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Science & Engineering Profile

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers the world’s most comprehensive collection of academic programs focused in aviation, aerospace, security, and intelligence. We respond to the changing world around us, and our trailblazing degrees let you lead the way. Embry-Riddle graduates get where they want to be, landing jobs quickly and becoming leaders of industry. You know where you’re going. We help you get there. 

Embry-Riddle’s worldwide reputation as the leader in aviation, with the largest professional pilot program in the nation and consistently top-ranked engineering programs, now offers students even more.Options in security and intelligence, unmanned aircraft systems, and commercial space operations are meeting the growing demand for skilled professionals. You’ll find ideal learning environments in our two residential campuses: Prescott, Arizona, and Daytona Beach, Florida.

Aeronautical Science

The professional pilot program combines academic study with flight training in the most sophisticated devicesavailable and our fleet of aircraft, so you’ll gain leadership, safety, and communication skills in addition to flight certifications. A helicopter option is available at the Prescott Campus.

Aerospace Engineering

This ABET-accredited program is the nation’s largest and consistently ranks at the top of its category. You will have the opportunity to work hands-on in state-of-the-art labs with teams on major design projects. 


The study of the stars is a perfect fit for Embry-Riddle’s focus on aerospace. Impressive telescopes combined with a leadership role in SARA, the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, give students access to celestial observations around the world. Explore the astronomy major at the Prescott Campus and the astronomy and astrophysics option at the Daytona Beach Campus.

Aviation Maintenance Science

Demand for skilled aviation maintenance professionals is always high, and graduates enjoy challenging, hands-on careers. In addition to earning credit for the airframe and powerplant license, you’ll maximize your marketability by concentrating in one of three areas: flight, safety science, or maintenance management (also available as an associate degree).

Air Traffic Management

With the most advanced simulation equipment available and experienced professors, we’ll put you on the cutting edge of system changes now on the horizon that will introduce new methods and means for managing the world’s aviation airways. 


The demand for business professionals in the fields of aviation and aerospace is strong and growing. After all, aviation reflects one of the nation’s biggest exports, and the need for skilled leaders is global. Embry-Riddle’s business majors offer you options that will enhance your marketability with a specialization and allow you to focus on your goals. Aviation business administration and business administration are offered at both campuses, and you can choose global business and forensic accounting and fraud examination at the Prescott Campus or focus on marketing, finance, or accounting at the Daytona Campus. Accelerated options with a fast track to an M.B.A. are available. 

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers are everywhere—wherever civilized society exists. They are problem solvers dedicated to infrastructures of today and designing those for tomorrow. You’ll position your future for success with a foundation focused on the field’s four branches: environmental, geotechnical, structural, and transportation. 

Commercial Space Operations

The first of its kind, this program has been designed to provide educated professionals for the space industry of tomorrow. The privatization of space exploration will demand new skills, new perspectives, and new direction. Only students who are the pioneers today will have a decided edge in the development of the space industry as it evolves. You can direct your focus into space policy and operations or operational science and technology. 


In the only communication degree program tailored to the aviation/aerospace industry, you will learn editing, design, and linguistic skills and master specific areas such as feature writing and crisis communication. You will be prepared to assume roles in the areas of public relations, reporting, and information management, with skills especially suited to the dynamic field of aviation and aerospace.

Computational Mathematics

This revolutionary field is one of the most significant achievements of the computer age. Weather forecasting, engineering, business and finance, science, and medicine all employ computer modeling to visualize and simulate complex problems in order to anticipate future activity and advance organizational goals. With an emphasis on applied mathematics, computing tools, and science applications, you will be prepared for success in this lucrative and growing field. 

Computer Engineering

The computer engineering industry now ranks in the top five in demand for employees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This ABET-accredited program focuses on embedded, real-time computer systems, the kind of systems that are the heart of technologies, from mobile phones and handheld devices to modern aircraft and spacecraft.

Computer Science/Software Engineering

The demand for computer specialists is growing faster than the supply, and this program’s focus on new technologies in graphics, simulation, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and embedded systems will prepare you to meet the need for computer and software professionals. Opportunities to participate in research projects that integrate software engineering with actual simulation and flight systems, along with several areas of concentration, allow you to further your expertise.

Cyber Intelligence and Security 

Based in Prescott’s College of Security and Intelligence, the only such college in the nation, this major uses reality-based scenarios to prepare students to defend the people, data, software, and networks that keep the world safe and productive. You’ll develop technical skills in cryptography, data mining, and computer forensics, to name only a few. Career opportunities in this discipline continue to emerge as the world becomes more technologically advanced.

Electrical Engineering

From deep space vehicles to the family car, all forms of modern transportation and robotics systems rely on advanced electronics to provide high levels of reliability, efficiency, and safety. Emphasis on design and the senior capstone project provide the marketable skills and experience employers seek.

Engineering Physics

Combining the skills of engineer-
ing and applied physics, this ABET-
accredited program focuses on the scientific challenges and planning
associated with operations and research in the near-Earth space environment. The largest program of its kind, it is an excellent path toward space programs and good preparation for a broad variety of engineering applications and graduate programs.
Forensic Biology

Expanding on the success of the College of Security and Intelligence at the Prescott Campus, forensic biology adds a fresh focus of study for students interested in gaining more specialized skills within the field. Forensic biologists support the efforts of law enforcement by examining biological evidence to solve crimes. They are employed by local and federal law enforcement agencies as well as private organizations. 

Global Security and Intelligence Studies/Global Conflict Studies

In the global security and intelligence studies program, you’ll gain an understanding of counter-terrorism, computer security, and international crime. Global conflict studies offers an understanding of the root cause of human conflict and foundation in the methodology, technology, and political processes that attempt to prevent or resolve conflicts. Your skills will be in demand in government agencies as well as private organizations.

Human Factors Psychology

In this fascinating program, you will study the relationship of human beings to their work environment. Ergonomics, human behavior, and human capabilities are examined with an applied experimental methodology, using experimental design and statistical analysis. Graduates will be prepared to succeed as human factors specialists or pursue graduate studies.

Homeland Security

Designed for students who have an interest in obtaining a strong foundation in security, intelligence, and safety-related subjects, this program will give you the skills to provide expertise in a variety of transportation, industrial, and public service settings. Graduates will be prepared to provide effective planning and execute response plans to emergencies and events resulting from acts of terrorism and natural or man-made disasters.

Forensic Psychology

One of the newest majors on the Prescott Campus, forensic psychology will train you in the science of human behavior and mental processes to work in the civil, legal, and criminal environments as experts in the understanding, evaluation, and prediction of human behavior. This psychological training is combined with study in global and cybersecurity, forensic science, and the U.S. legal system and international affairs. 

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines. Graduates work in almost every technical area and are employed in a wide variety of industries. Specialized areas of concentration, including robotics, clean energy systems, propulsion, and high-performance vehicles, allow you to customize your studies to match your career goals.


Whether your goals include hurricane hunting or broadcasting, weather research or aviation operations, we have the option for you. Pursue the applied meteorology major at the Prescott Campus, or choose between operational meteorology or meteorology at the Daytona Beach Campus.

Safety and Protection

Safety professionals are everywhere. They work to identify, evaluate, and control hazards to humans in the workplace and threats to the environment. Graduates will serve in these vitally important roles protecting people, property, and the environment from harm. A major in industrial psychology and safety is offered at the Prescott Campus, while aerospace and occupational safety is available at the Daytona Beach Campus. 

Space Physics

If you’re fascinated by the mysteries of space—worm holes, dark matter, planetary magnetospheres, solar winds, and their impact on our universe—this major is for you. Space physicists employ ground-based instruments, balloons, rockets, satellites, and deep-space probes to study these phenomena where they occur. 

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

Combining the University’s expertise in flight, engineering, and air traffic management into one area of study, this major prepares students to meet the challenges of a revolution in aircraft operations and applications. UAVs have been used extensively in military environments, and now the commercial market is beginning to recognize the value of these aircraft, including for border patrol, customs,  surveillance, and even natural disasters. Open only to U.S. citizens and offering the choice of pilot or non-pilot track, this program provides unparalleled training in sophisticated simulators comparable to those used by the U.S. military.

Wildlife Science

This program gives students precisely the knowledge and technical skills needed to tackle environmental and safety problems found in the aviation and aerospace industry. It’s a growing, rewarding, and promising career field for students who have an interest in wildlife biology and environmental science and who enjoy working in the outdoors. 

Campuses to match your style

Embry-Riddle’s two residential campuses give you a choice of lifestyles. The western campus in Prescott, Arizona, is in a high-desert climate offering exceptional flying conditions and recreational activities. The eastern campus in Daytona Beach, Florida, is in a semi-tropical climate along the Atlantic coast and adjacent to Daytona Beach International Airport. At either campus you’ll enjoy a true residential campus experience with active Greek life, a broad variety of clubs and sports, and study abroad opportunities that enhance your education with an intimate understanding of the broader world. Both campuses offer outstanding facilities, knowledgeable and accessible faculty, and classmates who share your passion for learning and adventure.

Work and learn

Embry-Riddle students and graduates are in demand, and industry leaders recruit heavily for full-time, internship, and cooperative education openings. In fact, the University works with companies such as Boeing, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Honeywell, and many others to provide opportunities to students and alumni. Governmental organizations, including the FBI, FAA, CIA, NASA, and Naval Air Systems Command, also look to the specialized, skilled professionals they find at Embry-Riddle to fill their critical positions. 

The race is on to design the next generation of aerospace vehicles and systems. Join thousands of Embry-Riddle graduates who are now doing that in the aviation/aerospace industry. 



Daytona Beach Campus

• 5,600 students

• Average class size is 26; student-faculty ratio is 17:1.

• Students come from 98 nations and all 50 states.

• Army, Naval, and Air Force ROTC programs are available.

• Each college on campus employs a variety of high-tech labs, simulators, modern classrooms, and specialized software to conduct research and support student studies, including the Advanced Flight Simulation Center, home to several flight training devices, including the only university-based, full-motion, Level D CRJ-200 regional jet simulator.

• The 185-acre campus is adjacent to Daytona Beach International Airport and just minutes from “The World’s Most Famous Beach.” Kennedy Space Center and Orlando are about an hour away.


Prescott Campus

• 2,270 students

• Average class size is 25; student-faculty ratio is 14:1.

• Students come from all 50 states and 30 countries.

• The campus has easy access to the Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and other cultural and social offerings of the Southwest.

• Army and Air Force ROTC programs are available.

• Facilities include the Academic Complex, home to an advanced weather center and meteorology suite, Aerospace Experimental and Fabrication Building, state-of-the-art engineering and wind tunnel lab, aviation safety center with crash lab, advanced flight simulators, and flight line with an extensive fleet of training aircraft.

• The 539-acre campus is located within view of Arizona’s beautiful Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains and a short drive from scenic Sedona in the high-desert climate, with nearly 300 days of sunshine each year.