You have always been fascinated by the stars. The universe has always held your interest and you’ve always longed for a deeper understanding. Having a career that allows you to foster that passion is your fondest dream.
Embry-Riddle’s bachelor’s degree in Space Physics is designed for students who excel in math and science 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.
Bachelor of Science in Space Physics
At our Prescott Campus, you will be immersed in designing experiments and building the equipment to conduct your research. You’ll choose from one of the three areas of concentration that will direct your projects and research. These areas are: Astroparticle Physics, Exotic Propulsion, or Gravitational Physics and Cosmology.
You’ll have extensive opportunities to work closely with dedicated faculty and participate in hands-on experiences at our state-of-the-art campus observatory and labs. The clear air of our mile-high campus provides excellent viewing capability from our 12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
The Radio Observatory consists of several radio dishes and antennae, each connected to specialized receiving and analysis equipment. Currently under construction, The DART array (Dipole Array Radio Telescope) will have 48 paired dipole antennae to study pulsars and other radio astronomy phenomena. You’ll also use specific labs for optics, exotic propulsion, and cosmic ray, as well the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).
Bachelor of Science in Space Physics
Our Daytona Beach Campus is located just 50 miles north of Kennedy Space Center, which is the epicenter of Florida’s Space Coast. You can witness launches from campus by just stepping outside and looking southward. Our location places us in close proximity to much of the activity surrounding the next generation of space exploration missions.
The College of Arts and Sciences building houses Florida’s largest university-based research telescope, an instrumented 1-meter, Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope. Adjacent, you’ll also find a helioscope to observe solar activity.
Beyond our campus observatories, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art research labs. In fact, this program shares its facilities and some coursework with the Engineering Physics program, the largest of its kind in the U.S. providing access to industry-leading facilities and equipment.
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.
You will work under the direction of renowned physicists who share your passion for the universe, and even as an undergraduate, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved with a variety of faculty-sponsored research projects. This level of involvement is usually reserved for graduate students, but not at Embry-Riddle.
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.
As a student at ERAU, you can join a number of professional organizations and clubs to begin networking and fully immerse yourself 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.
A Space Physics degree provides a strong experimental physics background, so you’ll 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.
Space Physics graduates are in-demand candidates for careers in the following professions and with the following industry leaders:
One of the most important things I learned at Embry-Riddle was the ability to think critically. There are actually a lot of engineers that have a physics background instead of engineering, because the basic physics concepts can be applied just about anywhere. No matter what career you pursue there is always a really high learning curve, but the classes I took gave me the foundational knowledge that I needed.