The Associate of Science in Space Studies provides an introduction to the exciting field of space studies. You will study current and historical concepts in astronomy, planetary science, space policy, and space flight, with hands-on labs in many of your core courses. This online associate degree brings you a solid foundation in the field, and is also eligible to transfer all 60 credits earned toward our space studies bachelor’s program.
The curriculum for this online space studies program was originally designed by former NASA astronaut, Dr. James Reilly, veteran of three shuttle missions and five spacewalks. Many of our faculty are leaders in the field, including scientists and engineers currently working for NASA, the space industry, and national astronomical observatories. You’ll also have the opportunity to use the university’s recently commissioned state of the art remote controlled observatory, with a fully-online 24-inch aperture telescope.
Degree Program Objectives
In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:
- Analyze the principles of manned and unmanned flight both within and outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of astronomy and planetary science.
- Examine the possibility of life elsewhere in the cosmos and the environments where life could exist.
- Recognize the role(s) of key aerospace organizations in the United States.
- Evaluate the political and commercial significance of major aerospace endeavors, including past, current, and planned.
Degree at a Glance
|General Education Requirements||30|
|Total Semester Hours||60|
Degree Program Requirements
General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)
|Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1|
|PHIL202||Philosophy of Science||3|
|Select 1 course from the following:||3|
|Film and Literature|
|Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop|
|World Literature through the Renaissance|
|World Literature since the Renaissance|
|English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century|
|English Literature: 18th Century to Present|
|American Literature before The Civil War|
|American Literature from The Civil War to Present|
|Introduction to Japanese|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
|Introduction to Ethics|
|Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese|
|Introduction to World Religions|
|Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1|
|Select 2 courses from the following:||6|
|Introduction to Anthropology|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|Social Media and Society|
|Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective|
|Introduction to Geography|
|Practical Food Safety and Awareness|
|International Relations I|
|Contemporary World Culture Through Literature|
|Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature|
|American Government I|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|American Popular Culture|
|Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)|
|COMM120||Information and Digital Literacy||3|
|ENGL110||Making Writing Relevant||3|
|History (3 semester hours)|
|HIST270||History of Science||3|
|Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)|
|Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)|
|ERSC181||Introduction to Geology||3|
|Total Semester Hours||30|
Major Required (24 semester hours)
|CHEM133||General Chemistry I with Lab||4|
|SCIN134||Introduction to Astronomy with Lab||4|
|SCIN261||Introduction to Planetary Science with Lab||4|
|SPST200||Introduction to Space Studies||3|
|SPST201||Introduction to Space Flight||3|
|SPST203||History of Space Flight||3|
|Total Semester Hours||24|
Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)
Students must complete 6 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.