New Mexico State University

Space Physics

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Space physics, also known as space plasma physics, is the study of plasmas as they occur naturally in the universe. As such, it encompasses a far-ranging number of topics, including the sun, solar wind, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, auroras, cosmic rays, and synchrotron radiation. Space physics is a fundamental part of the study of space weather and has important implications not only to understanding the universe, but also to practical everyday life, including the operation of communications and weather satellites. Space physics is unique from other fields of astrophysics which study similar phenomenon, in that space physics utilizes in-situ measurements from high altitude rockets and spacecraft. For the Master of Science Degree in Physics with a Concentration in Space Physics, students will complete five core courses in physics, two required courses in space physics, and three courses from a list of electives. Our graduates will be able to enter the work force in a company or laboratory related to space flight or they can continue towards a Ph.D. degree in space physics or any other physics discipline. Faculty for this concentration are drawn from the physics department and several other science and engineering departments.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Dr. Vassilios Papavassiliou
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Physics Department
New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

Degrees Available