Aerospace Engineering, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering


department website: https://www.ae.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Aerospace Engineering Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: The Grainger College of Engineering

college website: https://grainger.illinois.edu/


email: aerospace@illinois.edu


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. A total of 18 hours of technical and free electives allows the student to pursue an individualized program of study.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The Grainger College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office maintains the following Degree Requirements website to clarify curricular requirements noted below:


Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as follows.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

AE 100Intro to Aerospace Engineering 12
ENG 100Engineering Orientation 20
Total Hours2

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I 34
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
Total Hours30

Aerospace Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of aerospace engineering.

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
AE 442Aerospace Systems Design I3
AE 443Aerospace Systems Design II3
AE 460Aerodynamics & Propulsion Lab2
AE 461Structures & Control Lab2
AE 483Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Navigation and Control3
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
ECE 206Electrical and Electronic Circuits Lab1
IE 300Analysis of Data 43
ME 200Thermodynamics3
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
TAM 210Introduction to Statics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
Total Hours58

Technical Electives

These courses stress the rigorous analysis and design principles practiced in the major subdisciplines of aerospace engineering.

Selected from the departmentally approved list of Technical Electives, satisfying these distribution requirements:
Chosen from AE Technical Electives listed below6
AE 199Undergraduate Open Seminar0 to 5
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 427Mechanics of Polymers3
AE 428Mechanics of Composites3
AE 434Rocket Propulsion3 or 4
AE 435Electric 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 497Independent Study1 to 4
AE 498Special Topics1 to 4
ENG 491Interdisciplinary Design Proj (CU1 & CU2)1 to 4
Chosen from AE Technical Electives or Non-AE Technical Electives 6
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 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
CS 125Intro to Computer Science4
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 420Parallel Progrmg: Sci & Engrg3 or 4
CS 461Computer Security I4
CS 465User Interface Design3 or 4
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

General Education Requirements

A minimum of six courses is required, as follows:18
Social and Behavioral Sciences6
Humanities & the Arts 6
The Grainger College of Engineering Liberal Education course list, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts6
Cultural Studies: Non-Western Cultures (1 course)
Cultural Studies: U.S. Minorities Cultures (1 course)
Cultural Studies: Western/Comparative Cultures (1 course)

Non-Primary Language Requirement

Completion of the third semester or equivalent of a non-primary language is required. Completion of three years of a single language in high school satisfies this requirement. 0-9

University Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

Choose one:
Writing and Research
Oral & Written Comm I
and Oral & Written Comm II
Intro to Academic Writing I
and Intro to Academic Writing II
Principles of Academic Writing
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing the sequence AE 442 + AE 443 in the Aerospace Engineering Technical Core )

Free Electives

Free Electives
Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted by the College, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 6
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate128

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years. Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
AE 1001Intro to Aerospace Engineering2
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
MATH 2212Calculus I4
RHET 105 or LIBERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3,4Writing and Research4
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
MATH 231Calculus II3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
RHET 105 or LIBERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3,4Writing and Research4
Liberal education elective33
MATH 225Introductory Matrix Theory2
 Semester Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 210Introduction to Statics2
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Second Semester
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
ME 200Thermodynamics3
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
AE 202Aerospace Flight Mechanics3
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
AE 311Incompressible Flow3
AE 321Mechs of Aerospace Structures3
AE 352Aerospace Dynamical Systems3
ECE 205Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
IE 3005Analysis of Data3
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
AE 312Compressible Flow3
AE 323Applied Aerospace Structures3
AE 353Aerospace Control Systems3
AE 370Aerospace Numerical Methods3
ECE 206Electrical and Electronic Circuits Lab1
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours16
Fourth Year
First Semester
AE 4426Aerospace Systems Design I3
AE 460Aerodynamics Propulsion Lab2
AE 483Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Navigation and Control3
AE 433Aerospace Propulsion3
Free Elective3
Technical Elective73
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
AE 4436Aerospace Systems Design II3
AE 461Structures Control Lab2
Technical Electives79
 Semester Hours14
 Total Hours: 128