B.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics has a strong fundamental basis in mathematics and physics. Added to this basis are the General Education components and the specialized courses of the field of study.  It takes advantage of our department's observatory facilities, including an instrumented 1 meter telescope (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. The program’s strong emphasis on fundamental mathematics and applied sciences provides the flexibility to enter a broad variety of industrial and basic science applications, as well as graduate programs in related fields.

Admission Requirements

To enter this program, students must have completed four years of high school science and mathematics, demonstrating a high level of competency. Successful candidates for this program will be prepared to enter Calculus I and Chemistry for Engineers.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics degree program requires 120 credit hours. The program can be completed in eight semesters. The courses necessary to earn this degree are listed below. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is needed for all required EP and PS courses, including technical electives. A grade of C or better is required in MA 241/242/243 and PS 226/227/228 as a prerequisite for entry into all subsequent EP and PS courses.

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.

Communication Theory & Skills9
Humanities - Lower level 3
Social Sciences - Lower level3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Lower or Upper level 3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Upper level 3
Computer Science (EGR 115)3
Mathematics (MA 241, MA 242)8
Physical and Life Sciences - one course must include a lab (PS 150, PS 160)6
Total Credits38

Suggested Plan of Study

Year One
EP 101 Current Topics in Space Science 1
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
Communication, Theory and Skills * 6
CHM 140 Chemistry for Engineers 4
CHM 110L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
PS 226 Physics I 3
PS 226L Physics I Laboratory 1
Lower-Level Humanities Elective 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences Elective 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 227 Physics II 3
PS 228 Physics III 3
PS 228L Physics III Laboratory 1
PS 316 Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics I 3
PS 317 Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics II 3
PS 318 Introductory Astrophysics Laboratory 1
Communication, Theory and Skills * 3
Lower-Level Humanities or Social Sciences Elective * 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Three
EP 320 Electro-Optical Engineering 3
EP 345 Space Science Seminar 1
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
PS 401 Astrophysics 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective * 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Year Four
EP 420 Planetary Science 3
EP 425 Observational Astronomy 3
EP 440 Engineering Electricity and Magnetism 3
EP 455 Quantum Mechanics 3
PS 405 Atomic Nuclear Physics 3
PS 408 Astrophysics II 3
EP 492 Senior Project ( Or Technical Elective) 3
Open Elective 3
Upper-Level Tech Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 120.0