Aerospace Engineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

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Current Program Educational Objectives

The Aerospace Engineering curriculum provides a strong fundamental background in engineering, mathematics, and science, along with the ability to apply this fundamental knowledge to the analysis and design of future aircraft and spacecraft. It also prepares students for lifelong learning and the attainment of their career goals in the field of aerospace engineering and in a wide range of other areas. The concepts of system design are introduced early in the curriculum and culminate in the yearlong senior capstone design experience (AE 442, AE 443), in which students work in teams to respond to a design challenge from industry, government, or a professional engineering society. Technical and free electives allows the student to pursue an individualized program of study.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0

Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. AE 442 and AE 443 will satisfy Aerospace Engineering Technical Core requirements and the Campus General Education Advanced Composition requirement.   

Orientation and Professional Development

AE 100Intro to Aerospace Engineering2
ENG 100Grainger Engineering Orientation Seminar (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1
Total Hours3

Foundational Mathematics and Science

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I (MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count towards degree.)4
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 257Linear Algebra with Computational Applications3
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
Total Hours29

Aerospace Engineering Technical Core

AE 140Aerospace Computer-Aided Design2
AE 202Aerospace Flight Mechanics3
AE 311Incompressible Flow3
AE 312Compressible Flow3
AE 321Mechs of Aerospace Structures3
AE 323Applied Aerospace Structures3
AE 352Aerospace Dynamical Systems3
AE 353Aerospace Control Systems3
AE 370Aerospace Numerical Methods3
AE 433Aerospace Propulsion3
or AE 434 Rocket Propulsion
AE 442Aerospace Systems Design I3
AE 443Aerospace Systems Design II3
AE 460Aerodynamics & Propulsion Lab2
AE 461Structures & Control Lab2
AE 483Autonomous Systems Lab2
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci (CS 124 may be taken instead of CS 101.)3
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
ME 200Thermodynamics3
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
TAM 210Introduction to Statics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
Total Hours58

Technical Electives

Select from the departmentally approved list of Technical Electives. Student will choose 6 hours of AE Technical Electives and 6 hours of either additional AE Technical Electives or Non-AE Technical Electives.12
AE Technical Electives listed below
AE 402Orbital Mechanics3 or 4
AE 403Spacecraft Attitude Control3 or 4
AE 410Computational Aerodynamics3 or 4
AE 412Viscous Flow & Heat Transfer4
AE 416Applied Aerodynamics3 or 4
AE 419Aircraft Flight Mechanics3 or 4
AE 420Finite Element Analysis3 or 4
AE 428Mechanics of Composites3
AE 435Electric Space Propulsion3 or 4
AE 451Aeroelasticity3 or 4
AE 454Systems Dynamics & Control3 or 4
AE 456Global Nav Satellite Systems4
AE 468Optical Remote Sensing3
AE 482Introduction to Robotics4
AE 484UAV Performance, Design, and Fabrication3
AE 485Spacecraft Environment and Interactions3 or 4
AE 497Independent Study1 to 4
AE 498Special Topics1 to 4
ENG 491Interdisciplinary Design Proj (CU1 & CU2)1 to 4
Non-AE Technical Electives below
ASTR 404Stellar Astrophysics3
ASTR 405Planetary Systems3
ASTR 406Galaxies and the Universe3
ASTR 414Astronomical Techniques4
ATMS 301Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
ATMS 302Atmospheric Dynamics I3
ATMS 303Synoptic-Dynamic Wea Analysis4
ATMS 304Radiative Transfer-Remote Sens3
ATMS 305Computing and Data Analysis3
ATMS 306Cloud Physics3
ATMS 313Synoptic Weather Forecasting4
ATMS 406Tropical Meteorology4
ATMS 410Radar Remote Sensing4
CEE 310Transportation Engineering3
CEE 330Environmental Engineering3
CEE 360Structural Engineering3
CEE 380Geotechnical Engineering3
CEE 407Airport Design3 or 4
CEE 412High-Speed Rail Engineering3 or 4
CEE 451Environmental Fluid Mechanics3
CEE 471Structural Mechanics3 or 4
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I2
CHEM 236Fundamental Organic Chem I4
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 420Parallel Progrmg: Sci & Engrg3 or 4
CS 461Computer Security I4
CS 465User Interface Design4
CSE 412Numerical Thermo-Fluid Mechs2 to 4
ECE 210Analog Signal Processing4
ECE 220Computer Systems & Programming4
ECE 310Digital Signal Processing3
ECE 311Digital Signal Processing Lab1
ECE 329Fields and Waves I3
ECE 330Power Ckts & Electromechanics3
ECE 342Electronic Circuits3
ECE 343Electronic Circuits Laboratory1
ECE 385Digital Systems Laboratory3
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3 or 4
ECE 486Control Systems4
ENG 491Interdisciplinary Design Proj (Sections SAE and HYP)1 to 4
MSE 401Thermodynamics of Materials3
MSE 440Mechanical Behavior of Metals3
MSE 443Design of Engineering Alloys3
MSE 498Special Topics (Section CM3)1 to 4
SE 310Design of Structures and Mechanisms3
SE 420Digital Control Systems4
SE 423Mechatronics3
IE 310Deterministic Models in Optimization3
MATH 347Fundamental Mathematics3
MATH 402Non Euclidean Geometry3 or 4
MATH 413Intro to Combinatorics3 or 4
MATH 416Abstract Linear Algebra3 or 4
MATH 442Intro Partial Diff Equations3 or 4
MATH 446Applied Complex Variables3 or 4
MATH 461Probability Theory3 or 4
MATH 482Linear Programming3 or 4
MATH 484Nonlinear Programming3 or 4
MATH 489Dynamics & Differential Eqns3 or 4
ME 320Heat Transfer4
ME 360Signal Processing3.5
ME 370Mechanical Design I3
ME 400Energy Conversion Systems3 or 4
ME 401Refrigeration and Cryogenics3 or 4
ME 498Special Topics0 to 4
MSE 450Polymer Science & Engineering3 or 4
MSE 453Plastics Engineering3
MSE 457Polymer Chemistry3 or 4
NPRE 201Energy Systems2 or 3
NPRE 402Nuclear Power Engineering3 or 4
NPRE 470Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Sources3
NPRE 475Wind Power Systems3 or 4
NPRE 498Special Topics (Energy Storage and Conveyance)1 to 4
PHYS 325Classical Mechanics I3
PHYS 326Classical Mechanics II3
PHYS 435Electromagnetic Fields I3
PHYS 485Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory3
PHYS 486Quantum Physics I4
STAT 428Statistical Computing3 or 4
STAT 448Advanced Data Analysis4
TAM 324Behavior of Materials4
TAM 451Intermediate Solid Mechanics4
TAM 456Experimental Stress Analysis3
TAM 470Computational Mechanics3 or 4
TE 401Developing Breakthrough Projects1 to 4
TMGT 461Tech, Eng, & Mgt Final Project2

Free Electives

Additional course work,subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives,so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.10
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate 128

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Sample Sequence

The curriculum sequence below is a sample sequence, as all Grainger Engineering students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. The curriculum sequence can also be viewed via dynamic and static curricular maps, which include prerequisite sequencing.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
AE 1002MATH 2313
ENG 1001MATH 2252
MATH 22114PHYS 2114
CHEM 1023CS 1013
CHEM 1031General education elective (or RHET 105)2,33-4
AE 1402 
RHET 105 (or General education elective)2,34-3 
 17-16 15-16
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
MATH 2414MATH 2853
PHYS 2124ME 2003
TAM 2102AE 2023
MSE 2803TAM 2123
General education elective23General education elective26
 16 18
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
AE 3113AE 3123
AE 3213AE 3233
AE 3523AE 3533
ECE 2053AE 3703
General education elective23General education elective23
 15 15
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
AE 44243AE 44343
AE 4333AE 4612
AE 4602Technical Electives59
AE 4832Free Elective3
Technical Elective53 
Free Elective3 
 16 17
Total Hours 129

MATH 220 may be substituted with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.


Students must take 6 hours from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list, 6 hours from campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list, and 6 hours from a liberal education list approved by the college or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts. 

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s), (ii) one non-western, and (iii) one U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy the Humanities and the Arts and cultural studies course requirements.


RHET 105 (or an alternative Composition I sequence) is taken either in the first or second semester of the first year, according to the student's UIN (Spring if UIN is odd). General education elective is taken the other semester. Composition I guidelines can be found at under Written Communication Requirement.


Sequence satisfies the General Education Advanced Composition requirement.


Technical elective credits totaling twelve hours, selected from a departmentally approved list of Technical Electives, satisfying these distribution requirements: (i) six hours of AE Technical Electives; (ii) six hours of AE Technical Electives or Non-AE Technical Electives.