Reach for new horizons with a broad-based approach that links engineering, science
Reach new horizons by learning about the complexities of research, development and
operations of space-related disciplines. With a minor in Space Studies from UND, you'll
gain an understanding of the political, legal and scientific and engineering aspects
involved with space ventures.
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Why minor in space studies?
Space exploration has an all-encompassing nature, requiring a unique mix of experience
and expertise that can link policy, business, law, science and engineering. To be
successful in a rapidly evolving and expanding space industry, combine your interest
in space with your career.
This UND minor gives you that broad base of knowledge that can serve as a perfect
launch pad for you to thrive in your desired specialty. This minor is open to all
students and pairs well with many majors, including:
Prepare for a future in the academic, commercial and governmental sectors of the rapidly-growing field
of space exploration.
Unlike other similar programs, UND offers a broad background approach to help you
understand the links between engineering, space science and policy.
Gain access to advanced research and get real-world learning experiences in the UND
Human Spaceflight Laboratory.
Gain access to the UND Space Studies Observatory and Spacecraft Simulator Facility.
Space Studies Minor Courses
SPST 270. History of the Space Age. 3 Credits.
This course introduces students to the history of human endeavors in space. These include the development of rocketry, the influence of amateur societies and science fiction, the military development of ballistic missiles, and human and robotic spaceflight. Prerequisite: SPST 200 or HIST 102 or HIST 104. F.
SPST 310. Introduction to Dinosaurs. 3 Credits.
This course provides a broad introduction to dinosaurs and an examination of the extra-terrestrial influence that appears to have led to their extinction, and which thus redirected the evolution of life on Earth. Each of the major dinosaur groups (theropods such as T. rex, sauropods such as Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus), duckbills, armored dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus, horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops, etc.) is examined as well as their cousins in the air (pterosaurs) and sea (ichthyosaurs & plesiosaurs). The course reviews our current models of their origin, evolution, lifestyles, diet, reproductive behavior, and physiology. We examine the data and reasoning that leads to and updates these models. The course also places the dinosaurs in the context of Earth as a geologically evolving planet. The various theories for the dinosaur extinction will be outlined and evaluated. Learning tools include videos (both scientific and popular), dinosaur fossils, and scale models. On demand.
SPST 410. Life Support Systems. 3 Credits.
A review of the physiological effects of living in space including a discussion of current and near-term life support systems equipment for the provision of oxygen, water, food, and radiation protection. In addition, a review will be made of the issues associated with the development of fully closed ecological life-support systems that will be essential to the long-term development of space. On demand.
SPST 460. Life in the Universe. 3 Credits.
This course examines the nature and evolution of life on Earth from its origin to the present time in the context of cosmological evolution, chemical evolution, planetary evolution, biological evolution, and cultural evolution. The possibility of life elsewhere in the universe is considered based on the conditions under which life could arise and flourish. Human changes to the Earth are placed within this context. The future of life on Earth is discussed and the social and cultural implications arising from the discovery of extraterrestrial life are explored. On demand.
AVIT 403. Aerospace Law. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the United States legal system and the development of air law. The course will cover a broad range of topics related to aviation operations including constitutional law, administrative law, Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions, aircraft ownership issues, products liability law, criminal law, contract law, and international law. Course activities include case reading, argument, and legal research. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status, open to Aviation majors and minors only, and a minimum GPA of 2.6. F,S,SS.
SPST 220. Space Science and Exploration. 3 Credits.
Revolutionary advances that have occurred in astronomy, the earth sciences and planetary science as a result of our entry into space. This course surveys the manned and robotic space missions which have gathered data for this new view of the Universe. The course introduces current concepts in cosmological theory as well as an overview of planetary evolution, solar system dynamical processes and physical characteristics of the planets. Prerequisite: SPST 200. S.
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