Earth and Space Exploration (Exploration Systems Design) (BS)

The BS program in earth and space exploration with a concentration in exploration systems design offers students a fundamental curriculum in geology, physics and astrophysics while providing tools that enable them to design and build hardware and software to explore Earth and the universe beyond.

The program has a rigorous and quantitative grounding in the fundamentals of physics, mathematics and chemistry. Upon that foundation, students learn how to design hardware and software for scientific exploration. Coursework focuses on conceiving the requirements needed for a mission or project destined for space or extreme environments on Earth.

Each student in this degree has the opportunity to learn how projects and missions are designed and planned, starting with the scientific drivers and then defining engineering specifications. All students are expected to complete a senior project that takes a desired scientific measurement and realizes the technological solution to achieve the observation.

Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in earth and space exploration (exploration systems design) may not pursue a concurrent degree with the BS in earth and space exploration, the BS in earth and space exploration (astrophysics), the BA in earth and environmental studies, the BS in earth and space exploration (astrobiology and biogesciences), or the BS in earth and space exploration (geological sciences) due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

Degree Offered

Earth and Space Exploration (Exploration Systems Design) (BS)
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Career Outlook

Career opportunities include:

  • astronomer
  • geoscientist
  • planetary scientist
  • science policy intern
  • science writer
  • scientific instrumentation specialist
  • space systems engineer
  • systems engineer

Sample career settings include:

  • aerospace industry
  • federal government
  • manufacturing
  • NASA centers
  • national laboratories
  • observatories
  • publishers
  • space industries
  • universities and colleges

Some of the listed careers may require advanced degrees or additional certifications. This program also provides suitable preparation for graduate study.