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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

What is Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace engineers design and build the planes that make international travel possible and the spacecraft’s that have allowed astronauts to explore the universe. Led by our award-winning faculty with a philosophy of experiential learning, students gain understanding of aerodynamics, aerospace structures, propulsion systems and flight controls. Students use resources such as the state-of-the-art technology and equipment in the Robotics Lab, the L. A. Comp Wind Tunnel and the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Shop during their time in the Gallogly College of Engineering.

OU’s aerospace engineering program is the first in the nation with an emphasis on multidisciplinary Intelligent Aerospace Systems. This forward-thinking concept provides students with the advanced-technology background necessary to work in today’s high-tech aerospace industries. The program also ensures that students are equipped to become lifelong learners, utilizing and building upon engineering and scientific principles as they progress in their careers. 

Do my interests fit?

Aerospace engineering students typically have interests in:

  • Math
  • Problem solving
  • Inventing
  • Computer-aided design
  • Space
  • Aviation

High school preparation should include math and physical science courses.

How can OU Aerospace Engineering help me?

OU aerospace engineering students develop skills through experiential learning by practicing what is learned in the classroom through real world experiences. Students are tutored and mentored by upper-classmen with opportunities to expand horizons through study abroad. With accomplished faculty and expert guest speakers, students are empowered through professional development and receive competitive advantages in pursuing future careers. Aerospace engineering graduates are in high demand, sought after by industries, major corporations, small businesses, start-up software companies, government agencies and universities.

How can I get involved?

There are numerous clubs aerospace engineering students can be a part of. Check them out:

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
Dean’s Leadership Council (D.L.C.)
Engineers’ Club
E-1 Club
Helping Engineers Learn Processes and Programs (H.E.L.P.P.)
Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
Tau Beta Pi

Triangle Fraternity
Sooner Engineering Entrepreneurs Club (S.E.E.C.)
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (A.I.S.E.S.)
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (S.A.S.E)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (S.H.P.E.)
Society of Women Engineers (S.W.E.)

Aerospace engineering specific organizations:

American institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Pi Tau Sigma
Sigma Gamma Tau

For more information on student organizations, click here.

What courses will I take?

Aerospace engineering courses include:

  • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
  • Thermodynamics
  • Materials, Design & Manufacturing Processes
  • Circuits and Sensors
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Controls Systems
  • Flight Mechanics/Flight Controls
  • Space Sciences and Astrodynamics
  • Interactive Engineering Design Graphics
  • Aerospace Systems Design

What kind of career could I purse?

Aerospace Engineer
Computer Hardware Engineer
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician
Electrical and Electronic Engineer
Industrial Engineer
Materials Engineer
Mechanical Engineer

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

The Aerospace Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. An Aerospace Engineering student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree. An accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program in Aerospace Engineering is also available.


School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (405) 325-5011