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Basic Sciences Division


Study the foundational principles of matter and energy that enable the Air Force to maintain technological superiority and enjoy the opportunity to conduct basic research impacting 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.

Through the core curriculum, the U.S. 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 engineering chemistry to pursue positions in research, development, graduate school or medical/dental school.

For an undergraduate only 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.

Chemistry Faculty and Staff


Chemistry (major)

Basic Sciences (divisional major)*
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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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January 30, 2019

Academy celebrates research efforts at annual ceremony

Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost, the dean of the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy, speaks to the crowd attending the annual research awards ceremony in Polaris Hall, Jan. 29, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley) By Ray Bowden, Jan. 30, 2019 U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- This year’s research programs at the Air Force Academy were funded to the tune of $40 million and that cost is paying off in dividends, said the dean of faculty at the school’s research awards ceremony, Jan. 29. “The efforts of our cadets and faculty researchers complement everything we do in the classroom,”...

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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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