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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Aerospace Engineering

University Park, College of Engineering (AERSP)

PROFESSOR AMY PRITCHETT, Head, Department of Aerospace Engineering

This major emphasizes the analysis, design, and operation of aircraft and spacecraft. Students learn the theories and practices in the fundamental subjects of aeronautics, astronautics, aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, aerospace materials and structures, dynamics and automatic control, aircraft stability and control and/or orbital and attitude dynamics and control, air-breathing and rocket propulsion, aircraft systems design and /or spacecraft systems design. All of these place significant weight on the development and use of teamwork and communications skills for effective problem-solving. Graduates in aerospace engineering find employment in the customary settings such as government laboratories, large and small aerospace firms, and in nontraditional positions that also require the use of systems-engineering approaches to problem-solving; they can also pursue graduate study in aerospace engineering and related fields.

Program Educational Objectives:

Two to three years after obtaining a B.S. in aerospace engineering, graduates will be

  1. employed in the customary settings such as government laboratories, large and small aerospace firms, and nontraditional positions that also require the use of systems engineering approaches to problems-solving, or
  2. pursuing graduate study in aerospace engineering and related fields.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)

The undergraduate program will provide students with the

a.)     ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to foundational subjects of aerospace engineering (aeronautics, astronautics, aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, aerospace materials and structures, dynamics and automatic control, stability and control of aircraft and/or spacecraft, air-breathing and rocket propulsion, and aircraft systems design and/or spacecraft systems design),

b.)    ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data in aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, or control systems,

c.)     ability to design a system, component or process, integrating knowledge from relevant topics in astronautics and aeronautics, to meet desired needs in aircraft systems and/or in spacecraft systems,

d.)  ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams,

e.)  ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,

f.)   understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,

g.)  ability to communicate effectively,

h.)  broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,

i.)   recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning,

j.)   knowledge of contemporary issues,

k.)  ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice, and

l.)   knowledge in all subjects in Category I or in Category II, and in some subjects in the other category: 

(Category I. aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control),
(Category II: orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, space structures, and rocket propulsion).

The first two years of study are similar to those in other engineering majors and provide students with a basic education for the engineering profession. Students need to complete E MCH 212, CMPSC 201, MATH 220, MATH 230, and MATH 250 prior to the start of the junior year in order to meet graduation requirements in the following two years. Six of the nine technical-elective credits taken in the senior year must be aerospace engineering courses.

 ENTRANCE TO MAJOR -- In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements* described in the University Policies, all College of Engineering entrance to major course requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), MATH 141 (GQ), MATH 250 or MATH 251, PHYS 211 (GN) and PHSY 212 (GN). All of these courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

*In the event that the major is under enrollment control, a higher minimum cumulative grade-point average is likely to be needed and students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering or Division of Undergraduate Studies at the time of confirming their major choice.

For the B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering, a minimum of 131 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Aerospace Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., (Opens New Window).

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
EMCH 212(3)[1], ME 201(3), MATH 220 GQ(2-3), MATH 230(4), MATH 250(3)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1], PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
AERSP 301(3)[1], AERSP 304(3), AERSP 305(3), AERSP 306(3)[1], AERSP 309(3)[1], AERSP 311(3)[1], AERSP 312(3), AERSP 313(3)[1], EMCH 315(2), EMCH 316(1) (Sem: 5-6)
AERSP 410(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 5 credits from EMCH 210(5), EMCH 211(3), EMCH 213(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
AERSP 401A(3), AERSP 401B(2); or AERSP 402A(3), AERSP 402B(2) (Sem: 7-8)
AERSP 413(3) or AERSP 450(3) (Sem: 7-8)
AERSP 440(3), EE 210(3), or EE 212(4) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 9 credits of Aerospace Technical Elective (ATE) courses from department list. (Sem: 7-8)

Select 3 credits of Limited Elective (LE) courses from department list. (Sem: 7-8)

(Students who complete Basic ROTC may substitute 6 of the ROTC credits for 3 credits of LE and 3 credits of GHA.)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-05-056

Review Date: 2/28/06

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07



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