Space Studies

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Space Studies is a unique blend of the study of space science, management, operations, economy, and national security. You will be given additional flexibility to focus on specialized topics regarding space station, satellite, and spacecraft operations, as well as astronomy and space exploration. This online bachelor’s degree also examines the significance of planetary and space explorations, space weapons, space weather, and astronomy. Very few space studies academic programs match the breadth and scope of this innovative online program, which attracts individuals from a variety of professions related to NASA, the U.S. intelligence community, government agencies, general education, science, and military sectors.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online bachelor's program was originally designed by former NASA astronaut and Dean of Science and Technology Dr. James Reilly, veteran of three shuttle missions and five spacewalks. Course topics are regularly reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace, and include:

  • College algebra and trigonometry
  • Physics and astronomy with laboratory work
  • Space studies applications and systems design
  • Space flight history, technology, and programs
  • Comets, asteroids, and meteorites
  • The history of human activity in space
  • Orbital mechanics
  • Human space flight factors, effects, and countermeasures
  • Space policy development and policy outcomes

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Conduct fundamental quantitative and qualitative research related to space systems and theory.
  • Analyze the principles of manned and unmanned flight outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Calculate and apply basic laws of planetary motion and gravitation, including two-body mechanics.
  • Describe rocket fundamentals including propellants, combustion principles and general components.
  • Assess the institutions of space law and determine how these institutions affect applications such as commercial and private satellite sales and arms control.
  • Describe the role(s) of key space organizations in the United States.
  • Evaluate the political and commercial significance of major national and international space endeavors, including past, current and planned.
  • Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of space systems in modern warfare, including manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as space-based platforms.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.