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Bachelor of Science in
Aerospace Physiology

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology blends aerospace and life science to prepare students for new opportunities in biomedicine and space.

About the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology

Embry-Riddle offers the only undergraduate degree in the nation that combines aerospace and life science. The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology is designed to take advantage of emerging opportunities in space and biomedicine. The program explores the effects of zero gravity, different atmospheric conditions, aerospace medicine and health and radiation on human physiology. 

The extensive curriculum prepares students for numerous opportunities in medical fields, research and development within the aerospace industry. A degree in Aerospace Physiology provides expertise in areas such as behavioral neuroscience, nutritional biochemistry, pharmacotherapeutics, health and human performance and the human microbiome. 

Why You Should Study this Aerospace Physiology

Aerospace Physiology is a combination of the study of the aviation/aerospace environment and medicines and human life systems. A career in aerospace physiology may be for you if you: 

  • Are interested in the impacts of stress and fatigue in space
  • Have a fascination with space
  • Want to study aviation and medicine together
  • Would enjoy developing systems to support life systems 

Student Learning Outcomes

While learning about aerospace physiology, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Analyze the body’s reaction to extreme environments, like space and the upper atmosphere.  
  • Study how extreme environments influence the intricacies of biological systems, including the impacts of microgravity and radiation on the human body.
  • Work alongside astronauts and engineers while revolutionizing the aerospace industry. 

Aerospace Physiology Career Opportunities

Careers and Employers

Embry-Riddle graduates are prepared to enter the industry as aerospace physiologists and biologists or dedicate their efforts to medical equipment development and aerospace medicines, with a 100% placement rate within a year of graduation. 

Students earning a degree in Aerospace Physiology often accept employment offers with leading companies in the field such as: 

  • Department of Defense 
  • NASA 
  • Pharmaceutical Companies 
  • Research Laboratories  

Aerospace Physiology Salary Information

Receiving an Aerospace Physiology degree from Embry-Riddle provides the opportunity for competitive salaries, averaging $44,200 annually as of 2022. 


About Aerospace Physiology at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Aerospace Physiology courses are taught by experienced instructors who have worked in the aerospace medicine and health fields. These courses provide a comprehensive education covering subjects like data analysis, human factors in aviation and molecular and cellular biology.  

Our Aerospace Physiology program also includes clinical rotations in partnership with local hospitals. This allows students to gain hands-on experience and exposure to the latest medical innovations, treatment techniques and cutting-edge research. 

Aerospace Physiology Information

  • Credits: 121 
  • Online or In-Person: In-Person 

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