Aerospace Engineering Major

7044
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7044 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

The field of aerospace engineering has grown rapidly in recent decades to assume a vital role in modern human endeavors. Ranging from manned lunar excursions, exploration of the solar system and ecological study of Earth, to beneficial commerce on space stations and high-quality products for humans and military concerns, the contributions from the aerospace engineering profession have been profound. Aerospace engineers are currently involved in space station operations and are expected to take part in future moon-base and space station missions, as well as manned exploration of Mars. The many spin-offs from their involvement in these activities in space will surely benefit humanity just as has their previous space involvement.

The undergraduate curriculum for the aerospace engineering major at Florida Tech presents the fundamentals underlying modern aerospace engineering and prepares the student for a lifetime of continued learning. During the freshman and sophomore years, emphasis is placed on mathematics and physics, while aerospace engineering is introduced through a sequence of three courses. The sophomore and junior years direct the student toward the engineering sciences, including materials science, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. During the junior and senior years, the study becomes progressively centered on the specific issues facing practicing aerospace engineers.

The aerospace engineering major uses the basic tools imparted during the first two years and applies them in studies of aerodynamics, propulsion systems, aerospace structures and design projects. Other courses taken during the last two years expand the student's knowledge in the fields of mechanics of solids, electric circuits, flight stability and control, and mission analysis. Technical electives taken during the junior and senior years allow the student to direct the program toward specific areas of personal interest, such as flight training and human factors engineering, space science, mathematics, computer science or other engineering disciplines.

Laboratory experiences are essential to the education of engineers, and these are provided in chemistry, physics, computers, materials, fluids, structures and experimental aerodynamics. The capstone of the educational process is embodied in the aerospace engineering design project, which synthesizes and focuses elements from the various disciplines into a design activity of current aerospace engineering interest. The faculty of the program serve jointly in the supervision and consultation for these projects.

Aerospace engineering majors are encouraged to define career objectives early in the program (preferably during the sophomore year), so that in consultation with faculty advisors, electives can be selected that are best suited to the achievement of specific goals.

Aerospace engineering majors may also choose to benefit from the experience gained through the cooperative education program. After graduation, the aerospace engineering student is prepared to pursue a career in either industry or government as a practicing engineer, or to enter graduate study in engineering, applied mechanics or mathematics.

Educational Objectives

The broad educational objectives of the aerospace engineering program at Florida Tech are:

Academic fundamentals: Graduates have successfully applied and integrated their knowledge of fundamental principles in their chosen career.

Engineering practice: Graduates have used their engineering skills in the successful completion of an engineering project.

Teamwork and communication: Graduates have demonstrated the ability to communicate their ideas and technical results verbally, in writing and via presentations, and are effective team members.

Professional development: Graduates have advanced their knowledge and contributed to the profession and society.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MAE 1201 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides a broad overview of the aerospace engineering profession through class meetings involving formal lectures and presentations, and site/laboratory visits. Introduces the concept of aerospace design as a precursor to a competitive freshman design project to be implemented in .
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Select one course:
  • CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development With C++
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using C++. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • CSE 1503 Introduction to Software Development With FORTRAN
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using Fortran. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MAE 1202 Aerospace Practicum
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces elementary design concepts related to aerodynamics and aerospace structures. Includes word processing, spreadsheet analysis, computer-aided design, graphics and documentation. Group design projects are planned, analyzed, constructed, tested and reported in both lecture and lab settings.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the elements of statics in co-planar and three-dimensional systems; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; simple structures, centroids and center of gravity; beam shear and bending moment; friction; and virtual work.
  • MAE 2201 Aerospace Fundamentals
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces the theory and analysis of structures, aerodynamics, propulsion and control. Presents the theoretical advances and continuing developments from a historical perspective by stressing the roles and contributions of pioneers.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 3260 Materials Science and Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the relationships between materials processing, composition and structure, properties and performance. Includes electrical, mechanical and chemical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and composites, as well as coating and protection materials.
  • CHE 3265 Materials Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Complements . Illustrates materials processing, measurement and analysis of materials properties.
  • MAE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Discusses absolute and relative motion approaches. Employs force-mass-acceleration, work-energy and impulse-momentum methods.
  • MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the conservation of energy and mass in closed- and open-flow systems. Includes the physical properties and equations of state for pure substances; the first and second laws of thermodynamics; and reversible processes and Carnot cycle.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies circuit theory for nonelectrical engineering students; transient and steady-state behavior of passive linear-lumped-parameter electric circuits; and AC circuit theory, network equations, network theorems; transfer functions and equivalent circuits.
  • MAE 3064 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides a working familiarity with the physical principles, measurement and flow visualization techniques in fluid mechanics.
  • MAE 3161 Fluid Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces fluid variables; fluid statics; flow kinematics; equations of mass, momentum and energy conservation in both integral and differential formulations; similitude and dimensional analysis; the stress tensor; inviscid and viscous flows; flow in pipes; laminar and turbulent flows.
  • MAE 3083 Mechanics of Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stress and strain; mechanical properties of materials; Hooke's law; axial, torsion, pure bending and transverse loading of members; transformations of stress and strain; failure criteria; strain measurements; thin-walled pressure vessels; design for strength; energy methods; design for impact; column buckling and stability.
  • MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes heat, wave and Laplace equations, initial and boundary value problems of mathematical physics and Fourier series. Also covers Dirichlet problem and potential theory, Dalambert's solutions for wave equation, Fourier and Laplace transforms, and Poisson integral formula. Also includes PDEs in higher dimensions and special functions of mathematical physics.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • MAE 3150 Aerospace Computational Techniques
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on numerical and computational tools and techniques widely used to solve contemporary engineering problems. Includes advanced computer programming methods. Introduces analysis software and numerical theory in CFD, FEA, matrix inversion, ODE solution, root finding and numerical integration.
    Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite courses or instructor approval
  • MAE 3162 Compressible Flow
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies high-speed compressible flow. Extends boundary-layer theory to the compressible case. Also includes normal and oblique shocks; compressible flow in ducts and nozzles; Mach waves; Prandtl-Meyer expansions; method of characteristics; unsteady 1D flows; and conical flow.
  • MAE 3241 Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Dynamics of frictionless fluid including the effects of unsteadiness and three-dimensionality; tools and rules for the construction of elementary flows about bodies, flows about airfoils and wings in three dimensions.
  • MAE 3291 Junior Design
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces the concepts and methodology of rational aerospace design through interaction with seniors completing their capstone design projects and development of team proposals for capstone design projects that will be implemented during the senior year.
  • MAE 4281 Aerospace Structural Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Bending, shear and torsion of open and closed sections, bending of thin plates, structural instability; stress analysis of aircraft components, introduction to finite element methods, airworthiness and elementary aeroelasticity. Stresses design issues in all topics.
  • MAE 4284 Aerospace Engineering Structures Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experimental testing of structures and structural components. Presents a variety of testing methods and uses a variety of materials, including advanced composites. Introduces topics in experimental stress analysis. Emphasizes hands-on involvement by students in all areas.

Technical Elective* Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year
Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • MAE 3260 Experimental Aerodynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Offers theory and practice in wind tunnel test techniques, measurements of lift and drag by force balance, pressure distributions and wake surveys, LDA, thermal anemometry, computer-based data acquisition and reduction using LabView and uncertainty analysis.
  • MAE 4014 Control Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stresses both classical and modern control methodologies. Includes frequency and time-domain representation of linear systems, stability analysis and design techniques.
  • MAE 4262 Rockets and Mission Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Deals with performance analysis of rockets, emphasizing chemical rocket propulsion: thrust and specific impulse, mission requirements and rocket staging; solid- and liquid-propellant rockets, and propellants; and orbital mechanics and mission analyses.
  • MAE 4263 Space Flight Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides understanding of the motion of celestial objects and spacecraft under gravity. Includes analysis of the two-body and restricted three-body problems and orbital transfer using impulsive forces. Also includes designing interplanetary spacecraft trajectories for given specifications. Uses MATLAB®) for numerical analyses and dynamic simulation.
    Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite courses or instructor approval
  • MAE 4291 Aerospace Engineering Design 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Design of an aircraft, spacecraft or component to meet desired needs. Students are given a simulated request for proposals including a measure of merit and a set of specifications that a satisfactory design must meet. Teams work under faculty supervision to develop a design to best meet these requirements. Students present their designs in written reports at the end of each semester. Lectures, readings and group discussions introduce some of the ethical and legal issues that engineers must face.
  • Technical Elective* Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • MAE 4242 Aircraft Stability and Control
    Credit Hours: 3
    Static stability of an airplane in pitch and sideslip; static manual control; general equations of unsteady motion; the stability of derivatives; stability of uncontrolled motion (lateral and longitudinal), including characteristic motions, their frequencies and their rates of decay.
  • MAE 4261 Air-Breathing Engines
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the performance analysis and component design of air-breathing engines. Includes ideal and actual cycle analyses, thrust and efficiency considerations, the flows in inlets and diffusers, combustors and nozzles, as well as compressors and turbines.
  • MAE 4292 Aerospace Engineering Design 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Design of an aircraft, spacecraft or component to meet desired needs. Students are given a simulated request for proposals including a measure of merit and a set of specifications that a satisfactory design must meet. Teams work under faculty supervision to develop a design to best meet these requirements. Students present their designs in written reports at the end of each semester. Lectures, readings and group discussions introduce some of the ethical and legal issues that engineers must face.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 133

*A list of recommended Technical Electives is available from the department website. Up to six credit hours of Technical Electives may be replaced by the following: Flight 1 (AVF 1001), Flight 2 (AVF 1002), Aeronautics 1 (AVT 1001), Aeronautics 2 (AVT 1002).