The AAE undergraduate program normally begins in the second year, after completion of the common freshman engineering curriculum.
The sophomore year sets the foundation of basic engineering, including statics, dynamics, elementary structures, thermodynamics, and a broad introduction to the design of both aircraft and spacecraft.
In the junior year, students learn about aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, dynamics, and control systems. Some courses in the third year are available in both aeronautical and astronautical versions, and students choose the version of primary interest.
In the senior year, students pursue, in consultation with their academic advisor, two areas of concentration called their "major" and "minor". These are most commonly chosen from the disciplines of Aerodynamics, Structures & Materials, Propulsion, Dynamics & Control, and Aerospace Systems Design.
All students must complete a team-based senior design project, which integrates the technical disciplines and leads to a preliminary design of an aerospace system. Students may elect either aircraft or spacecraft versions of the senior design project.
Students successfully completing the curriculum will be awarded the B.S.AAE degree.
The curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET .