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​Aerospace Engineering

Gain the high-level skills you need to excel in a complex and competitive environment.

Master the mechanics of fluids, solids, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, and propulsion as you explore the world of space flight, rockets, and aerospace vehicles. Small classes, attentive faculty, research and study abroad opportunities, and an exceptional support system ensure your personal and professional success.

I love that Syracuse is an R1 research university. I’m involved in two research labs, which have been great opportunities for me.

Daniel Oluwalana ’21, Aerospace Engineering major

About the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Future engineers and computer scientists learn to create new knowledge and technologies through ten undergraduate majors. Students have access to nationally regarded research centers, state-of-the-art lab spaces, and challenging internships.


Sample courses for aerospace engineering majors include: 

  • Aircraft Performance and Dynamics
  • Design/Analysis of Aerospace Structure
  • Helicopter Dynamics
  • Introduction to Space Flight

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

  • Aerospace engineering majors have access to hands-on learning via the Fidelity MOTUS 622i, one of the world’s most advanced flight simulators. Campus laboratories, an industrial assessment center, and subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels enhance learning and provide research opportunities.
  • Get involved in active research projects in design and optimization designed to develop ways to help engineers identify compromises during aircraft product development.
  • The College of Engineering and Computer Sciences has 20 co-curricular organizations, and a tradition of active participation in professional societies like the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
  • The five-year H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBP Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.
  • The 4+1 B.S./M.S. Program allows you to earn a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering one year after successful completion of the aerospace bachelor’s degree.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. ECS students can choose yearlong study in London, a semester in Dublin, Florence, Madrid, Santiago, or Sydney, and summer opportunities in the Middle East and Strasbourg. 

Aerospace students often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence and Strasbourg, and to our World Partner programs at the University College Dublin and the University of New South Wales. Summer programs of interest include Engineering Research Projects in Strasbourg.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in aerospace engineering, you can explore such careers as:

  • Spacecraft systems engineer
  • Flight dynamics engineer
  • Spaceship propulsion engineer
  • Calibration engineer
  • Aircraft systems designer

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as space engineering, avionics, applied aviation safety, aviation management, and engineering management. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, students are provided a team of advisors to support and mentor them throughout their entire undergraduate career. Career advisors counsel and train students to develop and assess their career skills, ensure job readiness, help them secure internships and jobs, and serve as a liaison to faculty and employers on students’ behalf.