Aerospace Science Engineering is concerned with engineering applications in the areas of aeronautics (atmospheric flight) and astronautics (space flight). Aerospace Science Engineering thus encompasses theory and application to a variety of flight vehicles ranging from balloons and sailplanes through jet-powered aircraft, rockets, space stations and interplanetary vehicles, manned, unmanned and autonomous.
The Aerospace Science Engineering program offers course work in the areas of aerodynamics, air-breathing and rocket propulsion systems, aerospace structures, aircraft stability and control, aircraft performance, flight vehicle design, orbital mechanics and satellite design. Laboratory courses are closely linked to lecture sessions to achieve a proper balance between engineering analysis and engineering practice. Modern laboratories include a low speed, low turbulence wind tunnel with computerized pressure and loads data acquisition system, two open-surface water tunnels with state of the art flow diagnostic instrumentation, a fully instrumented jet engine, an aerospace instrumentation laboratory, a structures lanboratory, a flight vehicle design laboratory, and a dedicated computer laboratory. Engineering software (CAD, FEA, CFD etc.) for design and analysis of aerospace flight vehicles are available to the students. Students enrolled in the program have opportunity to participate in design-build-fly of unmanned aerial systems, and rockets.
Aerospace Science Engineering Departmental Mission
The mission of the Aerospace Science Engineering Department is to matriculate quality
professional graduates through education in the disciplines and technologies pertaining to aerospace
vehicles and systems. These graduates shall exceed the entry-level requirements for practice and
advanced study in aerospace science engineering. In keeping with the Tuskegee University vision,
the department also has missions of outreach and service to the world community.
The Aerospace Science Engineering program is designed to provide opportunities that will result in the following student outcomes:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Program Educational Objectives
Our graduates will be:
- Successful practitioners in Aerospace Science Engineering or related fields in industry, private practice or government.
- Engaged in graduate studies or continuing education endeavors in engineering or related fields.
- Engaged in professional development by participating in structured professional activities.
- Achieving broader opportunities for economically disadvantaged K-12 students through national pre-college programs.
- Generating and nurturing interest into Aerospace Science Engineering field though informative programs and activities.
- Encouraging students to assist K-12 students in attaining their own educational potential through tutoring and mentoring in local schools.
- Encouraging transitional design related research in the undergraduate program.
- Conducting research in Aerospace Science Engineering seeking to discover new knowledge and to better understand the current body of knowledge.
- Transferring research into the educational program at an early stage through involving students in conducing and reporting results of such research.
Bachelor of Science- Aerospace Science Engineering
Academic Program Description
Aerospace Science Engineering encompasses the areas of aeronautics (atmospheric flight) and astronautics (space flight). Aerospace Science Engineering includes theory and application to a variety of flight vehicles ranging from balloons and sailplanes through jet-powered aircraft, rockets, space stations and interplanetary vehicles. Students receive a sound scientific, mathematical and technical foundation based on the latest techniques of these disciplines. Students are also provided a broad socio-humanistic background, which is essential for problem solving in a technical age. The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Science Engineering consists of 131 credit hours.
Students must obtain a C or better grade in all required ENGL, MATH, PHYS, CHEM, CSCI, MENG, AENG and approved technical elective courses to fulfill the pre/co-requisite and degree requirements.
General Education Courses
The Aerospace Science Engineering curriculum includes 39 credit hours of general education courses. The following general education courses are acceptable for fulfilling this requirement: