Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee,
Date of First Reading: March 29, 2021
Date of Second Reading: April 26, 2021
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – School of Earth and Space Exploration – for the establishment of a graduate degree – MS in Exploration Systems Design
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The proposed MS in Exploration Systems Design program is a unique combination of science applications and engineering knowledge and skills to create engineering literate scientists and science literate engineers. Students in this program will take a combination of graduate-level engineering and science courses focused on applications in Earth science, space science and astrophysics. Three concentrations (instrumentation, systems engineering and sensor networks) further focus this training towards the student's desired career goals.
The MS degree in Exploration Systems Design is designed to seamlessly fuse the intellectual disciplines of science and engineering by training science literate engineers and engineering literate scientists. This training is particularly important to enable the ASU charter's charge to conduct use-inspired research. This degree is specifically designed to create scientists who understand the implementation of their work and engineers who understand the meaning and motivation of their work.