The Associate of Science in Space Studies provides an introduction to the exciting field of aerospace science. 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 a state of the art remote controlled observatory, with a fully-online 24-inch aperture telescope.
In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates:
- 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.