The Bachelor of Science 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 which 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. Students graduate prepared for careers in space-related professions or to pursue advanced studies in diverse areas of science and engineering.
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 Bachelor of Science in Space Physics degree program requires 121 credit hours and be completed in eight semesters. To enter this program, students must have completed four years of high school science and mathematics, demonstrating a high level of competency, and be prepared to enter Calculus I and Chemistry for Engineers.
For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.
|Communications Theory and Skills||9|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences||3|
|Lower- or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Physical and Life Sciences||6|
Students may take other HU/SS courses with the approval of the department chair/program coordinator.
|EP 101||Current Topics in Space Science||1|
|MA 241||Calculus and Analytical Geometry I||4|
|MA 242||Calculus and Analytical Geometry II||4|
|PS 140||Chemistry for Engineers||4|
|PS 141||Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory||1|
|PS 215||Physics I||3|
|PS 216||Physics I Laboratory||1|
|Communication Theory and Skills *||6|
|Lower-Level Humanities *||3|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences *||3|
|EGR 115||Introduction to Computing for Engineers||3|
|MA 243||Calculus and Analytical Geometry III||4|
|MA 345||Differential Equations and Matrix Methods||4|
|PS 208||Physics II||3|
|PS 219||Physics III||3|
|PS 220||Physics III Laboratory||1|
|Communication Theory and Skills *||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective *||3|
|EP 320||Electro-Optical Engineering||3|
|EP 393||Spaceflight Dynamics||3|
|EP 400||Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics||3|
|MA 441||Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I||3|
|MA 442||Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics II||3|
|PS 303||Modern Physics||3|
|PS 305||Modern Physics Laboratory||1|
|PS 320||Classical Mechanics||3|
|Upper-Level HUmanities or Social Science Elective *||3|
|EP 410||Space Physics||3|
|EP 411||Space Physics II||3|
|EP 420||Planetary Science||3|
|EP 440||Engineering Electricity and Magnetism||3|
|EP 455||Quantum Mechanics||3|
|EP 492||Senior Project||3|
|PS 400||Senior Physics Laboratory I||3|
|PS 405||Atomic Nuclear Physics||3|
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Technical Electives may be chosen from the approved list of General Education courses, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified in the Space Physics vertical outline.
B.S. 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.