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BS in Aerospace Engineering

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Aerospace engineers focus on the design, manufacture, and operation of flight vehicles. This includes military and civilian airplanes, missiles and rocket boosters, and spacecraft and surface rovers for planetary exploration. Courses include engineering science, math, information technology, and design. Students develop communication ability, teamwork skills, ethical standards and the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing aerospace profession.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Website: http://www.ame.arizona.edu/
Math Required:

Substantial

    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Substantial
Second Language Required:

None

  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
None
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A Functions for Calculus 1
MATH 122B First Semester Calculus 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102 Introduction to Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
AME 105 Introduction to MATLAB I 1
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CE 214 Statics 3
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
AME 205 Introduction to MATLAB II 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
4th Semester
AME 230 Thermodynamics 3
AME 250 Dynamics 3
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
AME 331 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics 3
AME 324A Mechanical Behavior of Engr. Materials 3
AME 301 Engineering Analysis 3
AME 300 Instrumentation Laboratory 3
MSE 331R Fundamentals of Materials for Engineers 3
AME 324L Mechanics of Materials Laboratory 1
6th Semester
AME 320 Aerodynamics 3
AME 321 Aircraft Performance 3
AME 323 Gasdynamics 3
AME 302 Numerical Methods 4
AME 324B Engineering Component Design 3
7th Semester
AME 420A Aerospace Conceptual Design 2
AME 425 Aerospace Propulsion 3
AME 427 Stability and Control of Aerospace Vehicles 3
AME 424 Introduction to Space Technologies 3
AME 495S Senior Colloquium 1
Technical Elective 3
8th Semester
AME 422A Aerospace Engineering Design or AME 428A Space Mission Conceptual Design 2
AME 401 Senior Aerospace Laboratory 1
AME 463 Finite Element Analysis with ANSYS 3
AME 455 Control System Design 3
AME 413A Mechanical Engineering Design Lab I 1
Technical Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of design, science and math, engineering principles and industry standards gained from a major in Aerospace Engineering forms a valuable foundation for a variety of specialized careers. Graduates in Aerospace Engineering can pursue careers in defense, transportation, space research and exploration, management, or sales and might work with government agencies, consulting firms, corporations, manufacturers, or universities. 

Potential Career Areas

  • Research and design
  • Aerospace testing
  • Defense
  • Management
  • Maintenance
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Public relations
  • Science writing
  • Satellite mission analysis

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Universities
  • Research organizations
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Consulting firms
  • Commercial airlines
  • Print media
  • Energy companies
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Aerospace Engineer $65,130 - $103,870
Aerospace Engineering Technician $39,000 - $62,680
NASA Engineer $31,000 - $119,000
Aircraft Pilot $65,420 - $115,190
Astronaut $50,790 - $85,544
Sales Engineer $42,420 - $86,163
Engineering Manager $64,000 - $146,000
Testing Specialist $38,660 - $54,990
Science Writer $20,000 - $60,000
Meteorological Technician $38,660 - $54,990