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 Requirements30
Major Required24
Elective Requirements6
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
PHIL202Philosophy of Science3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Art Appreciation
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
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
World Music and Cultures
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
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
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL221Scientific Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
HIST270History of Science3
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH110College Algebra3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
ERSC181Introduction to Geology3
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (24 semester hours)

MATH111College Trigonometry3
CHEM133General Chemistry I with Lab4
SCIN134Introduction to Astronomy with Lab4
SCIN261Introduction to Planetary Science with Lab4
SPST200Introduction to Space Studies3
SPST201Introduction to Space Flight3
SPST203History of Space Flight3
Total Semester Hours24

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.6
Total Semester Hours6