Bachelor of Science in
Aerospace Physiology

Students who have a passion for aviation and space, but also seek STEM studies that provide a solid foundation for careers in the medical field, will find Embry-Riddle’s newest major in Aerospace Physiology an excellent option. The only undergraduate degree of its kind in the nation, this option marries Embry-Riddle’s strength in aviation and aerospace with employment in healthcare occupations which are projected to grow by nearly 20% in the next decade.

The degree’s focus on Aerospace Medicine prepares students for careers that involve managing the effects of a variety of medical conditions on those who travel in air and space, including the short and long term effects of microgravity, cosmic radiation and isolation in hostile environments. The curriculum also prepares students for a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities in the medical field. 


About Aerospace Physiology at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The goal of the B.S. in Aerospace Physiology is to prepare students for employment in the aerospace biological sciences with a strong emphasis in behavioral neurobiology. Aerospace physiology is a growing field that includes a number of career choices including: entry-level research and development positions, military service as an officer within the US Navy/Marine Corps and US Air Force, or in many cases, graduates can choose to pursue higher degrees in graduate and/or professional schools. 

Ultimately, Aerospace Physiology graduates will have a balance of technical competency, depth of knowledge in the biological sciences, and breadth of knowledge through comprehensive curricular requirements, including general education, human factors, social sciences, and aviation.

Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of the Aerospace Physiology curriculum is through the partnership with Florida Hospital, where students will have hands-on experiential learning opportunities focused on patient care and instrumentation. As such, students will be prepared to apply to medical school, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, optometrychiropractic medicine, occupational therapy, dentistry, and pathologist assistant programs.

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

Degree Requirements

The mission of the B.S. in Aerospace Physiology is to offer the most current core curriculum in the biological sciences with upper division course work, research, and capstone experiences in the aerospace sciences. The B.S. in Aerospace Physiology is intended for students interested in pursuing allied and public health professions with particular focus on aviation and aeronautics. Besides pursuing careers as medical practitioners, Universities, the military, private industry, and government agencies employ aerospace physiologists to conduct research, instruct pilots, and provide advice regarding the incorporation of human factors in system designs (see and the Aerospace Medical Association, 

 First Year  Credits
 Foundations of Biology I  4
 Foundations of Biology II  4
 General Chemistry I    4
 General Chemistry II  4
 Research Methods (Fall)  1
 Research Symposium (Spring)  1
 English Composition  3
 Calculus  3
 Lower-level humanities  3
 Lower-level social sciences   3
 College Success  1
 First Year Subtotal  31
 Second Year  Credits
 Genetics with LAB  4
 Microbiology with LAB  4
 Organic Chemistry I  4
 Organic Chemistry II  4
 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with LAB  4
 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with LAB  4
 Research (Fall)  1
 Research (Spring)  1
 Speech Communication   3
 Technical Report Writing    3
 Sophomore Year Total  32
 Third Year  Credits
 Survey of Clinical Instrumentation (at Florida Hospital)  3
 Biochemistry  4
 Molecular and Cell Biology  4
 Research (Fall)  1
 Research (Spring)  1
 Technical Physics I  3
 Technical Physics I Laboratory  1
 Technical Physics II  3
 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals  3
 Business Statistics      3
 Computer & Network Technology; Introduction to Computing for Engineers,
 Scientific Programming in C; Fundamentals of Computer Programming
 Junior Year Subtotal  29
 Senior Year  Credits
 Specified Elective  3
 Specified Elective  3
 Open Elective  3
 Clinical Rotation (at Florida Hospital)  3
 Research (Fall)  1
 Research Symposium (Spring)  1
 Human Performance in Extreme Environments  3
 Ergonomics and Bioengineering  3
 Lower-level or upper-level social sciences / humanities  3
 HF 440: Aerospace Physiology 1  3
 Upper-level social sciences / humanities  3
 Senior Year Subtotal  29

Degree Summary

121 Credits

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