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.

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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
MAE 3192Manufacturing Processes and Systems (Humanities or Social Sciences Elective)
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
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 4151Mechanical Engineering Project
MAE 4157Aerodynamics Laboratory
MAE 4182Electromechanical Control System Design
MAE 3162Aerospace Structures
Humanities or social sciences elective 2
Aerospace elective 3
Technical elective 3
Eighth semester
APSC 3115Engineering Analysis III
MAE 4152WMechanical Engineering Laboratory
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 At least two social and behavioral sciences courses must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining course must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list. At least one humanities course must be selected from the University General Education Requirement list; the remaining courses must be selected from either the University General Education Requirement list or the SEAS General Education Requirement list.

3 Space: In the 5th semester take MAE 3145 and in the 8th semester take MAE 6249 Spacecraft Design.  Aero: In the 7th semester take MAE 4163 Airplane Performance and in the 8th semester take MAE 6247 Aircraft Design I.

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.