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Space Science - Major and Minor

Our modern lives have increasingly benefitted 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 benefitted 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
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 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!



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