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.
- 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
- AERO 100 - Intro to Aerospace Engineering
Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.
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.
- Advanced math and statistics
- In-depth knowledge of the principles of aerospace & aeronautical engineering
- Intellectual creativity
- Logical thinking
- Planning, organizing and conducting research
- Understanding a wide variety of scientific and technical material
- Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer
- Aerospace Stress Analyst
- Aircraft Structural Engineer
- Assurance Technician
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Quality Systems Engineer
- Vibration Analyst
Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.
- Participating in undergraduate research
- Applying for a study abroad experience
- Utilizing resources of The Career Center and Engineering Career Services
- Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), student branch
- Design/Build/Fly (DBF)
- Graduate Advisory Committee
- Illini Aerospace Outreach
- Illinois Robotics in Space (IRIS)
- Illinois Space Society
- Satellite Development Organization
- Student Aircraft Builders
- Student Space Systems
- Undergraduate Advisory Board
- Women in Aerospace
- Other organizations
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.