Curriculum

The Aerospace Engineering curriculum provides a strong fundamental background in engineering, mathematics, and science, along with the ability to apply this fundamental knowledge to the analysis and design of future aircraft and spacecraft. It also prepares students for lifelong learning and the attainment of their career goals in the field of aerospace engineering and in a wide range of other areas. The concepts of system design are introduced early in the curriculum and culminate in the yearlong senior capstone design experience (AE 442, AE 443), in which students work in teams to respond to a design challenge from industry, government, or a professional engineering society. A total of 18 hours of technical and free electives allows the student to pursue an individualized program of study.

The prerequisites for each course are in parentheses in the table below.

 

First Year  
First Semester Hours
AE 100 – Intro Aerospace Engineering1 (1)
CHEM 102/103 – General Chemistry 4
ENG 100 – Engineering Lecture 0
MATH 221 - Calculus I 4
Social Sciences/Humanities or1 RHET 105 – Principles of Composition 3-4
Social Science /Humanities Elective1

3

Second Semester Hours

MATH 225 – Intro Matrix Theory2

   (MATH 221)

2

MATH 231 – Calculus II

   (MATH 221)

3

PHYS 211 – Univ Physics, Mechanics

   (concurrent MATH 231)

4
RHET 105 – Principles of Composition or Social Sciences/Humanities1 4-3
Social Science /Humanities Elective1

3

Total 14-15
Total 16-15

Second Year  
First Semester Hours

MATH 241 – Calculus III

   (MATH 231)

4

MSE 280 - Engineering Materials

   (CHEM 102/103, PHYS 211)

3

PHYS 212 – Univ Physics, Elec & Mag

   (PHYS 211, concurrent MATH 241)

4

TAM 210 – Statics

   (PHYS 211, concurrent MATH 241)

2
Social Science /Humanities Electives1

3

Second Semester Hours

AE 202 – Aerospace Flight Mechanics3

   (concurrent TAM 212)

3

MATH 285 – Intro to Differential Equations

   (MATH 241)

3

ME 300 – Thermodynamics

   (MATH 241)

3

PHYS 213 – Univ Physics, Thermal

   (PHYS 211, concurrent MATH 241)

2

TAM 212 - Introductory Dynamics

   (TAM 210)

3
Social Science /Humanities Elective1

3

Total 16
Total 17

Third Year  
First Semester Hours

AE 311 – Incompressible Flow4

   (Concurrent AE 202 and MATH 241)

3

AE 321 – Mechs of Aerospace Structures4

   (MATH 285, TAM 210)

3

AE 352 –  Aerospace Dynamical Systems4

   (MATH 225, MATH 285, TAM 212)

3

ECE 205 – Electric & Electronic Circuits5

   (PHYS 212)

3
ECE 206 – Electronic Circuits Lab5 1

IE 300 - Analysis of Data6

   (MATH 241)

3

Second Semester Hours

AE 312 – Compressible Flow4

   (AE 202, MATH 285, concurrent ME 300)

3

AE 323 –  Applied Aerospace Structures4

   (MATH 241, MATH 285, TAM 210)

3

AE 353 –  Aerospace Control Systems4

   (TAM 212, MATH 225, MATH 285)

3

AE 370 – Aerospace Numerical Methods

  (Concurrent in AE 311 or AE 312, Concurrent in AE 321 or AE 323)

3
Social Science /Humanities Elective1

3

Total 16
Total 15

Fourth Year  
First Semester Hours

AE 433 – Aerospace Propulsion

   (AE 312, PHYS 212)

3

AE 442 – Aerospace Systems Design I7

   (Concurrent AE 311, 323, 352)

3

AE 460 - Aerodynamics & Propulsion Lab

   (AE 311, concurrent AE 433)

2

AE 483 - Aerospace Decision Algorithms

   (AE 202, 352, 353, 370, IE 300)

3
Free Elective1 3
Technical Elective/AE Elective1

3

Second Semester Hours

AE 443 – Aerospace Systems Design II7

   (AE 442)

3

AE 461 - Structures & Control Lab8

   (AE 321, 352, concurrent in AE 323, AE 353)

2
Technical Elective/AE Elective1 9
Free Elective1

3

Total 17
Total 17

128 hours are required for graduation

1Elective credits totaling 36 hours are required. These include 18 hours of social science and humanities (including the campus General Education requirements), 6 hours of 400-level AE courses, 6 hours of approved technical electives (up to 3 hours of technical electives may be from AE 498), and 6 hours of free electives (AE 100 counts as a free elective).

2MATH 415 can be taken to replace MATH 225. The extra hour can be used as either technical or free elective.

3AE 202 will be taught both semesters

4Junior-level courses 311/312, 321/323, 352/353 can be taken in any order.

5ECE 205/206 can be taken any semester after PHYS 212.

6STAT 400 can be substituted for IE 300.

7AE 442/443 sequence satisfies the General Education Advanced Composition requirement.

8AE 461 can be taken any semester after AE 321 and can be taken concurrently with AE 323.

 

Curriculum Flow ChartGE 101 GE 101 CHEM 105 CHEM 103 RHET 105 RHET 105 CHEM 104 MATH 225 MSE 280 AE 352 Tech Elec Tech Elec Tech Elec Tech Elec AE 353 STAT 400 RHET 105 SSH SSH RHET 105 TAM 210 PHYS 213 IE 300 TAM 212 MSE 280 CS 101 AE 433 AE 321 ME 300 PHYS 212 PHYS 211 AE 460 AE 312 AE 311 MATH 285 MATH 241 MATH 221 MATH 231

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1 Rhet 105 may be taken in the first or second semester of the first year as authorized
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Contact

Program Administration
bswoodrdatillinois [dot] edu (Brian Woodard)
Director of Undergraduate Programs

gerholdatillinois [dot] edu (Laura Gerhold)
Coordinator, Undergraduate Program
Room 329 Talbot Lab

Phone: 217-244-8671
Fax: 217-244-0740
Email: gerholdatillinois [dot] edu

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM