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 (131 Credits)

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.

General Education
State of New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Written Communications Elective 13
Oral Communications Elective 13
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Area III: Natural Science
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
Areas IV & V: Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities and Fine Arts
Select 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least 6 credits from each area: 115
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Select 6-9 credits from Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology electives 1
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts:
Select 6-9 credits from History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Religion electives 1
Institution Specific General Education
Viewing a Wider World Electives 16
Program Specific Requirements
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
Select one Mathematics Elective from the following:3
Vector Analysis3
Complex Variables3
Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems3
Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control3
Matrix Theory and Applied Linear Algebra3
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I3
Natural Science
PHYS 215GEngineering Physics I3
PHYS 216GEngineering Physics II3
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering3
C E 301Mechanics of Materials3
CHME 361Engineering Materials3
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 449Mechanical Engineering Senior Seminar1
Aerospace Engineering 2
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
Total Credits131

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.


Courses subject to once per year rotation.

Plan of Study Grid
MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering 3
CHEM 111G General Chemistry I 4
M E 159 Graphical Communication and Design 2
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
MATH 192G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
CHEM 112G General Chemistry II 4
M E 222 Introduction to Product Development 3
Written Communications Elective 1 3
Area IV: Social/ Behavioral Sciences 1 3
MATH 291G Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 3
M E 236 Engineering Mechanics I 3
PHYS 215G Engineering Physics I 3
M E 210 Electronics and System Engineering 3
M E 261 Mechanical Engineering Problem Solving 3
M E 228 Engineering Analysis I 3
M E 237 Engineering Mechanics II 3
C E 301 Mechanics of Materials 3
PHYS 216G Engineering Physics II 3
M E 240 Thermodynamics 3
Oral Communications Elective 1 3
M E 328 Engineering Analysis II 3
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 1 3
A E 424 Aerospace Systems Engineering 3
A E 439 Aerodynamics II 3
A E 363 Aerospace Structures 3
M E 345 Experimental Methods I 3
M E 341 Heat Transfer 3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts 1 3
CHME 361 Engineering Materials 3
A E 419 Propulsion 3
A E 447 Aerofluids Laboratory 3
M E 449 Mechanical Engineering Senior Seminar 1
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts 1 3
Viewing a Wider World 1 3
A E 428 Aerospace Capstone Design 3
Math Elective 3
Aerospace engineering senior elective 3
Area IV or Area V 1 3
Viewing a Wider World 1 3
 Total Credits131

 See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.