Jun 22, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-24 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-24

Aerospace Engineering Major (ASPJ)

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Aerospace and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Criteria. 

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 achieving proficiency in current position, increasing responsibility, diversity of job functions, recognition, progression and/or job advancement.
  2. Professional Development: as demonstrated by pursuing additional educational activities, professional certifications, leadership effectiveness, staying current with evolving technologies and/or demonstrating initiative.
  3. Service: as demonstrated by involvement in their communities, professional societies, and/or humanitarian endeavors.
  4. Innovation: as demonstrated by 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 wmich.edu/mechanical-aerospace/accreditation-information)


  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. 

WMU Essential Studies Writing Category Requirement

Students who have chosen the Aerospace Engineering curriculum will satisfy the WMU Essential Studies Writing Category Requirement by successfully completing AE 4800: Aerospace Engineering Project.


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Aerospace) degree 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 AE, ECE, IEE, EDMM, and ME prefixes.
  2. A student is required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all 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. There is no minor required.
  5. The Aerospace Engineering curriculum requires students to complete 6 elective WMU Essential Studies (WES) courses, one course from each of the approved lists in the categories of “Inquiry and Engagement: Critical Thinking in the Arts and Humanities”, “Artistic Theory and Practice”, “World Language and Culture”, “Societies and Cultures”, “Global Perspectives”, and “Personal Wellness”.

Pre-engineering Cognate Courses

Aerospace Engineering Requirements (35 hours)

Aerospace Engineering Cognate Electives

Students must complete a total of three elective courses from the list below.