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B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

The Aerospace Engineering program exists in partial fulfillment of the University’s purpose “to provide a comprehensive education to prepare graduates for productive careers and responsible citizenship with special emphasis on the needs of aviation, aerospace engineering, and related fields.” The program’s focus is primarily on the engineering of mission-oriented vehicles for atmospheric and space flight.

In a few years of graduation, Aerospace Engineering alumni are expected to have successful engineering careers as productive members or leaders within teams or organizations or as independent innovators, to have applied creative thinking and practical problem-solving skills to the solution of new problems or to the development of new processes or products for the aerospace industry, or to be engaged in advanced studies.

Furthermore, Aerospace Engineering alumni are expected to be responsible and ethical members of society and the engineering profession, and to pursue personal development through continuing education and active participation in professional organizations.

In order to achieve these objectives, the following student outcomes have been adopted:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage, in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


To enter this program, students should have demonstrated competence in mathematics, physics, and chemistry in high school.

The Aerospace Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering program requires successful completion of a minimum of 129 credit hours. The program may be completed in eight semesters assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. A CGPA of 2.0 or higher with a grade of "C" or better within three attempts including audits and withdrawals in all courses is required for graduation.

Remaining on Track for AE

Aerospace Engineering students must attain a CGPA of 2.5 or higher in those courses prescribed by the College of Engineering, First-Year Engineering Experience and in its EGR, MA and PS courses.  Failure to satisfy the above requirements will prevent the student from continuing in the program.

Suggested Program of Study

Students should be aware that most courses in each academic year have prerequisites and/or corequisites (check the course descriptions before registering for classes to ensure required sequencing). See the AE flowchart(s) from the department for the recommended plan of study.

NOTE: Students in the Aerospace Engineering department desiring to complete a minor must complete at least six credit hours of coursework applied to the minor that are not specifically required in the student’s degree program.

Year One
Credits
See the College of Engineering, Engineering Fundamentals Program for course selection 32
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Two
AE 201 Aerospace Flight Vehicles 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 139 Principles of Chemistry *3
PS 141 Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory *1
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III *3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers *1
 Credits Subtotal34.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Aeronautics Option

Year Three
Credits
AE 307 Incompressible Aerodynamics 3
AE 308 Compressible Aerodynamics 3
AE 313 Space Mechanics 3
AE 314 Experimental Aerodynamics *1
AE 315 Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory *1
AE 316 Aerospace Engineering Materials 3
AE 318 Aerospace Structures I 3
AE 403 Jet Propulsion 3
AE 413 Airplane Stability & Control 3
COM 219 Speech 3
EE 327 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals *3
EE 328 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Laboratory *1
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AE 416 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation *1
AE 417 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory *1
AE 418 Aerospace Structures II 3
AE 420 Aircraft Preliminary Design 4
AE 421 Aircraft Detail Design 4
AE 432 Flight Dynamics and Control 3
AE 442 Experimental Dynamics and Control *1
AE 443 Experimental Dynamics and Control Laboratory *1
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective 3
Approved Upper-Level Technical Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 129.0

Astronautics Option

Year Three
Credits
AE 307 Incompressible Aerodynamics 3
AE 308 Compressible Aerodynamics 3
AE 313 Space Mechanics 3
AE 314 Experimental Aerodynamics *1
AE 315 Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory *1
AE 316 Aerospace Engineering Materials 3
AE 318 Aerospace Structures I 3
AE 414 Space Propulsion 3
AE 426 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics 3
COM 219 Speech 3
EE 327 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals *3
EE 328 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Laboratory *1
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AE 416 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation *1
AE 417 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory *1
AE 418 Aerospace Structures II 3
AE 427 Spacecraft Preliminary Design 4
AE 434 Spacecraft Control 3
AE 445 Spacecraft Detail Design 4
AE 442 Experimental Dynamics and Control *1
AE 443 Experimental Dynamics and Control Laboratory *1
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective 3
Approved Upper-Level Technical Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 129.0

Propulsion Option

Year Three
Credits
AE 307 Incompressible Aerodynamics 3
AE 308 Compressible Aerodynamics 3
AE 313 Space Mechanics 3
AE 314 Experimental Aerodynamics *1
AE 315 Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory *1
AE 316 Aerospace Engineering Materials 3
AE 318 Aerospace Structures I 3
AE 403 Jet Propulsion 3
AE 413 Airplane Stability & Control 3
COM 219 Speech 3
EE 327 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals *3
EE 328 Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Laboratory *1
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AE 416 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation *1
AE 417 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory *1
AE 418 Aerospace Structures II 3
AE 432 Flight Dynamics and Control 3
AE 435 Air-Breathing Propulsion Preliminary Design 4
AE 440 Air-Breathing Propulsion Detail Design 4
AE 442 Experimental Dynamics and Control *1
AE 443 Experimental Dynamics and Control Laboratory *1
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective 3
Approved Upper-Level Technical Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 129.0

Technical Electives

One upper level Technical Elective must be an AE course. All non-duplicating AE upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses are acceptable. The remaining upper-level Technical Elective needs to be selected from the BSAE Approved Technical Electives list, in the areas of Engineering and Science, maintained by the AE Department.

Footnotes

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Lecture/Lab courses must be taken at the same time.