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 Requirements


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

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.

Application Deadlines

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.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The aerospace engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.