The Bachelor of Science in Commercial Space Operations program opens a doorway into one of the newest and most innovative non-engineering fields in the aerospace industry

Bachelor of Science in
Commercial Space Operations

Bachelor of Science in Commercial Space Operations

The Bachelor of Science in Commercial Space Operations program opens a doorway into one of the newest and most innovative non-engineering fields in the aerospace industry. This unique program focuses on policy, operations, safety, training, human factors, and planning elements of commercial and private space operations. The interdisciplinary nature of this program prepares students to integrate the many different factors involved in space operations while also allowing them to specialize in either Space Policy and Operations or Operations Science and Technology.

The Bachelor of Science in Commercial Space Operations degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

Typical First Year

Each specialization has its own curriculum and required prerequisites. A typical first year will include courses in management, human factors, mathematics for aviation, communications, and a Space Programs Seminar.

Degree Details

The new degree program consists of a core curriculum, two possible specializations and electives for a total of at least 120 credits, including 15 credits as open electives. Students are encouraged to select a minor that relates to the field of commercial space to satisfy these elective requirements.

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General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

The general education component of the CSO degree follows the general guidelines for ERAU undergraduate programs for a total of 39 credits.

Communications Theory and Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science3
Mathematics (MA 111, MA 112 or equivalent)6
Physical and Life Sciences (PS 103, PS 115L, and PS 107, PS 107L)8
UNIV 101College Success1
Credits Total39

Core Requirements

BA 424Project Management in Aviation Operations3
CSO 101Space Programs Seminar1
CSO 230Space Policy and Law — History3
CSO 310International Space Policy and Law3
CSO 330Spaceflight and Operations Training3
CSO 350Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Certification — Facilities and Operations3
CSO 360Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Certification — Launch and Flight Vehicles3
CSO 410Space Operations Planning and Analysis3
CSO 490Senior Space Operations Project3
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals3
HF 330Human Factors in Space3
MA 222Business Statistics3
SF 210Introduction to Aerospace Safety3
SP 300Satellite and Spacecraft Systems3
SP 400Introduction to Space Navigation3
CECSO 396Cooperative Education Commercial Space Operations3
or CSO 399 Special Topics in Commercial Space Operations
Credits Total46

Electives

For greater breadth in the curriculum, the CSO degree requires 15 credits as open electives. It is recommended that the student select a minor that relates to the Commercial Space field to satisfy these elective requirements and to help strengthen their transcript record.

Areas of Specialization

The two specializations within the CSO degree program have distinctly different course makeup and prerequisite requirements. Each requires a choice of seven courses within the specialization, as listed below (20-22 credit hours total). Courses

Space Policy and Operations — Select seven courses from the following list:21/22
BA 201
Principles of Management
BA 210
Financial Accounting
BA 318
Entrepreneurship I
BA 411
Logistics Manangement for Aviation/Aerospace
HF 305
Human Factors III: Test and Evaluation
HF 325
Human Factors and System Safety
HF 410
Human Factors Engineering: Crew Station Design
HS 110
Introduction to Homeland Security
SF 345
Safety Program Management
Operations Science and Technology — Select seven courses from the following list:20/21
BA 420
Management of Production and Operations
CS 118
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
CS 223
Scientific Programming in C
EGR 101
Introduction to Engineering
HF 312
Ergonomics and Bioengineering
HF 440
Aerospace Physiology
PS 224
Astronomy
SIM 200
Aviation Simulation Systems

Space Policy and Operations Specialization

Year One
Credits
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
CSO 101 Space Programs Seminar 1
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 107
  & 107L
Elements of Biological Science 4
PS 103
  & PS 115L
Technical Physics I 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
Communication Theory and Skills 3
 Credits Subtotal31
Year Two
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
CSO 230 Space Policy and Law — History 3
HF 330 Human Factors in Space 3
HS 310 Fundamentals of Emergency Management 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
Communication Theory and Skills 3
Computer Science 3
Lower-Level Humanities 3
Electives/Minor 6
 Credits Subtotal30
Year Three
CSO 310 International Space Policy and Law 3
CSO 350 Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Certification — Facilities and Operations 3
CSO 360 Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Certification — Launch and Flight Vehicles 3
HF 325 Human Factors and System Safety 3
SF 345 Safety Program Management 3
SP 300 Satellite and Spacecraft Systems 3
Communication Theory and Skills 3
Electives/Minor 9
 Credits Subtotal30
Year Four
BA 411 Logistics Manangement for Aviation/Aerospace 3
BA 424 Project Management in Aviation Operations 3
CSO 330 Spaceflight and Operations Training 3
CSO 410 Space Operations Planning and Analysis 3
CSO 490 Senior Space Operations Project 3
HF 410 Human Factors Engineering: Crew Station Design 3
SP 400 Introduction to Space Navigation 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences 3
Research Project/Internship 3
 Credits Subtotal30
 Credits Total 121

Operations Science and Technology Specialization

Year One
Credits
CSO 101 Space Programs Seminar 1
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 107
  & 107L
Elements of Biological Science 4
PS 103
  & PS 115L
Technical Physics I 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
Communication Theory and Skills 3
 Credits Subtotal30
Year Two
SP 220 Life Support Systems 3
CSO 230 Space Policy and Law — History 3
HF 330 Human Factors in Space 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIM 200 Aviation Simulation Systems 3
SP 300 Satellite and Spacecraft Systems 3
Communication Theory and Skills 3
Computer Science 3
Electives/Minor 6
 Credits Subtotal30
Year Three
CSO 310 International Space Policy and Law 3
CSO 350 Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Certification — Facilities and Operations 3
CSO 360 Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Certification — Launch and Flight Vehicles 3
HF 312 Ergonomics and Bioengineering 3
PS 224 Astronomy 3
Communication Theory and Skills 3
Lower-Level Humanities 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences 3
Electives/Minor 6
 Credits Subtotal30
Year Four
BA 420 Management of Production and Operations 3
BA 424 Project Management in Aviation Operations 3
CSO 330 Spaceflight and Operations Training 3
CSO 410 Space Operations Planning and Analysis 3
CSO 490 Senior Space Operations Project 3
HF 440 Aerospace Physiology 3
SP 400 Introduction to Space Navigation 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences 3
Research Project/Internship 3
Elective/Minor 3
 Credits Subtotal30
 Credits Total 120

Electives

For greater breadth in the curriculum, the CSO degree includes fifteen credits as open electives. It is recommended that the student select a minor that relates to the commercial space field to satisfy these elective requirements and to help strengthen their transcript record.

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