The curriculum is broad-based, and specifically designed to prepare the student for professional positions in the aeronautical and space industries. However, the educational background is general enough that students may utilize their education in a variety of other industries which require a strong analytical and computational background. The program provides a strong foundation for advanced graduate work. Students have also used their background for entry into non-technical fields of business, law, and medicine.
The undergraduate curriculum course structure has been arranged to develop students' background in basic sciences and mathematics during the first two years. The basic science principles are integrated into formulating and solving practical problems of interest starting in the second year. During this time, computer language and general computational skills are also emphasized. In the subsequent years, the student continues with the strong development of problem solving, design, and analysis skills. Students take well integrated sequences of courses in aerodynamics, propulsion systems, dynamics, and control. They are also introduced to the concept and analysis of systems. Students who meet a minimum grade point requirement may participate in an undergraduate research program within the department.
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