Aerospace engineering covers the design, construction and science of aircraft and spacecraft. Designed for undergraduate mechanical engineering majors, the aerospace concentration offers students a foundational mechanical engineering degree and specialized training in the aerospace discipline.

The four-course, 16-credit concentration is available to students in the mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree program. The concentration is noted on students’ official transcripts and will help prepare students for careers in aircraft and engine design, avionics, aircraft and spacecraft materials, and safety systems.

Coursework will focus on aerospace fundamentals, including fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, controls, materials and propulsion. The required courses will provide an introduction to the processing steps required in aerospace development, with a focus on the design, scheduling, budgeting and building of a specified project.

Coursework also includes a focus on vector spaces, linear transformations and the fundamentals of probability and statistics.

For More Information:

Contact the Undergraduate Programs Office at 617-353-6447 or

For Mechanical Engineering majors or minors only

Concentration Coordinator: Prof. Ray Nagem (

Students with a declared major or minor in Mechanical Engineering must declare their intent to concentrate in Aerospace Engineering. This should be done as early as possible to facilitate course planning, and in no case later than May 1 of the junior year. Specific courses are required for all Advanced Elective requirements within the Mechanical Engineering degree. In addition, students must complete an experiential project related to Aerospace Engineering.