College of Arts & Sciences

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The College of Arts & Sciences is a diverse learning community comprising five academic departments — Human Factors & Behavioral NeurobiologyHumanities & CommunicationMathematicsPhysical Sciences, and Security Studies & International Affairs. The ever-evolving academic programs, state-of-the-art facilities, and bright, enthusiastic students are all part of an outstanding learning environment in COAS. Our faculty — more than 160 strong — are leaders in their fields and consistently recognized for outstanding research and teaching.

 

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Bachelor's Degrees

Degrees followed by an asterisk (*) feature a combined bachelor's-to-master's degree program option

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology

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.

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Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics

This program takes advantage of our department's observatory facilities — including the largest University research telescope in the southeastern United States — and folds them into laboratory components of the program, combining mathematics, physics, optics, astronomy, astrophysics, and instrumentation. 

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Bachelor of Science in Communication

Communication students learn the vocabulary and methodologies of scientists working in fields like meteorology, environmentalism, medicine, and technology and then communicate it effectively and accurately in both traditional news media and the information delivery systems of the future.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Option

  • B.S. in Communication/Master of Business Administration (5-year program)

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Bachelor of Science in Computational Mathematics

Designed for students seeking a career focusing on modeling and simulation, Computational Mathematics prepares graduates to operate at the intersection of applied mathematics and computer science to solve complex problems in engineering and the physical, natural, and behavioral sciences.

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

Combining space systems engineering with space physics, this program creates a gateway to the space program while laying the foundation for engineering and physics applications and graduate studies.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Option

  • B.S. in Engineering Physics/M.S. in Engineering Physics

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Bachelor of Science in Global Conflict Studies

A multidisciplinary degree, Global Conflict Studies enhances students' understanding of the root causes of conflict and gives them the skills to help groups resolve conflicts.

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Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security

Students interested in the domains of modern homeland security — including terrorism studies, law and policy, emergency management, risk analysis, asymmetric warfare, and strategic planning — can develop the knowledge they need in the B.S. in Homeland Security program.

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Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology

Anyone who has pondered how to make a DVD player easier to use, how to make a smartphone more user-friendly, or how to improve the ergonomics of a workstation would be a great match for Human Factors Psychology, where students learn how to improve the collaboration between human systems and advanced technology.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Options

  • B.S. in Human Factors Psychology/M.S. in Human Factors
  • B.S. in Human Factors Psychology/Master of Business Administration (5-year program)

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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Unique students with out-of-the-box aspirations can find a home in this unique interdisciplinary degree program, which lets students design a program that serves their vision.

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Option

  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Master of Business Administration (5-year program)

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Bachelor of Science in Space Physics

Students fascinated with what goes on high in the upper atmosphere or in the deep reaches of space can prepare for a career researching the magnetic and electrical phenomena that occur in space.

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Master's Degree

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy

This online program, geared toward working professionals, teaches students about computer security, law, engineering, management, and policy and includes a two-part capstone course that allows students to explore challenges from their careers in a scholarly way.

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Master of Science in Engineering Physics

Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to design spacecraft systems for research and study space systems engineering, upper atmospheric physics, space physics and plasma and magnetospheric physics in the Master of Science in Engineering Physics program.

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Master of Science in Human Factors

The Master of Science degree in Human Factors and Systems prepares the student for a career as a human factors professional in aviation and aerospace or to transform operational needs into a well-designed system configuration.

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Master of Science in Human Security and Resilience

This online program, geared toward working professionals, educates students on the global idea of protecting the well-being of individuals rather than a state as a whole, as well as the principles of resilience — awareness, detection, communication, reaction (and if possible, avoidance) and recovery.

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Doctoral Degrees

Ph.D. in Engineering Physics

The objective of this program is to provide advanced education and research opportunities to exceptional students by providing a research environment that fosters collaboration, creative thinking, and publishing of findings in nationally recognized journals. Areas of research emphasis will build upon existing research in the Department of Physical Sciences.

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Ph.D. in Human Factors

This Ph.D. program equips students with advanced knowledge, skills, and techniques in research that are relevant to Human Factors. The emphasis in the curriculum is highly quantitative in nature, providing these students with a robust skill set for research development and data analysis.

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