Areas of Study
The Department of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics offers two technical areas of study:
This area (also called Aeronautics) provides the student with a well-rounded program of study emphasizing the major disciplines of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, design, performance, and control of aircraft. These subjects are treated at a fundamental level that lays a foundation for work in a broad variety of specialties in the aircraft industry. This option is intended primarily for the undergraduate student whose primary interest is aircraft. Coursework includes: Structural Analysis, Applied Aerodynamics, High-Speed Aerodynamics Laboratory, Aircraft Design I and Aircraft Design II.
This area (also called Astronautics) provides the student with a well-rounded program of study which provides a background in the traditional areas of fluid mechanics, materials, structures, propulsion, controls, and flight mechanics, while also offering the student a chance to learn about the space environment, attitude determination/control, orbital mechanics, mission design, and spacecraft systems/design. These subjects are treated at a fundamental level that lays a foundation for work in a broad variety of specialties in space-related industries. This option is intended primarily for the undergraduate student whose primary interest is space and spacecraft.Techical Areas Coursework includes Applied Orbital Mechanics, Attitude Dynamics, Space Systems Engineering Design, Space Applications Laboratory, and Spacecraft/Mission Design.
Check out the classes involved with each technical area in addition to a list of pre-approved Technical Area Elective options.
Ravi Prakash, BS ASE '03
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