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 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 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.


Mathematics and Statistics22
Engineering Science27
Engineering Mechanics/Astronautics Core40
Technical Electives5
Communication Skills8
Liberal Studies16
Total Credits128


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


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


INTEREGR 170 Design Practicum3
M E 231 Geometric Modeling for Design and Manufacturing3
E P 271 Engineering Problem Solving I3
or COMP SCI 310 Problem Solving Using Computers
M E 361 Thermodynamics3
M E 363 Fluid Dynamics3
or CIV ENGR 310 Fluid Mechanics
E C E 376 Electrical and Electronic Circuits3
or PHYSICS 321 Electric Circuits and Electronics
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 (select one)3
Programming II
Introduction to Numerical Methods
Intermediate Problem Solving for Engineers
Introduction to Scientific Computing for Engineering Physics
Total Credits27


E M A 201 Statics3
E M A 202 Dynamics3
or M E 240 Dynamics
E M A 303 Mechanics of Materials3
or M E 306 Mechanics of Materials
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
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 Aerodynamics3
or M E 563 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
E M A 542 Advanced Dynamics3
E M A 545 Mechanical Vibrations3
E M A 569 Senior Design Project3
Spacecraft & Structural Dynamics Elective (select one)3
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)
Rocket Propulsion
Total Credits40


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


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
INTEREGR 397 Engineering Communication (was EPD 397 before Fall 2020)3
Total Credits8


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


First Year
CHEM 10915E M A 20133
MATH 2215MATH 2224
Communications A3M E 2313
INTEREGR 17023Liberal Studies Elective3
 Liberal Studies Elective3
 16 16
Second Year
MATH 2344MATH 3203
PHYSICS 2025Technical Elective3
E M A 20243M E 3613
E P 271 or COMP SCI 3103E M A 30343
E P D 275 or COM ARTS 1052E M A/​M E  30741
 Liberal Studies Elective3
 17 16
Third Year
E M A 5063E M A 5453
E M A 4053INTEREGR 397 (was EPD 397)3
E M A 5423M E 3643
M E 363 or CIV ENGR 3103STAT 3243
MATH 3213Computing Elective3
 Experimental Mechanics Course53
 15 18
Fourth Year
E M A 4693E M A 5693
E M A 52163E M A 523 or 52473
E C E 376 or PHYSICS 3213E M A/​ASTRON  550, 610, or 6423
E C E 332, M E 346, or M E 4463Tech Elective2
Liberal Studies Elective4Liberal Studies Elective3
 16 14
Total Credits 128