Undergraduate Program Overview
The University of Minnesota offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics degree. The BAEM is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The program was one of the first ten aerospace engineering programs accredited in 1936. Since then, the BAEM program has been in continuous accreditation.
As a constantly changing profession, aerospace engineering is concerned with a wide range of complex problems and the latest technologies. For this reason, an aerospace engineer is required to learn throughout his or her career. Our program provides the basis for this lifelong-learning through a comprehensive education in mathematics, sciences, engineering sciences, liberal arts, and the fundamentals of aerospace engineering. To see a comprehensive four year plan for the BAEM degree, click here.
The Mission of the Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Program at the University of Minnesota is to produce graduates who are prepared to enter and sustain the practice of aerospace engineering and related fields, or to pursue advanced studies. This Mission is consistent with the Mission of the University of Minnesota in Learning and Teaching; with the Mission of the College of Science and Engineering to provide a rigorous and stimulating education for its undergraduate majors, and to provide programs of instruction in engineering that meet nationally accepted standards for practice of the profession of engineering.
The educational objectives for students graduating from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota are:
- Consistent with the mission of the University of Minnesota, graduates of the BAEM program will be successfully employed in aerospace or other high technology industries.
- Graduates admitted to graduate level studies in engineering and other professions will obtain an advanced degree.
A student completing the BAEM program will acquire the following:
- A solid foundation in mathematics, science and engineering and the ability to apply this knowledge.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to design aerospace systems and components in collaboration with others in a professional and ethical manner.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- An ability to communicate effectively
- A broad education necessary for the understanding of the impact of solutions of engineering problems in a global and social context as well as a knowledge of contemporary issues.
- A recognition of the need for and the ability to engage in life-long learning.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
- Knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, stability and control, orbital mechanics, rocket propulsion, space structures and other space related topics.