An Embry-Riddle student completes research in the Omics Lab. (Photo: Embry-Riddle/Bill-Fredette Huffman)

Bachelor of Science in
Aerospace Physiology

The only undergraduate degree of its kind in the nation blends aerospace and life science to prepare students for new opportunities in biomedicine and space.

Are you fascinated with space? Have you ever considered pursuing a career in medicine? Are you interested in getting a head start in an emerging field? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then studying aerospace physiology might be the perfect fit for you.

The only undergraduate degree of its kind in the nation, Embry-Riddle's Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology blends aerospace with life science and leverages Embry-Riddle’s many strengths to take advantage of emerging opportunities in space and biomedicine.

Physiology for the Future

Due to the absence of gravity, differing atmospheric conditions and potential exposure to dangerous radiation in space, human physiology while there is fascinating but under-researched — until now. Studies in the field of aerospace physiology are innovative, exciting and crucial to the success and safety of humankind when it comes to the future of space exploration and travel.

What You’ll Learn

Students study how extreme environments influence the intricacies of biological systems, including the impacts of microgravity and radiation on the human body. To put it simply: This program focuses on learning about and studying the body’s reaction to extreme environments, like space and the upper atmosphere. Professionals in the field of aerospace physiology have opportunities to work alongside astronauts and engineers while revolutionizing the aerospace industry.

Career Outlook

As space research and exploration continues to advance and thrive, the demand for professionals with experience in aerospace physiology grows as well. From 2021-2031, employment in healthcare fields is predicted to grow at a rate of 13%, much faster than the average rate across all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase will result in two million new jobs, with 1.9 million openings a year just to meet growth and replacement needs.

On top of this, according to CNBC, the space industry will reach a jaw-dropping $1 trillion dollars in revenue by 2040, leading to both opportunity and salary growth in the industry.

The extensive curriculum in this program prepares students for a variety of opportunities beyond their collegiate career, not only in medical fields but also in research and development to support the aerospace industry’s need for expertise in behavioral neuroscience, stress and fatigue, nutritional biochemistry, pharmacotherapeutics, health and human performance, genomic expression and the human microbiome, among others.

Your Degree, Your Goals

For those students interested in pursuing health sciences, personalized advising tracks have been created to facilitate those applying to medical school, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, optometry, chiropractic medicine, occupational therapy, dentistry and pathologist assistant programs. Our dedicated faculty and staff want to help you find (or design) the perfect track for your own needs to ensure continued success in your educational career and beyond.

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology degree is housed in the Department of Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology in the College of Arts and Sciences on Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus.

Embry-Riddle graduate and board member Nicole Stott works on a treadmill while on board the International Space Station. (Photo: Nicole Stott)

Embry-Riddle graduate and astronaut Nicole Stott runs on a treadmill while on board the International Space Station. (Photo: Nicole Stott)


About Aerospace Physiology at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

Aerospace Physiology is a growing field, creating career opportunities that range from the military and NASA to commercial space and private sector healthcare. Students who graduate from this unique program are perfectly positioned to fill these roles or go on to pursue post-graduate degrees.

The courses, taught by faculty with vast real-world experience in aerospace and physiology, ensure students have the breadth of knowledge they need, thanks to a combination of subjects that include data analysis, human factors and performance, molecular and cellular biology, and aviation.

In addition to the classwork, our groundbreaking partnerships with area hospitals allow Aerospace Physiology students to experience hands-on clinical rotations that will expose them to latest in medical innovations, treatment techniques and cutting-edge research.


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Aerospace Physiology students Christopher Legon and Pablo Robles won first place in an undergraduate student session for research, for work that investigated the use of bacteria to increase soil stability in coastal lands and areas struck by forest fires.
Woman works in Omics Lab