B.S. in Space Physics
The Bachelor of Science in Space Physics is designed to produce graduates who want to pursue careers in space-related professions or who want to pursue advanced studies in diverse areas of science and engineering. This program supports the University’s purpose “to provide a comprehensive education to prepare graduates for productive careers and responsible citizenship with special emphasis on the needs of aviation, aerospace engineering, and related fields.”
As defined by NASA, “Space Physics is the scientific study of magnetic and electric phenomena that occur in outer space, in the upper atmosphere of planets, and on the Sun. Space physicists use ground-based instruments, balloons, rockets, satellites, and deep space probes to study these phenomena where they occur.” Examples of such studies include space shuttle aurora observations, ground-based solar studies, ground-based ionospheric studies, balloon flights to the edge of the atmosphere, and sounding rocket flights into near space.
The program shares its facilities and some coursework with the Engineering Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics programs.
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.
The Bachelor of Science in Space Physics degree program requires 121 credit hours. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is needed for all required EP and PS courses, including technical electives. The program can be completed in eight semesters. The courses necessary to earn this degree are listed below. Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year may have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Check the course descriptions at the back of this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.
A grade of C or better is required to satisfy lower-level prerequisites for entry into all 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 & Skills||9|
|Humanities - Lower level *||3|
|Social Sciences - Lower level *||3|
|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||7|
Suggested Plan of Study
|EP 101||Current Topics in Space Science||1|
|MA 241||Calculus and Analytical Geometry I||4|
|MA 242||Calculus and Analytical Geometry II||4|
|CHM 140||Chemistry for Engineers||4|
|CHM 140L||Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory||1|
|Communication Theory and Skills *||6|
|PS 226||Physics I||3|
|PS 226L||Physics I Laboratory||1|
|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|
|Communication Theory and Skills *||3|
|PS 227||Physics II||3|
|PS 228||Physics III||3|
|PS 228L||Physics III Laboratory||1|
|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 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.