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Bachelor of Science in
Aerospace Physiology

The only undergraduate degree of its kind in the nation blends aerospace and life science to prepare students for new opportunities in biomedicine and space.

The only undergraduate degree of its kind in the nation, the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology blends aerospace with life science and leverages Embry-Riddle’s many strengths to take advantage of emerging opportunities in space and biomedicine.

Students study how extreme environments influence biological systems, including such things as the impacts of microgravity and radiation. The extensive curriculum prepares them for a variety of opportunities, not only in the medical fields but also in research and development to support the aerospace industry’s need for expertise in behavioral neuroscience, stress and fatigue, nutritional biochemistry, pharmacotherapeutics, health and human performance, genomic expression, and the human microbiome, among others.

For those students interested in the health sciences, personalized advising tracks have been created to facilitate those applying to medical schoolpharmacyphysical therapyphysician assistantoptometrychiropractic medicineoccupational therapydentistry, and pathologist assistant programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology degree is housed in the Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology in the College of Arts and Sciences

By 2026, healthcare employment is expected to increase by 18%, or about 2.4 million new jobs, compared with 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. With worldwide space business valued at $329 billion as of 2016, according to the Space Foundation, the need for aerospace physiologists as well as physicians specializing in aerospace medicine is expected to grow.




Embry-Riddle graduate and board member Nicole Stott works on a treadmill while on board the International Space Station. (Photo: Nicole Stott)

Embry-Riddle graduate Nicole Stott works on a treadmill while on board the International Space Station. (Photo: Nicole Stott)


About Aerospace Physiology at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Aerospace Physiology is a growing field, creating career opportunities that range from the military and NASA to commercial space and private sector healthcare. Students who graduate from this unique program are perfectly positioned to fill these roles or go on to pursue post-graduate degrees.

The courses, taught by faculty with vast real-world experience in aerospace and physiology, ensure students have the breadth of knowledge they need, thanks to a combination of subjects that include data analysis, human factors and performance, molecular and cellular biology, and aviation.

In addition to the classwork, our groundbreaking partnerships with area hospitals allow Aerospace Physiology students to experience hands-on clinical rotations that will expose them to latest in medical innovations, treatment techniques and cutting-edge research.


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