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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University -- Prescott

Prescott, AZ

Embry-Riddle, founded in 1926, is a private university devoted exclusively to the field of aviation. Its 547-acre Arizona campus is located two miles from Prescott's airport and 90 miles from Phoenix.

School Profiles: Undergrad Science & Engineering

Science & Engineering Profile


As the nation’s only university specializing in every aspect of the aviation and aerospace fields, Embry-Riddle produces students and graduates that employers seek out for in-demand careers, from professional pilots to pre-med, engineering to intelligence operations, and everything in between. Offering one-of-a-kind majors in Space Physics; Simulation Science, Games, and Animation; Forensic Studies; and many more, Embry-Riddle is preparing students for the critical needs of industry today as well as the careers of tomorrow. Hands-on learning exposes students to opportunities that mimic industry operations, like launching a “CubeSat” into space and writing award-winning code that could revolutionize drone operations. Alumni around the globe create a support network made up of CEOs, engineers, air traffic controllers, military leaders, and astronauts working for the leaders of industry, including NASA; the Boeing Company; SpaceX; Lockheed Martin; major airlines; government entities like the NTSB, FBI, and CIA; and many more. 



Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a fully accredited private nonprofit university with residential campuses in Prescott, Arizona, and Daytona Beach, Florida, as well as a Worldwide Division with more than 100 learning centers and online studies; serving students at every stage of education from summer camps to professional programs, in the classroom and online, from veteran’s to athletes, first generation to career changers. 

Student population
Prescott: 2,662
Daytona: 6,338
Worldwide: 15,896

Campus size
Prescott: 539 acres in a high desert climate
Daytona: 185 acres in a coastal climate
Worldwide: Learning centers around the world and online

Prescott: NAIA
Daytona Beach: NCAA Division II

Prescott: Army, Air Force
Daytona: Army, Air Force, Navy
Worldwide: Service active duty military at
locations around the world

Degrees offered
Prescott: 25 bachelor’s degrees, three master’s degrees, one PhD program, summer programs, professional programs, language institute
Daytona Beach: One associate degree, 27 bachelor’s degrees, 16 master’s degrees, seven PhD programs, summer programs, professional programs, language institute
Worldwide: Six associate degrees, 16 bachelor’s degrees, 20 master’s degrees, one PhD program,
professional and corporate education, dual enrollment

Specialized academic focus
The national shortage of pilots and aircraft mechanics dominates the news, and for every pilot or mechanic, dozens of other professionals are needed to support operations. Managing the business side, securing the safety of employees and the public, analyzing the weather,monitoring air traffic, and engineering the systems that keep things moving all require trained personnel who can serve today and propel the industry into the future.

Study Business and gain the addedvalue of specialized industry knowledge that will push your résumé to the top of the stack. ERAU offers a varietyof Business options so students canchoose to focus on airline or airportoperations, finance, marketing, logistics, supply chain or project management, entrepreneurship, and more.Accelerated programs allow studentsto fast-track to a master’s degree. Faculty bring a wealth of experience andoften author texts used in the classroom and consult within the industry, bringing research opportunities to Business studies.

With Embry-Riddle’s fleet of aircraft, flight-training devices, labs devoted toensuring safety in the skies, and flight instructors dedicated to student success, it’s no wonder our pilots set thestandard for professionalism aroundthe globe. Students seeking a career in the cockpit, even a virtual cockpit,will find a variety of options open to them, from fixed-wing to rotary, cargo pilot to airline pilot, UAS operator tomechanic—plan the path to a career in aviation with the leader.

The Aerospace Engineering majorat Embry-Riddle has been one of themost highly ranked in the nation formore than a decade. Building on this success, the Engineering offerings have expanded to Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Computer, Software, andEngineering Physics, all ABET accredited. Additionally, an associate degree in Engineering Fundamentals is offered online to prepare students for full admission to a bachelor’s program, and online master’s degreesin Cybersecurity Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Engineering Management offer engineers advanced skills to enhance their career opportunities.

The nation’s one and only Collegeof Security and Intelligence, locatedat the Prescott campus, is focused on meeting the vital needs of the nation’s security and intelligence operationsand exemplifies Embry-Riddle’s commitment to leading the industry. A variety of safety, security, and intelligence programs are offered througheach campus, so whether students are interested in protecting our borders,ensuring workplace safety and efficiency, investigating aircraft accidents, pursuing a career in covert operations, or studying forensics, Embry-Riddlehas a major designed to help you reach your goals.

The lifeblood that powers every system relies on computers, software, and technology, and the need for professionals in the field grows almost exponentially each year. From the cell phone to the air traffic control system, computers and their systems drivecommerce, transportation, communication—virtually every aspect ofour lives. Whether your interests liein software, hardware, cyber security, electrical engineering, or systems, Embry-Riddle’s technology-focusedmajors allow you to choose the trackthat will best prepare you for some ofthe highest-paying and critical careers of the future.

The sciences that support air and space travel have advanced society in countless ways. Embry-Riddle students continue to push the boundaries of knowledge in majors that lead to understanding the impacts of climate change and the long-term effects of gravity on the human body; apply mathematical algorithms for simulation and analysis; and lead to effectively communicating complex situations.

Space travel has long been an obsession and fascination of the Earth bound. The challenges of designing aircrafts that can sustain the environments of inner and outer space, thecommunication devices that willkeep us connected with space explorers, and overcoming the psychological effects of traveling in extreme environments are all areas of studyat Embry-Riddle. One-of-a-kind majors in Space Physics, EngineeringPhysics, Spaceflight Operations, Human Factors Psychology, and Aerospace Physiology prepare studentsand graduates to overcome thesechallenges and prepare mankind for the next phase of flight.

Research opportunities
In a field focused on the future,research plays an integral role. AtEmbry-Riddle, opportunities to getinvolved with research start at the undergraduate level, where students are collaborating within the industry and conducting experiments in microgravity, hydroponics, virtual reality, biomechanics, gravity waves, and somuch more. State-of-the-art facilities that include one of the only space simulators in the nation, advanced wind tunnels, and the LIGO Lab supporting the study of gravitational wavesin space, along with internationallyrecognized faculty, lend support to student research.

Experiential learning
Internships, cooperative education, study abroad, and academic competitions add value to classroom studies and real-world experience to enhance marketability. Employers flock to Embry-Riddle because of the specialized knowledge and passion they find in our students and graduates. Industry leaders including Boeing, majorairlines, NASA, SETI, Gulfstream, and Virgin Galactic are among the employers who hire Embry-Riddle students for co-ops and internships as well as full-time positions. Study abroad offers students experiences that encompass the global natureof our industries. Academic competitions allow students to applytechnical skills in a team environment and students have engaged ininternational contests like AUVSI, EcoCAR, and Formula SAE. The Golden Eagles at the Prescott campus have placed #1 in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s annual SAFECON for 13 straight years.

The needs of the aviation/aerospace industry continue to grow, and Embry-Riddle has been committed to helping to meet those needs for nearly100 years. That’s part of the reasonthe University offers educational programs designed for students as young as seven years of age (through summer camps) all the way through professional programs designed for workingadults. Academic degrees are awarded from the associate level throughPhD programs, plus students can earnprofessional or FAA certifications thatenhance employability. Learning options include traditional classroom study at our residential campuses oronline offerings through the Worldwide Division. A massive open onlinecourse has been developed to expose prospective aviation professionals tothe principles and practices that drivethe profession. Explore Embry-Riddle’s Aviation 101 at aviation101.org.

The largest university telescope in thestate of Florida; the STEM EducationCenter that serves science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education throughout the state of Arizona;state-of-the-art wind tunnels; the MicaPlex Research Center; air traffic control labs; a high-altitude normobaric lab; aircraft accident investigationlabs; a nonlinear waves lab; weatherlabs; and more—there’s a lot to show off! Explore the residence halls, campus eateries, and libraries, includingspecial collections of aviation history,flight lines, and more. Make plansto visit one of our campuses or join us at an event around the country.Explore all our majors, labs, events, virtual tours, and admission information on our website.