Introduction to Space Studies

SPST501 Introduction to Space Studies 1 3
SPST500 Research Methods in Space Studies 3
SPST503 Chronology of Space 3
SPST504 Remote Sensing Satellites 3
SPST619 The Psychology and Physiology of Space 3
Total Semester Hours 15

Required as the first course in this program.

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Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from the Aerospace Science Concentration, Astronomy Concentration, or Space Policy Concentration.
Concentration in Aerospace Science (18 semester hours)

Provides an in-depth study in the discipline, with emphasis in both aircraft and spacecraft design/operations. Students take courses with comprehensive overviews of such topics as aircraft propulsion, aerodynamics and, aircraft design in addition to learning about orbital mechanics, rocket propulsion, and spacecraft design.

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

Categorize the laws of orbital mechanics -- calculate and illustrate the effects that gravity has on two-body mechanics including spacecraft maneuvers such as transfer orbits and rendezvous.
Apply scientific principles and calculate problems related to aircraft propulsion systems.
Examine liquid and solid rocket propulsion fundamentals including propellants, combustion principles, components, and general turbo-pump, and motor design.
Assess the development, technology, and importance of satellite communications in our modern technological society.
Synthesize the fundamentals of aerodynamics and aircraft / spacecraft design, building upon past and current technology to shape innovations for the future.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)
Course List
Code Title Semester Hours
SPST502 Introduction to Orbital Mechanics 3
SPST611 Aircraft Propulsion Systems 3
SPST612 Rocket Propulsion 3
SPST613 Satellite Communications 3
SPST615 Aerodynamics 3
SPST616 Aircraft Design 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Astronomy Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

Prepares you for employment in the observatory, planetarium, or college classroom. A diverse range of courses provide an inclusive synopsis of astronomy – from the Solar System to stars and galaxies. You will learn about astronomical instrumentation, with the opportunity to access the university’s observatory and the PlaneWave CDK24 robotic telescope.

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of Solar System -- including planets, comets, asteroids, and meteorites.
Analyze the celestial objects found beyond our Solar System: stars, exoplanets, galaxies, and possible extraterrestrial life.
Evaluate the geology of the Moon and Mars as related to their significance for near future human exploration of the Solar System.
Critique the various configurations of telescopes and their use in the exploration of all types of electromagnetic radiation – from radio waves to gamma rays.
Synthesize the history of astronomy, from ancient Greece to our modern cosmological model of the universe.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)
Course List
Code Title Semester Hours
SPST630 Planetary and Solar System Studies 3
SPST631 Astrophysical Studies 3
SPST632 Lunar Geology 3
SPST633 Astronomical Instrumentation 3
SPST634 Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites 3
SPST635 History of Astronomy 3
Total Semester Hours 18
Space Policy Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)

Cultivates leaders in the space industry, not only in NASA, but in the commercial realm of space operations. This concentration is ideal if you already have an administrative or business background. Coursework includes space diplomacy and law, space operations and organizations, as well as the historical, political, economic, legal, commercial, scientific, and technical challenges comprising this complex and rapidly changing discipline.

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

Examine the political and commercial significance of major national and international space missions, projects, and operations.
Evaluate organizations that are critical to the success of the technological advance of space infrastructure in the United States.
Assess the status of space cooperation and diplomacy between various space faring nations.
Synthesize space laws and how the governing institutions affect applications, such as remote sensing, communications, navigation, launch services, satellite exports, and arms control.

Concentration Requirements (18 semester hours)
Course List
Code Title Semester Hours
SPST621 Current and Emerging Space Powers 3
SPST622 Space Policy 3
SPST623 National Space Organization 3
SPST628 Space Operations Structure and Design 3
SPST640 Space Cooperation and Diplomacy 3
SPST671 Space Law 3
Total Semester Hours



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