Space Science - Major and Minor


Our modern lives have increasingly benefited from the knowledge of the space environment, utilization of satellites and spacecraft, and application of space-based technologies in the 21st century. Space Science is the science of the space environment as well as the science behind the technology of spacecraft, satellites, and space exploration. Some of those technologies and systems that society has benefited from include: space weather and terrestrial weather forecasting satellites; position, navigation, and timing (PNT) enabled devices such as GPS; satellite communications; missile defense systems; and remote sensing systems used to observe our planet, our heliosphere, and beyond our solar system. Through the understanding of the aforementioned technologies and systems, space scientists develop and assemble a myriad of technical devices that are so much a part of a modern space-enabled profession. The program in Space Science integrates all these facets of space-enabled technology to develop a fundamental knowledge that can support a variety of technical interests and activities in future years. The major is designed to provide the cadet a solid foundation in orbital mechanics, the space environment, attitude determination and control, satellites communications, space structures, astronomy, astrophysics, space physics, remote sensing, and rocket propulsion. Opportunities are available to perform research at DoD and other laboratories that conduct space and missile defense related research during the summer.

Space Science Student Learning Outcomes

The space science student outcomes are that cadets possess or must attain:

  1. Cadets can apply mathematical and scientific knowledge to identify, formulate, and solve Space Science problems.
  2. Cadets can conduct experiments, apply the scientific method, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  3. Cadets can function on multidisciplinary teams to effectively formulate, state, describe, summarize, and communicate contemporary space issues, National Strategic Space Policy and associated technology; analyze and examine the professional and ethical aspects of the aforementioned.
  4. Cadets can describe and summarize the technology of a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  5. Cadets can recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning; explain relevant, contemporary issues and concepts needed as a space-enabled professional.

Space Field Table

Space Science Minor – Inherently and Extremely Integrative

Cadets from a large number of majors learn about space-related topics and how those topics align with their respective major.

Cadets become the multi-domain leaders of tomorrow; leveraging knowledge of the space environment, space capabilities, and space threats into the planning of all domains of battle (land, air, sea, cyber, and space)

3 space-related courses (SP471, SP472, and SP473) AND 2 electives within almost any major!

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Course Offerings - Major

  • EE301 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
  • PH365 Modern Physics
  • PH381 Intermediate Classical Mechanics
  • PH382 Intermediate Electrodynamics
  • PH384 Applied Optics
  • PH485 Laser Physics
  • SP471 Astronautics
  • SP472 Space Physics
  • SP473 Astronomy
  • SP474 Astophysics
  • EV377 Remote Sensing
  • EV478 Military Geospatial Operations
  • MA364 Engineering Mathematics
  • MA365 Advanced Math For Engineers and Scientists
  • PH456 Science and Policy

Course Offerings - Minor

  • SP471 Astronautics
  • SP472 Space Physics
  • SP473 Astronomy
  • And 2 electives from Cadets Major