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Bachelor of Science

The focus of the BS program in Aerospace Engineering is the design of aerospace vehicles and components. This is accomplished in a four year academic program that consists in the first year of basic sciences, mathematics, and communication courses. These courses form the key foundation for the rest of the program. Also, you will take an Introduction to Aerospace Engineering course that will give you an overview of the BS program. In the second year you will continue to take basic mathematics and science as well as engineering science courses. The engineering science courses apply the principles you have mastered in the basic sciences and mathematics to the solution of engineering problems. In the third year you learn the unique nature of aerospace problems. These courses cover the major subdivisions of Aerospace Engineering - fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and flight dynamics. You will also have courses in complementary topics including computer graphics and instrumentation. Inyour fourth year, you have the opportunity to see how all the individual specialized technologies are used to design a vehicle.


The aerospace engineer is concerned with the design, production, operation, and support of aircraft and spacecraft. Aerospace engineers conduct research to solve problems and improve processes for the aerospace industry. The curriculum includes traditional courses in aerodynamics, flight dynamics and control, propulsion, structures, manufacturing, instrumentation, and spacecraft systems. Capstone design courses are offered in aircraft, propulsion, and spacecraft design.


KU Aerospace Engineering is an international leader in aerospace education committed to developing a global community of choice for students, educators and researchers by strategically aligning teaching, research and service missions. A world class graduate and undergraduate education focused on designing, simulating, building, testing and flying aerospace vehicles is provided. The department invests in research infrastructure and chooses outstanding students, faculty and staff to conduct basic and applied research of relevance to aerospace vehicles and systems. The department supports the aerospace profession by educating the public, by maintaining the KU aerospace short course program and by advising policy-makers in government, industry and disciplinary professional organizations.


Aerospace engineering graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • perform capably and professionally as aerospace engineers
  • use contemporary techniques to solve engineering problems, conduct tests and design components for aerospace systems and vehicles
  • communicates analysis, test and design results to engineers and others
  • build on the basic principles of analysis, test and design to learn new, related skills

Educational Outcomes:

  1. Competence in the analysis, test and design of aerospace systems and components using contemporary techniques, equipment and software.
  2. An understanding of the professional responsibilities associated with the special public safety and economic impacts of the Aerospace Industry on society.
  3. The ability to communicate analysis, test and design results to engineers and non-engineers.
  4. The ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
  5. An understanding of the need for life-long learning.

The Aerospace Engineering Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.(http://www.abet.org/)

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