Certificate in Space Science


Applicants for admission to the space science graduate program for a graduate certificate in space science should have a bachelor's degree in natural science or engineering with a GPA of 3.000/4.000 or higher. The student is expected to write a one paragraph letter of why they want a graduate certificate in space science.

Program Requirements 

A graduate certificate in space science can be obtained with 18 credit hours of the following classes. Students need to take 12 credit hours or more at or above the 700 level in classes. In addition to these requirements, students must meet the Graduate School’s requirements in order to earn this certificate.

Course Title Hours
Required Courses
PHYS 845Space Science Foundations3
PHYS 851Plasma Physics 13
or PHYS 855 Radiation Physics
GEOL 760Exploration Geophysics3
AE 715Intermediate Space Dynamics 13
or AE 718 Nano-Satellite Engineering
PHIL 530Ethics of Space Exploration3
Select one elective class such as3
Current Issues in Global Environmental Science
Environmental Physics
Or as arranged with the space science graduate advisor
Total Credit Hours18

Course not taken for requirement may be used as elective option.