The Aerospace Engineering Curriculum

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Building an Aerospace Engineering Degree That Works for You

Six broad-ranging academic disciplines form the basis of the Daniel Guggenheim School's 132-credit-hour undergraduate curriculum, listed below. Together with your advisor, you might tailor this program with minors, co-ops, certificates, research-for-credit, and internships. No two undergraduate degrees are exactly alike.


Aerodynamics & Fluid Mechanics

Aeroelasticity & Structural Dynamics

Flight Mechanics & Controls

The study of compressible flows around bodies (external flows) or through engines (internal flows). Research in this area leads to improved understanding of the detailed physical phenomena that control these flows.  The study of the unique coupling of structural mechanics with aerodynamic loads. Research focuses on nonlinear aeroelastic simulation algorithms and methodologies as well as wind energy, vibration, and related flow phenomena. The study of the behavior of dynamical systems. Experimental, theoretical, and analytical research in the flight mechanics and controls area focuses on fixed-architecture, robust, and neuro-fuzzy control, as well as flight and space control applications.

Propulsion & Combustion

Structural Mechanics & Materials

System Design & Optimization

The study of the conversion of chemical or electrical energy into thermal energy and/or thrust. Experimental and computational research in this area explores energetics, unsteady phenomena, and plasmas. Much of the primary research is done in the Ben T. Zinn Combustion Laboratory and in the High-Power Electric Propulsion Lab, both located in the North Avenue research park. The study of the mechanical behavior of structures formed from various materials. Research includes experimental & computational mechanics, composites, adaptive structures, fracture & fatigue, damage tolerance & failure prediction, structural stability, thermal & environmental effects, non-destructive evaluation, structural health monitoring, and system identification. The System Design and Optimization group aligns all core aerospace disciplines, focusing specifically on the performance and life-cycle issues that impact mission success. This includes research on the identification and assessment of new aerospace technologies. It also employs computer simulation and analytical prediction techniques to assess new technologies and approaches.