The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.
The Clarkson Seminar
School of Engineering Common First-Year Curricula
All students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) take courses that are part of a common curricula during the first year. Therefore, students may defer the selection of a major field of study until the sophomore year. Beginning with the junior year, a significant amount of specialized material is incorporated into each curriculum. In the senior year, coursework is concentrated in the student’s chosen field. Courses in humanities and social sciences are taken throughout the 4-year program as part of the Clarkson Common Experience.
During the first year, students majoring in a program offered by the School of Engineering (excluding engineering & management majors) must complete the following courses:
General Chemistry I
Introduction to Engineering Use of the Computer
Engineering & Society
Students majoring in aeronautical engineering are required to complete the following courses:
Introduction to Experimental Methods in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Introduction to Engineering Design
Experimental Methods in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Aircraft Structural Analysis
Advanced Experimental Methods in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering
Design of Propulsion Systems
Aircraft Performance & Flight Mechanics
Stability & Control of Aerospace Vehicles
Aircraft Design I
Aircraft Design II
Mechanical Vibrations & Control
Design of Aircraft Structures
Strength of Materials
Rigid Body Dynamics
Materials Science & Engineering I
Elementary Differential Equations
Fourier Series & Boundary Value Problem
Probability & Statistics
All Clarkson University students must satisfy the professional experience requirement. Aeronautical engineering majors generally do summer internships. Other options are in the table below.
Special project in a campus laboratory
The following are electives students are required to complete for the aeronautical engineering major.
Students must complete one course from the following:
Biology II: Cellular & Molecular Biology
General Chemistry II
The student must select 9 credits of professional electives. Professional electives are upper-division courses in mathematics, physics, other engineering disciplines; for example, STAT383 Applied Statistics, MA339 Fourier Series and Boundary-Value Problems, ME444 Computer-Aided Engineering (CAD), ME443 Optimal Engineering, ES350 Biomechanics, ME390 Additive Manufacturing and ME429 Welding and Metallurgy.
Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students majoring in aeronautical engineering are required to take at least 15 credit hours to satisfy the Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives general education requirement. This must include ES110 Engineering & Society and a course in economics, such as EC350 Engineering Economics.
Students majoring in aeronautical engineering have at least 3 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.