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The Earth and Planetary Exploration Technology (EPET) certificate program provides undergraduate science and engineering majors with a comprehensive understanding of the scientific and engineering knowledge, in theory and practice, to successfully explore our own and other worlds, from the deepest oceans to the far reaches of our Solar System.

EPET certificate
  • The 15-credit, four-course curriculum combines project-based learning with lectures, laboratory projects, and field studies to integrate the nature of planetary materials and landforms with the science and engineering tools to study them.

  • Students work in interdisciplinary teams as they will when planning, implementing, and operating missions during their careers.

  • Students become familiar with the tools of exploration, including sensors and scientific instruments, robotic vehicles as platforms for remote sensing and sampling, spacecraft fundamentals, and mission architecture, planning and operation.
  • EPET provides a focused and coherent body of courses for students majoring in the Physical Sciences (such as Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics) and Engineering disciplines.

  • Enables students to obtain a formal qualification in the science and technology that underpins the robotic and human exploration of our Solar System.

  • Enables students to enter the Earth and Space Exploration workforce in their major science or engineering discipline.
Courses in the Earth and Planetary Exploration Technology (EPET) Certificate Program

EPET 201   Exploration of the Solar System (3 credits, three contact hours per semester week) Introductory course in the science or engineering of exploration of our Solar System. Covers science instruments to collect data, mission trajectories (fly-by, orbit or lander), and engineering constraints imposed on spacecraft design. Lectures, discussions, class projects, field trips. Prerequisites: none. Course Syllabus (pdf download).

EPET 301   Space Science and Instrumentation (4 credits, six contact hours per semester week) Essential techniques for remote compositional analysis of planets; understanding spectroscopy, mineralogy, and geochemistry of planetary surfaces and their measurement. Design of space flight instrumentation. Prerequisites: EPET 201, CHEM 161, and PHYS 272. The following are alternatives to the EPET 201 prerequisite: ERTH 101 & ERTH 101L, or ERTH 107, or ERTH 101 & ERTH 105.

EPET 302   Space Mission Design (4 credits, six contact hours per semester week) Covers all aspects of spacecraft design, subsystems, science payload, systems engineering, project management, and budgets that are important to producing a fully successful mission. Prerequisites: EPET 301 or ERTH 404.

EPET 401   Capstone Project: Producing a Science Satellite (4 credits, six contact hours per semester week) Development of a space mission using a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists using concurrent engineering methodologies. The class will build a small spacecraft and payload. The satellite will seek to answer important science questions. Prerequisite: EPET 302.

EPET courses will be offered on a regular four-semester cycle:
semester 1 spring: EPET 201
semester 2 fall: EPET 301
semester 3 spring: EPET 302
semester 4 fall: EPET 401

For more information, contact:   Dr. Peter Englert  or  Dr. David Trang  or  Dr. Trevor Sorensen.
EPET course pathway and prerequisites. Click to enlarge.
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  Updated: 30 October 2019

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