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2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  May 25, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Aerospace Engineering, B.S.E.

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Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, our graduates are expected to achieve the following milestones:

  • Advance professionally in the aerospace industry, automotive industry, technical consultancy or in any other chosen career field 
  • Earn advanced degrees in aerospace engineering, (or a related technical discipline such as automotive engineering), business or law
  • Attain leadership positions in today’s rapidly changing, increasingly technological, global society.
  • Be agents of innovation and function effectively as responsible members of professional teams.

Learning Outcomes 

The program is intended to train students in the field of aerospace engineering such that they are well prepared for a career as a multidisciplinary engineer in the aerospace industry or any other industry that requires the abilities specified by ABET for engineers at the BS level:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process, resulting in designs that meet desired needs.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 
  • An ability to recognize the ongoing need for additional knowledge and locate, evaluate, integrate, and apply this knowledge appropriately.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty combined with an ability to effectively participate in aerospace domain specific complex multidisciplinary product design teams.

Academic Standards

Program GPA

Program GPA requirement policies are described in the College of Engineering and Computing  section of this bulletin. For the purpose of these policies, the following courses are used to determine the Program GPA for the Aerospace Engineering B.S.E. program: all Lower Division Engineering courses, all Aerospace Engineering Major courses, and all Track Electives courses.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Aerospace Engineering, B.S.E.


Degree Requirements (126-138 hours)

See College of Engineering and Computing  for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and special academic opportunities.

  1. Carolina Core (34-46 hours)
  2. Other General Requirements (20 hours)
  3. Lower Division Engineering (18 hours)
  4. Aerospace Engineering Major (39 hours)
  5. Track Electives (15 hours)

1. Carolina Core (34-46 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written — CMW (6 hours)

Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving — ARP (8 hours) 

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Scientific Literacy — SCI (8 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language — GFL (0-6 hours)

Score two or better on foreign language placement test; or complete the 109 and 110 courses in FREN, GERM, LATN or SPAN; or complete the 121 course in another foreign language.

​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking — GHS (3 hours) 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences — GSS (3 hours) 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding —  AIU (3 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component* — CMS (0-3 hours)

Information Literacy* —  INF (0-3 hours)

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility* — VSR (0-3 hours)

*Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours for this program must add up to a minimum of 34 hours.

5. Track Electives (15 hours)

Select one of the following tracks:

Aeromechanical Systems

All of:

Plus two of:

Integrated Information Technology

All of:

Plus two of:

Plus one of:

Power Electronics Systems
Control Systems
Communication Systems

Plus three of:

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