B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering

B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering

The B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering program lays the foundation for the core aerospace engineering discipline while engaging students to study and understand how engineering fits within the overall global aerospace profession and industry. 

Principles of science and engineering are applied to design and analysis of flight vehicles and related systems in well-designed course sequences to ensure that students gain hands on experience in developing flight vehicles from concept to design, including the fabrication and testing process.

Using advanced computer modeling and simulations, as well as hands-on laboratories and real life projects, students are equipped with the tools to contribute immediately to the aerospace industry.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of Aerospace engineers.
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

Students graduating with an Aerospace Engineering degree at Khalifa University will have the following abilities:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. an ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A recognition of the need for the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Aerospace engineers are usually employed in industries such as:

  • avionics and aerospace
  • national defense
  • transportation
  • armed forces
  • police
  • telecommunications
  • design and structural design
  • project management
  • manufacturing

To be recommended for the degree of B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified categories.  The categories cover an extended set of requirements, including the Aerospace Engineering core and Technical Electives requirements. The length of the program is 140 credits.

General Education Requirements
College of Engineering Requirements

Math/Science Requirement (8 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering requirements, Aerospace Engineering requires the following two Math courses:

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
MATH 212 Calculus III 4 cr.
MATH 313 Applied Engineering Mathematics 4 cr.

Core Requirement (58 credits)

Course Code Course Name Credit Number
ENGR 200 Statics 3 cr.
ELCE 200 Fundamentals of Electronic Systems 4 cr.
AERO 201 Engineering Dynamics 3 cr.
AERO 215 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 3 cr.
AERO 220 Aerospace Materials 3 cr.
AERO 225 Mechanics of Solids I 3 cr.
AERO 240 Thermodynamics 4 cr.
AERO 321 Aerospace Structures 3 cr.
AERO 335 Aerodynamics I 4 cr.
AERO 336 Aerodynamics II 3 cr.
AERO 350 Dynamic Systems and Control 4 cr.
ENGR 399 Engineering Internship 1 cr.
AERO 415 Aerospace Materials Manufacturing 3 cr.
AERO 440 Aerospace Propulsion 3 cr.
AERO 450 Flight Dynamics and Stability 3 cr.
AERO 465 Space Mechanics and Control 3 cr.
AERO 470 Aircraft Design Laboratory 3 cr.
AERO 497 Senior Design Project I 2 cr.
AERO 498 Senior Design Project II 2 cr.

Aerospace Engineering Electives (6 credits)

To satisfy the Aerospace Engineering Technical Elective requirement, a student must select 6 credits from the list of courses below. At most 3 credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most 3 credits may be independent study. In addition, courses from the list below may be taken to satisfy the free elective requirement. Additional courses may be approved by the department as technical electives.

Course Code Course Name Credits Earned
AERO 425 Design of Aerospace Structures 3 cr.
AERO 426 Designing with Composites 3 cr.
AERO 430 Intermediate Aerodynamics 3 cr.
AERO 431 Viscous Flows 3 cr.
AERO 433 Introduction to Computational Fluid Designs 3 cr.
AERO 435 Rotorcraft Aerodynamics and Performance 3 cr.
AERO 441 Introduction to Combustion 3 cr.
AERO 461 Aviation Management and Certification 3 cr.
AERO 485 Spacecraft Design 3 cr.
ENGR 455 Finite Element Analysis 3 cr.
ENGR 465 Methods of Engineering Analysis 3 cr.
CIVE 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 4 cr.
MECH 443 Heat and Mass Transfer 4 cr.
AERO 391 Independent Study I 1-3 cr.
AERO 491 Independent Study II 1-3 cr.
AERO 495 Special Topics in Aerospace Engineering 3 cr.

AERO 201 - Engineering Dynamics (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ENGR 200

AERO 201 offers students a review of kinematics and kinetics of particles: rectilinear and curvilinear motions; Newton's second law; energy and momentum methods. Kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies is examined (plane motion of rigid bodies; forces and accelerations; energy and momentum methods).
AERO 215 - Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (2-3-3)
Prerequisite: ENGR 111
The AERO 215 course is an introduction to the field of aerospace engineering, basic aerospace systems/disciplines and a working vocabulary of the field. In addition, a demonstration of conceptual design is provided through the use of practical examples.
AERO 220 - Aerospace Materials (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: PHYS 121
AERO 220 includes instruction on materials (metals, alloys, polymers) used in the engineering service; the relationship of inter-atomic bonding, crystal structure and defect structure (vacancies, dislocations) to material properties; polymers, ceramics, composites, phase diagrams and alloys; microstructure control (heat treatment) and mechanical properties; material failure and corrosion.
AERO 225 - Mechanics of Solids (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: ENGR 200
This course is an introduction to the mechanics of deformable solids applied to basic engineering structures. It covers the concepts of stress and strain at a point; deformation of axial members; symmetric and asymmetric bending of elastic and elastic-perfectly plastic beams; torsion of open and closed section; beam deflection; stress and strain transformations; and elastic buckling of columns.
AERO 240 - Thermodynamics (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: PHYS 121
Co-requisite: MATH 212
Introduction to the concept of energy and the laws governing the transfers and transformations of energy. Emphasis on thermodynamic properties of pure substance, the first law analysis of closed and open systems, the concept of entropy, and the second law of thermodynamics. Integration of these concepts into the analysis of basic power and refrigeration cycles.
AERO 321 - Aerospace Structures (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: AERO 225 or AERO 320
AERO 321 explores the basic concepts of the design/failure criteria for aerospace structures, advanced strength of materials analysis of elastic structures, materials selection, structural assemblies, vibration, bending of plates and beams and includes analysis of aircraft skin structures.
AERO 335 - Aerodynamics I (3-3-4)
Prerequisite: MATH 212, AERO 215
AERO 335 provides an introduction to aerodynamics, conservation equations (integral and differential forms) for mass, momentum, and energy. In addition, potential flow, irrotational versus rotational flow, airfoil and wing analysis are addressed. Students will learn boundary layers on plates and airfoils, normal shock waves, oblique shock and expansion waves, and subsonic compressible flow over airfoils.
AERO 336 - Aerodynamics II (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: AERO 335
This course offers an Introduction to compressible flows. Compressibility effects on airfoil and wing aerodynamics. Normal Shock Waves. Oblique Shock and Expansion Waves. Compressible Flow through Nozzles, Diffusers,and Wind Tunnels. Subsonic Compressible Flow over Airfoils: Linear Theory, Linearized Supersonic Flow. Elements of Hypersonic Flow.
AERO 350 - Dynamic Systems and Controls (3-3-4)
Prerequisites: MATH 211; AERO 201, PHYS 122
AERO 350 includes lessons on mathematical modeling of mechanical, electrical, and non-engineering systems. Basic concepts in dynamic systems analysis are addressed. Topics include: equilibrium, stability, linearization; mechanical vibrations, free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom systems, transient and steady state response, resonance, free vibration of two degree of freedom systems; control systems: basics of feedback control, transfer functions and block diagrams, design specifications based on step response, PID control, applications.
AERO 391 - Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)
Prerequisite: Junior Standing and approval of the department
This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.
AERO 410 - Aerospace Design Laboratory (1-3-2)
Prerequisite: AERO 335
Co-requisite: AERO 450
The course involves extensive, design oriented laboratory experiments performed by student teams. Focus will be put on student design and realization of experimental procedure, instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis, with extensive laboratory reports. Lectures will emphasize probability, statistics, data analysis, design of experiments and technical report writing.
AERO 415 - Aerospace Materials Manufacturing (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: AERO 225 (or AERO 320); AERO 220
Taught topics include polymer and composites manufacturing, properties and processing of polymers and reinforcing materials. Analysis of selected manufacturing processes including injection molding, extrusion, liquid composites molding, autoclave and out of autoclave and automated manufacturing processes will be explored. Discussions will be presented on important material properties that influence thermosets and thermoplastic manufacturing processes. The courses main focus will be on the process governing equations, flow through porous media and viscous flows.
AERO 425 - Designs of Aerospace Structures
Prerequisite: AERO 321
This course teaches the basics to the elements of aircraft structural analysis using an applications-oriented approach. Topics include covered include landing gear analysis, tapered wing beams, frame cutouts, and composite materials.
AERO 426 - Designing with Composites (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: AERO 225/MECH 225
Topics investigated in this course include: reinforcing mechanisms in composite materials, material properties, strength and elastic constants of unidirectional composites and failure criteria. Analysis of laminated plates and bending and eigenvalue problems will be provided. In addition, environmental effects and durability, damage tolerance and design of composite structures will be explored.
AERO 430 - Intermediate Aerodynamics (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: AERO 336
Students will explore the fundamentals of the first and second laws of thermodynamics applied to aerodynamic systems and control volumes. In addition, application of gas dynamics to incompressible and compressible flow through nozzles, diffusers, and airfoils will be investigated. Isentropic flows to include Prandtl-Meyer expansions and non-isentropic flows to include normal and oblique shocks, and flows with simple friction and heat transfer will also be examined.

AERO 431 - Viscous Flows (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: AERO 336

Viscous incompressible fluid flows. Topics include derivation of equations governing viscous compressible fluid motion; specializations to simple flows; boundary-layer theory; similarity solutions; introduction to turbulence and Reynolds stresses. 

AERO 433 - Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (2-3-3)
Prerequisite: AERO/MECH 335 (AERO/MECH 330)
The course provides the students with an introduction to the methods and analysis techniques used in computational solutions of fluid mechanics and aerodynamics problems. Model problems are used to study the interaction of physical processes and numerical techniques via computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. The student will learn the physical meaning of the equations and develop flow models; apply basic finite difference/volume methods; learn basic CFD techniques and grid generation; then use the CFD techniques to solve some real world problems.
AERO 435 - Rotorcraft Aerodynamics and Performance (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: AERO 335
Rotorcraft history and fundamentals are explored. Momentum theory (hover, axial climb and descent, autorotation, forward flight, momentum theory for coaxial and tandem rotors) is examined. Blade element analysis, rotor airfoil aerodynamics, rotor blade dynamics and trim is also discussed. In addition, helicopter performance, height-velocity curves, conceptual design, and High-speed rotorcraft are explored.

AERO 440 - Aerospace Propulsion (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: AERO 336
The mechanics and thermodynamics of aerospace propulsion systems including cycle analysis and aero thermo chemistry of propellants. Component analysis and operating principles of turbojet, turbofan, and other variations of air breathing aircraft propulsion units. Introduction to the operating principles of rocket and space propulsion units.

AERO 441 - Introduction to Combustion (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: AERO/MECH 240 (AERO/MECH 340)

Introduction to fuel types and classification, gas phase mixtures, combustion process and combustion thermodynamics. Emphasis on chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and modeling of reacting fluid mechanical systems. Integration of these tools into the understanding and analyzing detonation phenomenon and laminar premixed and non-premixed flames.

AERO 450 - Flight Dynamics and Stability (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: AERO 335; AERO 350
Airplane motions and coordinate systems; lift and drag; pitching moment and static stability; steady cruise of the airplane; rigid body dynamics in six degrees of freedom; modeling of the six aerodynamic force and moment coefficients; longitudinal motion and stability; lateral motion and stability; motion control and autopilot design via eigen value placement; examples of longitudinal motion control.

AERO 461 - Aviation Management and Certification (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval of the department
Product development, quality control. Strategic organizational analysis and design. Airworthiness, type
certification and planning, delegation of authority, airplane flight manual. Aerospace system design and
AERO 465 - Space Mechanics and Control (2-3-3)
Prerequisite: AERO 450
The course explores the basic concepts of orbital mechanics with application to satellites. Topics include the fundamentals of state space control, spacecraft attitude dynamics, disturbance effects, attitude determination/control and an introduction to space weather.
AERO 475 - Aircraft Design (0-4-2)
Prerequisite: AERO 335
Design approach and phases, design integration, influence of mission and other requirements on vehicle configuration. Additionally, morphology of aircraft, performance analysis of fixed wing aircraft (drag estimation, propulsion, take-off, climb and landing, endurance, payload/range, maneuvers; operational economics) are examined. Trade-off studies, sizing and configuration layout, flight vehicle loads, velocity-load factor diagram, structural design (overall philosophy, role in design process, methods) is discussed. Good reporting practice is emphasized throughout the teachings.
AERO 485 - Spacecraft Design (2-3-3)
Prerequisite: AERO 450
Types of spacecraft fundamentals of orbital mechanics are explored in AERO 485. The design of spacecraft and spacecraft subsystems with emphasis on mission requirements and current design methods (spacecraft configuration, payload, structural, propulsion, attitude control, thermal, power, communication and other related subsystems) are examined. Additionally, spacecraft integration is exemplified through testing.
AERO 491 - Independent Study II (Variable course credit from 1 to 3)
Prerequisite: Senior Standing and approval of the department
The course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

AERO 495 Selected Topics in Aerospace Engineering
Prerequisite: Topic specific

This course mainly deals with new trends in Aerospace Engineering and emerging technologies. Course is repeatable if title and content differ.
AERO 497 - Senior Design Project (1-9-4)
Prerequisites: Senior Standing or approval of department
Participation in team projects dealing with design and development of a product or a system is exhibited. Number of projects will be offered each year by the different departments, some of which will have a multi-disciplinary nature. This will be an opportunity to exercise initiative, engineering judgment, self reliance and creativity, in a team environment similar to industry. The design projects require students to draw upon their engineering background, experience, and other pertinent resources. Oral and written presentations are required.

The following is a typical sequence of study for a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering student:

Year 1 ENGL 111 English Communication I 4 cr ENGL 112 English Communication II 4 cr
MATH 111 Calculus I 4 cr MATH 112 Calculus II  4 cr
CHEM 115 Introduction to General Chemistry for Engineers  4 cr PHYS 121 University Physics I  4 cr
ENGR 111 Engineering Design 4 cr ENGR 112 Introduction to Computing 4 cr
Summer HUMA xxx Humanities and Social Sciences 3cr
Year 2 HUMA xxx Humanities and Social Sciences 3 cr BUSS 201 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance 3 cr
MATH 212 Calculus III 4 cr MATH 211 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 4 cr
PHYS 122 University Physics II 4 cr AERO 201 Engineering Dynamics 3 cr
ENGR 200 Statics  3 cr AERO 215 Introduction to Aero Engineering 3 cr
AERO 220 Aerospace Materials 3 cr AERO 225 Mechanics of Solids  4 cr
Summer HUMA xxx Humanities and Social Sciences 3cr
Year 3 ENGR 301 Inside Organizations 3 cr ENGR 311 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4 cr
AERO 240 Thermodynamics 4 cr ECCE 200 Fundamentals of Electronic Systems  4 cr
AERO 335 Aerodynamics I  4 cr AERO 321 Aerospace Structures  3 cr
AERO 350 Dynamics Systems & Controls 4 cr AERO 336 Aerodynamics II  3 cr
Free Elective  3 cr MATH 313 Applied Engineering Mathematics   4 cr
Summer ENGR 399 Internship  1cr
Year 4 AERO 440 Aerospace Propulsion 3 cr Free Elective 3 cr
AERO 450 Flight Dynamics and Stability 3 cr Technical Elective 3 cr
AERO 465 Space Dynamics and Control 3 cr AERO 415 Aerospace Materials Manufacturing 3 cr
AERO 470 Aircraft Design Laboratory 3 cr Technical Elective  3 cr
AERO 497 Senior Design Project I  2 cr AERO 498 Senior Design Project II 2 cr
HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences 3 cr

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