Aerospace Engineering - BS

Coursework in aerodynamics, structures and materials, propulsion, and dynamics and control provide a strong fundamental basis for advanced study and specialization, while technical electives offer a concentration of study in fields of special interest. Design philosophy and practice are developed throughout the curriculum to relate analysis to aerospace engineering design. The design of aerospace system components is particularly emphasized in the junior- and senior-level courses. A senior-level two-semester design sequence, involving specific goals, objectives, and constraints, integrates analysis and design tools and requires students working in small teams to design, build, test, and even fly an aerospace system, such as an aircraft, rocket, or spacecraft. Application of modern engineering and computational tools is required and emphasized in all courses.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33

A grade of C or better is required.


Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.


Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.


BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
AERO 201Introduction to Flight 3
AERO 212Introduction to Aerothermodynamics 3
ENGL 210 or COMM 205Technical and Business Writing or Communication for Technical Professions 3
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 3
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
AERO 210Introduction to Aerospace Mechanics 3
AERO 214Introduction to Aerospace Mechanics of Materials 3
AERO 220Introduction to Aerospace Computation 4
ECEN 215Principles of Electrical Engineering 3
MATH 308Differential Equations 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
AERO 301Theoretical Aerodynamics 3
AERO 302Aerospace Engineering Laboratory 2
AERO 304Aerospace Structural Analysis I 3
AERO 310Aerospace Dynamics 3
University Core Curriculum 36
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
AERO 303High Speed Aerodynamics 3
AERO 306Aerospace Structural Analysis II 3
AERO 321Dynamics of Aerospace Vehicles 3
AERO 351Aerothermodynamics and Propulsion 3
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
AERO 401Aerospace Vehicle Design I 53
AERO 413Aerospace Materials Science 3
AERO 423Orbital Mechanics 3
AERO 430 or MATH 401Numerical Simulation or Advanced Engineering Mathematics 3
Select one of the following: 3
Aerospace Structural Design  
Aerospace Propulsion  
Space System Design  
Electromagnetic Sensing for Space-Borne Imaging  
Airfoil and Wing Design  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
AERO 402Aerospace Vehicle Design II 52
AERO 422Active Controls for Aerospace Vehicles 3
AERO 452Heat Transfer and Viscous Flows 3
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 3
Select two of the following: 6
Mechanics of Advanced Aerospace Structures  
Aerospace Structural Design  
Polymer Nanocomposites and their Applications  
Aerospace Propulsion  
Chemical Rocket Propulsion  
Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control  
Flight Test Engineering  
Space System Design  
Electromagnetic Sensing for Space-Borne Imaging  
Numerical Simulation  
Cockpit Systems and Displays  
Vehicle Management Systems  
Airfoil and Wing Design  
Special Topics in...  
Digital Control Systems  
Problems for Co-Op Students  
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 95

Three design options are available - Aircraft, Rocket, or Spacecraft Design. A two-semester sequence is required.

Total Program Hours 128