Courses

A brief overview of some of the advances courses in this program is given below:

PEP 7318 Physiological Adaptation to Space Flight - 1 (3hr)

  • Gravity as a modulator of physiological adaptation in the systems covered below
  • Cellular level responses and systems level responses
  • The microgravity environment and disruption of mechano-signaling
  • Specific adaptations of physiological systems to microgravity (short and long-term
    adaptations)
    • Muscle
    • Bone
    • Neuronal system
  • Implications for exploration class missions
  • Recent Concepts/Challenges


PEP 7319 Physiological Adaptation to Space Flight - 2 (3hr)

  • Gravity as a modulator of physiological adaptation in the systems covered below
  • Fluid Physics, thermodynamics, cellular level responses, systems level responses
  • Specific adaptations of physiological systems to microgravity (short and long-term
    adaptations)
    • Immune function
    • Nutritional Support
    • Pharmacology
    • Radiation
  • Implications for exploration class missions
  • Recent Concepts/Challenges

PEP 7322 The Space Flight Habitat (3hr)

  • Microgravity as a driving force in design
  • Space craft design as it relates to human interactions
  • Habitat design (space craft, Lunar and Martian)/Space Architecture
  • Equipment design as it relates to human use in microgravity
  • Extended mission habitat design and challenges
  • Psychosocial issues and the space flight habitat
  • Ground based analogues, countermeasures

Thesis hours will take the form of a capstone research experience conducted in conjunction with the HHP faculty advisor and/or NASA-Johnson Space Center content expert. This capstone experience can take the form of a traditional thesis research project relevant to human physiology in the space environment, basic or applied technology development enabling extended human habitation of space presented in a thesis format or a program management project in the space exploration field modeled on the thesis experience employed in the Department of Information and Logistics Technology.