Space Science

The space science course curriculum compliments the geosciences, other science and engineering programs and many non-science and engineering disciplines.

The space science course curriculum in combination with related Bachelor of Science degrees is intended to provide you with unique strengths that further enable achievement of success as professionals at NASA centers, other related government agencies, aerospace contractors, as well as K-12 teaching.  

Degrees Offered

Minor in Space Science – 21 hours

Minor in Space Science

The program requires 21 hours, a minimum of nine of which must be in upper-division courses.

Minor in Space Science (21 credit hours required, no grade less than “C”) Must have taken at least three (12 hours) of the following required lower division courses: PHYS 1406, 1407 General, PHYS 2425, 2426 Calculus-based, PHYS 1411 Astronomy, SPSC 1401 Space Science. 

Upper division courses (9 hours): SPSC 3301 Microgravity, SPSC 3302 Space Transportation Systems, SPSC 3303 Orbital & Celestial Mechanics, SPSC 4302 Space Vacuum Physics, SPSC 4303 Planetary Materials, SPSC 4301 Special Topics in Space Science, GEOL 4330 Geophysics, GEOL 4361 Geochemistry, GEOL 4390 Rocks and Stars.

About the Program

The Space Science Minor program is designed to compliment a wide variety of majors and disciplines by providing courses that emphasize space science, engineering and technology. Those seeking careers in aerospace and space science are encouraged to consider a minor in space science because the courses are taught by faculty who are actively involved in research at NASA Centers and associated industries. Through undergraduate research opportunities, you can be directly involved with the faculty research.

Students inspect equipment

Students inspect their experimental equipment used in NASA's Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunity Program.

About the Faculty

In addition to Lamar University faculty, the program also has space scientists and engineers who are employed at Johnson Space Center, or with surrounding aerospace contractors and teach as adjunct instructors for the Space Science Minor program.

Outside the Classroom

If enrolled in Space Science courses, you may participate in a number of programs sponsored by NASA, Texas Space Grant and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Students in NASA experiment

Lamar University students participate in NASA's Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunity Program on board NASA's KC-135, "The Weightless Wonder."

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