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B.S. in Spaceflight Operations

The Bachelor of Science degree in Spaceflight Operations (SFO) 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 Requirements37
Electives20
Area of Specialization24-26
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 Spaceflight Operations degree follows the general guidelines for ERAU undergraduate programs for a total of 39 credits.

Communications Theory and Skills (COM 122, COM 219, COM 221)9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
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 330Spaceflight and Operations Training3
CSO 351Fundamentals of Space Policy and Regulation3
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
Total Credits37

Electives

For greater breadth in the curriculum, the Spaceflight Operation degree requires 20 credits as open electives. It is recommended that the student select a minor that relates to the Spaceflight field to satisfy these elective requirements and to help strengthen their transcript record.

Areas of Specialization

The two specializations within the Spaceflight Operations degree program have distinctly different course makeup and prerequisite requirements. Each requires a choice of seven courses within the specialization, as listed below (24-26 credit hours total).

Space Policy and Operations 24
Required Courses
CSO 310International Space Policy and Law3
CSO 460Applied Spaceflight Policy and Regulation3
Electives (students must choose 6 courses)
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 210Financial Accounting3
BA 318Entrepreneurship I3
BA 411Logistics Management for Aviation/Aerospace3
HF 306Human Factors III: Performance Processes4
HF 325Human Factors and System Safety3
HF 410Human Factors Engineering: Crew Station Design3
HS 110Introduction to Homeland Security3
SF 345Safety Program Management3
Operations Science and Technology 26
Required Courses
CS 223Scientific Programming in C3
CSO 390Payloads and Integration3
EGR 101Introduction to Engineering2
Electives (students must choose 6 courses)
BA 420Management of Production and Operations3
CS 118Fundamentals of Computer Programming3
HF 312Ergonomics and Bioengineering3
HF 440Aerospace Physiology3
PS 224Astronomy3
SIM 200Aviation Simulation Systems3
SP 220Life Support Systems3

Space Policy and Operations Specialization

Year One
Credits
First Semester
UNIV 101 College Success 1
CSO 101 Space Programs Seminar 1
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Communication Theory and Skills 3
PS 103
PS 115L
Technical Physics I 4
Second Semester
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
HU 14X 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 107
PS 107L
Elements of Biological Science 4
SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Two
First Semester
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
Second Semester
CSO 230 Space Policy and Law - History 3
HF 330 Human Factors in Space 3
Human Performance in Extreme Environments
COM 219 Speech 3
Lower/Upper HU/SS 3
Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Three
First Semester
CSO 351 Fundamentals of Space Policy and Regulation 3
CSO 310 International Space Policy and Law 3
SP 300 Satellite and Spacecraft Systems 3
HF 325 Human Factors and System Safety 3
Upper HU/SS 3
Second Semester
CSO 330 Spaceflight and Operations Training 3
CSO Elective 3
BA Elective 3
HF Elective 3
SF Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Four
First Semester
BA 424 Project Management in Aviation Operations 3
CSO 410 Space Operations Planning and Analysis 3
SP 400 Introduction to Space Navigation 3
CSO 460 Applied Spaceflight Policy and Regulation 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
CSO 490 Senior Space Operations Project 3
HF Elective 3
Elective 9
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 121.0

Operations Science and Technology Specialization

Year One
Credits
First Semester
UNIV 101 College Success 1
CSO 101 Space Programs Seminar 1
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
PS 103
PS 115L
Technical Physics I 4
Second Semester
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 107
PS 107L
Elements of Biological Science 4
SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Two
First Semester
HF 330 Human Factors in Space 3
CSO 230 Space Policy and Law - History 3
HU 14X 3
SP 220 Life Support Systems 3
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
Second Semester
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SP 300 Satellite and Spacecraft Systems 3
Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Three
First Semester
COM 219 Speech 3
CSO 351 Fundamentals of Space Policy and Regulation 3
Upper Level HU 3
Electives 6
Second Semester
CSO 390 Payloads and Integration 3
Upper HU/SS 3
CS Elective 3
Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Four
First Semester
CSO 330 Spaceflight and Operations Training 3
CSO 410 Space Operations Planning and Analysis 3
SP 400 Introduction to Space Navigation 3
Electives 6
Second Semester
BA 424 Project Management in Aviation Operations 3
CSO 490 Senior Space Operations Project 3
CSO Elective 3
Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

Electives

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