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1. Fundamental Courses
No. Course Title Course Description Credits
1 Overview of Space Sciences Outline description of space science fields, encompassing history of space missions, solar physics, physics and chemistry of the solar system, space physics, space astrophysics, spacecraft engineering and remote sensing.
3
2 Space Electromagnetism Basics of electric and magnetic fields in space. Electromagnetic application in space. 3
3 Introduction to
Plasma Physics
Introductory course to plasma physics briefly dealing with single particle orbit theory, plasma kinetic theory, multi-fluid and single fluid description of plasmas, waves in diverse scales and plasma instabilities. 3
4 Introduction to
Magnetohydrodynamics
Fluid description of space plasmas: derivation and meaning of MHD equations, MHD waves, magnetohydrostatics, MHD instabilities, MHD discontinuities, magnetic reconnection and application to space plasmas. 3
5 Introduction to
Spacecraft Engineering
Overview of spacecraft engineering: spacecraft dynamics, rocket propulsion, spacecraft systems design, and spacecraft-environment interactions. 3
6 Seminar in Space Sciences A weekly seminar series purposed to acquaint students with current research in space sciences. Following introductory lectures by the faculty, each student gives his/her own presentation on a scientific article taken from a pool of topical papers prepared by the faculty. 3


2. Advanced Courses
No. Course Title Course Description Credits
1 Space Physics Introduction to physical processes occurring in the sun, solar wind, and the magnetosphere, ionosphere and upper atmosphere of the solar system bodies. Emphasis is given to the interactions between these diverse plasma systems. 3
2 Solar Physics Overview of the physics of the Sun. The structure of the Sun, the solar atmosphere and solar activities are treated. Emphasis is given to solar eruptive phenomena exerting impacts on the Earth's space environment. 3
3 Magnetohydrodynamics This course mostly treats the macroscopic aspects of space plasmas, encompassing the MHD equilibrium and weak equilibrium, double adiabatic theory, MHD instabilities, magnetic reconnection, magnetic helicity, dynamics of magnetic flux ropes, etc. 3
4 Space Plasma Physics This course mostly deals with the micro- and meso-scale aspects of space plasmas. Topics include the Vlasov equation, Vlasov waves, Landau damping, velocity space instabilities, mode conversion, weak turbulence theory and radiative processes. 3
5 Numerical Simulation of Space Plasmas An overview of numerical simulation methods for statics and dynamics of space plasmas. Subjects include MHD equilibrium solvers, MHD simulation techniques, multi-fluid simulation methods, fluid-particle hybrid methods and particle-in-cell methods. 3
6 Topics in Space Plasmas This lecture course discusses topics of current interest in space plasma physics selected by the instructor. 3
7 Topics in Solar Physics This lecture course discusses topics of current interest in solar physics selected by the instructor. 3
8 Lunar and Planetary Astrophysics Fundamental astrophysical theories about lunar and planetary sciences. Recent spectroscopic and photometric techniques, radiative transfer processes and chemical reactions for the investigations of planets and the Moon will be introduced. 3
9 Processing and Analysis of Space Science Data Data processing, display and archiving; time series analysis techniques including filtering; Fourier analysis, spectral theory and power spectra. 3
10 Scientific Image Data Processing This course introduces the techniques of scientific image data reduction and provides students with a practical training with available satellite data. 3
11 Practicum of Space Mission Analysis Design practice for a hypothetical satellite system starting from a mission statement. A team effort will be made to develop systems requirements documents, to define the overall architecture of a spacecraft, and to perform the system/subsystem integration tasks leading up to a preliminary design review. 3
12 Space Instrumentation General overview of in situ and remote observations in space; systems approach to instrument design; sensors - particle and photon detectors, and magnetometers; plasma measurements. 3
13 Detector Test and Calibration Lab test and calibration of detectors; detector system optimization. 3
14 Advanced Spacecraft Technology Discussion of special topics in space technology selected by the instructor. 3
15 Solar and Stellar Atmospheres An introduction to physical processes in solar and stellar atmospheres. Subjects include blackbody radiation, atomic structure and spectra, radiative transfer, light-matter interactions, and convection in magnetized plasmas. 3
16 Advanced Space Plasma Physics An advanced course in space plasma physics for students who have completed “Introduction to Plasma Physics” and/or “Space Plasma Physics.” Subjects to be treated are formulation of plasma kinetic theories, quasilinear theory, collision integrals, weak turbulence theory, nonlinear wave theory, wave-wave interactions and wave-particle interactions. 3
17 Introduction to Astronomy & Space Science An introductory course on space sciences. Topics to be treated are the history of space exploration, solar physics, physics and chemistry of the solar system, space physics, space astronomy, rockets, space payloads and remote sensing. 3
18 Research in Space Physics I Discussion of current issues in space physics and individual research. 3
19 Research in Space Physics II Discussion of current issues in space physics and individual research. 3
20 Research in Space Physics III Discussion of current issues in space physics and individual research. 3
21 Research in Solar and Heliospheric Physics I Discussion of current issues in solar and heliospheric physics and individual research. 3
22 Research in Solar and Heliospheric Physics II Discussion of current issues in solar and heliospheric physics and individual research. 3
23 Research in Solar and Heliospheric Physics III Discussion of current issues in solar and heliospheric physics and individual research. 3
24 Research in Space Experiments I Discussion of space projects and research in system experiments. 3
25 Research in Space Experiments II Discussion of space projects and research in system experiments. 3
26 Research in Space Experiments III Discussion of space projects and research in system experiments. 3