Bachelor of Science with a Major in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Option

Mechanical engineering encompasses a vast range of industrial activities. Mechanical engineers conceive, plan, design, and direct the manufacture, distribution, and operation of complex systems. Applications include aerospace, energy conversion, computer-aided design and manufacturing, power and propulsion systems, robotics, and control systems. The bachelor of science with a major in mechanical engineering, aerospace option degree program prepares students to work in the aerospace industry or to pursue graduate study in aerospace engineering. It provides a strong foundation in aerodynamics, airplane performance, propulsion, aerospace structures, orbital mechanics, spacecraft dynamics, and aircraft and spacecraft design.

Bachelor of Sciences with a Second Major in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Option

Any undergraduate student who is enrolled at GW may declare a second major in mechanical engineering only if his or her primary degree is a Bachelor of Science. The student must meet the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, including SEAS general, major, technical electives, humanities/social science, and SEAS/technical GPA requirements. Students earning other degrees (e.g., BA, BBA, BFA) must meet the requirements for a double degree.

Graduation grade-point average criteria:

To satisfactorily complete a second major in biomedical engineering, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.2 in all technical engineering courses outlined in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters of the curriculum. 

Recommended program of study

First semester
CHEM 1111General Chemistry I 1
MAE 1001Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I 1
SEAS 1001Engineering Orientation
UW 1020University Writing 1
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Second semester
MAE 1004Engineering Drawing and Computer Graphics
MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II 1
MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
PHYS 1021University Physics I 1
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Third semester
APSC 2057Analytical Mechanics I
APSC 2113Engineering Analysis I
MAE 2117Engineering Computations
MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus 1
PHYS 1022University Physics II 1
Fourth semester
APSC 2058Analytical Mechanics II
ECE 2110Circuit Theory
CSCI 1121Introduction to C Programming
MAE 2131Thermodynamics
CE 2220Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids
Fifth semester
MAE 3126Fluid Mechanics I
MAE 3166Materials Science and Enginrg
MAE 3191Mechanical Design of Machine Elements
MAE 3192Manufacturing Processes and Systems (Humanities or Social Sciences Elective)
Aero elective
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Sixth semester
MAE 3120Methods of Engineering Experimentation
MAE 3134Linear System Dynamics
MAE 3155Aerodynamics
MAE 3167WMechanics of Materials Lab
MAE 3193Mechanical Systems Design
MAE 3187Heat Transfer
Seventh semester
MAE 4151Capstone Design Project I
MAE 4157Aerodynamics Laboratory
MAE 4182Electromechanical Control System Design
MAE 3162Aerospace Structures
Humanities or social sciences elective
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Technical elective 3
Eighth semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
MAE 4152WCapstone Design Project II
MAE 6229Propulsion
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Aerospace elective 3
Technical elective 4

 1 Course satisfies the university general education requirement in math, science, and writing. 

2 To satisfy the SEAS humanities and social science requirement, all mechanical engineering students must take one (1) humanities course and two (2) social sciences courses from the University General Education Requirement; PHIL 2135 Ethics in Business and the Professions; and two (2) additional humanities or social science or non-technical courses from the MAE Department’s pre-approved list of electives. Each course selected to satisfy this requirement must be taken for at least 3 credits. NOTE: Students in the patent law concentration must take MAE 2170 History and Impact of the U.S. Patent System in lieu of one of the additional humanities or social science or non-technical course.

3 Space: Students take MAE 3145 Orbital Mechanics and Spacecraft Dynamics in the fifth semester and MAE 6249 Spacecraft Design in the eighth semester.  

Aero: Students take MAE 4163 Airplane Performance in the seventh semester and MAE 6247 Aircraft Design I in the eighth semester.

4 All technical electives must be approved by the undergraduate advisor. On a case-by-case basis, technical electives may be chosen from other departments if approved by both the undergraduate advisor and the department chair. Technical electives are chosen from MAE courses in the 3000, 4000, and 6000 series, excluding: MAE 3171 Patent Law for Engineers, MAE 4172 Engineering Design and the Patent System, MAE 6298 Research, MAE 6998 MS Thesis Research, and MAE 6999 MS Thesis Research. Visit the program website for additional information.