The B.S. degree program is designed to prepare students for professional engineering practice or advanced education in aerospace engineering or an allied field. Students receive instruction in mathematics and the pure sciences (physics and chemistry) as well as the engineering sciences, laboratory and design. Students develop verbal and written communication skills in dedicated course work as well as in laboratory and design courses. Students exploit the strengths of the larger Syracuse University community by taking minor degree programs. The mission of the Aerospace Engineering Program is “to educate and promote learning and discovery in aerospace engineering and to prepare students for a career of technical excellence, professional growth, and eventual leadership in a complex and competitive technological environment.”
The educational objectives of the aerospace engineering program are to provide students completing the program with the following basics.
Physical and Mathematical Sciences: An understanding of the fundamental physical and mathematical sciences is necessary to describe and control aerospace engineering phenomena. Coursework in mathematics includes a 12 credit calculus sequence, linear algebra, differential equations and probability and statistics. Coursework in the physical sciences include 8 credits of physics (and laboratory) and 4 credits of chemistry (and laboratory).
Aerospace Engineering Sciences: It is crucial to develop an understanding of the aerospace engineering sciences at a level that ensures successful professional practice and a capacity and instinct for life-long learning whether through self-study or formal graduate studies. Instruction in the engineering sciences occur in courses in engineering statics and dynamics, electrical engineering science, mechanics of solids, engineering materials, mechanics of fluids, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, advanced dynamics and control theory, space flight and rockets, and dynamics of aerospace vehicles.
Design: An understanding of the role of the aerospace engineering sciences in the multidisciplinary creative design process is obtained in our three course design sequence which includes the senior capstone design experience, Design and Analysis of Aerospace Structures and, Synthesis of Aerospace Systems.
Professional Ethics: An understanding of the ethical responsibilities of the aerospace engineer is obtained in our first semester freshman course Introduction to Aerospace Engineering. The subject is revisited in our senior capstone design experience.
Technical Communication: Both written and oral communication skills are required to communicate technical ideas within teams, to the greater profession, and to a non-technical society at large. An understanding of the dynamics and responsibilities of working on teams and an ability to communicate are developed in two courses in writing studio and well as in laboratory and design courses.
Technical or General Education Credits: Students have the opportunity to pursue, through curricular flexibility and with quality faculty advising, other academic interests available from the broad offerings of a multi-disciplinary university. Students can choose from over 70 technical or non-technical minors or, they may complete additional technical and non-technical courses chosen in consultation with their academic advisor.