The term 'space scientist' can refer to many different types of scientists, but if you want to study outer space, courses can be found in such degree programs as cosmology, space studies, astronomy, engineering and astrophysics. The space sciences can be studied at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. People pursuing careers in research may require more advanced degrees. Several courses within these degree programs include lab-based instruction.
Space scientist courses may examine some of the following concepts:
- Physics and related aerospace theories
- Telecommunications and satellites
- Satellite fabrication and design
- Space systems and electronics
- Applications of thermodynamics
List of Courses
Stellar Evolution and Structure
In this space scientist course, students explore the evolution of the universe. This includes examining the origin of planets and galaxies. Students also observe the energy production and mass of stars, including suns, then determine their effects on nearby planets and other astronomical objects.
Planetary Exploration and Comparison
Using pictures gathered from space telescopes and recent space missions, students learn about planets in the Milky Way. They compare the surface, atmosphere and interior composition of Earth and other planets. Students learn how space exploration continues to further our understanding of the galaxy and universe. This is an intermediate course that requires at least one year of mathematics, physics and engineering studies.
Astronomy Lab and Observations
Students in this course use telescopes to observe stars, planets, moons, galaxies and other astronomical bodies. They catalog space systems, recording such factors as the mass, composition and the temperature of objects they observe. This course requires at least one year of prior study in physics.