BS in Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering

The Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering curriculum is designed for students who desire to enter the aerospace or related industry or to pursue advanced studies in these areas. The curriculum provides a broad range of courses in the areas of aerodynamics, aerospace structures and aerospace and aeronautic vehicle design.


The Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering Program strives to graduate aerospace engineers of the highest quality and to conduct state-of-the-art research.


The Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering program at The University of Texas at El Paso seeks to prepare students for careers in aerospace engineering and related disciplines. Successful achievement of this objective will be met if:

  • The majority of our graduates obtain meaningful employment in the aerospace or related industry after graduation
  • After five years most graduates are working in engineering
  • After five years most graduates have achieved their initial career goals and advanced their careers, i.e. promotion, pursuit of advanced degree, etc.
  • All graduates feel well served by the education they received at UTEP.

The program will consist of a largely common initial two years with the current B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree program at UTEP but have course, laboratory and project experiences in the last two years of the curriculum that prepare students in: 

  • Aerodynamics,
  • Propulsion,
  • Aerostructures,
  • Aerospace dynamics and controls, and
  • Aerospace systems engineering

Admission Requirements

There are no additional admission requirements to the program above those of admission to the University of Texas at El Paso and to eligible to take MATH 1411 Calculus I or equivalent.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 128 SCH which includes:

  1. completion of the university core curriculum (42 SCH)
  2. 56 SCH of prescribed courses,
  3. 30 SCH of engineering electives

Degree Plan

University Core Curriculum(All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Aerospace Engineering (Other Requirements) (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses: Some of these are included in the core.
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
Select one of the following:3
Matrix Algebra
Applied Analysis I
Linear Algebra
Numerical Analysis
Applied Analysis II
Probability and Statistics
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry
and Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Electromagnetism
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Modern Physics
Analytical Mechanics I
PHYS 4348
Aerospace Engineering Major
Required Courses:
MECH 1305Graphic & Design Fundamentals c3
MECH 1321Mechanics I-Statics c3
MECH 2103Engineering Computations c1
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci c3
MECH 2322Mechanics of Materials c3
MECH 2340Mechanics II -Dynamics c3
MECH 2342Electro Mechanical Systems c3
MECH 3352Engineering Analysis II3
AERO 2131Aerospace Materials Lab1
AERO 2331Aerospace Materials3
AERO 3312Aerodynamics 13
AERO 3323Aerospace Structures I3
AERO 3343Systems Modelling and Control3
AERO 4322Aerospace Propulsion3
AERO 4364Aerospace Communications3
AERO 4365Aerospace Systems Engineering3
AERO 4366Aerospace Senior Design3
Select two of the following: Laboratory Experience2
Mechatronics Lab
Thermo-fluid Lab
Solid Mechanics Lab
Concentration Electives: Must take 3 from one Concentration 19
Aircraft Concentration:
Flight Dynamics and Controls
Aircraft Design
Aerospace Structures II
Special Topics in Aeronautics
Launch Vehicles and Missiles Concentration
Aerodynamics II
Hypersonic Vehicle Design
Structural Dynamics
Special Topics in Hypersonics
Satellite Concentration
Orbit and Attitude Dynamics
Spacecraft Environments
Space Mission Design
Special Topics in AStronautics
Technical Electives 26
Total Hours128

C Course requires a grade of C or better
1 Must declare a concentration and take three classes from the declared concentration area
2 Must be an aerospace class from outside your declared aerospace concentration area or from any MECH 4XXX course.
3 Must be in the last full semester and have a 2.0 GPA or better in major.