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  • Aerospace Engineering

    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 Major

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


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    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.

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    Combined 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 combined B.S./M.S. degree program that allows students to double-count graduate courses toward both degrees. The combined-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.

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    Department Requirements

    Minimum grades of C are required for EGM 2511, EGM 3401 and EML 3100. The minimum grade of C is considered part of the prerequisite requirement for courses that list EGM 2511, EGM 3401 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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to 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

    • Complete 1 of 8 tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts:
      CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, approved science elective, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    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.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1
    GE-P
    3
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    EML 2920 Department and Professional Orientation 1
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
    State Core GE-M
    4
    Composition
    GE-C, WR6; ACT/SAT placement scores do not exempt this requirement
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design 3
    ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers
    State Core GE-C, WR6
    3
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2
    GE-M
    4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1
    State Core GE-P
    3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory
    GE-P
    1
    ​Approved Science Elective 3​
    Total 17
    Semester 3
    Credits
    COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers
    Take the matlab section
    2
    EAS 2011 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 3
    EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3
    GE-M
    4
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2
    GE-B/P
    3
    PHY 2049L Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
    1
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    EGM 3344 Introduction to Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    ​EMA 3010 Materials ​3
    EML 2322L Design and Manufacturing Laboratory 2
    EML 3100 Thermodynamics
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    Total 17
    Semester 5 Credits
    EAS 4101 Aerodynamics 3
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering
    Can substitute EEL 3111C
    3
    EGM 3401 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
    Minimum grade of C required
    3
    MAP 4305 Differential Equations for Engineers and Physical Scientists 3
    EML 3301C Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
    WR6
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core, GE-S
    3​
    Total 18
    Semester 6 Credits
    EAS 4132 Compressible Flow 3
    EAS 4510 Astrodynamics 3
    EAS 4810C Aerospace Sciences Lab and Design
    3
    EML 4312 Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems 3
    Humanities (GE-H; WR6) or​
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S, WR6)
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    EAS 4200C Aerospace Structures 3
    EAS 4400 Stability and Control of Aircraft 3
    Aerospace electives 6
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    EAS 4300 Aerospace Propulsion 3
    EAS 4700 Aerospace Design 1 or
    EAS 4710 Aerospace Design 2
    3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Technical electives
    See approved list
    6
    Total 15

    Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE- D) requirements. This is often done concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

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    Science Elective

    Critical tracking: choose one
    Course Credits
    AST 3018 Astronomy and Astrophysics 1 3
    AST 3019 Astronomy and Astrophysics 2 3
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1 3
    CHM 2046 General Chemistry 2 3
    CHM 2096 Chemistry for Engineers 2 3
    PHY 3101 Introduction to Modern Physics 3
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    Aerospace Electives

    Choose two
    Course Credits
    EAS 4240 Aerospace Structural Composites 1 3
    EAS 4412 Dynamics and Control of Space Vehicles 3
    EML 4140 Heat Transfer 3
    EML 4220 Vibrations 3
    EML 4507 Finite Element Analysis and Design 3
    Any graduate-level course taught by the MAE department 3
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    Related Aerospace Engineering Programs

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majors: aerospace-engineering