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Aeronautics and Astronautics

Department Overview

211 Guggenheim Hall

Aeronautics and astronautics deals with the design, analysis, and performance of air and space vehicles and a broad spectrum of related engineering science, such as aerodynamics, structural mechanics, automatic controls, flight mechanics, space dynamics, propulsion, plasma dynamics, and related topics.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
211C Guggenheim Hall, Box 352400
(206) 616-1115
ugadvising@aa.washington.edu

The department offers the following program of study:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering degree
  • A minor in aeronautics and astronautics

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Department Admission Requirements

Engineering Undeclared Students

See section on College of Engineering Admission for additional details on Direct-to-College admission and placement process for Engineering Undeclared students. The deadline to submit a request for placement in an engineering major occurs annually on July 1.

If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting the major exceeds the department capacity for such students, a matching process is implemented. Factors considered include performance in prerequisite courses, quality of overall academic record, content of personal statement, applicable work or extracurricular activities, and other special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

Engineering Undeclared students in good standing with respect to the continuation criteria described below may request placement into an engineering major after completion of minimum requirements as specified below:

  1. ENGR 101 (1)
  2. English composition
  3. MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 (or MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136)
  4. CHEM 142 (or CHEM 143 or CHEM 145)
  5. PHYS 121
  6. One course from the list on this website. Students are encouraged to choose a course required for graduation in the majors they are considering.
  7. Minimum 2.0 grade in all courses used to satisfy placement requirements
  8. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in courses used to satisfy placement requirements
  9. Minimum 12 credits as a matriculated UW student. Some departments require more credits. See department websites for details.

Students in good standing who do not meet the placement requirements by July 1 will be placed into a major on a conditional basis pending the completion of all placement requirements. Additional advising resources will be available to these students. See section on College of Engineering Continuation Policy for Engineering Undeclared Students for additional details.

Other Current UW Students and Transfer Students

Current UW students who do not have Engineering Undeclared status and transfer students may apply. Admission is competitive. Applications from current UW students with Engineering Undeclared status will not be considered by the BSAAE admissions committee during the competitive admission process.

  1. Admission is for autumn quarter only. Application deadline: April 5
  2. Minimum course requirements for application: MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, CHEM 142, PHYS 121, PHYS 122, A A 210, 5 credits English composition completed prior to application deadline. MATH 307, MATH 308, MATH 324, PHYS 123, A A 260, CEE 220, ME 230, and AMATH 301 completed with a minimum 2.0 grade prior to autumn quarter
  3. Minimum 60 credits completed by application deadline
  4. Grade requirements: Minimum 2.0 grade for each course required for application; minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in courses required for application.

Factors evaluated for admission include performance in prerequisite courses, quality of overall academic record, demonstrated ability to take at least 12 credits per quarter, record of honors, content of personal statement, applicable work or extracurricular activities, and other special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

Graduation Requirements

180 credits, as follows:

  1. General Education Requirements (78 credits)
    1. Areas of Knowledge (49 credits):
      1. Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA) and Individuals & Societies (I&S): 24 credits, to include a minimum 10 credits in VLPA and a minimum 10 credits of I&S, plus 4 additional credits in either area.
      2. Natural World (NW): 25 credits to include CHEM 142 (or CHEM 143 or CHEM 145), PHYS 121, PHYS 122, PHYS 123, and an additional 5 credits of Natural World courses (consult department for list of approved courses.)
      3. Diversity (DIV): 3 credits, can overlap with other areas of knowledge requirements
    2. Mathematics (24 credits): MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 307, MATH 308, and MATH 324.
    3. Written and Oral Communication: One 5-credit English composition course from the University list. Additional writing credits are built into the major core courses.
  2. Major Requirements (89 credits)
    1. Engineering Fundamentals (16 credits): A A 210, A A 260, CEE 220, and M E 230.
    2. Departmental Core (73 credits): A A 301, A A 302, A A 310, A A 311, A A 312, A A 320, A A 321, A A 322, A A 331, A A 332, A A 360; either A A 410 and A A 411 or A A 420 and A A 421; A A 447, A A 496, AMATH 301; 15 credits of senior technical electives. With approval, 3 credits of the latter may be chosen from another area of engineering.
    3. Minimum 1.7 grade in each 300- and 400-level A A course applied to major requirements
    4. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for courses applied to major requirements
  3. Free Electives (13 credits)

Continuation Policy

All students must make satisfactory academic progress in the major. Failure to do so results in probation, which can lead to dismissal from the major. For the complete continuation policy, please contact the departmental adviser or see departmental web page for more details.

Minor

Minor Requirements

Minimum 32 credits to include:

  1. Core (24 credits): A A 210; A A 260; A A 310; A A 311; CEE 220; M E 230
  2. Electives (minimum 8 credits): Selected from an approved list of upper-division electives. Minimum one course taken at the 400 level. See adviser for approved list.
  3. Minimum 16 credits taken in residence through the UW
  4. Minimum 16 credits taken within the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department
  5. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses applied to the minor

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The goals and objectives of the undergraduate program are to provide a challenging and comprehensive education, to develop necessary functional skills and an understanding of the societal context in which engineering is practiced, to provide a solid foundation in the engineering sciences related to aerospace engineering, to provide a systems perspective, to develop engineering creativity through design experience, and to prepare graduates to succeed in engineering careers and lifelong learning.

    Graduates of aeronautics and astronautics are skilled in engineering fundamentals, engineering design, laboratory skills, synthesis of various engineering disciplines, and working in a team environment. Graduates are highly regarded by employers in aeronautics, astronautics, energy systems, and related fields. They develop interpersonal skills and a desire for life-long learning that helps them succeed in their chosen careers. Graduates have been successful and valued at local, national, and international industries, as well as at government organizations and institutions of higher learning.

  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Visit the department web page to view current research activities. Undergraduates are encouraged to participate in research activities.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (completion of Honors core curriculum and Departmental Honors requirements). With Honors (completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Internships are arranged individually. See adviser for details.
  • Department Scholarships: Scholarships are limited and are usually reserved for students who have junior and senior standing in the department. Deadline for scholarship applications is April 1.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student chapter. Sigma Gamma Tau

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
211B Guggenheim Hall Box 352400
(206) 543-1950
aerograd@uw.edu

The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics (A&A) offers three graduate degrees: Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Master of Aerospace Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy.

In addition to minimum criteria set by the UW Graduate School, admission to all A&A degrees requires completion of an undergraduate bachelor's degree -- including preparatory coursework in calculus, ordinary differential equations, linear algebra, calculus-based physics, engineering statics, kinematics and dynamics, mechanics of materials, and thermodynamics. Coursework in basic fluid mechanics and dynamics (e.g., aerodynamics) is strongly preferred. A large majority of coursework should be completed before and demonstrated in the application. All required coursework must be completed before enrolling into any graduate degree. Completion of preferred or recommended preparatory coursework may be required upon enrolling.

Once admitted, all graduate students are required to continually meet appropriate standards of academic performance and degree progress. All required coursework must be completed for a numerical grade.

Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MSAA)

The MSAA is a research-based degree intended to equip aerospace engineers with deep knowledge of fundamental science and advanced methods necessary for potential further study or for advancing a career in industry. Expected Time to Degree: 2 years

Admission Requirements

Admission reviews are conducted once annually with applications due in late Autumn. Application materials should be submitted electronically. Late and/or incomplete applications are not reviewed.

  1. Online application
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Resume/curriculum vitae
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Unofficial transcripts only
  6. Official GRE scores (sent to Institution Code 4854, test must be taken on or before the application deadline)
  7. Demonstration of English proficiency is required of all non-native English speakers. Applicants using TOEFL test scores to demonstrate English proficiency must take the exam before the application deadline.

Degree Requirements

Students in the MSAA program must declare a degree option in Controls, Fluids, Integrated Flight Systems, Plasmas, or Structures. See department website for specific details.

Minimum 45-48 credits, as follows:

  1. Analytical Coursework (14-15 credits)
  2. Core Coursework: one of the following options.
    1. Controls (16 credits)
    2. Fluids (15 credits)
    3. Integrated Flight Systems (25 credits)
    4. Plasmas (16 credits)
    5. Structures (15 credits)
  3. Breadth Coursework (0-6 credits)
  4. Thesis (minimum 9 credits)

Master of Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

The MAE is a part-time degree program for working professionals seeking application-oriented engineering skills and experience to advance a career in the aerospace industry. Courses are offered in the evening with the option to participate completely online. Expected Time to Degree: 3 years

Admission Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Resume/curriculum vitae
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Unofficial transcripts only
  6. Demonstration of English proficiency is required of all non-native English speakers. Applicants using TOEFL test scores to demonstrate English proficiency must take the exam before the application deadline.

Degree Requirements

Students in the MAE program must declare a degree option in Composites, Controls, Fluids, or Structures. See department website for specific details.

Minimum 45 credits, as follows:

  1. A E 501
  2. A E 598
  3. Core Coursework (20 credits): one of the following options.
    1. Controls
    2. Fluids
    3. Structures
    4. Composites
  4. Technical Breath Coursework (12 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research-based engineering degree that prepares students to conduct advanced, original research and to fill leadership roles in academia, industry, and research institutions specializing in aeronautics and astronautics. Expected Time to Degree: 4-6 years

Admission Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Resume/curriculum vitae
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Unofficial transcripts only
  6. Official GRE scores (sent to Institution Code 4854, test must be taken on or before the application deadline)
  7. Demonstration of English proficiency is required of all non-native English speakers. Applicants using TOEFL test scores to demonstrate English proficiency must take the exam before the application deadline.

Degree Requirements

For students who are admitted after completing a bachelor's degree:

Minimum 90 credits

  1. Graduate Fundamentals (36 credits)
    1. Three Analytical Courses (15 credits)
    2. Five Core Courses (15 credits)
    3. Two Breadth Courses (6 credits)
  2. Qualifying Exam
  3. Doctoral Coursework (9 credits)
  4. General Exam
  5. Dissertation
    1. A A 800 (minimum 27 credits)
    2. Final Exam

For students who are admitted after completing a relevant master's degree and who are explicitly granted "post-master" status:

Minimum 60 credits

  1. Graduate Residency Credits (minimum 9 credits): selected in consultation with faculty supervisor.
  2. Qualifying Exam
  3. Doctoral Coursework (minimum 9 credits): selected in consultation with faculty supervisor.
  4. General Exam
  5. Dissertation
    1. A A 800 (minimum 27 credits)
    2. Final Exam