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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace travel, space exploration and flight of manned or unmanned vehicles continue to gain significance. Aerospace engineering is involved with the science and technology of advanced vehicles, including aircraft, rockets, missiles and spacecraft. Although a specialized branch of engineering, it is also diverse. Aerospace technology has expanded to include design and development of new earthbound vehicles such as ground effect machines, hydrofoil ships and high-speed rail-type systems.

Career Profile

The Aerospace Engineering program is designed to prepare a student for a career in the aerospace industries and in government research and development centers and laboratories, as well as in military mission-oriented agencies. The undergraduate curriculum also allows students to prepare for graduate studies in aerospace engineering and in other engineering and non-engineering fields.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

ENGR 101 Engineering Problem Solving 1 MATH 155 Calculus 1 COMM 102 Human Communication in the Interpersonal Context CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry PHIL 100 Problems of Philosophy

Senior Year

MAE 434 Experimental Aerodynamics MAE 476 Space Flight and Systems MAE 447 Aeroelasticity MAE 456 CAD and Finite Element Analysis MAE 426 Flight Vehicle Propulsion

By the Numbers

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English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Aerospace Engineering Baccalaureate Degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Alumni Profiles

Emily Calandrelli

Defining the word “overachiever,” Emily Calandrelli was WVU’s 19th Truman Scholar, a 2009 Goldwater Scholar, interned for NASA, founded the Student Partnership for the Advancement of Cosmic Exploration, and graduated with degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. She went on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is hosting and co-producing an educational television show about space on Fox.

Kerri Phillips

Kerri Phillips holds dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from WVU. She was a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, USA Today All-College Academic Third Team member, and received an Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Kerri works at the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University.

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