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Aerospace Engineering

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.

Math Required:


    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.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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/B or MATH 125 Calculus I 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 1 or CHEM 105A/106A 4
ENGL 101 or 107 or 109H First Year Composition 3
ENGR 102A/B Introduction to Engineering or ENGR 102 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
AME 105 Introduction to MATLAB I 1
Physics 141 Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL 102 or 108 or 109H English Composition 3
ECE 175 Computer Programming for Engr Applications 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
ABE 221 Introduction to CAD 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
AME 220 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 3
AME 230 Thermodynamics 3
AME 250 Dynamics 3
MATH 254 Intro. to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
AME 300 Instrumentation Laboratory 3
AME 301 Engineering Analysis 3
AME 320 Aerodynamics 3
AME 324A Mech. Behavior of Engr Materials 3
AME 324L Mech. of Materials Laboratory 1
MSE 331R Fundamentals of Materials for Engineers 3
6th Semester
AME 324C Aero Structures or AME 324B Engr Component Design 3
AME 321 Aircraft Performance 3
AME 323 Gasdynamics 3
AME 302 Numerical Methods 3
AME 313 Aerospace/Mechanical Engr Laboratory 1
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
AME 420 Aerospace Conceptual Design 3
AME 425 Aerospace Propulsion 3
AME 427 Stability and Control of Aerospace Vehicles 3
AME 457 Orbital Mechanics and Space Flight 3
AME 495S Senior Colloquium 1
AME or non-AME 300/400-level technical elective 3
8th Semester
AME 422 Aerospace Engineering Design 3
AME 401 Senior Aerospace Laboratory 2
AME 463 Finite Element Analysis w/ ANSYS or AME 431 Numerical Methods in Fluid Mech and Heat Transfe 3
AME 400-level technical elective 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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  • 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
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  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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