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Bachelor of Science Program in Aeronautical Engineering

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The objectives of the Aeronautical Engineering program are that graduates:

1. Will competently apply engineering methods to solve professional problems associated with the design, manufacture, and maintenance of aircraft and related systems and understand the social, ethical, and environmental context of their work.
2. Will communicate clearly, collaborate competently in teams, and assume leadership roles
3. Will have the habit of continuous professional development

From the latest wide-bodied aircraft to the next generation of the space shuttle, someone has to figure out how to make them fly reliably and efficiently. Clarkson's aeronautical engineering program will prepare you for a career in design, wind tunnel testing, engine design and testing, and flight testing of new vehicles. You’ll also learn about:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft propulsion Aircraft structures Flight mechanics Aircraft stability and flight control Aircraft design Aerospace materials

The 120-credit program contains 87 credit hours of required technical courses, 33 credit hours of electives (including two professional electives, one undesignated elective and five Knowledge Area/University Course, KA/UC, electives)

The first two years of the curriculum cover mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering science courses. In the third and fourth years, students take specialized courses on topics such as aerodynamics and flight mechanics.

Training in professional problem-solving begins in the spring of the second year, with the first course in engineering design. This lays the foundation for the fourth-year capstone design course, in which students work in teams to design an aircraft in a "real world" environment.

Download the Aeronautical Engineering Curriculum:

 AE Curriculum Sheet

 AE Honors Curriculum Sheet

Enrollment Data & Degrees Awarded


Student Outcomes & Objectives