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Education and Experience Requirements and Basis of Ratings

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 in-depth 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.