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Aerospace Engineering Curriculum

A Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (BS AAE) from The Ohio State University consists of courses required by the University, the College of Engineering, and by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The Aerospace Engineering program is designed not only to teach the background theory of engineering, but also the application of these principles. Once admitted to the Aerospace Engineering major, students will study engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, aerodynamics, kinematics, propulsion, measurements and controls, and design. 

Suggested Curriculum


Math 1151 (Calculus 1) 

Physics 1250 (Mechanics, Thermal, Waves)

Engineering 1181 (Fundamentals of Engineering 1)

Engineering 1100.01 (Engineering Survery)

General Education

Math 1172 (Engineering Math A)

Physics 1251 (E&M, Optics, Modern Physics)

Engineering 1182 (Fundamentals of Engineering 2)

Engineering 1221 (Introduction to Programming in MATLAB) 

General Education (Writing Level 1)

Math 2173 (Engineering Math B)

Chemistry 1250 (General Chemistry for Engineers)

Mechanical Engineering 2040 (Statics & Mechanics of Materials) 

Aerospace Engineering 2200 (Introduction to AAE 1)

General Education

Math 2174 (Linear Algebra & Differential Equations)

Aerospace Engineering 2201 (Introduction to AAE 2)

Aerospace Engineering 2405 (Thermodynamics)  

Mechanical Engineering 2030 (Dynamics)               

Electrical and Computer Engineering 2300 (Circuits)     

Aerospace Engineering 3520 (Flight Vehicle Dynamics)           

Aerospace Engineering 3560 (Fluids I)                  

Aerospace Engineering 3542 (Flight Vehicle Structure 1)  

Aerospace Engineering 3581 (Numerical Methods)           

General Education       

Aerospace Engineering 3521 (Flight Vehicle Control)          

Aerospace Engineering 3543 (Flight Vehicle Structure 2)   

Aerospace Engineering 3570 (Gasdynamics)               

Aerospace Engineering 3580 (Heat Transfer)               

General Education

Aerospace Engineering 4510 (Experimental Projects 1) 

Aerospace Engineering 4515 (Design Atmospheric Flight Vehicles 1)  


Aerospace Engineering 4517 (Design Space Vehicles & Systems 1) 

Aerospace Engineering 4550 (Flight Vehicle Propulsion)       

Technical Elective                                     

General Education                                   

General Education 

Aerospace Engineering 4511 (Experimental Projects 2)          

Aerospace Engineering 4516 (Design Atmospheric Flight Vehicles 2)      


Aerospace Engineering 4518 (Design Space Vehicles & Systems 2)   

Technical Elective                                     

Technical Elective                                     

General Education 


General Education Courses

Ohio State’s General Education (Gen Ed) is an integral part of a student's academic experience in the College of Engineering. This curriculum is designed to provide students with a better understanding of society’s traditions and past, accomplishments and aspirations, relation and responsibility to the natural world, diversity and plurality, and problems and needs. The goal is for students to develop skills, competencies, and a breadth of knowledge as an educated, productive citizen.

Students in the College of Engineering will fulfill the General Education Curriculum through the following categories: 

Writing and Related Skills (6 hr) 

The goal of this category is to develop skills in writing, reading, critical thinking, and oral expression.

Social Sciences (6 hr)

The goals of this category is to help you understand human behavior and cognition, and the structures of human societies, cultures, and institutions.

Historical Study (3 hr)

The goal of this category is to develop your knowledge of how past events influence today’s society and help you understand how humans view themselves.

Arts & Humanities (6 hr)

The goal of this category is to allow you to evaluate significant writing and works of art. Such studies develop capacities for aesthetic and historical response and judgment; interpretation and evaluation; critical listening, reading, seeing, thinking, and writing, and experiencing the arts and reflecting on that experience. 

Breadth: Cultures & Ideas or Second Historical Study (3 hr)

Select one course from Historical Study or Cultures & Ideas.

Professional Ethics (0-3 hr)

The goal of courses in this category is to develop a nuanced understanding of the applied ethical issues involved within a professional career.

Diversity (0-3 hr)

The goal of courses in this category is to foster an understanding of the pluralistic nature of institutions, society, and culture. Students can choose a diversity focus of either Social Diversity in the U.S. or Global Diversity