Aerospace Engineering

Major Description

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. 


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
  • AERO 100 - Intro to Aerospace Engineering

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.

  • 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
  • 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.

Further Information:

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