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B.S. in Commercial Space Operations

The Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Space Operations (CSO) is a unique program focused on the policy, operations, safety, training, human factors, and planning elements of commercial and private space operations. The new degree program consists of a core curriculum, two possible specializations, and electives, for a total of 120-122 credits. Class and credit requirements are detailed below.

General Education39
Core Requirements46
Electives15
Area of Specialization20-22
Total Credits120-122

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
Total Credits39

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 Licensing - Facilities and Operations3
CSO 360Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Licensing - Launch Operations3
CSO 410Space Operations Planning and Analysis3
CSO 490Senior Space Operations Project3
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals3
HF 330Human Factors in Space3
or HF 326 Human Performance in Extreme Environments
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
Total Credits46

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).

Space Policy and Operations - Select seven courses from the following list:21/22
Principles of Management
Financial Accounting
Entrepreneurship I
Logistics Management for Aviation/Aerospace
Human Factors III: Performance Processes
Human Factors and System Safety
Human Factors Engineering: Crew Station Design
Introduction to Homeland Security
Safety Program Management
Operations Science and Technology - Select seven courses from the following list:20/21
Management of Production and Operations
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
Scientific Programming in C
Introduction to Engineering
Ergonomics and Bioengineering
Aerospace Physiology
Astronomy
Aviation Simulation Systems
Life Support 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
PS 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 Subtotal31.0
Year Two
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
CSO 230 Space Policy and Law - History 3
HF 330 Human Factors in Space 3
HS 110 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
Communication Theory and Skills 3
Computer Science 3
Lower-Level Humanities 3
Electives/Minor 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Three
CSO 310 International Space Policy and Law 3
CSO 350 Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Licensing - Facilities and Operations 3
CSO 360 Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Licensing - Launch Operations 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 Subtotal30.0
Year Four
BA 411 Logistics Management 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 Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 121.0

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
PS 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 Subtotal30.0
Year Two
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 220 Life Support Systems 3
SP 300 Satellite and Spacecraft Systems 3
Communication Theory and Skills 3
Computer Science 3
Electives/Minor 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Three
CSO 310 International Space Policy and Law 3
CSO 350 Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Licensing - Facilities and Operations 3
CSO 360 Commercial Space Flight Regulation and Licensing - Launch Operations 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 Subtotal30.0
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 Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

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.