The Department of Physical Sciences is home to several degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics; Bachelor of Science in Space Physics; Master of Science in Engineering Physics; and Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Physics.
The programs offer a unique balance of engineering and physics curriculum, so students can focus on the scientific challenges and planning associated with mission design and space exploration, along with engineering fundamentals.
These programs prepare students to make positive scientific and technological contributions to our increasingly complex society. This highly research-oriented department has one of the oldest and largest Engineering Physics programs in the nation. Students are involved in all the research, which includes grants funded by NASA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and other agencies.
For example, a grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a portable observatory to study the moon’s atmosphere. Faculty and students have flown satellites and launched suborbital rockets and balloons to study the atmosphere. The department also has the largest research-grade telescope in the southeastern U.S.
Students and faculty have created new ways of controlling spacecraft, and teams have been researching and designing autonomous vehicles since the idea arose. Already, a vehicle designed in this department prowls Daytona Beach International Airport for security purposes.
Statistics show physics and astronomy are high-paying, high-demand fields. With this involvement in foundational skills and real-world applications, students are virtually guaranteed careers in these rewarding professions.
* Information about this combined bachelor's-to-master's degree program is on the bachelor's degree page
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