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, optometry, chiropractic medicine, occupational therapy, dentistry, and pathologist assistant programs.
The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology is intended for students interested in pursuing allied and public health professions with particular focus on aviation and aeronautics. This instructional program focuses on the scientific study of the physiological processes involved in low and high-altitude flight and living in space and related low-pressure and low-gravity environments, including sensorimotor interactions, response mechanisms, and the effects of injury, disease, and disability. This program includes courses in anatomy, molecular and cellular basis of muscle contraction, neurophysiology of motor mechanics, systemic physiological responses (respiration, blood flow, endocrine secretions, and others), fatigue and exhaustion, systemic environmental pathologies, muscle and body training, physiology of specific exercises and activities, physiology of injury, and the effects of disabilities and disease.
To enter this program, students must have completed four years of high school science and mathematics, demonstrating a high level of competency.
The Aerospace Physiology program comprises 121 credits as outlined below.
For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.
|Communication Theory and Skills (COM 122, COM 219, COM 221)||9|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences *||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Computer Science (CS 118 or CS 223 or EGR 115 or HS 235)||3|
|Mathematics (MA 112, MA 222)||6|
|Physical and Life Sciences (BIO, CHM or PS from the core list)||6|
|BIO 120||Foundations of Biology I||3|
|BIO 120L||Foundations of Biology I Laboratory||1|
|BIO 121||Foundations of Biology II||3|
|BIO 121L||Foundations of Biology II Lab||1|
|BIO 110||Research Methods I||1|
|BIO 111||Research Symposium||1|
|BIO 215L||Genetics Laboratory||1|
|BIO 216L||Microbiology Laboratory||1|
|BIO 210, BIO 211, BIO 310, BIO 311, BIO 410||5|
|BIO 305||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIO 305L||Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory||1|
|BIO 340||Survey of Clinical Instrumentation||3|
|BIO 306||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||3|
|BIO 306L||Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory||1|
|BIO 405||Molecular and Cell Biology||3|
|BIO 405L||Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIO 440||Clinical Rotation||3|
|BIO 411||Research Symposium II||1|
|CHM 110||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 110L||General Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|CHM 111||General Chemistry II||3|
|CHM 111L||General Chemistry II Laboratory||1|
|CHM 210||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 210L||Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|CHM 211||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|CHM 211L||Organic Chemistry II Laboratory||1|
|CHM 310L||Biochemistry Laboratory||1|
|HF 300||Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals||3|
|HF 312||Ergonomics and Bioengineering||3|
|HF 326||Human Performance in Extreme Environments||3|
|HF 440||Aerospace Physiology||3|
|PS 103||Technical Physics I||3|
|PS 115L||Technical Physics Laboratory||1|
|PS 104||Technical Physics II||3|
|UNIV 101||College Success||1|
|Choose ONE course: *BIO 321, * BIO 322, ES 315, HF 321, ME 442, ME 444||3|
|Choose ONE course: *BIO 321, *BIO 322, SF 315, SF 355, SP 220, PSY 310, PSY 320, PSY 335||3|
*BIO 321 and *BIO 322 may be taken only once each as Specified Electives
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