Degrees

Amy Brzezinski

Many AeroAstro alums go on to exciting careers. Amy Brzezinski '05, SM '08, is a NASA International Space Station flight controller.

AeroAstro students pursue either a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MIT Course 16) or the Bachelor of Science in Engineering as Recommended by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Course 16-ENG). The 16-1 degree (Aerospace Engineering) and 16-2 degree (Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology), which are still in effect for students graduating in 2014 and 2015, are being combined into a single 16 degree (see below). These two classes will receive either the 16-1 degree, 16-2 degree , or  16-ENG degree. The requirements for the 16-1 and 16-2 degree programs no longer appear in the MIT Course Bulletin.
 

Effective with the Class of 2016, AeroAstro offers two Bachelor of Science degrees:

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 IT is not a degree in itself.

16 objectives 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 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 Engineering as recommended by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Course 16-ENG).

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering 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 appears in the 2009-2010 issue of our annual publication, AeroAstro.)

16-Eng objectives 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 and 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

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