The successful Aerospace Engineering student and professional is skilled in mathematics, physics and computer programming and usage. He or she is also prepared to be diligent in completing assigned work.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE) program are expected within a few years after graduation to have:

  1. Established themselves as practicing professionals or pursued advanced study in aerospace engineering (or other professional fields of interest)
  2. Demonstrated their ability to work successfully as a member of a professional team and function effectively as responsible professionals 
  3. Engaged in professional service (professional societies and/or community service).

Aerospace Engineering Curriculum

The College of Engineering enforces a C- or higher requirement for any course that is a pre-requisite for another required course.

AEM 1211EC 1103
CH 1014EN 1023
EN 1013ENGR 1611
ENGR 1033MATH 1264
MATH 1254PH 1054
 15 15
AEM 2013AEM 2503
AEM 2492AEM 2511
MATH 2274AEM 2643
MATH 2373AEM 3113
PH 1064MATH 2383
 Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA)13
 16 16
AEM 3133AEM 3603
AEM 3413AEM 3683
AEM 3493AEM 4133
ME 2153Engineering Elective23
Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA)13History (HI) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)13
 15 15
AEM 4023AEM 4043
AEM 4083AEM 4513
AEM 4683Aerospace Engineering Elective43
AEM 4953Humanities (HU), Literature (L), or Fine Arts (FA)13
Aerospace Engineering Computational Elective33History (HI) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)13
 15 15
Total Hours: 122

All students must complete a sequence of two of the HI/SB or HU/L/FA elective courses from the same department.


Any 400-level, 3-hour AEM elective, any 300- or 400- level, 3-hour College of Engineering course, or MTE 271.


Students may satisfy this requirement by successfully completing either AEM 420 Computational Fluid Dynamics or AEM 461 Computational Methods for Aerospace Structures.  Consult here for pre/co-requisites.


Specific aerospace engineering and mechanics electives are offered regularly, but not necessarily every year.  Undergraduate students with the required academic credentials may qualify to enroll in 500-level courses.

A BSAE degree is generally an entry level requirement for various careers such as design, development, testing and research in both the public and private sectors. This degree would also provide an excellent background for students wishing to attend graduate school in other areas of engineering, sciences, medicine, law or business. The program has successful graduates in all of these areas.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Aerospace Engineer, Aero Thermo Technology, Inc., Huntsville, AL; Structural Design Engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; Engineer at Teledyne Technologies, Huntsville, AL; Graduate Students at Purdue University, University of Texas-Austin, MIT and University of Alabama

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Senior Pre-sales Analyst at Cray Inc.; Director of Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, Huntsville, AL; Systems Engineer (Sr. MTS) at The Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, CA; CEO of Aerotonomy, Inc., Atlanta, GA; former Chief Scientist of AFRL

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center