Supermassive Scientist

Daniel BatcheldorDr. Daniel Batcheldor shares his passion for supermassive black holes with his students and the community through enlightening lectures and star-gazing sessions on the observation deck!

Learn more about Dr. Batcheldor in his Florida Tech Faculty Profile

F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Center

Olin Physical SciencesOlin Physical Sciences features a rooftop Internet-accessible 32" research telescope as well as a geospace laboratory with a clean room for spacecraft instrumentation projects.

Explore more about this facility in Florida Tech's virtual tour!

Choose Florida Tech for Bachelor of Space Sciences in Astrobiology

Florida Tech is home to the first and only undergraduate astrobiology university in the country, which makes it a premier place for students interested in space sciences to attend. The Florida Tech student body is very diverse, with students from over 100 different countries. The "High Tech with a Human Touch" approach means you benefit from the one-on-one attention of a small school combined with the high-tech resources of a national research and astrobiology university. Our students are also highly involved in campus life by participating in over 20 intramural sports, more than 100 student organizations and 21 varsity sports.

A Faculty of Top Researchers

Faculty members at Florida Tech are top researchers in their fields and are committed to the success of our students. The advisor to the astrobiology program is a former astronaut who conducted astronomy research in two shuttle missions, perfect for an astrobiology university. Physics and space sciences professors include a TED Global Fellow, the founding chairman of the Southeast Association for Research in Astronomy and an NSF Career Award-winner.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Professors highly encourage students to get actively involved in research by joining one of the research groups in the department. Currently our faculty is involved in observing and categorizing the properties of exoplanets, and is in the process of developing a multi-spectra camera intended for use on the International Space Station. Astrobiology students involved in projects that require unique instrumentation may gain access to the Space Life Sciences Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center. In addition, they are frequently admitted to the NASA Space Academy and other similar programs.

High-Tech Laboratory Facilities

As the only undergraduate astrobiology university, students enjoy access to the largest telescope in Florida right on campus, the 0.8-meter Ortega telescope. Faculty and students use this telescope as their main training and research instrument, but also have easy access to the SARA 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. Additional facilities available for students at this astrobiology university include:

  • The Space Life Sciences Laboratory at NASA Kennedy Space Center.
  • Laboratories in the Olin Physical Sciences building: a teaching and research laboratory that includes an aquaculture facility, climate change institute and the offices and research labs of the faculty. It houses the Chemistry Department, state-of-the-art instrumentation, and rooms for NMR spectrometers, photochemistry, glassblowing and computational chemistry.
  • Harris Center for Science and Engineering that serves the research needs of our students and includes eight teaching labs, 12 modern research labs, a 16-workstation computer facility, an electron microscope suite, and 2,500-square-foot indoor aquaculture facility, most of which is wet laboratory space.

These facilities make Florida Tech the astrobiology university of choice.

Great Florida Location

In terms of location, Florida Tech is the perfect place for an astrobiology university. The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast, an area that boasts year-round subtropical weather and 72 miles of Atlantic Coast beaches. This area is also located within Florida's High Tech Corridor, which puts it in close proximity to over 5,000 technological companies and NASA Kennedy Space Center. The campus is minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River Lagoon, and just a short drive from Central Florida tourist attractions.

Choose Florida Tech – a cutting edge astrobiology university.