Bachelor of Science in
Engineering Physics

The bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics program at Embry-Riddle is especially suited to those who want to become part of the future of space exploration and contribute to the science that is conducted beyond the Earth. This program addresses the scientific challenges and planning associated with mission design and the research that is carried out in the space environment. Students will understand atmospheric physics and design sensors and instruments to take our understanding of the cosmos to the next level. Should students choose to work outside of the space field, this program prepares them with the foundation necessary to pursue graduate school or enter challenging careers in engineering and physics in any industry.

The Engineering Physics program at Embry-Riddle is among the largest in the U.S. but is still a small program of just fewer than 100 students. Students have quality time with professors and other students who share the same passion for math, engineering, science, and space.

All Engineering Physics majors can easily complete a minor in mathematics. And with the upper-level mathematics and physics courses in the ERAU program, graduates emerge with stronger abilities in theoretical endeavors than engineering programs that are focused in other specializations.

This program is unique in its focus on space. Students have the opportunity to participate in space-related research that might involve astrophysics, satellite exploration, or space weather.

Students can expect to join organizations like the student chapters of the Mars Society and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Mars Aerial Vehicle Project, Society of Physics Students (SPS), Sigma Pi Sigma — the National Physics Honor Society, Embry-Riddle Future Space Explorers and Developers Society (ERFSEDS), and more.

Approximately two-thirds of each Embry-Riddle Engineering Physics class enters the workforce upon graduation. The others continue to pursue graduate studies in various branches of engineering and science.

ERAU’s Engineering Physics program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and is administered by the Physical Sciences Department in the College of Arts & Sciences.


About Engineering Physics at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Housed in the Department of Physical Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, the B.S. in Engineering Physics degree program gives students the knowledge and skills of both scientists and engineers.

Students focus on the scientific challenges and planning associated with mission design and research related to space exploration.

However, with its strong emphasis on engineering fundamentals, the curriculum not only creates a gateway into the space program, but also a foundation for a wide range of engineering and physics careers and graduate programs.

A typical first year will include fundamentals like Engineering Drawing and Current Topics in Space Science along with math, science, communication, and general education courses.

ERAU’s Daytona Beach Campus is home to an Engineering Physics Design Lab featuring high-processing engineering graphics workstations and state-of-the-art software.

The Atmospheric Physics Research Laboratory provides equipment that allows students to test their instruments and sensors in a chamber that closely replicates the vacuum of the space environment.

Students at this campus also benefit from its proximity to Kennedy Space Center. Our Daytona Beach Campus is only 50 miles north of Florida’s Space Coast, enabling students to participate in special programs in the Florida Space Grant Consortium, NASA, and many of the other contracting companies operating in the area.

ERAU also offers an accelerated program that allows exceptional students to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering Physics in five years.

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Degree Summary

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