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B.S. in Aerospace Physiology

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology opens the door to careers in the aerospace life sciences by focusing on the scientific study of physiological processes in extreme environments. This STEM-based course covers anatomy and physiology, molecular and cellular biology, neurophysiology, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and advanced mathematics and statistics.

Combined with clinical rotations and other first-hand experiences, students will be prepared to take advantage of internships during their studies. When they graduate, they’ll be ready to advance on either a career or post-graduate track.

Admission Requirements

To enter this program, students must have completed four years of high school science and mathematics, demonstrating a high level of competency.

Degree Requirements

The Aerospace Physiology program comprises 121-122 credits as outlined below.

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.

General Education List

Communication Theory and Skills (COM 122, COM 219, COM 221)9
Humanities - Lower level3
Social Sciences - Lower level3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Lower or Upper level *3
Humanities or Social Sciences - Upper level 3
Computer Science (CS 118 or CS 223 or EGR 115 or CYB 235)3
Mathematics (MA 222 required)6
Physical and Life Sciences (BIO, CHM or PS from the core list)0
Total Credits30

Core List

BIO 110Research Methods I1
BIO 111Research Symposium1
BIO 120Foundations of Biology I3
BIO 120LFoundations of Biology I Laboratory1
BIO 121Foundations of Biology II3
BIO 121LFoundations of Biology II Lab1
BIO 215Genetics3
BIO 215LGenetics Laboratory1
BIO 305Human Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIO 305LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory1
BIO 306Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIO 306LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
BIO 405Molecular and Cell Biology3
BIO 405LMolecular and Cell Biology Laboratory1
CHM 110General Chemistry I3
CHM 110LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 111General Chemistry II3
CHM 111LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals3
HF 440Aerospace Physiology3
or AS 357 Flight Physiology
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
PS 113LIntroductory Physics I Laboratory1
PS 117Introductory Physics II3
PS 117LIntroductory Physics II Lab1
UNIV 101College Success1
Total Credits49

Students must select one Track 

Human Physiology Track

BIO 340Survey of Clinical Instrumentation3
BIO 440Clinical Rotation3
Specified Electives in Biology and Chemistry (with labs)
Select one to three courses with lab(s)
Microbiology
Microbiology Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
Specified Electives in Psychology, Biology, Human Factors, and Other Subject areas
*Select three to six courses
Behavioral Neuroscience I
Behavioral Neuroscience II
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Space Environment and Effects
Ergonomics and Bioengineering
Psychopharmacology
Human Performance in Extreme Environments
Special Topics in Human Factors
Special Topics in Human Factors
Fundamentals of Biomechanics
Biofluid Mechanics
Introduction to Psychology *
Sensation and Perception
Aviation Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Environmental Compliance and Safety
Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
Life Support Systems
Total27-28

Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry Track 

BIO 210Research1
BIO 211Research1
BIO 216Microbiology3
BIO 216LMicrobiology Laboratory1
BIO 310Research1
BIO 311Research1
BIO 410Research1
BIO 411Research Symposium II1
CHM 210Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 210LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 211Organic Chemistry II3
or CHM 310 Biochemistry
CHM 211LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory1
or CHM 310L Biochemistry Laboratory
*Specified Electives (select three courses)9
Behavioral Neuroscience I
Behavioral Neuroscience II
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
Biochemistry
Biochemistry Laboratory
Space Environment and Effects
Ergonomics and Bioengineering
Psychopharmacology
Human Performance in Extreme Environments
Special Topics in Human Factors
Special Topics in Human Factors
Fundamentals of Biomechanics
Biofluid Mechanics
Introduction to Psychology *
Sensation and Perception
Aviation Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Environmental Compliance and Safety
Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
Life Support Systems
Total27-28
Open Electives - 100-400 Level6
Open Electives - 300-400 Level9
Total Credits 121-122

Suggested Plan of Study

Year One
Credits
Fall
BIO 110 Research Methods I 1
BIO 120 Foundations of Biology I 3
BIO 120L Foundations of Biology I Laboratory 1
CHM 110 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 110L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
COM 122 English Composition 3
MA 111/120 or equivalent 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
Spring
BIO 111 Research Symposium 1
BIO 121 Foundations of Biology II 3
BIO 121L Foundations of Biology II Lab 1
CHM 111 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 111L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
Lower Level Social Science Elective 3
HU 14X Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 31.0

Suggested Plan of Study - Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry Track

Year Two
Credits
Fall
BIO 210 Research 1
BIO 215 Genetics 3
BIO 215L Genetics Laboratory 1
BIO 305 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 305L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1
CHM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
COM 219 Speech 3
Spring
BIO 211 Research 1
BIO 216 Microbiology 3
BIO 216L Microbiology Laboratory 1
BIO 306 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 306L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
CHM 211 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Three
Fall
BIO 310 Research 1
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
Scientific Programming in C
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
Computer and Network Technologies
Specified Elective (Cellular Physiology &. Biochemistry Track) 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PS 113L Introductory Physics I Laboratory 1
Open Elective (300-400 level) 3
Spring
BIO 311 Research 1
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
PS 117 Introductory Physics II 3
PS 117L Introductory Physics II Lab 1
Specified Elective (Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry Track) 3
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Year Four
Fall
BIO 405 Molecular and Cell Biology 3
BIO 405L Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory 1
BIO 410 Research 1
HU/SS Lower or Upper Level Elective 3
Specified Elective Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry Track 3
Open Elective (300-400 level) 3
Spring
BIO 411 Research Symposium II 1
HF 440 Aerospace Physiology 3
Flight Physiology
HU/SS Upper Level Elective 3
Open Elective (300-400 Level) 3
Open Elective (Any Level) 3
Open Elective (Any Level) 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 121-122

Suggested Plan of Study - Human Physiology Track

Year Two
Credits
Fall
BIO 215 Genetics 3
BIO 215L Genetics Laboratory 1
BIO 305 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 305L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory 1
COM 219 Speech 3
Specified Elective Biology & Chemistry (with lab) ** 4
Spring
BIO 306 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 306L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Specified Elective Human Physiology Track or Biology and Chemistry (with lab) ** 3-4
Specified Elective Human Physiology Track ** 3
Open Elective (300-400 level) 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0-32.0
Year Three
Fall
BIO 440 Clinical Rotation 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PS 113L Introductory Physics I Laboratory 1
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
Scientific Programming in C
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
Computer and Network Technologies
Specified Elective Human Physiology or Biology and Chemistry (with lab) ** 3-4
BIO 340 Survey of Clinical Instrumentation 3
PS 117 Introductory Physics II 3
PS 117L Introductory Physics II Lab 1
Specified Elective Human Physiology Track ** 3
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0-30.0
Year Four
Fall
BIO 405 Molecular and Cell Biology 3
BIO 405L Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory 1
HU/SS Lower or Upper Level Elective 3
Specified Elective Human Physiology Track (unless prior 3 are all 4 credits) ** 0-3
Open Elective (300-400 level) 3
Open Elective (Any Level) 3
Spring
HF 440 Aerospace Physiology 3
Flight Physiology
Specified Elective Human Physiology Track 3
HU/SS Upper Level Elective 3
Open Elective (300-400 level) 3
Open Elective (Any Level) 3
 Credits Subtotal28.0-31.0
 Credits Total: 121-122