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  • Aerospace Engineering

    Aerospace engineers are called upon to solve exciting problems of design, construction and operation of aircraft and spacecraft to meet the ever-increasing requirement for improved performance at lower unit cost. These challenges mean that aerospace engineers work at the continuously changing forefront of science, technology and systems management.

    About This Major

    • College: Engineering
    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    • Hours for Degree: 128
    • Minor: Biomechanics
    • Dual Degree: Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace Engineering available
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
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    The undergraduate curriculum in aerospace engineering is a fully accredited baccalaureate program that provides a broad education with a strong foundation in mathematics, science and basic engineering sciences. Advanced courses in aeronautics and astronautics complete the degree. Graduates will be prepared to work in the aerospace and related industries or to pursue graduate study.

    Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program

    The aerospace engineering professional often benefits from an advanced degree to meet the challenging needs of industry and government. Accordingly, the MAE department actively participates in the combined BS/MS degree program that allows students to double-count graduate courses toward both degrees. The combined-degree program reduces the cost for both degrees and enhances the student’s marketability for career advancement. Interested students should contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or its website for more information.

    Department Requirements

    Minimum grades of C are required for EGM 2511, EGM 3401 and EML 3100. The minimum grade of C is considered part of the prerequisite requirement for courses that list EGM 2511, EGM 3401 or EML 3100 as a prerequisite. The prerequisite course and subsequent course cannot be taken in the same term, even if the prerequisite is being repeated.

    An aerospace or mechanical engineering student whose cumulative, upper-division or department grade point average falls below a 2.0 or whose critical-tracking grades do not meet department requirements will be placed on academic probation and required to complete a probation contract with an MAE academic adviser. Students normally are allowed a maximum of two terms (consecutive or non-consecutive) on academic probation. Students who do not satisfy the conditions of the first term on probation may be dismissed from the department.

    All graduating seniors must complete an exit interview.

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    Dual-Degree Programs

    There is great overlap between the aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering curriculum. The first six semesters of the two degree programs are identical. Through proper selection of electives, students can earn dual mechanical engineering/aerospace engineering B.S. degrees with one semester of additional work. Interested students should contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering or its website for more information.

    Educational Objectives

    The objective of the aerospace engineering program at UF is to prepare students to attain the following goals within a few years of graduation:

    • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of aerospace engineers.
    • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.


    The mission of the undergraduate program is to serve the state of Florida, the United States and the engineering profession by providing quality educational programs in aerospace engineering; conduct a nationally recognized research program; and foster ongoing professional development of students and faculty.

    Research Programs

    The department's active research programs are sponsored by private industry, the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, NASA, National Institutes of Health and other agencies. These programs keep faculty at the leading edge of technology and provide opportunities for students to participate in research through classroom assignments, individual studies, undergraduate research scholarships and employment as research assistants.

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    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
    • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking courses for semesters 1-5
    • Complete 1 of 8 tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts:
      CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, approved science elective, MAC 2311, MAC 2312,
      MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts

    Semester 4

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts

    Semester 5

    • Complete all 8 critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are required to complete HUM 2305 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (GE-P)
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    EML 2920 Department and Professional Orientation 1
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​ 3​
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) 4
    Composition (GE-C, WR; ACT/SAT placement scores do not exempt this requirement) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design 3
    ENC 3254 Professional Communication for Engineers (GE-C, WR) 3
    MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M) 4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE-P) 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers 1 2
    EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics - Statics * 3
    EML 2322L Design and Manufacturing Laboratory 2
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M) 4
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (GE-P) 3
    PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering and Circuits 2 3
    EGM 3344 Introduction to Numerical Methods of Engineering Analysis 3
    EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials 3
    EML 3100 Thermodynamics * 3
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    EMA 3010 Materials 3
    Science elective (AST 3018, AST 3019, BSC 2010, CHM 2046, CHM 2096 or PHY 3101) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 9
    Semester 6 Credits
    EGM 3401 Engineering Mechanics – Dynamics * 3
    EGM 4313 Intermediate Engineering Analysis 3
    EGN 3353C Fluid Mechanics 3
    EML 3301C Mechanics of Materials Laboratory 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    EAS 4101 Aerodynamics 3
    EAS 4510 Astrodynamics 3
    EML 4304C Thermo/Fluids Design and Laboratory 3
    EML 4312 Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems 3
    Aerospace elective (EAS 4132, EML 4140, EML 4220 or EML 4507) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    EAS 4200C Aerospace Structures 3
    EAS 4400 Stability and Control of Aircraft 3
    EAS 4700 Aerospace Design 1 or
    EAS 4912 Integrated Product and Process Design 1
    Aerospace elective (EAS 4132, EML 4140, EML 4220 or EML 4507) 3
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 9 Credits
    EAS 4300 Aerospace Propulsion 3
    EAS 4710 Aerospace Design 2 or
    EAS 4913 Integrated Product and Process Design 2
    Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Technical electives (see approved list) 6
    Total 15

    * Must be completed with a minumum grade of C

    1 Can substitute COP 3275, COP 3502, EEL 3834 or other programming courses approved by the department.

    2 Can substitute EEL 3111C.

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majors: aerospace-engineering