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College of Engineering and Computing

B.S. Degree

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. The program is intended to train students in the field of aerospace engineering such that they are well prepared for a career as a multidisciplinary engineer. The degree program offers 5 different tracks

  • Aeromechanical Systems
  • Integrated Information Technology
  • Power Electronics Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Communication Systems

Detail information can be found in the Bulletin.

The objective of the Aerospace Engineering undergraduate program is to produce graduates who within a few years of graduate will

  • Advance professionally in the aerospace industry, automotive industry, technical consultancy or in any other chosen career field
  • Attain leadership positions in today’s rapidly changing, increasingly technological, global society.
  • Be agents of innovation and function effectively as responsible members of professional teams

Sample Curriculum

Our sample curriculum walks you through a typical four-year sequence. Lab courses build on the content of other courses, so it is important that you take them in the right sequence, and at the right times, so that you can successfully integrate the knowledge gained in other classes into a solid understanding of Aerospace Engineering.


Year One

   First Semester Second Semester
Number Title Credits Number Title  Credits
MATH 141 Calculus I 4 MATH 142 Calculus II 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3 CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 111L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 CHEM 112L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
ENGL 101 Critical Reading and Composition 3 ENGL 102 Rhetoric and Composition  3
ELECTIVE Social Science Elective  ELECTIVE Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding  3
AESP 101 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering  3 EMCH 111  Introduction to Engineering Graphics and Visualization    3
  Total Hours for Semester  17   Total Hours for Semester  17


Year Two

   First Semester Second Semester
Number Title Credits Number Title  Credits
MATH 241 Vector Calculus 3 STAT 509 Statistics of Engineers 3
MATH 242 Elementary Differential Equations 3 AESP 265 Aerodynamics I Incompressible 3
PHYS 211 Essentials of Physics I 3 PHYS 212 Essentials of Physics II 3
PHYS 211L Essentials of Physics I Lab 1 PHYS 212L Essentials of Physics II Lab  1
EMCH 200 Statics EMCH 260 Intro to the Mechanics of Solids  3
EMCH 201 Intro to Applied Numerical Methods  3 EMCH 290 Thermodynamics Fundamentals  3
  Total Hours for Semester  16   Total Hours for Semester  16


Year Three

   First Semester Second Semester
Number Title Credits Number Title  Credits
MATH 344 Linear Algebra 3 AESP 350 Aerospace Systems 3
AESP 361 Aerospace Lab 1 3 AESP 420 Flight and Orbital Mechanics 3
EMCH 371 Engineering Materials 3 EMCH 577 Aerospace Structures I 3
EMCH 310 Dynamics 3 EMCH 330 Mechanical Vibrations  3
ELECTIVE 1 Concentration 1 ELECTIVE 2 Concentration 2  3
  Total Hours for Semester  15   Total Hours for Semester  15


Year Four

   First Semester Second Semester
Number Title Credits Number Title  Credits
ELECTIVE 3 Concentration 3 3 ELECTIVE Calculus II 4
EMCH 377 Manufacturing 3 ELECTIVE Concentration 5 3
AESP 362 Aerospace Lab 2 3 ELECTIVE Historical Thinking 3
AESP 314 Energy, Power, and Propulsion 3 ELECTIVE Values, Ethics and Social Responsibilities Elective  3
ELECTIVE Social Science Elective AESP 466 Flight Dynamics and Control  3
      AESP 428 Design 1  3
  Total Hours for Semester  15   Total Hours for Semester  18


The Undergraduate Bulletin
The academic bulletin is the university's official document of record concerning academic programs and regulations. This is where you can find specific curriculum and required courses for the B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.

Co and Prerequisites
Many of the courses required for the Aerospace Engineering degree have prerequisites and/or co-requisites. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they have the proper co- and prerequisites for each course.

Carolina Core
The Carolina Core is the foundation of USC’s undergraduate academic experience. Carolina Core courses prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to thrive in an increasingly complex world. Your selection of courses must meet all of the Carolina Core requirements. Help with selection of the specific courses that meet Carolina Core courses can be found on the Carolina Core webpage and be requested during advisement. The department can provide updated lists of approved courses if needed. To meet the Carolina Core Global Citizenship-Foreign Language requirement, a score of "2" or better is required on the Foreign Language Placement Test. Otherwise, an approved 3 hour Carolina Core GFL course must be passed to meet the Foreign Language requirement.

How can I enhance my degree?

Capstone Design Initiative

As an undergraduate student, you'll test your knowledge in real-world applications. The Capstone Design course is a required course for seniors that pairs a student team with an industry partner on a project to design an engineering or computing solution to a business problem.

Accelerated Program

With our Bachelor’s/Master’s Degrees Accelerated Program you may be eligible to complete both the bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as five years. The use of dual credit-courses that can be used toward both degrees enables acceleration of the program, reducing the total enrollment of the student by one semester. Find if you have what it takes by exploring the admission criteria and additional requirements for the accelerated program.

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