Undergraduate Program

Aerospace and Computational Engineering

The undergraduate advising team is ready to help current and prospective students navigate their way through the degree plan and university life. Available from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 4:00 pm, we are here to listen, answer questions, and provide resources to support each student as a person as well as a future engineer.

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Sarah Kitten
Undergraduate Coordinator
Building WRW 215
Phone: (512) 471-7594
General Advising, Study Abroad and Prospective Students

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Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions is responsible for the admission of undergraduate students to the university. Future students may communicate with admissions counselors through the site about details concerning admission application status and decisions, campus visit event registration, academics, financial aid, and housing. 

Calculus Readiness Requirement

To be considered for admission to the Cockrell School of Engineering, you must meet the school’s Calculus Readiness Requirement.

Internal Transfer Admission

Current UT students must follow Cockrell School of Engineering internal transfer process for change of major to Aerospace or Computational Engineering.

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Schedule your campus visit via the Admissions Visit Us website.

Virtual Visit

Unable to make it to campus for a pre-scheduled information session? Take a virtual tour via our Virtual Visit videos.

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ASE Program Educational Objectives

  • Our graduates will be successful professionals in the aerospace industry or in related engineering and scientific fields.
  • Our graduates will successfully complete post-baccalaureate degrees in engineering or other fields based on their professional goals.
  • Our graduates will continue to educate themselves as their needs and circumstances dictate.
  • Our graduates will be ethical citizens who are aware of the impact of technology on humans and the environment.

These objectives are accomplished through a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes fundamentals in basic sciences, mathematics, and the humanities & integrates classroom and laboratory experiences in the engineering disciplines of aerodynamics and propulsion, structural mechanics, mechanics of material, flight makings & control, orbital mechanics, computation, measurements & instrumentation, design & technical communications. The curriculum requires students to use modern engineering tools to work individually and to practice teamwork.

ASE Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Aerospace Engineering Program should have:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

(c) 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.

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

(g) an ability to communicate effectively.

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

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The UT Austin aerospace engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

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.



Undergraduate students are very active within our department. With such interdisciplinary degrees, our students are allowed many opportunities to have hands-on experiences and join a variety of leadership and networking organizations. We encourage students to get involved and offer an hour of technical elective degree credit for every semester they work in student projects.

Student Project Teams

seds logoStudents for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)

SEDS at UT Austin seeks to develop its members’ technical and leadership skills through multidisciplinary project initiatives and professional development opportunities. Originally founded in 1980, SEDS is the largest student run space organization in the world with chapters in 4 continents and alumni throughout the space industry.

dbf 18 moduleDesign/Build/Fly (DBF)

Students design, build and fly remote controlled aircraft in AIAA's annual international competition.

Longhorn Rocketry Association in labLonghorn Rocketry Association (LRA)

The Longhorn Rocketry Association is a student-run amateur rocketry group at the University of Texas at Austin. Their mission is to enhance undergraduate education by applying classroom knowledge to design, build, and launch our own rockets.

armadilloTexas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL)

In the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL), undergraduate and graduate students work together to design, fabricate, test, and operate space-based tools. The TSL has traditionally focused on the creation of small satellites, and has seen missions like FASTRAC, Bevo-1, and Bevo-2 launched into Earth orbit.

UAV Team 2017UAV Austin

The UT Austin Unmanned Aerial Vehicles team designs and builds unmanned aircraft systems that can fly autonomously. The team has been recognized for their work in an annual competition hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

student with drone helmetWomen in Aerospace Leadership Development (WIALD)

The Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development seeks to provide confidence and support that will empower all women in the aerospace field of study to successes at any hands-on endeavor.

Texas Aerial Robotics group photoTexas Aerial Robotics (TAR)

Texas Aerial Robotics was established in early 2017 with the purpose of competing in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC), a highly sophisticated competition requiring teams to learn and apply skills such as computer vision, computational simulation, parallel computing, controls, design, fabrication and corporate interaction.


Leadership and Networking Organizations

AIAA logoAmerican Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA)

The UT Austin chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is a student organization for people with an interest in aviation and space. The AIAA itself is a worldwide organization of over 31,000 members, and is the largest professional organization devoted to the progress of aviation and space science technology.

LUNAR Council logoLUNAR Council

The LUNAR Council represents all student groups and organizations within the department by serving through Leadership, Undergraduate Networking And Recruitment. As an advisory council, it is a means for current undergraduates to provide continuous feedback to the department.

SGT logoSigma Gamma Tau (SGT)

Founded in 1957, the UT Austin chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau, an honor society, is primarily a service organization for Aerospace education. The student chapters participate in activities such as tutoring, peer-advising, and serving on academic committees.


Sarah Kitten and Adele Magnani

Undergraduate Advisors

Our undergraduate advising team is ready to help current and prospective students navigate their way through the degree plan and university life.

Email: ase.advising@utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-7594

Schedule an Appointment