Bachelor of Science in
Space Physics

Embry-Riddle’s Bachelor of Science in Space Physics is designed for students with superior math and science skills and have a strong interest in space. Graduates emerge with the skills needed to excel in graduate studies, to contribute to the growing commercial space movement in a meaningful way, or to begin a career in applied physics. Students in the Space Physics program work under the direction of renowned physicists who share their passion for the universe. The Space Physics program at ERAU is designed to help students explore the physical phenomena observed in our universe, as well as measure the physical parameters of nearby exoplanets using our campus observatories.

A Space Physics degree provides a strong experimental physics background, so graduates emerge from the program ready to work in research or within the burgeoning commercial space industry.

Program graduates are also well suited for pursuing careers in medical physics, biophysics, plasma physics, and in the military and security sectors.

Even as an undergraduate, students have the opportunity to be involved with a variety of faculty-sponsored research projects.

Students at ERAU can join a number of professional organizations and clubs to begin networking and fully immerse themselves in the field. Organizations of interest include the student chapter of the Mars Society, Society of Physics Students, and Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honors society.


About Space Physics at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Part of the Department of Physical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, the B.S. in Space Physics degree program emphasizes the physics of the solar-terrestrial and distant-space environments. 

Students learn how to study the magnetic and electric phenomena that occur in outer space, in the upper atmosphere of planets, and on the sun. In the field, space physicists use ground-based instruments, balloons, rockets, satellites, and deep space probes to study these phenomena.

This program is designed to produce graduates who want to pursue careers in space-related professions or who want to pursue advanced studies in diverse areas of science and engineering.

The College of Arts and Sciences building houses Florida’s largest university-based research telescope, an instrumented 1-meter, Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope. Adjacent, is a helioscope to observe solar activity.

ERAU’s Daytona Beach Campus is located just 50 miles north of Kennedy Space Center, which is the epicenter of Florida’s Space Coast. Students can witness launches from campus by just stepping outside and looking southward.

The Daytona Beach Campus location places ERAU in close proximity to much of the activity surrounding the next generation of space exploration missions.

A typical first year will include General Education courses plus core work, such as Current Topics in Space Science and Foundational Math and Science courses.

The program shares its facilities and some course work with the highly successful Engineering Physics program, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S.

Students can take courses at the Kennedy Space Center via the Florida Space Institute, of which ERAU is a member. Or take special tours of space facilities with classes or clubs, participate in co-ops or internships, and attend space launches.

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