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Graduate Certificate


Certificate in Astronautical Engineering


The Certificate in Astronautical Engineering is designed for practicing engineers and scientists who enter space-related fields and/or who want to obtain training in specific space-related areas. Students enroll as limited-status students; they must apply and be admitted to the Certificate program after completion of no more than 9 units of required course work. The required course work consists of four 3-unit courses, chosen from the following list.

REQUIRED COURSES  (CHOOSE FOUR) UNITS
ASTE 501ab Physical Gas Dynamics 3-3
ASTE 520 Spacecraft System Design 3
ASTE 523 Design of Low Cost Space Missions 3
ASTE 535 Spacecraft Environments and Spacecraft Interaction 3
ASTE 553 Systems for Remote Sensing from Space 3
ASTE 552 Spacecraft Thermal Control 3
ASTE 556 Spacecraft Structural Dynamics 3
ASTE 572 Advanced Spacecraft Propulsion 3
ASTE 580 Orbital Mechanics I 3
ASTE 583 Space Navigation 3
ASTE 581 Orbital Mechanics II 3
ASTE 584 Spacecraft Power Systems 3
ASTE 585 Spacecraft Attitude Control 3
ASTE 586 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics 3
ASTE 599 Special Topics 3

Most classes are available through the USC Distance Education Network (DEN).

Credit for classes may be applied toward the M.S. or Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering should the student decide later to pursue an advanced degree. In order to be admitted to the M.S. program, the student should maintain a B average or higher in courses for the Certificate and must satisfy all normal admission requirements. All courses for the Certificate must be taken at USC.

Other classes on emerging space technologies may be added from time to time. Please check this website for updates.

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