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Bachelor of Science in
Astronomy and Astrophysics

With a solid base in math and physics, this program uses hands-on and classroom courses to prepare students for a broad range of scientific careers or graduate degrees.

Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects such as planets, stars, galaxies, and the Universe as a whole. In practice, Astronomy is mostly about using remote observations of celestial objects to understand how those objects work.  

At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, students in the Bachelor of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics program are prepared to enter a broad variety of industrial and basic science applications, as well as graduate programs in related fields. Students will use a combination of physics and astronomy classroom courses, along with hands-on laboratory courses, to understand and explore the Universe.

Embry-Riddle offers students significant advantages, including faculty connections to major resources, such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Kepler Mission, Transiting Earth Survey Satellite, the James Webb Space Telescope, and other facilities sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

ERAU graduated more students in Astronomy and Astrophysics than 85% of other undergraduate astronomy programs in the U.S.,  according to the American Institute of Physics.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 7 percent increase in physics and astronomy jobs between 2019 and 2029. The current median annual wage for Ph.D. astronomers is $119,730. The American Astronomical Society provides additional resources and information. Learn more about careers enabled by an astronomy degree


About Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the Daytona Beach Campus has a strong fundamental basis in mathematics and physics. Housed in the Department of Physical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, the program is a member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) and has been appointed the consortium’s lead administrative institution by its Board of Directors.

The Department’s observatory facilities include an instrumented 1-meter telescope (the largest university research telescope in the southeastern U.S.). This and other high-caliber technologies are used in the laboratory components of the program. Two new spectrographs, fed by light from the 1-meter telescope, enable students to determine the temperatures, compositions, rotation rates, and speeds of stars, planets, nebulae and extragalactic objects.

As the lead member of the SARA, a group of 12 U.S. universities with similar goals for education and research in astronomy and astrophysics, students have remote access to telescopes around the globe. Through this partnership, ERAU faculty and students will have almost continuous access to nearly 90 percent of the sky.

Astronomy & Astrophysics students have access to dynamic labs on campus, including the Laboratory for Exosphere and Near Space Environment Studies (LENSES). LENSES houses computer workstations, two- and three-etalon Fabry-Perot interferometers, and optical calibrations sources with which to conduct optical observations of earth's exosphere, the moon, and stars.

Students are eligible to participate in study abroad programs.

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