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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aerospace Engineering Major, BS in Aerospace Engineering

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Aerospace engineering uses the basic sciences and mathematics to develop the foundation for the design, development, production, testing, and applied research associated with aerospace vehicles. These vehicles include aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Auxiliary and propulsion systems are also an integral part of this education. These include guidance, control, environmental, ramjet, rocket, turbo-jet, and piston engine systems. Emphasis in the senior year is directed toward these topics, and the program culminates in a major aerospace design project. The educational objectives of the aerospace engineering program are either to be an entrepreneur or to be employed in industry, government, academia or a nongovernmental organization, and to continue professional development by participating in structured professional activities and/or by obtaining professional registration or certification, post-graduate credits and/or graduate degrees.

uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.



The first two years of the curriculum are considered to be lower-division and the two remaining years upper-division. Students must apply for progression to departmental upper division courses, which depends on academic performance. Factors considered include overall grade point average, performance in selected lower division courses and evidence of orderly progression through the prescribed curriculum.

Full Status

A lower-division student may apply for progression to upper division after completing EF 152 * or EF 158 *, CHEM 120 *, MATH 231 , ME 202 , ME 231 , and ME 321 , as well as BME 271  for biomedical engineers, with a grade of C or better in each, and an overall GPA of at least 2.4 in these courses. Students who have not satisfied the requirements for full status will be dropped from departmental class rolls in upper division courses.

Provisional Status

Students who have completed EF 152 * or EF 158 *, CHEM 120 *, MATH 231 , ME 202 , ME 231  and ME 321 , as well as BME 271  for biomedical engineers, with a grade of C or better and have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.4 in these courses may apply for provisional status. The granting of provisional status is based on the availability of space in departmental programs after full status students have been accommodated. Provisional status students are required to demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactorily in upper-division by attaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the first 12 hours of 300-level required engineering courses. Award of upper-division full status is dependent upon this performance. Students with a UTK GPA less than 2.0 will not be admitted to upper-division. Students who have not progressed to upper-division will be dropped from departmental class rolls in upper-division courses.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 * 4 MATH 130  or higher or one Arts and Humanities*, Cultures and Civilizations*, or Social Sciences* Elective
EF 105   1  
EF 151 * or EF 157 * 4  
1ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 * 3  
MATH 141 * or MATH 147 * 4  
Term 2
EF 152 * or EF 158 * 4 MATH 130  or higher
ENGL 102 * 3  
MATH 142 * or MATH 148 * 4  
ME 202   2  
2Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 3
ECON 201 * or ECON 207 * 4 EF 151 * or PHYS 135 *
MATH 200 ; MATH 241  or MATH 247   6  
ME 231 , AE 201   4  
PHYS 231 * 3  
Term 4
2Arts and Humanities Electives * 6 EF 152 * or PHYS 136 *
EF 230   2  
MATH 231   3  
ME 321   3  
MSE 201   3  
Term 5
AE 341  or AE 347 , AE 370  or AE 377   7 CBE 201  or COSC 102  or ME 202  or MSE 201  
ECE 301   3  
ME 331 , ME 391  or ME 397   6  
Term 6
AE 363 , AE 345 , AE 351   9 No milestones
ME 363  or ME 367 ; ME 344   6  
Term 7
AE 410 *, AE 422 , AE 424 , AE 425 , AE 426   14 No milestones
3Departmental Elective 3  
Term 8
AE 449 *, AE 429   6 No milestones
2Cultures and Civilizations Electives * 6  
3Departmental Elective 3  
TOTAL 129  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Students receiving a grade of A or B in ENGL 118 * will complete their first year composition requirement by choosing ENGL 102 *, a sophomore literature course in the English Department, or ENGL 355 *.
2 Choose from the University General Education list .
3 Choose from: ME 315 , ME 365 , ME 366 , ME 405 , ME 451 , ME 463 , ME 466 , ME 470 , ME 472 ME 475  or ME 477 , ME 476 , or ME 480 . Other courses require prior approval by the department.

Honors Aerospace Engineering Concentration

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the aerospace engineering major, candidates for the honors aerospace engineering concentration must also complete the following requirements.

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4.
  • Four 100- or 200-level honors courses (14 hours minimum, at least two courses must be from engineering fundamentals, physics, math, chemistry, or biology).
  • Complete two upper-division honors courses in aerospace engineering (AE 347 , AE 377 ).
  • Satisfy the breadth requirements for the Engineering Honors Program as shown on the College of Engineering website.

Five-Year BS/MS Aerospace Engineering Program

The department offers a Five-Year BS-MS program for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 9 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 to be admitted to the program. Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 hours of required coursework while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 in required coursework.
  • Students must at least have conditional admission before taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the departmental chair of the program. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit. Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School.
  • Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.

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