AeroAstro offers two Bachelor of Science degrees
Our two degrees are a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MIT Course 16) and Bachelor of Science in Engineering as recommended by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (MIT Course 16-ENG). The objectives of these degrees are to graduate students who can:
- apply deep working knowledge of technical fundamentals to address society’s needs in aerospace and related areas
- develop innovative technologies and solutions to aerospace problems (and, for the 16-ENG degree, related interdisciplinary problems) in the nation and the world
- communicate effectively and take leadership roles in multidisciplinary teams
- take a leadership role in the conception, design, implementation, and operation of new products, processes, and systems in enterprise and societal contexts
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MIT Course 16).
The Aerospace Engineering degree, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, provides a foundation in the disciplines related to engineering aerospace vehicles. If you're interested in aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, propulsion, structural design and analysis, advanced materials, and dynamics, this may be the degree for you. Additional topics include feedback, control, estimation, control of flight vehicles, software engineering, human systems engineering, aerospace communications and digital systems. Students may choose to complete an option in Aerospace Information Technology by taking a minimum of three subjects (36 units) from a designated group of professional subjects specified in the Course 16 degree chart. Note: this option in Aerospace Information Technology is not a degree in itself.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering as recommended by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Course 16-ENG).
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, offers significant flexibility within the context of aerospace engineering. Depending on your interests, in 16-ENG you can develop a deeper level of understanding and skill in a field of engineering comprising multiple disciplinary areas (e.g., autonomous systems, computational engineering, engineering management), or a greater understanding and skill in an interdisciplinary area (e.g., energy, environment and sustainability, or space exploration). This is accomplished through a foundation within core aerospace engineering disciplines, followed by a six-subject concentration tailored to your interests, and completed with hands-on aerospace engineering lab and capstone design subjects. An article on this degree appeared in our annual publication, AeroAstro.
For more information
- For more detail about the 16 and 16-ENG degrees, scroll down to “Undergraduate Study” on the MIT Bulletin AeroAstro page. You can also read about the availability of subjects, prerequisites, and the terms that they are offered by visiting the MIT Course Catalogue.
- Download the 16-ENG description and degree requirements.
- To see courses required for the AeroAstro undergraduate degrees, visit our degree requirements page.
- For sample academic roadmaps, visit our undergraduate forms page.