Aerospace Engineering Major

A bachelor of science in aerospace engineering prepares students for a career in the exciting branch of engineering working with airplanes, satellites, and rockets.

WindtunnelAs a student of the aerospace engineering program at Parks, you will gain a solid foundation of course work in the engineering sciences, graphics, mechanics of solids, fluid and thermal sciences, vibrations and controls, and electronics. You will then be able to take junior and senior level courses in such areas as aerodynamics, structural design and analysis, propulsion, and stability and control. 

Technical electives provide an opportunity to expand the horizon of students’ program major or in areas related to program major. Students are encouraged to take courses at 400 level in the area of program major or at 300 level or above in allied disciplines. Allied disciplines include courses in engineering other than student’s major, mathematics, business (Management, Decision Science etc.), entrepreneurship, pre-law, physics, chemistry, and biology. The student may also do a project or research as independent study with a faculty member and it is considered as equivalent to technical elective. The courses or independent study in these areas are beyond the required courses within the curriculum and they augment the learning experience of a student.

Engineers are problem solvers. You will experience design problems throughout the engineering curricula, culminating in a two semester capstone design sequence. You will become aware of the impact of design decisions, not only on vehicle performance, but on society as a whole.

Each Aerospace Engineering student’s sequence of courses will vary according to credits taken in high school, ability level, individual preference and career goals. For more information on our aerospace engineering major, download the profile.

Program Mission:

To educate students as a whole person with academic knowledge, contemporary skills, and Jesuit values for careers in the field of Aerospace Engineering or allied disciplines.

Program Educational Objectives:

  • To practice the principles of engineering in aerospace or allied organizations.
  • To engage with further learning in aerospace engineering or in allied disciplines.
  • To function as effective engineers with professional knowledge,skills, and values.

Student Outcomes for Aerospace Engineering

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These outcomes prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives.  They are listed below:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Criteria

The Aerospace Engineering program prepares students to have knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, stability & control in the area of aeronautics. In the area of astronautics, students are prepared to have knowledge of astrodynamics, space environment, space structures, and rocket propulsion.

After Graduation

A graduate with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering is well prepared to pursue an advanced degree or to seek employment in the aerospace engineering industry. Industry and government agencies have long recognized the quality of the aerospace engineering graduate from Saint Louis University’s Parks College. Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop, Hughes, Boeing, Pratt-Whitney, General Electric as well as NASA, US Air Force, Navy, and Army research centers are corporations and agencies where successful Parks College alumni can be found.