Aerospace Engineering

What Is It?:

Aerospace Engineering 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 culminate in the year-long senior capstone design experience, in which students work in teams to respond to a design challenge from industry, government, or a professional engineering society. 

For more information, please visit the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • CHEM 102/103—General Chemistry I / General Chemistry Lab I
  • MATH 221—Calculus I
  • MATH 231—Calculus II
  • PHYS 211—University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 212—University Physics: Electricity & Magnetism

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Most aerospace and aeronautical engineers work in the aircraft, missile, and space-vehicle manufacturing industries. Others work for the federal government, engineering firms or research and testing firms that specialize in air and spacecraft.

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer
  • Aerospace Stress Analyst
  • Aircraft Structural Engineer
  • Assurance Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Systems Engineer
  • Vibration Analyst

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Design Build Fly: Participate in AIAA Design Build Fly Competitions
    • Engineering Council: Provides resources and support for Engineering students and societies.
    • Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors: Creates an interactive student alumni community within the College of Engineering by coordinating innovative programs promoting pride, networking, and collaborative opportunities.

Related Skills:

  • Advanced math and statistics
  • In-depth knowledge of the principles of aerospace & aeronautical engineering
  • Intellectual creativity
  • Logical thinking
  • Planning, organizing and conducting research
  • Teamwork
  • Understanding a wide variety of scientific and technical material

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Aerospace Engineering, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Aerospace Engineering.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Aerospace Engineering.  One such organization includes American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Aerospace Engineering, visit Undergraduate Programs.