Aerospace Engineering

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Aerospace engineers are called upon to solve exciting problems of design, construction and operation of aircraft and spacecraft to meet the ever-increasing requirement for improved performance at lower unit cost. These challenges mean that aerospace engineers work at the continuously changing forefront of science, technology, and systems management.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is the largest academic program on campus by student enrollment. The Mechanical Engineering program celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2009 and is one of the founding departments of the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. More than a decade after the successful merger of the mechanical and aerospace programs, MAE remains a vibrant and intellectually diverse program at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
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352.392.0961 (tel) | 352.392.7303 (fax)

P.O. Box 116250
571 Gale Lemerand Drive
MECHANICAL & AEROSPACE ENGINEERING C
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-6250
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 Curriculum

Related Programs 

  • Dual Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering

The undergraduate curriculum in aerospace engineering is a fully accredited baccalaureate program that provides a broad education with a strong foundation in mathematics, science and basic engineering sciences. Advanced courses in aeronautics and astronautics complete the degree. Graduates will be prepared to work in the aerospace and related industries or to pursue graduate study.

Combination Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

The aerospace engineering professional often benefits from an advanced degree to meet the challenging needs of industry and government. Accordingly, the MAE department actively participates in the combination B.S./M.S. degree program that allows students to double-count graduate courses toward both degrees. The combination-degree program reduces the cost for both degrees and enhances the student’s marketability for career advancement. Interested students should contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or its website for more information.

Department Requirements

Minimum grades of C are required for EGM 2511 , EGM 3401, EGM 3520, EGM 3344, and EML 3100. The minimum grade of C is considered part of the prerequisite requirement for courses that list EGM 2511, EGM 3401, EGM 3520, EGM 3344, or EML 3100 as a prerequisite. The prerequisite course and subsequent course cannot be taken in the same term, even if the prerequisite is being repeated.

An aerospace or mechanical engineering student whose cumulative, upper-division or department grade point average falls below a 2.0 or whose critical-tracking grades do not meet department requirements will be placed on academic probation and required to complete a probation contract with an MAE academic advisor. Students normally are allowed a maximum of two terms (consecutive or non-consecutive) on academic probation. Students who do not satisfy the conditions of the first term on probation may be dismissed from the department.

All graduating seniors must complete an exit interview.

Dual-Degree Programs

There is great overlap between the aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering curriculum. The first six semesters of the two degree programs are identical. Through proper selection of electives, students can earn dual mechanical engineering/aerospace engineering B.S. degrees with one semester of additional work. Interested students should contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or its website for more information.

Educational Objectives

The objective of the aerospace engineering program at UF is to prepare students to attain the following goals within a few years of graduation:

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of aerospace engineers.
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

Mission

The mission of the undergraduate program is to:

  • serve the state of Florida, the United States and the engineering profession by providing quality educational programs in aerospace engineering;
  • conduct a nationally recognized research program; and
  • foster ongoing professional development of students and faculty.

Research Programs

The department's active research programs are sponsored by private industry, the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, NASA, National Institutes of Health and other agencies. These programs keep faculty at the leading edge of technology and provide opportunities for students to participate in research through classroom assignments, individual studies, undergraduate research scholarships and employment as research assistants.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete an additional 2 of 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.8 GPA required for the group of 8 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 3

  • Complete an additional 2 of 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.8 GPA required for the group of 8 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 4

  • Complete the remaining 2 of 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
  • 2.8 GPA required for the group of 8 critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 5

  • Meet all Semester 1-4 critical-tracking requirements
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

SEMESTER 6

SEMESTER 7

SEMESTER 8

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
CHM 2045
General Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
or Chemistry for Engineers 1
3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
EML 2920 Department and Professional Orientation 1
ENC 1101
Expository and Argumentative Writing (Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 1,2
or Argument and Persuasion
3
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
 Credits15
Semester Two
EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design (Critical Tracking) 3
ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers (State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 3
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
PHY 2048
2048L
Physics with Calculus 1
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
Approved Science elective 3
 Credits17
Semester Three
COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers (take the Matlab section) 2
EAS 2011 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 3
EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3 3
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
PHY 2049
2049L
Physics with Calculus 2
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)
4
 Credits16
Semester Four
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
EGM 3344 Introduction to Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis 3 3
EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials 3 3
EML 2322L Design and Manufacturing Laboratory 2
EML 3100 Thermodynamics 3 3
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations (Critical Tracking) 3
 Credits17
Semester Five
EAS 4101 Aerodynamics 3
EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering 4 3
EGM 3401 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics 3 3
EMA 3010 Materials 3
MAP 4305 Differential Equations for Engineers and Physical Scientists 3
Select one: 3
Gen Ed Humanities; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words 1
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words 1
 Credits18
Semester Six
EAS 4132 Compressible Flow 3
EAS 4510 Astrodynamics 3
EML 3301C Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 3
EML 4312 Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems 3
Approved Aerospace elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Seven
EAS 4200 Aerospace Structures 3
EAS 4400 Stability and Control of Aircraft 3
EAS 4810C Aerospace Sciences Lab and Design 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 1 3
Approved Aerospace elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
EAS 4300 Aerospace Propulsion 3
EAS 4700
Aerospace Design 1
or Aerospace Design 2
3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 3
Approved Technical electives 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits128
1

Students are also expected to complete the Gen Ed International and Gen Ed Diversity requirements. This is often done concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, Gen Ed Composition, Gen Ed Humanities or Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences).

2

ACT/SAT placement scores do not exempt this requirement.

3

Minimum grade of C required.

4

Can substitute EEL 3111C.


Science Elective | Select One

Critical Tracking

AST 3018Astronomy and Astrophysics 13
AST 3019Astronomy and Astrophysics 23
BSC 2010Integrated Principles of Biology 13
CHM 2046General Chemistry 23
CHM 2096Chemistry for Engineers 23
PHY 3101Introduction to Modern Physics3

Aerospace Electives | Select Two

EAS 4240Aerospace Composites3
EAS 4412Dynamics and Control of Space Vehicles3
EML 4140Heat Transfer3
EML 4220Vibrations3
EML 4507Finite Element Analysis and Design3
Any graduate-level course taught by the MAE department3

Aerospace engineers solve exciting problems of design, construction and operation of aircraft and spacecraft to meet the ever-increasing requirement for improved performance at lower unit cost. The undergraduate curriculum provides a broad education with a strong foundation in mathematics, science and basic engineering sciences. Advanced courses in aeronautics and astronautics complete the degree program and prepares students to work in aerospace industries or to pursue graduate study.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

ABET EAC Program Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes, and Enrollment and Graduation Numbers can be found on the college website.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass an assessment by two or more faculty and/or industry practitioners of performance on a major design experience.
  • Pass assessment in two courses of individual assignments targeted to each learning outcome. Assessment will be provided by the instructor according to department standards.
  • Complete an exit interview in your final semester.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to aerospace engineering problems.
  2. Design and conduct aerospace engineering experiments, analyzing and interpreting the data.

Critical Thinking

  1. Design an aerospace engineering system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints.

Communication

  1. Communicate technical data and design information effectively in writing and in speech to other aerospace engineers.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
EAS 4100 R R R
EAS 4200C R R R
EAS 4300 R R R
EAS 4400 R R R
EAS 4510 R R
EAS 4710 R R R R
EGM 2511 I I
EGM 3344 R
EGM 3401 R
EGM 3520 A R
EGM 4313 R
EGN 3353C R
EML 2023 R R
EML 2322L R A A
EML 2920 I
EML 3100 A
EML 3301C R I, A A
EML 4304C R A A A
EML 4312 A R
ENC 3254 R

Assessment Types

  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Design projects and reports
  • Presentations
  • Additional assessments include exit and alumni surveys