Bachelor of Science

In meeting the requirements for a baccalaureate degree, a student is expected to complete the course and hour requirements as outlined in the catalog in effect at the time he or she first enrolls at Texas A&M.  The course offerings listed below are those of the Fall 2015 Catalog.

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The curriculum is generally composed of three topical areas which are (1) core courses composed of humanities, visual and performing arts, international and cultural diversity, and social sciences, (2) basic science and mathematics, and (3) engineering science and design. The core courses are intended to broaden a student’s education and to provide training in oral and written communication skills. In addition, they ensure an awareness of our cultural heritage and contemporary human situation. The basic science and mathematics courses provide the necessary foundation for the engineering science courses. The latter start at the sophomore year with topics common to many fields of engineering and continue in the last two years with sequences in aerodynamics, structures and materials, propulsion, and dynamics and control. These provide a strong fundamental basis for advanced study and specialization, while technical electives offer a concentration of study in fields of special interest. Design philosophy and practice are developed throughout the curriculum so as to relate analysis to aerospace engineering design; and the design of aerospace system components is particularly emphasized in the junior- and senior-level courses. A senior-level two-semester design sequence, involving specific goals, objectives, and constraints, integrates analysis and design tools and requires students working in small teams to design, build, test, and even fly an aerospace system such as an aircraft, rocket, spacecraft or rotorcraft. Application of modern engineering and computational tools is required and emphasized in all courses.

The department is pleased to offer a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with Honors degree option. This option was proposed by our students and implemented for our students. Very few programs across the country offer this type of experience within Aerospace Engineering. You will be provided with the opportunity to enhance your learning experience through one-on-one research with a faculty mentor, introduction to advanced aerospace theories, and much more.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MATH 151 - Engineering Mathematics I1, 2 4 hrs
ENGR 111 - Foundations in Engineering I1 2 hrs
PHYS 218 - Mechanics1 4 hrs
ENGL 104 - Composition and Rhetoric1 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective1 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MATH 152 - Engineering Mathematics II1 4 hrs
ENGR 112 - Foundations in Engineering II1 2 hrs
PHYS 208 - Electricity and Optics1 4 hrs
CHEM 107 - General Chemistry for Engineering Students1,4 3 hrs
CHEM 117 - General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory1 1 hrs
University Core Curriculum elective3 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Notes:

  1. A grade of C or better is required.
  2. Entering students will be given a math placement test. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level. 
  3. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American History, 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses. 
  4. BMEN, CHEN and RHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/117 plus CHEM 102/112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/117 and CHEM 102/112.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MATH 251 - Engineering Mathematics III 3 hrs
AERO 201 - Introduction to Flight 3 hrs
AERO 212 - Intro to Aerothermodynamics 3 hrs
ENGL 210 Technical and Business Writing or COMM 205 Communication for Technical Professions 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum electives3 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
MATH 308 - Differential Equations 3 hrs
AERO 210 - Introduction to Aerospace Mechanics 3 hrs
AERO 214 - Introduction to Aerospace Mechanics of Materials 3 hrs
AERO 220 - Introduction to Aerospace Computation 4 hrs
ECEN 215 - Principles of Electrical Engineering 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours16 hrs

Notes:

  1. A grade of C or better is required.
  2. Entering students will be given a math placement test. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level. 
  3. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American History, 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses. 
  4. BMEN, CHEN and RHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/117 plus CHEM 102/112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/117 and CHEM 102/112.

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
AERO 301 - Theoretical Aerodynamics 3 hrs
AERO 302 - Aerospace Engineering Laboratory 2 hrs
AERO 304 - Aerospace Structural Analysis I 3 hrs
AERO 310 - Aerospace Dynamics 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum electives3 6 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
AERO 303 - High Speed Aerodynamics 3 hrs
AERO 306 - Aerospace Structural Analysis II 3 hrs
AERO 321 - Dynamics of Aerospace Vehicles 3 hrs
AERO 351 - Aerothermodynamics and Propulsion 3 hrs
University Core Curriculum electives1 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Notes:

  1. Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American History, 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses. 

First Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
AERO 401 - Aerospace Vehicle Design I1 3 hrs
AERO 413 - Aerospace Materials Science 3 hrs
AERO 423 - Orbital Mechanics 3 hrs
AERO 430 or MATH 401 - Numerical Simulation or Advanced Engineering Mathematics 3 hrs
Design Elective2 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours15 hrs

Second Semester Courses

Course NameCredits
AERO 402 - Aerospace Vehicle Design II1 2 hrs
AERO 422 - Active Controls for Aerospace Vehicles 3 hrs
AERO 452 - Heat Transfer and Viscous Flows 3 hrs
Technical electives3 6 hrs
ENGR 482/PHIL 482 - Ethics and Engineering 3 hrs
Total Credit Hours17 hrs

Notes:

  1. Three design options are available - Aircraft, Rocket or Spacecraft Design. A two-semester sequence is required. 
  2. Design Elective selected from AERO 405 (Structural Design), 417 (Aerospace Propulsion), 426 (Space System Design), 428 (Electromagnetic Sensing for Space-Borne Imaging) or 472 (Airfoil and Wing Design).
  3. Technical Elective selected from AERO 404 (Mechanics of Advanced Aerospace Structures), 405 (Aerospace Structural Design), 406 (Polymer Nanocomposites and their Applications), 417 (Aerospace Propulsion), 419 (Chemical Rocket Propulsion), 420 (Aeroelasticity), 424 (Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control), 425 (Flight Test Engineering), 426 (Space System Design), 428 (Electromagnetic Sensing for Space-Borne Imaging), 430 (Numerical Simulation), 435 (Aerothermochemistry), 440 (Cockpit Systems and Displays), 445 (Vehicle Management Systems), 472 (Airfoil and Wing Design), AERO 489 (Special Topics in...) ECEN 421 (Digital Control Systems), or ENGR 385 (Problems for Co-Op Students).

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