Aerospace Systems Engineering Program
Outside of the U.S. Air Force Academy, The University of Akron is the only institution in the U. S. that offers a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering. Our curriculum applies the principles of systems engineering to the aerospace industry, which is integral to Ohio and the region. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nearly 55,000 aerospace engineering jobs will need filled between 2010 and 2020 due to growth and replacement needs.
Entrance requirements are similar to those required by the University Honors College. Those requirements are to:
- Achieve (usually 2 of 3 required):
- High school cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50
- High school class rank among the highest 10%
- ACT composite score of at least 27 or SAT combined score of at least 1,200 (old test)/ 1,800 (new test)
- Submit an essay on an assigned subject
- Be interviewed by faculty of the University
Aerospace Systems Engineering Curriculum
A total of 139 semester credits are required for the program with two additional hours for students in the Honors College.
For completion of this degree program, students will need to complete several required Co-Ops with corporations or governmental entities. If you are not a citizen or national of the United States or a permanent resident alien you may not be able to participate in the Co-Ops based on export control laws and will not be able to complete the degree program. If you are not a citizen or national of the United States or a permanent resident alien please contact the Dean’s office to determine if you will be able to complete the degree program prior to admission into the program.
Student Outcomes - B.S. Aerospace Systems Engineering
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering in a logical and discerning manner.
- Design and perform laboratory experiments for aerospace systems engineering; know how to analyze and interpret results.
- Design thermal, fluid, mechanical, control systems, airborne structures and propulsion systems related to aerospace systems engineering to meet specifications within environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints.
- Participate effectively in teams involving several disciplines.
- Identify, formulate, and solve problems in aerospace systems engineering by applying first principles, including open-ended problems.
- Develop practical solutions for aerospace systems engineering problems under professional and ethical constraints.
- Communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means in a technical setting.
- Understand the impact of engineering in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- Be prepared for a lifetime of continuing education.
- Know about contemporary issues in engineering.
- Have an ability to use modern modeling and simulation techniques, and computing tools.
Enrollment and Graduation Data
Fall 2013 enrollment in the Bachelor of Science aerospace systems engineering program was 60 students. There were no graduates of the program for the 2012-2013 academic year. The first graduates of the program will graduate in May 2014.
Program Educational Objectives - B.S. Aerospace Systems Engineering
- Practice the aerospace systems engineering disciplines successfully within community accepted standards.
- Acquire teamwork and communications skills to develop a successful career in aerospace systems engineering.
- Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of aerospace systems engineering, including social, environmental and economical considerations.
- Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional society and community service.
- Engage in life-long learning activities, such as graduate studies or professional workshops.
- Develop a professional career in the prevailing market that meets personal goals, objectives and desires.
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