Undergraduate Program

Curriculum Overview

The Aerospace Engineering curriculum at OSU is fully accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE). The curriculum exposes the student to a broad range of fundamental science and engineering topics including: physics, chemistry, statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials, computational methods, and electrical and electronic circuits. In the junior and senior years, students are introduced to more specific topics including aerodynamics, propulsion systems, aircraft and spacecraft stability and control, aerospace structures, and aerospace vehicle design. Electives allow students to broaden, or specialize as desired.

In accord with the professional nature of a career in engineering, an undergraduate student entering OSU is admitted into the pre-engineering program, consisting of the course work normally taken the first two years of an engineering curriculum. Near the completion of the pre-engineering course work, the student is considered for admission to one of the professional schools of the College to continue in the upper-division program. Upon meeting admission standards the student then pursues a curriculum leading to the B.S. degree in his or her discipline.

Pre-professional School. The content of the pre-engineering program is similar for most engineering specialties, and includes course work devoted to mathematics through calculus and differential equations, communication skills, general chemistry, general physics, engineering sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Professional School. Upon formal admission to the professional school of his or her choice, the student proceeds through the junior and senior years of the degree program, fulfilling "Major Requirements" as listed on the degree requirements sheets in the publication Undergraduate Programs and Requirements, which is considered a companion document to the OSU Catalog. Upon completion of all degree requirements, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science degree. A wide variety of extracurricular enrichment activities are available.