Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The first year focuses on coursework in the areas of chemistry, mathematics, physics, humanities, social sciences. The second year adds coursework in general engineering sciences and aerospace specific disciplines. The third and fourth years emphasize aerospace disciplines, vehicle systems integration and design, and Options courses that allow students to individualize their education.The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide each student with a general background for employment in industry or government, or advanced study in graduate school at the end of four years. The program stresses the analytical, experimental, and design aspects of aerospace engineering. A certain degree of specialization is available to undergraduate students through the proper choice of Options and through a choice of air- or space-focused tracks. In addition, opportunities for undergraduate research and team competition courses are available, depending on the student's abilities and career objectives. Courses do not have to be taken during the specific semester indicated in the curriculum, but all prerequisites must be satisfied for each course. Advisement is encouraged before registration, with each student assigned a faculty advisor who remains the same for the full undergraduate program, unless the student requests a change. Students should consult with academic advisors for the availability of courses and recommended course sequences.

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate aerospace engineering degree program is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Our graduates will be technically proficient and effective leaders and entrepreneurs. They will display high professional and ethical standards in aerospace engineering and related fields, and within industry, academia, and government.
  • Our graduates will create new knowledge and engineering practices and develop products and services that have a global impact. They will collaborate with international partners and engage in culturally diverse teams.
  • Our graduates will be life-long learners, continually developing their leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. They will be actively engaged in the acquisition and advancement of knowledge and technical expertise through research and development, and through active participation in professional societies, graduate studies, conferences, and symposia.
  • Our graduates will transfer the knowledge gained from their aerospace engineering degrees to new fields that intersect with aerospace engineering such as robotics, medicine, and clean energy. They will use their degrees as a launching point for careers in other professional fields such as law, medicine, and public service.
Wellness Requirement
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Institutional Priority
CS 1371Computing for Engineers3
Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
MATH 1552Integral Calculus 14
Political Science and U.S. History
HIST 2111The United States to 18773
or HIST 2112 The United States since 1877
or INTA 1200 American Government in Comparative Perspective
or POL 1101 Government of the United States
or PUBP 3000 American Constitutional Issues
Arts, Humanities, and Ethics
Any HUM 6
Communicating in Writing
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I 1,24
PHYS 2212Introductory Physics II 1,34
MATH 1551Differential Calculus 12
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra 1,72
Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Economic Analysis and Policy Problems
The Global Economy
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Any SS6
Field of Study
MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus 14
MATH 2552Differential Equations 14
MSE 2001Principles and Applications of Engineering Materials3
CHEM 1310Principles of General Chemistry for Engineers 4
AE 1601Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 11
COE 2001Statics 12
Major Requirements
AE 2010Thermodynamics & Fluids Fundamentals 14
AE 2220Dynamics 13
COE 3001Mechanics of Deformable Bodies3
AE 2610Introduction to Experimental Methods in Aerospace1
AE 2611Technical Communications for Aerospace Engineers 11
AE 3330Introduction to Aerospace Vehicle Performance3
AE 3030Aerodynamics4
AE 3140Structural Analysis3
AE 3530System Dynamics and Vibration3
AE 3531Control System Analysis and Design3
AE 3610Experiments in Fluid and Solid Mechanics2
AE 4311Aircraft Design I: Conceptual Design3
or AE 4321 Space System Design I: Conceptual Design
or AE 4331 Rotorcraft Design I: Conceptual Design
AE 4312Aircraft Design II: Preliminary Design3
or AE 4322 Space System Design II: Mission Design
or AE 4332 Rotorcraft Design II: Preliminary Design
AE 4531Aircraft Flight Dynamics3
or AE 4532 Spacecraft Flight Dynamics
AE 4451Jet and Rocket Propulsion3
AE 4610Dynamics and Control Laboratory2
AE Options 46
Non-AE Required Courses
ME 1670Introduction to Engineering Graphics and Design3
ECE 3710Circuits and Electronics2
ECE 3741Instrumentation and Electronics Lab1
Math Option 53
Free Electives
Free Electives 69
Total Credit Hours131

Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives.


Minimum grade of C required.


If PHYS 2231 (5 credit hours) is taken, excess hour applies to Free Electives.


If PHYS 2232 (5 credit hours) is taken, excess hour applies to Free Electives.


AE courses from list supplied by School


Math Options: MATH 3215, MATH 3670, MATH 4305, MATH 4317, MATH 4320, MATH 4347, MATH 4541, MATH 4581, MATH 4640


ME 2202, ME 3322, and PHYS 2XXX (AP credit) are not allowed.


MATH 1554 or MATH 1564 may be used in place of MATH 1553.

  • A grade of C or better is required in each 1000 and 2000 level mathematics and physics course; a course with a D or F grade must be repeated the next semester the student is in residence.
  • A 2.0 or higher overall grade-point average is required to schedule COE 2001
  • At the 3000-level and above, no more than two D grades are permitted in required AE (core and AE options) and required COE courses.  Additional D grades must be repeated. 

Cooperative Plan

The School of Aerospace Engineering offers BSAE with COOP option. Students alternate between industrial assignments and classroom studies until they complete three semesters of work. Co-op students with mechanical engineering majors complete the same coursework on campus that is completed by regular four-year students. Most co-op students begin the program as sophomores or juniors and are classified as full-time students regardless of whether they are attending classes on campus or are full-time at an employer's location. For additional information about the Georgia Tech Co-Op program, visit

International Plan

The International Plan is a challenging and coherent academic program for undergraduates emphasizing global competence within the context of the aerospace engineering major. This program has specific language requirements. There are also coursework requirements related to history, global economy, international culture, and residential foreign experience. Refer to for the general requirements of the International Plan. These requirements may be satisfied by carefully selecting the humanities, social sciences, and free elective hours available in the program, in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Research Option

The school of Aerospace Engineering offers the “Research Option” under the BSAE degree program. In order to graduate with a BSAE (RO) degree, the students must

  • Complete at least nine units of undergraduate research (over at least two, preferably three terms). Research may be for either pay (AE 2698 or AE 4698) or credit (AE 2699 or AE 4699). Research for credit may be used towards the BSAE free elective requirements.
  • Write an undergraduate thesis/report of research on their findings. This is usually done during the graduating term.
  • Take both LMC 4701 (typically taken during the first or second semester of research) and LMC 4702: (taken during the thesis-writing semester).

At least six of the nine required credit hours of research should be on the same topic. A research proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor and one other faculty member. This proposal will be written in LMC 4701 which serves as a prerequisite for LMC 4702. Completion of Research Option is noted on the student’s transcript.

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BS/MS Honors Program

A combined BS/MS honors program is also offered that prepares students for graduate studies and research. Please see for more information.