Bachelor of Science in
Aerospace Physiology

Aerospace Physiology

Students who have a passion for aviation and space, but also seek STEM studies that provide a solid foundation for careers in the medical field, will find Embry-Riddle’s newest major in Aerospace Physiology an excellent option. The only undergraduate degree of its kind in the nation, this option marries Embry-Riddle’s strength in aviation and aerospace with employment in healthcare occupations which are projected to grow by nearly 20% in the next decade.

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. The curriculum also prepares students for a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities in the medical field.

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology degree is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Degree Requirements

The mission of the B.S. in Aerospace Physiology is to offer the most current core curriculum in the biological sciences with upper division course work, research, and capstone experiences in the aerospace sciences. The B.S. in Aerospace Physiology is intended for students interested in pursuing allied and public health professions with particular focus on aviation and aeronautics. Besides pursuing careers as medical practitioners, Universities, the military, private industry, and government agencies employ aerospace physiologists to conduct research, instruct pilots, and provide advice regarding the incorporation of human factors in system designs (see and the Aerospace Medical Association,


First Year
 First Year Credits
 Foundations of Biology I 4
 Foundations of Biology II 4
 General Chemistry I   4
 General Chemistry II 4
 Research Methods (Fall) 1
 Research Symposium (Spring) 1
 English Composition 3
 Calculus 3
 Lower-level humanities 3
 Lower-level social sciences  3
 College Success 1
 First Year Subtotal 31
Second Year
 Second Year Credits
 Genetics with LAB 4
 Microbiology with LAB 4
 Organic Chemistry I 4
 Organic Chemistry II 4
 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with LAB 4
 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with LAB 4
 Research (Fall) 1
 Research (Spring) 1
 Speech Communication  3
 Technical Report Writing   3
 Sophomore Year Total 32
Third Year
 Third Year Credits
 Survey of Clinical Instrumentation (at Florida Hospital) 3
 Biochemistry 4
 Molecular and Cell Biology 4
 Research (Fall) 1
 Research (Spring) 1
 Technical Physics I 3
 Technical Physics I Laboratory 1
 Technical Physics II 3
 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
 Business Statistics     3
 Computer & Network Technology; Introduction to Computing for Engineers,
 Scientific Programming in C; Fundamentals of Computer Programming
 Junior Year Subtotal 29
Senior Year
 Senior Year Credits
 Specified Elective 3
 Specified Elective 3
 Open Elective 3
 Clinical Rotation (at Florida Hospital) 3
 Research (Fall) 1
 Research Symposium (Spring) 1
 Human Performance in Extreme Environments 3
 Ergonomics and Bioengineering 3
 Lower-level or upper-level social sciences / humanities 3
 HF 440: Aerospace Physiology 1 3
 Upper-level social sciences / humanities 3
 Senior Year Subtotal 29

Specialization Checklists

Aerospace Physiology graduates will be prepared to apply to the following programs:

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