Admissions to the Engineering Mechanics: Astronautics Named Option have been suspended as of fall 2020 and will be discontinued as of fall 2026. If you have any questions, please contact the department.
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 spacerelated 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 128 credits; students selecting this option must submit an option declaration form to the dean's office in room 2620 Engineering Hall.
The following curriculum applies to students who entered the College of Engineering after fall 2018.
SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS
Code  Title  Credits 

Mathematics and Statistics  22  
Science  10  
Engineering Science  27  
Engineering Mechanics/Astronautics Core  40  
Technical Electives  5  
Communication Skills  8  
Liberal Studies  16  
Total Credits  128 
MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS
Code  Title  Credits 

MATH 221  Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1  5 
or MATH 217  Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II  
or MATH 275  Topics in Calculus I  
MATH 222  Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2  4 
or MATH 276  Topics in Calculus II  
MATH 234  CalculusFunctions of Several Variables  4 
MATH 320  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations  3 
MATH 321  Applied Mathematical Analysis  3 
STAT 324  Introductory Applied Statistics for Engineers  3 
Total Credits  22 
SCIENCE
Code  Title  Credits 

Select one of the following:  59  
Advanced General Chemistry  
General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II  
PHYSICS 202  General Physics  5 
Total Credits  1014 
ENGINEERING SCIENCE
Code  Title  Credits 

INTEREGR 170  Design Practicum  3 
M E 231  Geometric Modeling for Design and Manufacturing  3 
E P 271  Engineering Problem Solving I  3 
or COMP SCI 310  Problem Solving Using Computers  
M E 361  Thermodynamics  3 
M E 363  Fluid Dynamics  3 
or CIV ENGR 310  Fluid Mechanics  
E C E 376  Electrical and Electronic Circuits  3 
or PHYSICS 321  Electric Circuits and Electronics  
M E 364  Elementary Heat Transfer  3 
E C E 332  Feedback Control Systems  3 
or M E 346  Introduction to Feedback Control for Mechanical Engineers  
or M E 446  Automatic Controls  
Computing Elective (select one)  3  
Programming II  
Introduction to Numerical Methods  
Intermediate Problem Solving for Engineers  
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Engineering Physics  
Total Credits  27 
ENGINEERING MECHANICS/ASTRONAUTICS CORE
Code  Title  Credits 

E M A 201  Statics  3 
E M A 202  Dynamics  3 
or M E 240  Dynamics  
E M A 303  Mechanics of Materials  3 
or M E 306  Mechanics of Materials  
E M A/M E 307  Mechanics of Materials Lab  1 
E M A 405  Practicum in Finite Elements  3 
E M A 469  Design Problems in Engineering  3 
E M A 506  Advanced Mechanics of Materials I  3 
Experimental Mechanics Elective (select one)  3  
Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis  
Experimental Mechanics  
Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials  
Aerodynamics Lab  
E M A 521  Aerodynamics  3 
or M E 563  Intermediate Fluid Dynamics  
E M A 542  Advanced Dynamics  3 
E M A 545  Mechanical Vibrations  3 
E M A 569  Senior Design Project  3 
Spacecraft & Structural Dynamics Elective (select one)  3  
Astrodynamics  
Structural Finite Element Model Validation  
Satellite Dynamics  
Aerospace Fluid Mechanics Elective (select one)  3  
Flight Dynamics and Control  
Special Topics in Engineering Mechanics (Topic: Rocket Propulsion)  
or E M A 524  Rocket Propulsion  
Total Credits  40 
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES
Code  Title  Credits 

Select five credits at an academic level that requires 2 semesters of calculus or 2 semesters of physics as a prerequisite. E M A 1 may also be used to satisfy this requirement.  5 
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Code  Title  Credits 

ENGL 100  Introduction to College Composition  3 
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 Presentations  2 
INTEREGR 397  Engineering Communication (was EPD 397 before Fall 2020)  3 
Total Credits  8 
LIBERAL STUDIES
Code  Title  Credits 

College of Engineering Liberal Studies Requirements  
Complete Requirements ^{1}  16  
Total Credits  16 
^{1}  Students must take 16 credits that carry H, S, L, or Z breadth designators. These credits must fulfill the following subrequirements:

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  

Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
CHEM 109^{1}  5  E M A 201^{3}  3 
MATH 221  5  MATH 222  4 
Communications A  3  M E 231  3 
INTEREGR 170^{2}  3  Liberal Studies Elective  3 
Liberal Studies Elective  3  
16  16  
Second Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
MATH 234  4  MATH 320  3 
PHYSICS 202  5  Technical Elective  3 
E M A 202^{4}  3  M E 361  3 
E P 271 or COMP SCI 310  3  E M A 303^{4}  3 
E P D 275 or COM ARTS 105  2  E M A/M E 307^{4}  1 
Liberal Studies Elective  3  
17  16  
Third Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
E M A 506  3  E M A 545  3 
E M A 405  3  INTEREGR 397 (was EPD 397)  3 
E M A 542  3  M E 364  3 
M E 363 or CIV ENGR 310  3  STAT 324  3 
MATH 321  3  Computing Elective  3 
Experimental Mechanics Course^{5}  3  
15  18  
Fourth Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
E M A 469  3  E M A 569  3 
E M A 521^{6}  3  E M A 523 or 524^{7}  3 
E C E 376 or PHYSICS 321  3  E M A/ASTRON 550, 610, or 642  3 
E C E 332, M E 346, or M E 446  3  Tech Elective  2 
Liberal Studies Elective  4  Liberal Studies Elective  3 
16  14  
Total Credits 128 
^{1}  It is recommended that students take CHEM 109 Advanced General Chemistry for 5 credits. However, depending on their high school chemistry experience, students may substitute CHEM 103 General Chemistry I and CHEM 104 General Chemistry II for a total of 9 credits. 
^{2}  Students who were not able to take INTEREGR 170 Design Practicum as freshmen may, with the approval of their advisor, substitute a course offered in the College of Engineering or in the departments of Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. 
^{3}  Students may substitute PHYSICS 201 General Physics , 5 credits, for E M A 201 Statics, 3 credits, with the approval of their advisor. 
^{4}  After completing E M A 201 Statics, students may take E M A 202 Dynamics and E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials/E M A/M E 307 Mechanics of Materials Lab in either order or concurrently. 
^{5}  E M A 611 Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials or E M A/M E 540 Experimental Vibration and Dynamic System Analysis or E M A/M E 570 Experimental Mechanics or E M A 522 Aerodynamics Lab. Note that E M A/M E 540 and E M A/M E 570 are typically offered in the fall. E M A 611 and E M A 522 are typically offered in the spring. 
^{6}  M E 563 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics may be substituted for E M A 521 Aerodynamics. Note that M E 563 is offered in the spring semester only. 
^{7}  Before Fall 2020, E M A 524 Rocket Propulsion was offered as E M A 601 Special Topics in Engineering Mechanics with the topic of Rocket Propulsion. It is offered in the fall semester only. E M A 523 Flight Dynamics and Control is offered in the Spring semester only. 