The aerospace engineering concentration aims to provide students with foundations of the design of aircraft and spacecraft. Coursework related to this concentration will focus on aerospace fundamentals, including flight dynamics, aerodynamics, power and propulsion systems, and aircraft structures.
The concentration is open to students with a declared major in Mechanical Engineering, and requires three core aerospace concentration courses (9 credits) and one aerospace concentration elective course (3 credits) . The concentration is noted on students’ official transcripts.
Students in this Concentration are required to take two introductory courses: Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (ME 371) and Aerodynamics (ME 476), and one advanced course, Structural Mechanics (ME 404), plus two additional advanced Aerospace Engineering Concentration electives.
It is recommended that students interested in pursuing a concentration in aerospace engineering declare their concentration as early as possible in their degree program in order to facilitate course planning, but in no case later than the beginning of the first semester of a student’s junior year.
Year 1 Fall
Code Course Credits MATH 121 Calculus I 4 ENGR 102 Intro Engr. Design and Prof. 3 ENGR 106 Computer Aided Engr Tools 3 PHIL 201 Classical Mind 3 ENG 101 Rhetoric and Composition 3 Total Credits 16
Year 1 Spring
Code Course Credits MATH 122 Calculus II 4 PHYS 215 University Physics I 4 CSC 113 Intro to Computer Programming 3 PHIL 202 Modern Mind 3 TRS 201 Faith Seeking Understanding 3 Total Credits 17
Year 2 Fall
Code Course Credits MATH 221 Calculus III 4 PHYS 216 University Physics II 4 ENGR 201 Engineering Mechanics I 3 CHEM 107 General Chemistry I 3 CHEM 113 General Chemistry Laboratory I 2 TRS 202 The Church and the Human Person 3 Total Credits 19
Year 2 Spring
Code Course Credits ME 242 Design and Materials 3 ENGR 202 Engineering Mechanics II 3 ENGR 211 Thermodynamics 3 ENGR 212 Electrical Networks 3 ENGR 222 Engineering Math I 4 Total Credits 16
Year 3 Fall
Code Course Credits MATH 309 Probability and Statistics for Engr 3 ENGR 331 Fluid Mechanics 3 ENGR 301 Solid Mechanics 3 ME 344 System Dynamics 3 ME 371 Intro to Aerospace Engineering 3 Total Credits 15
Year 3 Spring
Code Course Credits ME 476 Aerodynamics 3 ME 342 Junior Design 3 ME 362 Heat Transfer 3 ME 392 Mech. Sys. & Dynamics Lab 2 PHIL 362 Prof. Ethics in Engineering 3 Lit./SBS/Fine Art Literature/Social Studies/Fine Arts 3 Total Credits 17
Year 4 Fall
Code Course Credits ENGR 441 Interdisciplinary Senior Design I 3 ME 487 Thermal/Fluid Sci. Lab 2 ENGR 401 Engineering Senior Seminar 1 ENGR 403 Control Systems 3 LS Liberal Study 3 ME Aerospace Engineering Concentration Elective 3 Total Credits 15
Year 4 Spring
Code Course Credits ENGR 442 Interdisciplinary Senior Design II 3 ME Aerospace Engineering Concentration Elective 3 GTE General Technical Elective 3 ME 404 Structural Mechanics 3 LS Liberal Studies Elective 3 Total Credits 15
Concentration Elective Courses
- ME 432/532 – Design of Power & Propulsion Systems
- ME 454 - Aircraft Design
- ME 457 – Applied Rigid Body Dynamics
- ME 557 – Advanced Dynamics
- ME 466/566 – Advanced Vibrations and Structural Dynamics I
- ME 511 – Aircraft Simulation and Control
- ME 574 – Orbital Mechanics and Mission Design
- ME 489/589 – Smart Structures
General Technical Elective Course
Any 300-level or above ME, ENGR, CSC, EE, BE, CEE, DA, MSE, MATH, PHYS, CHEM or BIOL course with academic advisor consent and chair approval.
Liberal Study Courses
Any two courses from the following list would be acceptable.
Literature/Fine Arts/Social Science Course
Any course from the following list would be acceptable.