The astronautics option in engineering mechanics prepares students for design, development, and research, with an emphasis on applied mathematics and astronautics. Its purpose is to improve and expand the educational opportunities of students at the university who wish to pursue careers in astronautics and space-related areas. This is accomplished by providing in depth exposure to course sequences in astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, and flight dynamics, as well as a core curriculum of structural and material analysis, advanced dynamics, and vibrations. The program requires a minimum of 127 credits; students selecting this option must submit an option declaration form to the department office.

The following curriculum applies to students who entered the College of Engineering after fall 2016.

SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS

Mathematics and Statistics22
Science10
Engineering Science26
Engineering Mechanics/Astronautics Core40
E M A Electives6
Communication Skills8
Liberal Studies16
Total Credits128

MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

MATH 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 15
or MATH 217 Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II
or MATH 275 Topics in Calculus I
MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 24
or MATH 276 Topics in Calculus II
MATH 234 Calculus--Functions of Several Variables4
MATH 320 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations3
MATH 321 Applied Mathematical Analysis3
STAT 324 Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers3
Total Credits22

SCIENCE 

Select one of the following:5-9
Advanced General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
PHYSICS 202 General Physics5
Total Credits10-14

ENGINEERING SCIENCE 

INTEREGR 170 Design Practicum3
M E 231 Introductory Engineering Graphics2
E P 271 Engineering Problem Solving I3
or COMP SCI 310 Problem Solving Using Computers
M E 361 Thermodynamics3
M E 363 Fluid Dynamics3
E C E 376 Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
M E 364 Elementary Heat Transfer3
E C E 332 Feedback Control Systems3
or M E 346 Introduction to Feedback Control for Mechanical Engineers
or M E 446 Automatic Controls
Computing Elective 13
Total Credits26

ENGINEERING MECHANICS/ASTRONAUTICS CORE 

E M A 201 Statics3
E M A 202 Dynamics3
E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials3
E M A/​M E  307 Mechanics of Materials Lab1
E M A 405 Practicum in Finite Elements3
E M A 469 Design Problems in Engineering3
E M A 506 Advanced Mechanics of Materials I3
Select one of the following:3
Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis
Experimental Mechanics
Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials
Aerodynamics Lab
E M A 521 Aerodynamics3
E M A 542 Advanced Dynamics3
E M A 545 Mechanical Vibrations3
E M A 569 Senior Design Project3
Select one of the following:3
Astrodynamics
Structural Finite Element Model Validation
Satellite Dynamics
Select one of the following:3
Flight Dynamics and Control
Special Topics in Engineering Mechanics (Rocket Propulsion)
Total Credits40

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES 

Select three credits at an academic level that requires 2 semesters of calculus or 2 semesters of physics as a pre-requisite. E M A 1 may also be used to satisfy this requirement.6

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 

ENGL 100 Introduction to College Composition3
or COM ARTS 100 Introduction to Speech Composition
or LSC 100 Science and Storytelling
or ESL 118 Academic Writing II
E P D 275 Technical Presentations2
E P D 397 Technical Communication3
Total Credits8

LIBERAL STUDIES 

College of Engineering Liberal Studies Requirements
Complete Requirements 116
Total Credits16

For information on credit load, adding or dropping courses, course substitutions, pass/fail, auditing courses, dean's honor list, repeating courses, probation, and graduation, see the College of Engineering Official Regulations.

Astronautics Option in Engineering Mechanics

EXAMPLE FOUR YEAR PLAN

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 10915E M A 20133
MATH 2215MATH 2224
Communications A3M E 2312
INTEREGR 17023STAT 3243
 Liberal Studies Elective3
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 2344MATH 3203
PHYSICS 2025Technical Elective3
E M A 2023M E 3613
E P 2713E M A 30343
E P D 275 or COM ARTS 1052E M A/​M E  30741
 Liberal Studies Elective3
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
E M A 5063E M A 5453
E M A 4053Aerospace Elective3
E M A 5423E P D 3973
M E 363 or CIV ENGR 3103M E 3643
MATH 3213Computing Elective3
Liberal Studies Elective3 
 18 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
E M A 4693E M A 5693
E M A 5213Aerospace Elective3
E M A 611, 540, 570, or 5223E C E 332 or M E 4463
E C E 3763Technical Elective3
Liberal Studies Elective4Liberal Studies Elective3
 16 15
Total Credits 128