What is Aerospace Engineering?
Aerospace engineering is the use of advanced science and technology in the design and development of flight vehicles. Degree study includes the analysis and design of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and satellites.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA, and co-curricular activities. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA.
Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:
- English (4 units)
- Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
- Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 unit)s
- Social sciences (3 units)
- Electives (5 units)
Successful aerospace engineers have a strong foundation in math and science. Skills in calculus and physics are particularly important. Aerospace engineers are problem solvers and enjoy thinking outside of the box to develop creative solutions to problems. In addition, computer skills are increasingly necessary in aerospace engineering professions.
Graduates of this major pursue many different careers. A few examples include:
- Aircraft, spacecraft, and missile design and testing
- Defense technology design
- Space exploration
- Aerospace product and part manufacturing
- Commercial airline diagnostics
- General engineering outside of the aerospace industry
Hands-on experience is stressed in aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati, the second oldest program of its kind in the country. The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics has extensive laboratories available for hands-on training in the fields of fluid mechanics, propulsion, structures, controls and electronics, as well as outstanding computer facilities for computer-aided design, structural analysis and simulation studies. In addition, students gain professional industry experience through UC's nationally ranked cooperative education (co-op) program.
Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to Transfer Students page.
Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.
Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year.