Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The first two years focus on coursework in the areas of chemistry, mathematics, physics, humanities, social sciences, and general engineering sciences. The third and fourth years emphasize aerospace disciplines and vehicle systems integration. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide each student with a general background for either employment in industry or government laboratories, or advanced study in graduate school at the end of four years. The program stresses the theoretical, experimental, and design aspects of aerospace engineering. 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 by an assigned faculty member is required before registration. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who remains the same for the full undergraduate program, unless the student requests a change. A certain degree of specialization is available to undergraduate students through the proper choice of electives, as are opportunities for undergraduate research, depending on the student's abilities and career objectives. Students should consult with academic advisors for the availability of courses and recommended course sequences.

Educational Objectives

The undergraduate aerospace engineering degree program will:

  1. provide students with a comprehensive education that includes in-depth instruction in aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft structures (including structural dynamics and aeroelasticity), flight and orbital mechanics and controls, and design of aerospace systems;
  2. prepare students for careers in aerospace engineering by emphasizing aerospace vehicle, analysis, and problem solving, by providing methods to deal with open-ended problems and design, including costs, manufacturing, and maintenance, and by fostering teamwork, communication skills, and individual professionalism; and
  3. provide adequate research and independent study opportunities that cultivate lifelong learning skills and nourish creative talents.

Requirements

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 or AE 2020. 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.

Program Objectives

  1. Our graduates will have the necessary understanding of the essential disciplines of aerodynamics, structures, vehicle dynamics and control, propulsion, and interdisciplinary design to be well prepared for careers in aerospace and related engineering fields.
  2. Our graduates will be well trained to function as professionals who can formulate, analyze and solve open-ended problems that may include economic and societal constraints.
  3. Our graduates will have good communication skills, and be able to function well in teams and in a global environment.
  4. Our graduates will be trained to be lifelong learners who can continuously acquire the knowledge required to research, develop and implement next generation systems and applications.

Cooperative Plan

The School of Aerospace Engineering offers BSAE with COOP option. Students graduating under this program will complete all the requirements of the BSAE degree program, and the coop work requirements. Students beginning work as freshmen or at the end of the freshman year will typically complete at least five terms of work, with no more than three of those terms being summer. Students beginning work as sophomores will typically complete at least four terms of work, with no more than two of those terms being summer. RETP, dual degree, and second undergraduate degree students must complete a total of three terms of work (at least two of which must be completed after enrolling at Georgia Tech), with no more than one work term being a summer. For additional information about the Georgia Tech Co-Op program, visit www.coop.gatech.edu.

The BSAE capstone design experience requires that the students complete a two course sequence during their senior year. This sequence begins in fall and is completed in spring. Students are advised to complete their co-op work before entering the 2 term design sequence.

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 www.internationalplan.gatech.edu 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.

Educational Objectives

The BS AE International Plan program will:

  1. provide students with a comprehensive education that includes in-depth instruction in aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft structures (including structural dynamics and aeroelasticity), flight and orbital mechanics and controls, and design of aerospace systems;
  2. prepare students for careers in aerospace engineering by emphasizing aerospace vehicles analysis, and problem solving, by providing methods to deal with open-ended problems and design, including costs, manufacturing, maintenance, and by fostering teamwork, communication skills, and individual professionalism;
  3. provide adequate research and independent study opportunities that cultivate lifelong learning skills and nourish creative talents; and
  4. prepare students for aerospace careers related to a country or region of their choice.

Requirements

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 or AE 2020. 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.

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 www.ae.gatech.edu for more information.