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Basic Sciences Division


Study the foundational principles of matter and energy that enable the Air Force to maintain its technological superiority and enjoy the opportunity to conduct basic research impactful to the Air Force and our DoD partners.


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 is at the forefront of many research programs.

Chemistry Faculty and Staff

Through the core curriculum, the United States Air Force Academy’s Department of Chemistry provides all cadets with a fundamental education in chemistry. Our department also provides a comprehensive curriculum for cadets interested in chemistry, biochemistry or materials chemistry to pursue positions in research, development, graduate school or medical/dental school.

For only an undergraduate institution, our laboratory facilities and equipment inventory are among the best in the country, including a broad range of state-of-the-art instrumentation that supports teaching and research efforts.

Laboratory Equipment
  • 400 MHz NMR system
  • 500 MHz NMR system
  • FT-IR and near-mid-far FTIR
  • SEM/EDS system
  • Scanning Probe Microscope
  • Multiple GC/MS, flash chromatography, DNA Microarray Scanner, DSC, TGA and DTA/TGA thermal analysis systems
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer
  • Nano-ITC, CHNS Analyzer
  • UV-Vis spectrometers
  • HPLC systems
  • Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer
  • Powder X-ray Diffractometer
  • Flame Atomic Absorption
  • ICP-OES and ICP-MS spectrometers
  • Polarimeter
  • Fully-integrated GPC system
  • Sputter Coater
  • 3D-Printer
  • Micro-compounder
  • Programmable Laboratory Microwave
  • Quartz Crystal Microbalance
  • Atomic Force Microbalance
  • Rheometer
  • Reflectance Spectrometer
  • Spincoater



Chemistry Tracks: Chemistry | Biochemistry | Engineering Chemistry

The Chemistry major is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Department News News From Around The Department

January 29, 2018

Aim Higher

Kristin Stewart, Jan. 29, 2018 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. For one Airman, the motto “aim high” is an understatement. From collegiate athlete to Ph.D. scientist, the sky’s the limit. Capt. Olawale Lawal, Air Force Research Laboratory and 2013 Academy grad, shared his experience and life lessons during the University of West Florida’s ROTC commissioning ceremony. Lawal, the youngest of five boys, was born in Washington D.C., to Nigerian parents. He credits his upbringing for his athletic and academic success. “In Nigerian culture, they set high expectations for their children. Whatever you do, they expect you do it at a...

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