What is Aerospace Engineering?
Aerospace engineering is the use of advanced science and technology in the design and development of flight vehicles. Degree study includes the analysis and design of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and satellites.
Successful aerospace engineers have a strong foundation in math and science. Skills in calculus and physics are particularly important. Aerospace engineers are problem solvers and enjoy thinking outside of the box to develop creative solutions to problems. In addition, computer skills are increasingly necessary in aerospace engineering professions.
Graduates of this major pursue many different careers. A few examples include:
- Aircraft, spacecraft, and missile design and testing
- Defense technology design
- Space exploration
- Aerospace product and part manufacturing
- Commercial airline diagnostics
- General engineering outside of the aerospace industry
Majoring in Aerospace Engineering
UC's aerospace engineering program is a bachelor's degree program designed to be completed in five years. Students are required to alternate quarters of practical work assignments with quarters of on-campus study during their second, third and fourth years.
All freshmen in the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science have a similar program of study consisting of courses in chemistry and physics, mathematics, social sciences and humanities. The aerospace undergraduate curriculum also offers courses in mechanics, differential equations and computer modeling techniques. It includes advanced study in dynamics and control, fluid mechanics, propulsion and structures. In addition, students are challenged to design an aerospace vehicle as part of their senior design project.
This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this program. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.
If you are currently confirmed or enrolled, you can check your degree requirements online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school, use u.select to see how credits you have earned will transfer to UC. See course descriptions by college.
Please visit http://www.ceas.uc.edu/current_students/curriculum_information/aerospace_engineering.html for up to date curriculum information.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Hands-on experience is stressed in aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati, the second oldest program of its kind in the country. The aerospace department has extensive laboratories available for hands-on training in the fields of fluid mechanics, propulsion, structures, controls and electronics, as well as outstanding computer facilities for computer-aided design, structural analysis and simulation studies. In addition, students gain professional industry experience through UC's nationally ranked cooperative education program.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA.
Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:
- English (4 units)
- Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
- Chemistry (1 unit)
- Physics (1 unit)
- Social sciences (2 units)
- Fine arts (1 unit)
- Additional college-prep subjects (2 units)
Transferring to UC Requirements
Changing Majors within UC Requirements
Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.
Freshmen must begin the program during fall quarter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1st of their senior year.
The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The aerospace engineering program at the University of Cincinnati is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).