Technical Areas of Study 

The Department of Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics offers two design tracks:

Atmospheric Flight

This design track (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: Applied Aerodynamics, High-Speed Aerodynamics Laboratory, Aircraft Design I and Aircraft Design II.

Space Flight

This design track (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, 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. Coursework includes Space Systems Engineering Design, Space Applications Laboratory, and Spacecraft/Mission Design.

Flow Chart for Design Track Options

Check out the classes involved with each design track in addition to the list of pre-approved Aerospace Elective options.