May 24, 2018  
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-12 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aeronautical Engineering

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The educational objectives for the Aeronautical Engineering program are:

  1. Graduates will have engineering positions or pursue their graduate degrees.
  2. Graduates will apply their broad and fundamental knowledge to solve relevant problems in the field of aeronautical engineering or related fields.
  3. Graduates will consider professional and ethical responsibilities and the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. 
  4. Graduates will have knowledge of contemporary issues and engage in lifelong learning.
  5. Graduates will function well on teams and communicate effectively in the field of aeronautical engineering and related fields.

(For up-to-date educational objectives and learning outcomes, see the department’s Web site at


  1. To be admitted to this engineering curriculum, a student must complete all pre-engineering requirements with grades of “C” or better. These requirements may be found in the beginning of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences section.
  2. Students seeking admission to this curriculum must submit an application following procedures established by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Upper level transfer students may complete an application prior to their first semester of enrollment. Only students in good academic standing as defined by the University will be admitted to this curriculum. 

Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement

Students who have chosen the Aeronautical Engineering curriculum will satisfy the Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement by successfully completing:


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Aeronautical) must satisfy the following requirements in addition to those required by Western Michigan University:

  1. A grade point average of 2.0 or better must be earned in courses presented for graduation with AAE, ECE, IME, and ME prefixes.
  2. A student is required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all 1000-3000 level departmental prerequisite courses before enrollment is permitted in the next sequence course.
  3. No more than two grades of “D” or “DC” in courses presented for graduation may be counted for graduation.
  4. Complete the following program of 129-130 semester credit hours. The schedule below is an example of one leading to graduation in eight semesters, beginning in the fall.
  5. The Aeronautical Engineering curriculum requires students to complete a course in General Education Area I, Area II, Area III, Area IV, Area V, and Area VIII. At least two of the General Education Area courses must be at the 3000/4000-level, and no more than two courses from any one department may be used to satisfy the Area requirements.

First Semester (16-17 hours)

  • General Education  Credits: 4 hours

Second Semester (17 hours)

  • General Education   Credits: 3 hours 
  • General Education   Credits: 2 hours

Third Semester (18 hours)

  • General Education   Credits: 3 hours

Fourth Semester (17 hours)

Select Either

The following courses are pre-engineering requirements.

Fifth Semester (16 hours)

Sixth Semester (15 hours)

  • General Education   Credits: 3 hours

Eighth Semester (12 hours)

  • General Education   Credits: 3 hours

Select Either

  • Approved Design Elective