Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace engineering is a four-year curriculum that begins with fundamental engineering courses in mechanics, thermodynamics, materials, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Additional courses are required in aerospace structures, aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, controls, and aerospace design. Graduates of this program normally enter the aerospace industry to develop aircraft and spacecraft, but also find employment in other areas that use similar technologies, such as mechanical and energy-related fields. Examples include automobile, naval, and sporting equipment manufacturing. This program received ABET accreditation in 2002.

Four year plans

Three year plans

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The mission statement for the Jacobs School of Engineering is to educate tomorrow's technology leaders; conduct leading edge research and drive innovation; and to transfer discoveries for the benefit of society.



1. To provide our students with a strong technical education that will enable them to have successful careers as engineers, technology leaders and innovators.

2. To prepare our students for rapid technological change with the core knowledge central to assuring that they are able to further develop their kowledge and skills across a range of disciplines throughout their professional careers and pursue advanced education.

3. To prepare our students to communicate effectively and to deal knowledgeably and ethically with the impact of technology in our society and on global issues.



Graduates of AE are expected to have:

1a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

2b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

3c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.

4d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

5e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

6f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

7g. An ability to communicate effectively.

8h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

9i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

10j. A knowledge of contemporary issues.

11k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

AEl2. Aeronauticis (Primary): knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control.

AE13. Astronautics (Secondary): Knowledge of attitude determination and control, space structures, orbital mechanics, and rocket propulsion.

AE14. Integration: an ability to integrate knowledge of the fundamental topics in the design of aerospace systems.