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    May 16, 2022  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 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

  • To provide students with a comprehensive education that includes in-depth instruction in aerodynamics, structures, flight mechanics, orbital mechanics, flight propulsion, and the design of aerospace systems.
  • To prepare students for professional careers in aerospace engineering by developing the skills pertinent to problem solving, analysis, design, and those personal skills required for  teamwork and effective communication.
  • To provide opportunities to develop and cultivate life-long learning skills, individual professionalism and ethics.
  • To prepare some students for graduate study at major universities limited by student desire and their mental ability and agility.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering


First Year

Hours Credit

1ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 *, ENGL 102  6
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 * 4
MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 * 8
EF 105 , EF 151  or EF 157 , EF 152  or EF 158  9
ME 202  2
2Social Sciences Elective * 3

Second Year

MATH 200 , MATH 231 , MATH 241  or MATH 247  8
AE 201  1
PHYS 231 *, PHYS 232 * 7
ME 231 , ME 321   6
MSE 201  3
EF 230  2
ECON 201 * or ECON 207 * 4
2Arts and Humanities Elective * 3

Third Year

AE 341 , AE 345 , AE 351 , AE 363 , AE 370  16
ME 331 , ME 344 , ME 363  9
ECE 301  3
PHIL 241 * 3
ME 391    3

Fourth Year

AE 410 *, AE 422 , AE 424 , AE 425 , AE 426 , AE 429 , AE 449  21
EF 402  1
2Cultures and Civilizations Electives * 6

Total 128

* 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 .

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.

  • First-year courses for honors concentrations in the engineering majors. (Note: Most of the honors requirements are course substitutions for the aerospace engineering major.)
  • Two upper-division honors courses in aerospace engineering via Honors-by-Contract or Honors Independent study. The contract or independent study must be submitted to the Chancellor’s Honors Program by the third week of the semester.
  • A minimum of 3-credit hours of an honors senior design course. This requirement is normally satisfied as part of the senior capstone design course (AE 429 ).

Five-Year BS/MS Aerospace Engineering Program

The department offers a 5 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 course work while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work.
  • 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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