Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

B.S.E. in Space Sciences and Engineering

Graduates of the Space Sciences and Engineering degree program are prepared to pursue graduate degrees in the space sciences or join the space industry, which is facing a severe workforce shortage. They can also join government agencies and federal laboratories that deal with space related disciplines.

For students interested in studying the scientific, engineering and management aspects of space engineering, the SUGS MEng Space Engineering program, developed with Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, allows them to structure the program to a specific area of interest. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of space science and engineering and their interrelationship; to teach the systems approach to conceiving, designing, manufacturing, managing and operating complex space systems; and to provide practical experience in space system design, project development and management. Eight program concentrations are currently available: Space Science; Propulsion; Plasma Electrodynamics and Sensors; Instrumentation and Sensor Payloads; Launch Vehicles; Telemetry and Spacecraft Communication; Astrodynamics; and Computer Control and Data Handling.

Program Advisors

Professor Mark Moldwin
1418 Space Research Building
Phone: 734-647-3370


Lindsay Coleman
2237 Space Research Building
Phone: 734-764-3282 

Degree Requirements

2015_New_Sample_Schedule_BSE-SpaceSciences-Engineering pdf

CoE Core Courses (39 hrs.)

The College of Engineering requires that every engineering student, regardless of their proposed engineering major, complete specific courses in the core subjects of mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and physics. The Climate & Space department requires that Climate & Space declared students must earn a "C-" or better in all CoE Core courses, which are listed below with the number of credits for each course given in parenthesis:

  • Math 115 - Calculus I (4)
  • Math 116 - Calculus II (4)
  • Math 215 - Calculus III (4)
  • Math 216 - Introduction to Differential Equations (4)
  • Engineering 100 - Introduction to Engineering (4)
  • Engineering 101 - Introduction to Computers and Programming (4)
  • Chemistry 130 (3) with Chemistry 125/126 (2), or Chemistry 210 (4) with Chemistry 211 (1)
  • Physics 140 (4) with Physics 141 (1)
  • Physics 240 (4) with Physics 241 (1)

For more information regarding the CoE Core course requirements, please visit the CoE Bulletin.

Intellectual Breadth (16 hrs)

It is important that you learn about modes of thought and areas of human accomplishment to better understand the solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context beyond the purely technical. To assist students to gain a greater scope of diverse knowledge and to facilitate creativity, the College of Engineering (CoE) requires that students, who have matriculated into the CoE complete the Intellectual Breadth requirement.

Under the Intellectual Breadth requirement, each student must select 16 credits of intellectual breadth courses, subject to these rules:

  • Humanities: At least 3 credits of Humanities classes marked HU in the LSA Course Guide; credit by test cannot be used to meet this requirement.
  • Professional & Creative Development Courses (PCDC): No more than 4 credits of PCDC. This means a student may count up to 4 credits of PCDC toward their Intellectual Breadth requirement, but completing a PCDC is not mandatory.
  • Liberal Arts Courses (LACs): The remainder of the 16 credits is drawn from any of the LACs.
  • At least 3 credits of Humanities or LACs must be at the 300 level or higher. This is known as the Upper Division requirement. Please note that PCDCs cannot fulfill this requirement.

For a complete explanation of the Intellectual Breadth requirement, and a listing of PCDC and LAC courses, please refer to the Intellectual Breadth section of the CoE Bulletin.

CoE Core Courses (53 hrs.)

  • SPACE 320 Earth and Space System Evolution (3)
  • SPACE 321 Earth and Space System Dynamics (3)
  • SPACE 323 Earth System Analysis  (4)
  • PHYSICS 340 Waves, Heat and Light (3)
  • SPACE 370 Solar-Terrestrial Relations (4)
  • SPACE 380 Introduction to Radiative Transfer (3)
  • PHYSICS 405 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (4)
  • PHYSICS 390 Modern Physics (3)
  • SPACE 462 Instrumentation for Atmos & Space Sciences (4)
  • NERS 471 Introduction to Plasmas (3)
  • SPACE 478 Space Environment (4)
  • SPACE 405 Data Analysis and Visualization (4) (New Course)
  • SPACE 477 Space Weather Modeling (4)
  • SPACE 495 or SPACE 595 or SPACE 598 (4)
  • SPACE 455 Capstone Design (3) (New Course)
  • Technical Electives 10
  • Unrestricted Elective 10