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Prepare for Liftoff

Prepare for an exciting career with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. UCF’s program prepares students to have a fundamental knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, stability and control, and flight mechanics. Graduates will be trained to be competitive in their role as aerospace engineers in society, and will have an awareness of ethical, environmental, economic, safety and quality issues.

Highlights
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Accelerated track 
  • Senior Design Showcase
Contact

Hyoung Jin “Joe” Cho, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Lynn Grabenhorst
Undergraduate Advisor

Curriculum

The B.S.AE curriculum prepares students for careers in astronautical engineering and aeronautical engineering, and emphasizes competence in design. Below are the core requirements for the degree. For the full description of requirements, please visit the UCF Undergraduate Catalog.

Students have the option of pursuing the accelerated track, which allows them to earn a master’s degree as well as a bachelor’s degree. Qualified students may apply for the accelerated track upon completion of 64 credit hours. They may choose to complete a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering or mechanical engineering; however, acceptance into the accelerated track does not guarantee admission into the graduate program. 

Basic Courses

Credit Hours: 1
Class Hours: 1
Lab and Field Work Hours: 2
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): New students status or C.I. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Overview of academic and professional requirements in various engineering disciplines. Fall 

Credit Hours: 1
Class Hours: 1
Lab and Field Work Hours: 2
Contact Hours: 0
Prerequisite(s): EGS 1006C and New student status or C.I. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Introduction to the use of computer and applications software in solving engineering problems. Introduction to the concepts of engineering design through the use of teams: engineering communication; engineering professionalism and ethics. Spring 

Advanced Courses

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): MAC 2311CPHY 2048C both with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better Corequisite(s): MAC 2312. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Fundamental concepts of mechanics, including resultants of force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium of rigid bodies, and analyses of structures. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 1
Contact Hours: 4
Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Programming in C including arrays, pointer manipulation and use of standard C math and IO libraries. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in both MAC 2313 and EGN 3310. Corequisite(s): MAP 2302. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Work, heat, and energy transformations. Relation of properties. Laws, concepts, and modes of analysis common to all applications of thermodynamics in engineering. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): (CHS 1440 or CHM 2045C) and MAC 2312 with grades of “C” (2.0) or better in both. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Atomic structure, bonding, crystal structures, solidification, phase transformations, heat treatment, mechanical behavior, specific aerospace materials, materials design Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): PHY 2049C Corequisite(s): MAP 2302. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Fundamentals of electrical circuits and analysis; fundamentals of electronics and AC power systems, transformers, electromechanics and rotating machines. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MAC 2312 with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.

Axioms of probability; combinatorial and geometrical probability; probability distributions; measures of location and dispersion; sampling and sampling distributions; estimation and tests of hypotheses; engineering applications. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0), or better in EML 3701. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Viscous, incompressible fluid flow; flow over finite wings; aerodynamic design; introduction to computational fluid dynamics. Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 2
Lab and Field Work Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 5
Prerequisite(s): C” (2.0), or better in EGN 3343. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Theory, calibration and use of instruments. Measurement techniques, data analysis, report writing. Laboratory topics related to aerospace engineering. Fall, SpringM&S fee $15.00 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 1
Lab and Field Work Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 4
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in both EAS 3800C and EML 3701. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Design of experiments in aeronautic/aerospace systems with emphasis on project team activity. Spring M&S fee $45.00 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): EAS 3101; Corequisite(s): EML 4225. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Analysis and design of aircraft performance, static and dynamic stability and automatic control systems. Fall 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in EAS 3101. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Normal and oblique shock waves, nozzles and wind tunnels, methods of analyzing compressible flow about airfoils, wings, and bodies. Viscous boundary layers and applications to the design process. Fall 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in EAS 4134 or EML 4703. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Fundamental analysis and design considerations of propulsion systems. Turbojets, ramjets and rockets. Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 1
Contact Hours: 4
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in all of the following prerequisites: MAC 2311CMAC 2312MAC 2313MAP 2302 and PHY 2048C. Corequisite(s): EGN 3321 and EAS 3933 or EML 3933. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Computer aided modeling of mechanical and aerospace systems. Solution methods. Curve fitting. Numerical calculus and solution of differential equations with applications to mechanical and aerospace engineering. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in the following MAC 2311CMAC 2312MAC 2313PHY 2048C and EGN 3310 Corequisite(s): None. 

Concepts of stress, strain, deflection; axial force, torsion, bending, combined stress, Mohr’s circle, failure theories, design concepts, application to machines and vehicles. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in both MAC 2313 and EGN 3310. Corequisite(s): None. 

Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; mass and acceleration, work and energy, impulse and momentum, introduction to kinematics of mechanisms; introduction to 3D rigid body dynamics; central force. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0), or better in each of the following courses EGN 3321EGM 3601EML 3034C, and EGN 3373. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Undamped and damped vibration analysis of mechanical systems with single and two degrees of freedom; forced vibration; concepts of feedback controls; classical proportional, derivative and integral (PID) feedback controls and root locus. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in all of the following: MAC 2311CMAC 2312MAC 2313MAP 2302PHY 2048CEGN 3321 and EGN 3343. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Principles of continuum fluid mechanics. Integral and differential forms of governing equations, fluid statics, dimensional analysis, measurements, internal flows. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in both EML 3701 and EML 3034C. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Conduction, radiation, and convection heat transfer. Basic energy balances emphasized. Steady state and transient problems, analysis and design of simple heat exchangers. Fall, Spring 

Credit Hours: 3
Class Hours: 3
Lab and Field Work Hours: 0
Contact Hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): “C” (2.0) or better in EGM 3601. Corequisite(s): None. Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): None.

Aerospace structures and components, loads, bending, shear and torsion of thin-walled open and closed section beams, structural idealization, analysis of fuselage and wing sections, structural instability (buckling) of columns and monocoque cylinders. Fall 

Admissions and Advising

There are no additional requirements for admission into the B.S.AE beyond admission to UCF. For more information on admission to UCF, visit UCF Undergraduate Admissions. 

For specific questions regarding the degree, please contact our undergraduate advisor Lynn Grabenhorst or our undergraduate faculty advisor, Professor Hyong Jin “Joe” Cho.

Licensure or Certification

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional engineer and may still assist you in such pursuits; however, the licensing authority and requirements for professional engineers falls under the jurisdiction of the licensing board for the state, territory, or foreign entity in which engineer practices.

If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact undergraduate advisor Lynn Grabenhorst with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.