Department of Physics and Astronomy

Two students experiment with laser light detection equipment in a laboratory

The Department of Physics & Astronomy gives students a chance to study the fundamental laws of nature and their application to the exploration of the universe in a friendly, engaging environment. The department offers two degree programs, a Bachelor of Science in Space Physics, which prepares students for careers in science and aerospace or for graduate programs in physics, astronomy and astrophysics, and a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy.

The Space Physics program provides a broad-based, rigorous physics education with an emphasis on space-related topics such as astronomy, optics, remote sensing, particle physics, and cosmology. The program is guided by the philosophy that physics is something you "do," not just a set of dry theories. Most Space Physics students complete a yearlong thesis research project during their senior year. In the process, they acquire analytical and laboratory-based research skills that position them for careers in physics, astronomy, and related fields.

The Astronomy program uses a combination of physics and astronomy classroom courses, along with hands-on laboratory courses, and courses where students use the Campus Observatory, to understand and explore the Universe. Graduates are prepared to enter a variety of industrial and basic science applications, as well as graduate programs in related fields.

The department’s faculty is passionate about working with students to perform research in their areas of expertise. Students have completed projects in their chosen areas of physics, and many have collaborated with the Aerospace Engineering faculty to study non-chemical spacecraft propulsion, rocket design, and similar topics.

For students engaging in undergraduate research, this is a rewarding experience that helps them with their career choices and adds critical impetus to their efforts to enter competitive graduate programs.

The Aerospace Experimentation and Fabrication Building (AXFAB) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus

Labs & Facilities

Learn about the state-of-the-art labs and facilities available to Embry-Riddle students in the Physics and Astronomy Department.

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3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301