Basic Education Requirements for All NASA AST Positions:
Successful completion of a standard professional curriculum in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in an appropriate field of engineering (not engineering technology), physical science, life science or mathematics is required. The degree must include or be supplemented by course work appropriate to the AST specialty for which application is made; refer to the section, "Appropriate Fields of Study," under each AST specialty. (In some cases a graduate degree in an appropriate field or unconditional acceptance as a candidate for an advanced degree in an appropriate field by an accredited institution may be submitted. For applicants qualifying on the basis of graduate education and/or experience, any of the undergraduate majors shown below is acceptable if the required graduate study and/or professional experience is closely related to this type of work and provides the knowledges, skills and abilities required in the position being filled.)
General Listing of Appropriate Academic Fields of Study for Aerospace Technology Positions:
Aeronautical Engineering 

Geophysics 
Aeronautics 

Industrial Engineering 
Aerospace Engineering 

Materials Engineering 
Astronautical Engineering 

Materials Science 
Astronautics 

Mathematics, Applied or Pure 
Astronomy 

Mechanics, Applied or Engineering 
Astrophysics 

Mechanical Engineering 
Biomedical Engineering 

Metallurgical Engineering 
Ceramic Engineering 

Metallurgy 
Ceramics 

Meteorology 
Chemical Engineering 

Nuclear Engineering 
Chemistry 

Nuclear Engineering Physics 
Civil Engineering 

Oceanography 
Computer Engineering 

Optical Engineering 
Computer Science* 

Physics 
Earth and Planetary Science 

Physics, Applied or Engineering 
Electrical Engineering 

Space Science 
Electronics Engineering 

Structural Engineering 
Geology 

Welding Engineering 
or other appropriate physical science or engineering field.
* Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science that provide indepth knowledge of the (1) theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science; and, (2) essential mathematical and statistical techniques. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics, which includes differential and integral calculus.