Aerospace Engineering - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The aerospace engineering program prepares students for a range of professional engineering careers in aerospace and related professions. The aerospace engineering curriculum covers the important classical areas of low and high speed aerodynamics, propulsion, orbital mechanics, flight mechanics and control, aerospace structures and laboratory practice. In addition, the principles of systems engineering and design that are necessary to conceive, design, analyze and troubleshoot complex engineering systems are covered extensively and are considered to be especially important in the overall educational experience. Students will also be encouraged to participate in significant non-classroom experiences, including:

  • co-ops and internships;
  • industrial and laboratory field trips;
  • guest speakers from outside NMSU;
  • the New Mexico Space Grant Program;
  • special seminar programs on current topics in aerospace.

Aerospace engineers find employment in areas of launch vehicles, space vehicles and missions, aircraft systems design, land and sea vehicle design, robotics and automated manufacturing, safety and other areas. The aerospace engineering background also allows graduates to pursue careers in non-aerospace fields of engineering. Graduates of the aerospace engineering program will be prepared to apply the following skills to problems of interest either in the industry or research and development:

  • engineering sciences,
  • mathematics,
  • computational methods,
  • modern experimental methods,
  • effective communication skills and
  • systems engineering principles.

The aerospace engineering program is also intended to prepare students to pursue graduate study, which can be of significant benefit in the aerospace profession. The general goals of the aerospace engineering program, as well as the program educational objectives, are the same as those stated above for the mechanical engineering program.

Requirements (120 Credits)

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

In addition to the NMSU and College of Engineering requirements for graduation, a student must obtain a minimum grade of C- in all math, science, and engineering courses applied toward their BSAE and/or ME minor.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2 13
Oral Communication 13
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences & Social/Behavioral Sciences
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 13
Areas V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
Viewing a Wider World
Viewing a Wider World Elective 33
PHYS 303VEnergy and Society in the New Millennium3
Departmental/College Requirements
Mechanical Engineering
M E 159Graphical Communication and Design2
M E 210Electronics and System Engineering3
M E 222Introduction to Product Development3
M E 228Engineering Analysis I3
M E 236Engineering Mechanics I3
M E 237Engineering Mechanics II3
M E 240Thermodynamics3
M E 261Mechanical Engineering Problem Solving3
M E 328Engineering Analysis II3
M E 341Heat Transfer3
M E 345Experimental Methods I3
M E 349MAE Career Seminar1
Aerospace Engineering 4
A E 339Aerodynamics I3
A E 362Orbital Mechanics3
A E 363Aerospace Structures3
A E 364Flight Dynamics and Controls3
A E 419Propulsion3
A E 439Aerodynamics II3
A E 424Aerospace Systems Engineering3
A E 428Aerospace Capstone Design3
A E 447Aerofluids Laboratory3
Aerospace engineering senior elective (Approved M E 400 level and/or A E 400 level courses only)3
Non- Departmental Requirements
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
Natural Science
PHYS 216GEngineering Physics II3
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering3
C E 301Mechanics of Materials3
CHME 361Engineering Materials3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 51
Total Credits120

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 1 4
ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering 3
M E 159 Graphical Communication and Design 2
CHEM 111G General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
MATH 192G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
PHYS 215G Engineering Physics I 3
PHYS 215GL Engineering Physics I Laboratory 1
M E 222 Introduction to Product Development 3
English Composition - Level 2 2 3
MATH 291G Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 3
PHYS 216G Engineering Physics II 3
M E 210 Electronics and System Engineering 3
M E 236 Engineering Mechanics I 3
M E 261 Mechanical Engineering Problem Solving 3
M E 228 Engineering Analysis I 3
M E 237 Engineering Mechanics II 3
M E 240 Thermodynamics 3
C E 301 Mechanics of Materials 3
Oral Communications Elective 2 3
M E 328 Engineering Analysis II 3
M E 349 MAE Career Seminar 1
A E 339 Aerodynamics I 3
A E 362 Orbital Mechanics 3
A E 364 Flight Dynamics and Controls 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 2 3
A E 363 Aerospace Structures 3
A E 424 Aerospace Systems Engineering 3
A E 439 Aerodynamics II 3
M E 341 Heat Transfer 3
M E 345 Experimental Methods I 3
CHME 361 Engineering Materials 3
A E 419 Propulsion 3
A E 447 Aerofluids Laboratory 3
Area V: Humanities 2 3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 2 3
A E 428 Aerospace Capstone Design 3
PHYS 303V Energy and Society in the New Millennium 3
Aerospace engineering senior elective 3
Viewing a Wider World 3 3
Elective Course 4 1
 Total Credits120