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B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

The Aerospace Engineering program of University of California, Irvine (UCI) incorporates all aspects of aircraft and spacecraft design and operation, requiring the creative inclusion of many different disciplines.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: September
Tuition & Fees: $ 45,590
Location: IrvineCAUnited States

Aerospace Engineering considers the flight characteristics, performance, and design of aircraft and spacecraft.

Students in the UCI Aerospace Engineering program take courses in subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics, propulsion, controls and performance, light-weight structures, spacecraft dynamics, and advanced materials. In the senior capstone course, students work in teams on the preliminary design of a commercial jet transport. The intent of this program is to produce highly proficient engineers who can tackle the aerospace engineering challenges of the future.


Career opportunities for Aerospace Engineering and Aerospace Engineering graduates are in a broad range of industries, including manufacturers of vehicles of all types, as well as aircraft and spacecraft, micro-mechanical systems, rehabilitation engineering, and research laboratories in universities and government.

Educational Opportunity

The undergraduate Aerospace Engineering curriculum includes a core of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Engineering courses in fundamental areas constitute much of the remaining curriculum. A few technical electives allow the undergraduate student to specialize somewhat or to pursue broader understanding. A senior capstone design experience culminates the curriculum.

The undergraduate majors in Aerospace Engineering (AE) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://abet.org. Courses are taught by leading experts in their fields, and in addition to coursework, students are engaged in comprehensive research and design activities.

An upper-division series of courses in aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and control follows a common core with Mechanical Engineering. The skills acquired in those courses are integrated in the capstone aerospace design course.

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UCI Aerospace Engineering Program graduates are grounded in scientific, mathematical, and technical knowledge through coursework that keeps pace with current relevant technologies; they have developed the ability to analyze, synthesize, and design engineering systems through their immersion in the problem-based activities of this research university; and, by means of general education courses, they have enhanced their ability to communicate and have acquired an understanding and appreciation for other areas of human intellectual achievement.

-The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Courses include:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • General Chemistry for Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering

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