maj Erin Almand tests COVID samples By Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison When USAFA made the difficult decision to send the majority of the cadet wing home in March, its faculty and staff immediately got to work to find ways to protect cadets and the USAFA mission. Experts from multiple disciplines came together to tackle the problem and answer an important question from the Superintendent: how might we safely return the entire cadet wing to USAFA for in-person instruction during the ongoing pandemic? Maj Erin Almand, a 2009 Graduate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, had an answer....

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March 21, 2019

Air Force Academy cadets test sensors designed to improve warfighter abilities

(U.S. Air Force photo/Joshua Armstrong) Story by Ray Bowden, March 21, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- General Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” Cadets at the Air Force Academy took the former Gulf War leader at his word when they helped the Air Force and one of the Academy's research partners, a public firm specializing in biology and applied physics, test a prototype of a human-behavior sensor designed to check their perspiration, March 12. The sensors, designed by GE Global Research, one of many Defense Department research partners, were...

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