May 22, 2018  
Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 
Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aeronautical Engineering

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The following Program Educational Objectives (PEO) are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve within two to five years after graduation.

  1. Career Growth: as demonstrated by metrics such as achieving proficiency in current position, increasing responsibility, diversity of job functions, recognition, progression and/or job advancement.
  2. Professional Development: as demonstrated by metrics such as pursuing additional educational activities, professional certifications, leadership effectiveness, staying current with evolving technologies and/or demonstrating initiative.
  3. Service: as demonstrated by metrics such as involvement in their communities, professional societies, and/or humanitarian endeavors.
  4. Innovation: as demonstrated by metrics such as the development of new processes, devices, methods, patents, and/or dissemination of knowledge.

(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