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Basic Sciences Division

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 United States 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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Department News News From Around The Department


November 23, 2022

Cadets create plant experiment to go to space

U.S. Air Force Academy Strategic Communications U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Cadets and faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy are participating in some out-of-this-world research. Their plant project is one of several chosen as part of the Polaris Dawn mission’s science and research portfolio. The mission is expected to launch no earlier than March 2023 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “It blows my mind that cadets at the Academy have opportunities to work on projects like this,” said Cadet 1st Class Caroline Harshbarger, one of the cadets involved in the plant project....

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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 unparalleled undergraduate programs. A biology major from Woody Creek, Colorado, she has taken full advantage of the opportunities the United States Air Force Academy has to offer. Aside from regular cadet activities, Cadet Kowar has been involved with two STEM research projects and is a member of the United States Air Force Academy's 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...

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August 10, 2020

USAFA Pandemic Math Team

Maj Erin Almand tests COVID samples By Nicole Cox, USAFA Graduate Liaison When the United States Air Force Academy 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 Academy 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 the Academy for in-person instruction during the ongoing pandemic? Maj Erin Almand, a 2009 Graduate and Assistant Professor in the...

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