Maybe you’ve dreamed of being a rocket scientist. You may have wondered what you could do with your passion for engineering, space, science, and math. These subjects excite you, and you strive for a challenging career that requires you to solve complex problems.
The bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics 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. You will understand atmospheric physics and design sensors and instruments to take our understanding of the cosmos to the next level.
Even if you choose to work outside of the space field, this program prepares you with the foundation necessary to pursue graduate school or enter challenging careers in engineering and physics.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
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. Embry-Riddle 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.
Combined degree available: BSEP with Master of Science in Engineering Physics
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. You’ll have quality time with professors and other students who share your 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, you’ll 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. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in space-related research that might involve astrophysics, satellite exploration, or space weather. And you’ll participate on student design teams to create experiments that might even be tested using sounding rockets. You may have the opportunity to contribute to the design and development of an autonomous vehicle that may one day help explore a distant planet.
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.
You 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.
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.
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.
Engineering Physics graduates are in-demand candidates for careers in the following professions and with the following industry leaders:
From analyzing the progress of the Mars Phoenix spacecraft to poring over details of Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Stardust mission, Barbara Bendkowski has made her childhood dreams of a space career come true. As a Spacecraft Systems Test Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Barbara has provided expertise that’s helped position her at the top of her field. She splits her time overseeing operational tasks, working as a system controller (sending signals to the various space vehicles), and serving as a test engineer in the lab. Despite having accomplished so much, she plans to continue working with spacecraft for years to come.
It’s human nature to explore, and we’re doing it in places where we can’t send a human. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do than work with these spacecraft to discover new things about our universe.
While Stephen Boyce was an ERAU student, he completed internships with IMP Aerospace and HINZ, a Rockwell Automation Company. But soon after graduation, he was hired as a Maintenance Engineer Trainee for Schlumberger. In this role, Stephen served as a link between the field maintenance organization and the Engineering & Manufacturing centers to aid in equipment design reliability and maintainability. And after just 10 months, he was promoted to a Field Engineer. He’s currently training to be a Technical Sales Engineer.