Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering explores both the design and manufacture of aircraft, as well as the design and flight of vehicles beyond the earth’s atmosphere. Knowledge of aerodynamics, structures and materials, propulsion systems, and flight mechanics and controls are important to this field.

Aerospace engineers are primarily employed in civil aeronautics, the defense industry, and the space program. However, applications of aerospace technology are also found in related areas such as ground and undersea transportation systems, pollution control, wind power and the effects of wind on structures, and the development and use of advanced materials.

Required Courses

Aerospace Engineering Requirements (59)
MMAE 100Introduction to the Profession3
MMAE 200Introduction to Mechanics3
MMAE 202Mechanics of Solids3
MMAE 304Mechanics of Aerostructures3
MMAE 305Dynamics3
MMAE 311Compressible Flow3
MMAE 312Aerodynamics of Aerospace Vehicles3
MMAE 313Fluid Mechanics3
MMAE 315Aerospace Laboratory I4
MMAE 320Thermodynamics3
MMAE 350Computational Mechanics3
MMAE 372Aerospace Materials Lab3
MMAE 410Aircraft Flight Mechanics3
MMAE 411Spacecraft Dynamics3
MMAE 412Spacecraft Design I 13
or MMAE 414 Aircraft Design I
MMAE 415Aerospace Laboratory II4
MMAE 413Spacecraft Design II 13
or MMAE 416 Aircraft Design II
MMAE 443Systems Analysis and Control3
MMAE 452Aerospace Propulsion3
Materials Science Requirement (3)
MS 201Materials Science3
Mathematics Requirements (18)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
Physics Requirements (8)
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism4
Chemistry Requirement (4)
CHEM 124Principles of Chemistry I with Laboratory4
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 104Introduction to Computer Programming for Engineers2
Interprofessional Project (IPRO) (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Technical Elective (3)
Select 3 credit hours 23
Free Elective (3)
Select 3 credit hours3
Total Credit Hours127
1

Students must choose either the MMAE 412 and MMAE 413 sequence or the MMAE 414 and MMAE 416 sequence.

2

A technical elective is a 300- or higher-level course in any engineering discipline (other than required MMAE courses or their equivalent) or in mathematics, chemistry, physics, or computer science. However, not all such courses are acceptable as technical electives. Students should consult their faculty adviser for a determination of which courses are acceptable. In addition, ECE 218 and ECON 423 are permitted. Any substitutions require written approval by the department.

 

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MMAE 1003MS 2013
MATH 1515MATH 1525
CHEM 1244PHYS 1234
Humanities 200-level Course3CS 1042
 Social Sciences Elective3
 15 17
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MMAE 2003MMAE 2023
MATH 2514MMAE 3133
PHYS 2214MMAE 3203
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3MATH 2524
Humanities Elective (300+)3MMAE 3053
 17 16
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MMAE 3113MMAE 3043
MMAE 3123MMAE 3723
MMAE 3154MMAE 4433
MMAE 3503MMAE 4523
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
 16 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
MMAE 4103MMAE 413 or 41613
MMAE 4113MMAE 4154
MMAE 412 or 41413IPRO Elective II3
IPRO Elective I3Technical Elective23
Humanities Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 15 16
Total Credit Hours: 127
1

Students must choose either the MMAE 412 and MMAE 413 sequence or the MMAE 414 and MMAE 416 sequence.

2

A technical elective is a 300- or higher-level course in any engineering discipline (other than required MMAE courses or their equivalent) or in mathematics, chemistry, physics, or computer science. However, not all such courses are acceptable as technical electives. Students should consult their faculty adviser for a determination of which courses are acceptable. In addition, ECE 218 and ECON 423 are permitted. Any substitutions require written approval by the department.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).