Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The first year focuses on coursework in the areas of chemistry, mathematics, physics, humanities, social sciences. The second year adds coursework in general engineering sciences and aerospace specific disciplines. The third and fourth years emphasize aerospace disciplines, vehicle systems integration and design, and Options courses that allow students to individualize their education. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide each student with a general background for employment in industry or government, or advanced study in graduate school at the end of four years. The program stresses the analytical, experimental, and design aspects of aerospace engineering. A certain degree of specialization is available to undergraduate students through the proper choice of Options and through a choice of air- or space-focused tracks. In addition, opportunities for undergraduate research and team competition courses are available, depending on the student's abilities and career objectives. Courses do not have to be taken during the specific semester indicated in the curriculum, but all prerequisites must be satisfied for each course. Advisement is encouraged before registration, with each student assigned a faculty advisor who remains the same for the full undergraduate program, unless the student requests a change. Students should consult with academic advisors for the availability of courses and recommended course sequences.

Educational Objectives

The undergraduate aerospace engineering degree program is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Our graduates will be technically proficient and effective leaders and entrepreneurs. They will display high professional and ethical standards in aerospace engineering and related fields, and within industry, academia, and government.
  2. Our graduates will create new knowledge and engineering practices and develop products and services that have a global impact. They will collaborate with international partners and engage in culturally diverse teams.
  3. Our graduates will be life-long learners, continually developing their leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. They will be actively engaged in the acquisition and advancement of knowledge and technical expertise through research and development, and through active participation in professional societies, graduate studies, conferences, and symposia.
  4. Our graduates will transfer the knowledge gained from their aerospace engineering degrees to new fields that intersect with aerospace engineering such as robotics, medicine, and clean energy. They will use their degrees as a launching point for careers in other professional fields such as law, medicine, and public service.


A grade of C or better is required in each 1000 and 2000 level mathematics and physics course; a course with a D or F grade must be repeated the next semester the student is in residence. A 2.0 or higher overall grade-point average is required to schedule COE 2001 and AE courses at the 2000 level. No more than two D grades are permitted in AE and COE courses listed by number in the sophomore, junior, and senior years. Courses in which a D was earned may be repeated at any time with the approval of an advisor.

Cooperative Plan

The School of Aerospace Engineering offers BSAE with COOP option. Students alternate between industrial assignments and classroom studies until they complete three semesters of work. Co-op students with mechanical engineering majors complete the same coursework on campus that is completed by regular four-year students. Most co-op students begin the program as sophomores or juniors and are classified as full-time students regardless of whether they are attending classes on campus or are full-time at an employer's location. For additional information about the Georgia Tech Co-Op program, visit

International Plan

The International Plan is a challenging and coherent academic program for undergraduates emphasizing global competence within the context of the aerospace engineering major. This program has specific language requirements. There are also coursework requirements related to history, global economy, international culture, and residential foreign experience. Refer to for the general requirements of the International Plan. These requirements may be satisfied by carefully selecting the humanities, social sciences, and free elective hours available in the program, in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Research Option

The school of Aerospace Engineering offers the “Research Option” under the BSAE degree program. In order to graduate with a BSAE (RO) degree, the students must

  1. Complete at least nine units of undergraduate research (over at least two, preferably three terms). Research may be for either pay (AE 2698 or AE 4698) or credit (AE 2699 or 4699). Research for credit may be used towards the BSAE free elective requirements.
  2. Write an undergraduate thesis/report of research on their findings. This is usually done during the graduating term.
  3. Take both LMC 4701: Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing (typically taken during the first or second semester of research) and LMC 4702: Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing (taken during the thesis-writing semester).

At least six of the nine required hours of research should be on the same topic. A research proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor and one other faculty member. This proposal will be written in LMC 4701 which serves as a prerequisite for LMC 4702. Completion of Research Option is noted on the student’s transcript.

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BS/MS Honors Program

A combined BS/MS honors program is also offered that prepares students for graduate studies and research. Please see for more information.