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B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering provides a broad exposure to engineering fundamentals and prepares the graduating student for a wide range of engineering positions in industry or government. The program also is an excellent preparation for graduate school in a number of disciplines. The program’s focus is primarily on the engineering of mission-oriented vehicles for atmospheric and space flight. In addition to the general education requirements, the student will study aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, space systems, controls, materials, instrumentation, electrical fundamentals, computer applications, orbital mechanics, and design. Students choose to integrate their knowledge in either an aircraft or spacecraft capstone design project. Design projects in a number of courses will develop and refine the students’ ability to integrate their knowledge, communicate both verbally and in writing, and work in a team environment. A large number of hands-on experiences will expose the student to practical engineering to balance the theoretical analysis required to understand aircraft and spacecraft systems.

The overall objective of the Aerospace Engineering program at Prescott is to produce graduates who will be successful practitioners of aerospace engineering. The program objectives to measure our accomplishment of this goal are engineers who:

  • Demonstrate achievements in their chosen profession
  • Contribute to the profession and the university
  • Demonstrate professional preparation
  • Exhibit professional ethics and integrity

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 minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is needed for all required AE, EGR, EP, ES, and ME courses, excluding technical electives. The courses necessary to earn this degree are listed below.

Students should be aware that many courses have prerequisites and/or corequisites.  Students must have a C or better in all prerequisites for all required AE, EGR, EP, ES, ME, and SYS courses.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
Lower-Level Humanities -OR- Social Sciences * 3
CEC 220 Digital Circuit Design 3
CEC 222 Digital Circuit Design Laboratory 1
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 225 Engineering Economics 3
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
HU 14X Lower-Level Humanities 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 150 Physics for Engineers I 3
PS 160 Physics for Engineers II 3
UNIV 101 College Success **(1)
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Sophomore Year
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
EGR 200 Computer Aided Conceptual Design of Aerospace Systems 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Junior Year
Select one of the options below. 33
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Senior Year
Select one of the options below. 31
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 129.0

Aeronautics Option

Junior Year
Credits
AE 301 Aerodynamics I 3
AE 302 Aerodynamics II 3
AE 314 Experimental Aerodynamics 1
AE 315 Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory 1
AE 318 Aerospace Structures I 3
AE 413 Airplane Stability & Control 3
AE 418 Aerospace Structures II 3
AE 430 Control System Analysis and Design 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I ***2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory ***1
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Senior Year
Upper-Level Humanities * 3
Upper Level Mathematics * 3
Technical Electives 6
AE 313 Space Mechanics 3
AE 416 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation 1
AE 417 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory 1
AE 420 Aircraft Preliminary Design 4
AE 421 Aircraft Detail Design 4
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
ME 309 Airbreathing and Rocket Propulsion 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 64.0

Astronautics Option

Junior Year
Credits
AE 301 Aerodynamics I 3
AE 313 Space Mechanics 3
AE 318 Aerospace Structures I 3
AE 325 Experimental Space Systems Engineering 1
AE 326 Experimental Space Systems Engineering Lab 1
AE 426 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics 3
AE 430 Control System Analysis and Design 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
EP 394 Space Systems Engineering 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I ***2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory ***1
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Senior Year
Upper-Level Humanities * 3
Upper Level Mathematics * 3
Technical Electives 6
AE 414 Space Propulsion 3
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 445 Spacecraft Detail Design 4
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 64.0

Technical Electives

Three technical elective credits must be upper-level College of Engineering courses not specifically listed in the student’s degree requirements. The remaining three credits must be selected from the list below or an upper-level ROTC course may be substituted.

AE
Upper-level, except AE 399, AE 499 ****
With prior approval of the Aerospace Engineering Department.
Cooperative Education Courses
With prior approval of the Aerospace Engineering dept. See Career Advisor for more information
CEC
Upper level, except CEC 399, CEC 499 ****
CS
Programming in ADA
Operating Systems
EE
Upper level, except EE 399, EE 499 ****
EGR
Upper level
EP
Upper level, except EP 399, EP 499 ****
ES
Upper level, except ES 399, ES 499 ****
MA
Numerical Analysis I
Probability and Statistics
Linear Algebra
Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I
Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics II
Complex Variables
ME
Upper-level, except ME 399, ME 499 ****
PS
Modern Physics
Classical Mechanics I
Classical Mechanics II
Quantum Mechanics I
Planetary Science
Remote Sensing
SE
Software Engineering Practices
 
*

See General Education Electives  section below

**

UNIV 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit

***

EE 223/EE 224 may be substituted for EE 335/EE 336

****

Must be approved by the AE/ME Department chair before taking this course.

 General Education Electives

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Sciences may be chosen as specified below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Aerospace Engineering vertical outline. Prior approval by the Aerospace Engineering Department chair is required for any substitutions for general education electives.
 

Humanities
Lower-Level
Any HU/L course under 300 level
Upper-Level
Select one of the following:
Values and Ethics
HU/SS399 Study Abroad only
Social Sciences
Lower-Level
Any EC/SS/PSY/RS course under 300 level
Mathematics
Upper-Level
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Linear and Abstract Algebra
Probability and Statistics
Linear Algebra
Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I
Complex Variables
or as approved by the AE/ME Department chair