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In the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) our vision is to turn out well-rounded, self-reliant, independent and critical thinking quality graduates that will positively influence the community, country and globe.

In commitment to that vision, our mission is to graduate students that are profession ready. We focus on student success by offering high-level access to faculty mentoring, innovative as well as classic teaching methods and transformational learning opportunities that empower students to achieve high goals.

These experiences and opportunities fortify our values, which include the acquisition of knowledge, open communication, diversity, inclusion, cutting-edge research, a passion for teaching and life balance.

Our faculty engage in professional consultation and/or scholarly activities that informs their teaching, their discipline and enhances the learning opportunities for our students.

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Zafer Hatahet, Ph.D.

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Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology

The BS in Applied Biology will provide students with foundational knowledge across the biological sciences, while also allowing them freedom to design their upper-level coursework to suit their particular interests in a diversity of career paths, such as health science, ecology, wildlife science along with a minor in unmanned aerial systems, human factors psychology or forensic biology.

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Bachelor of Science in Astronomy

The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy (BSA) program gives students the tools and the knowledge they need to reach for the stars and to reach their potential. Taking advantage of the clear skies and high altitude of Prescott, this degree program will help you to discover the mysteries of the cosmos.

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Bachelor of Science in Data Science

The Bachelor of Science in Data Science offers students a unique educational experience of pairing the data science skillset with depth of knowledge in one of our many specialized domains, collaborating side-by-side with faculty. All courses will be project-based and structured around acquiring skills to answer questions about the real world. The cross-application to industry, government and research settings is immediate.

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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology

Two brand-new, state-of-the-art laboratories, the Forensic Lab and Biology Lab, will provide vast opportunities for active learning and experience with professional-grade equipment. All of the biology and chemistry courses have accompanying hands-on laboratory components. Activities include evidence collection, crime scene investigation, tissue sampling and analysis, and will include a heavy emphasis on DNA techniques.

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Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Psychology will expand the knowledge of human behavior and mental processes as it applies to the civil, legal and criminal environments. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the basic approaches to behavioral and cognitive science, the U.S. legal system, the role of social, cultural and organizational contexts in human behavior and attitude, and how these tools can be used to understand, evaluate and predict human behavior in a variety of situations.

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Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology

The Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology at Embry-Riddle, one of the only bachelor’s programs in this field in the country, is designed for students who want to analyze the way something functions and its level of efficiency and work toward improving it. The degree integrates an understanding of how humans function intellectually, emotionally and physiologically with interdisciplinary knowledge and theory to improve efficiency and functionality in products and systems with which we interface. Because the field of human factors field is vital to successful product and system design, there is great diversity among the industries in which human factors professionals establish their careers.

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Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

As a student majoring in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, you will learn how psychology contributes to an organization’s success by improving employee performance, job satisfaction, ability, leadership and many other aspects of work. The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program will provide you a unique blend of both theory and practice focused on understanding, predicting and managing human behavior in the workplace, and give you the skills and knowledge for a high-demand career in a wide variety of industries.

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Bachelor of Science in Simulation Science, Gaming and Animation

The Bachelor of Science in Simulation Science, Gaming and Animation degree prepares students to design and build virtual worlds using mathematical algorithms and technologies underlying aviation simulators, computer-aided design (CAD) systems, computer animation software, streaming video networks and computer games.

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Bachelor of Science in Space Physics

The Space Physics (BSSP) degree program emphasizes astrophysics, astroparticle physics, exotic propulsion and general relativity. The theme of this program is the study of forces, space and time at their most fundamental level, and exploring problems of current interest in space physics. Specialty courses include Astrophysics, Exotic Propulsion, Particle Physics and General Relativity.

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