Prescott Campus

Astronomy

  • OVERVIEW
  • ADVANTAGES
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • CAREERS
  • FACULTY

Overview

Stars in your eyes? Consider our new Astronomy program and your chance to master astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and more. Deepen that knowledge through hands-on experiences with instruments that unlock the secrets of the skies. Imagine what you’ll discover as you become a regular at the Campus Observatory Complex, an exceptional environment that takes advantage of Prescott’s high altitude and clear skies. Opportunities for undergraduate research and student-directed astronomical projects are plentiful, as are connections to major resources like the Hubble Space Telescope and leading research programs at NASA and the National Science Foundation. Embry-Riddle’s global reputation will strengthen your ability to compete for internships and research projects off campus. On campus, faculty mentor and guide you. The nearby solar system, the farthest corners of the observable universe, and promising career options will all be within your reach.

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Advantages

• Embry-Riddle is one of only a few small, private institutions with an astronomy program, particularly in the Western United States.
• Prescott offers exceptionally good astronomical observing conditions away from major metropolitan areas, with clear skies at a high altitude.
• There are strong opportunities for student-directed, hands-on astronomical projects.
• Embry-Riddle faculty has ties to major resources (e.g. Hubble Space Telescope) and major grant programs (NASA, NSF).

Requirements

View requirements for the B.S. in Astronomy degree on the Catalog site.

Careers

According to information from the American Astronomical Society (aas.org), astronomers work at large research universities, as faculty at four-year colleges, for national observatories and government research centers, with museums and planetariums, and for private industries who manufacture or contract work for observatories and government agencies.

While most astronomers hold advanced degrees, there are careers that do not require graduate study, including spaced-based and ground-based observatory technician and operators, astronomical instrumentation development, commercial and military satellite operations, secondary education, science journalism, and financial analysis.

The overall employment rate for people with astronomy and astrophysics degrees is 99%.

Faculty

Brian Rachford Dr. Brian Rachford

Associate Professor, Observatory Director

Astronomy

Dr. Brian Rachford is an astrophysicist who specializes in research on stars and the interstellar medium.

Nicholas Devereux Dr. Nicholas Devereux

Associate Professor

Astronomy

The best galaxies are the nearby ones because they are the largest and brightest.