Aerospace Engineering - Undergraduate Program Requirements

General Description

The aerospace engineering program at Wichita State University specializes in the study of both aircraft and spacecraft. Courses are offered in the following general areas:

  Aerodynamics - What keeps the vehicle in the air?
  Performance - How fast and how high will the vehicle go?
  Propulsion - What makes the vehicle move?
  Stability and Control - What keeps the vehicle on course?
  Structures - What holds the vehicle together?

The aerospace engineering curriculum is designed to develop skills in these five areas, as well as in math, physical science, general engineering, digital computation, and written and oral communication. When you're a senior, you'll be ready for courses in aerospace design. The aerospace engineering department has well-equipped laboratory facilities for required courses and student projects. You'll have access to laboratory facilities that are among the finest found in academic institutions nationwide -  five wind tunnels, a water tunnel, and structural testing lab. College of engineering students also have access to computer laboratories and a campus-wide wireless network.

You may want to participate in cooperative education, a voluntary program in which you'll have the opportunity to integrate formal course work with periods of relevant off-campus employment. Our co-op students have worked at: NASA centers; Spirit AeroSystems; Boeing; Cessna; Bombardier; Beechcraft; the Federal Aviation Administration; and many others.

Model Program

The undergraduate program requires the completion of 135 semester credit hours for graduation. The suggested course of study for aerospace engineering students is given in the following tables.

A printable version, often called the "Check Sheet" can be downloaded (click highlight). Two other documents, called "AE Tips" and "Even More AE Tips," can also be downloaded (click highlights). They provide helpful advice to help you complete your degree.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering
Sequence of Courses

Freshman Year
Course Hrs
Engl 101 and 102, College English I and II 6
Chem 211 General Chemistry I 5
Math 242 and 243, Calculus I and II 10
Phys 313 and 315, University Physics I and Lab 5
IME 222 Engineering Graphics 3
AE 227 Engineering Digital 3

Sophomore Year
Course Hrs
Comm 111 Public Speaking 3
Math 344 Calculus III 3
Math 555 Differential Equations 3
Phys 314 University Physics II 4
AE 223 Statics 3
AE 324 Fundamentals of Atmospheric Flight 3
AE 333 Mechanics of Materials 3
AE 373 Dynamics 3
ME 250 Materials Engineering 3
ME 398 Thermodynamics I 3
Humanities, fine arts, or social and behavioral sciences electives*** 6

Junior Year
Course Hrs
AE 415 Introduction to Space Dynamics 3
AE 424 and 524 Aerodynamics I and II 6
AE 502 Aerospace Propulsion I 3
AE 512 Experimental Methods in Aerodynamics 3
AE 514 Flight Mechanics and Controls 3
AE 525 and 625 Flight Structures I and II 6
IME 255 Engineering Economy 3
Phil 385 Engineering Ethics 3
Humanities, fine arts, or social and behavioral sciences electives*** 3

Senior Year
Course Hrs
AE 607 Flight Control Systems 3
AE 528 and 628, Aerospace Design I and II 8
EE 282 Circuits I 4
Technical electives* 9
Natural sciences elective** 3
Humanities, fine arts, or social and behavioral sciences electives*** 6

*A maximum of 3 credit hours of course work outside the AE department may be applied towards technical elective credit (double majors will be exempt). A maximum of 3 credit hours of approved lower division work may be applied towards technical elective credit. All upper division course work must have Math 242 or higher as a prerequisite.

**To be chosen from a list of approved courses.

***Refer to the graduation requirements of the university catalog for details.



ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Additional, program acreditation information is on this page (click here).



For more information about admission or to arrange a campus visit, contact:

Wichita State University
Office of Admissions
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0124
Phone: (316) 978-3085