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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

The University of South Carolina offers the first aerospace engineering program established in South Carolina. Students will learn to work in project groups, acquiring social skills to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and learn how to present their work. Through the design and lab work, they will gain hands-on, real life experience that will shape them into responsible and innovative individuals. Students that will successfully complete the aerospace program will be ready for employment in a knowledge based economy and be competitive in a global society.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree with a major in Aerospace Engineering. The program is intended to train students in the field of aerospace engineering such that they are well prepared for a career as a multidisciplinary engineer in the aerospace industry or any other industry that requires the abilities specified by ABET for engineers at the BS level.


What do aerospace engineering students study?

The objective of the aerospace engineering undergraduate program is to produce graduates who within a few years of graduate will

  • Advance professionally in the aerospace industry, automotive industry, technical consultancy or in any other chosen career field 
  • Attain leadership positions in today’s rapidly changing, increasingly technological, global society
  • Be agents of innovation and function effectively as responsible members of professional teams



  • What is aerospace engineering?
    • Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft (aeronautical engineering) and spacecraft (astronautical engineering), also known as "rocket science"
  • What does an aerospace engineer do?
    • Aerospace engineers design an aircraft and spacecraft using out-the-box thinking, and combining various disciplines, such as aircraft design, structural analysis, flight mechanics, manufacturing technologies, etc.
  • What fields does aerospace engineering cover?
    • Aicraft design
    • Aerodynamics
    • Aerospace systems
    • Flight and orbital mechanics
    • Structural analysis and design
    • Manufacturing technologies
    • Inspection and structural health monitoring
    • Material science
    • Energy, power and propulsion
    • Applied integrated information technologies
    • Systems engineering
  • Why should I choose University of South Carolina for my Aerospace Engineering degree?
    • The University of South Carolina offers the only Aerospace Engineering program in the state. The university offers state-of-the-art labs for educational research and student development along with an academic work floor environment
    • Aerospace is the second largest industry cluster in the state of South Carolina, after the automotive industry. There are close to 500 Aerospace-related companies in the state which support over 102,000 jobs. The employment growth rate is 8x higher than the state average
  • How can I get involved as a student?
    • Our aerospace engineering program works closely together with the local student branch of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Do I learn how to fly?
    • No, an aerospace engineer is not a pilot! Although you will learn the physics of flight, aircraft design, and aerodynamics; learning how to fly is not part of the engineering program. If you are interested in learning how to fly an aircraft and obtaining a pilot's license, you can do so by joining the UofSC Flight Club