This certificate provides students with interdisciplinary skills in the field of space weather of both fundamental processes in science and practical applications to space-based and ground-based technology.

This certificate is available to degree-seeking and non-matriculated students. Additional certificate information can be found on the department's Space Weather and Applications Certificate webpage.

Distance Education Option

Students can take individual courses toward a master's degree or graduate certificate through distance education (online). For more information, connect with the individual graduate program directly.


Admission Requirements

  • Completed undergraduate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or its equivalent.
  • Undergraduate courses in calculus, linear algebra and differential equations; two semesters of undergraduate calculus-based physics; and at least two semesters of upper-division undergraduate courses in engineering or physics.
  • Ability to program at a level that will enable successful completion of graduate course assignments.

For more information, degree-seeking students may visit the AES Certificates webpage; nondegree-seeking and non-matriculated students may visit the AES Certificates & Continuing Education webpage.

Required Courses and Credits

Students are required to complete 12 credit hours total for this certificate, including ASEN 5335, two courses from the Tier 1 electives list and one additional 3-credit course from the Tier 2 electives list. At least one course must be outside of the student’s home department.

Grades of B or higher are required for fulfillment of requirements and certificate award. Students also pursuing other graduate certificates may not use the same courses to count for both certificates.

Required Course
ASEN 5335Aerospace Environment3
Tier 1 Foundational Electives 1,2
Choose two:6
Space Instrumentation
Lidar Remote Sensing
Astrophysical and Space Plasmas
Introductory Plasma Physics
Introduction to Magnetospheres
Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Dynamics
Introduction to Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Remote Sensing
Tier 2 Concentration/Focus Electives 2
Choose one:3
Space Life Sciences
Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Fundamentals of Spectroscopy for Optical Remote Sensing
Design & Instrumentation
Space Habitat Design
ASEN 5168
Mission Design and Development for Space Sciences
Radiative Processes & Atmosphere Coupling
Radiative and Dynamical Processes
Radiative Processes in Planetary Atmospheres
Electromagnetics & Plasma
Intermediate Plasma Physics
Data Science
Data Assimilation & Inverse Methods for Earth & Geospace Observations
Data Assimilation in High Dimensional Dynamical Systems
Data Assimilation in High Dimensional Dynamical Systems
Statistical Methods and Application I
Statistical Methods and Applications II
Selected Topics 3
Special Topics
Topics in Planetary Science
Special Topics in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences 2
Special Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 2
Total Credit Hours12