University of Arizona

Take the Science of Flight to New Heights

In an academic environment closely aligned with industry needs, UA aerospace engineering students learn to design and develop technologies for commercial aircraft, military fighter jets, helicopters, spacecraft, missiles and rockets. The program stresses teamwork and collaboration as professors guide students toward mastery of the skills needed in fields such as of aerodynamics and propulsion, dynamics and controls, and materials and structures.

Aerospace Engineering

Many UA aerospace engineering students count the wind tunnel testing and lab courses on instrumentation and materials strength among their favorite parts of the program.

Academic Focus

The aerospace engineering program at the University of Arizona provides students with a broad, well-balanced foundation in the field. Among core courses are the following:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Solid mechanics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Gasdynamics
  • Control system design
Aerospace Engineering Degree

Specialized courses in space systems, propulsion and aircraft design await upper-level students.

UA aerospace engineering is home to several water tunnels and subsonic wind tunnels, some rivaling many found in industry. From early in their academic careers, students get hands-on experience in laboratory courses that focus on instrumentation, materials strength and wind tunnel testing.

Outside the Classroom

Internships with industry partners help prepare students to join the workforce; design build, and compete clubs provide students with opportunities to explore and hone their crafts; and Senior Design projects give students unparalleled experiences working on real-world projects

Outside the Classroom

Career Paths

The world has a continuing need for aerospace engineers who can build safer and more efficient aircraft and rebuild existing aircraft to be quieter and more fuel efficient. UA aerospace engineering students who work hard and excel have seen many doors open for them, some going on to join companies and organizations such as NASA, Raytheon, Honeywell and Boeing. A degree in aerospace engineering can also pave the way to your joining the ranks of renowned scientists, astronauts and inventors.

Career Paths

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