Bachelor of Science in
Space Physics

Bachelor of Science in Space Physics

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.

The Bachelor of Science in Space Physics degree is housed in the Department of Physical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Typical First Year

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.

Degree Details

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.

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General Education Requirements

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 Skills9
Lower-Level Social Sciences 3
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower- or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science3
Mathematics6
Physical and Life Sciences6
Credits Total36

Students may take other HU/SS courses with the approval of the department chair/program coordinator.

Year One
Credits
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
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Two
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
Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Three
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
Open Elective 6
Upper-Level HUmanities or Social Science Elective * 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Four
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
Technical Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total 121
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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.

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