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College of Engineering and Computing

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering focuses on the research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft.

Aerospace engineering deals with the design, construction, and study of the science behind the forces and physical properties of aircraft, rockets and spacecraft. The field also covers their aerodynamic characteristics and behaviors - airfoil, control surfaces, lift, drag and other properties.

Our students gain an understanding of aerodynamics, structures, vehicle dynamics and control and propulsion, which prepares them for careers in aerospace and related engineering fields.

Aerospace engineering falls under the mechanical engineering department at USC, and a student can earn a minor or master’s in aerospace engineering.

What do aerospace engineering students study?

You can learn about:

  • novel materials development
  • aerodynamics and aerospace systems
  • flight mechanics
  • thermo-fluids
  • composite structure design and manufacturing
  • structural health monitoring
  • condition-based maintenance
  • future fuels
  • energy, power and propulsion