The renowned Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the largest program of its kind in the U.S. and has been ranked No. 1 among schools without a doctoral program for 14 straight years

Bachelor of Science in
Aerospace Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The renowned Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the largest program of its kind in the U.S. and has been ranked No. 1 among schools without a doctoral program for 14 straight years. Focusing primarily on the engineering of mission-oriented vehicles, the program offers courses in aeronautics, airplane and space vehicle design, structures, and propulsion. Graduates of this selective program are highly sought after by the aerospace and aviation industry. 

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree is housed in the Aerospace Engineering Department of the College of Engineering.

Typical First Year

First-year students must complete the College of Engineering’s Freshman Engineering Program before continuing with their Aerospace Engineering courses. Before entering the Freshman Engineering Program, a student should demonstrate competence in science and mathematics, including a proficiency in algebra and trigonometry, and be prepared to enter Calculus I.

Degree Details

The BSAE requires 129 credit hours to complete. It can be completed in eight semesters. A CGPA of 2.0 or higher in all AE, EGR, EE, and ES courses is required for graduation. Students are required to complete the Freshman Engineering Program at the College of Engineering with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 before pursuing a BSAE degree.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering program requires successful completion of a minimum of 129 credit hours. The program may be completed in eight semesters assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. A CGPA of 2.0 or higher in all AE, EGR, EE, and ES courses is required for graduation.

First-Year Requirement

A student must attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in those courses prescribed by the College of Engineering, Freshman Engineering Program before continuing the pursuit of an Aerospace Engineering degree.

Remaining on Track for AE

Aerospace Engineering students must complete MA 241, MA 242, PS 150, PS 160, and EGR 115 with a C or better within three attempts (including audits and withdrawals) before attending any ES courses. AE students must also complete PS 250/PS 253 with a "C" or higher before enrolling in any AE course. Failure to abide by the above requirements will prohibit the student from continuing in the Aerospace Engineering program.

Suggested Program of Study

Students should be aware that most courses in each academic year have prerequisites and/or corequisites (check the course descriptions before registering for classes to ensure required sequencing). See the AE flowchart(s) from the department for the recommended plan of study.

See the Common Year One outline in the Freshman Engineering Program Introduction.

Year One
Credits
See the Common Year One outline in the College of Engineering introduction. 32
 Credits Subtotal32
Year Two
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EGR 120 Graphical Communications 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 139 Principles of Chemistry 3
PS 141 Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory 1
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III *3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers *1
 Credits Subtotal34

Aeronautics Option

Year Three
Credits
AE 301 Aerodynamics I 3
AE 302 Aerodynamics II 3
AE 313 Space Mechanics 3
AE 314 Experimental Aerodynamics *1
AE 315 Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory *1
AE 316 Aerospace Engineering Materials 3
AE 318 Aerospace Structures I 3
AE 413 Airplane Stability & Control 3
AE 418 Aerospace Structures II 3
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I *2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory *1
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal32
Year Four
AE 408 Turbine and Rocket Engines 3
AE 416 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation *1
AE 417 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory *1
AE 420 Aircraft Preliminary Design 4
AE 421 Aircraft Detail Design 4
AE 432 Flight Dynamics and Control 3
ES 405 Electrical Engineering II 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective 3
Approved Upper-Level Technical Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal31
 Credits Total 129

Astronautics Option

Year Three
Credits
AE 301 Aerodynamics I 3
AE 302 Aerodynamics II 3
AE 313 Space Mechanics 3
AE 314 Experimental Aerodynamics *1
AE 315 Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory *1
AE 316 Aerospace Engineering Materials 3
AE 318 Aerospace Structures I 3
AE 418 Aerospace Structures II 3
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I *2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory *1
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
Approved Upper-Level Technical Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32
Year Four
AE 408 Turbine and Rocket Engines 3
AE 416 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation *1
AE 417 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory *1
AE 426 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics 3
AE 427 Spacecraft Preliminary Design 4
AE 434 Spacecraft Control 3
AE 445 Spacecraft Detail Design 4
ES 405 Electrical Engineering II 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective 3
Approved Upper-Level Technical Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31
 Credits Total 129

Propulsion Option

Year Three
Credits
AE 301 Aerodynamics I 3
AE 302 Aerodynamics II 3
AE 313 Space Mechanics 3
AE 314 Experimental Aerodynamics *1
AE 315 Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory *1
AE 316 Aerospace Engineering Materials 3
AE 318 Aerospace Structures I 3
AE 413 Airplane Stability & Control 3
AE 418 Aerospace Structures II 3
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I *2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory *1
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal32
Year Four
AE 408 Turbine and Rocket Engines 3
AE 416 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation *1
AE 417 Aerospace Structures and Instrumentation Laboratory *1
AE 432 Flight Dynamics and Control 3
AE 435 Air-Breathing Propulsion Preliminary Design 4
AE 440 Air-Breathing Propulsion Detail Design 4
ES 405 Electrical Engineering II 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective 3
Approved Upper-Level Technical Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal31
 Credits Total: 129

Technical Electives

All AE upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses are acceptable. Other courses may be selected from an approved list of courses maintained by the AE department.

Footnotes

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Lecture/Lab courses must be taken at the same time.

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