The University of Colorado Boulder is internationally recognized for its education leadership in aerospace engineering, Earth, and space sciences with world-class, committed faculty and exceptional, engaged students. The Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) at CU-Boulder has been graduating innovative aerospace leaders for nearly seventy years. Whether your interests lie in joining a commercial company or a federal agency, starting your own company, or becoming an astronaut, CU-Boulder will help you achieve your aerospace career goals.
By focusing its education and research programs on both the science and engineering of aerospace, using experiential learning with intensive faculty and staff advising, the CU Boulder AES Department produces graduates who are broadly educated, interdisciplinary, agile, and who have professional acumen. We engage students in integrated project teams of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, industry professionals, and faculty members, producing team-oriented graduates with end-to-end mission and systems perspectives.
The aerospace engineering sciences program balances curriculum in both aeronautics and astronautics and also provides opportunities for students in remote sensing and the applied sciences
Each year of the program is designed to have a focus on developing specific student skills.
In the first year, technical foundations for engineering disciplines established. In addition to creating a solid math and science foundation, students also work in teams on first year projects and develop their computing skills.
Sophomore year is when students being exploring the core subjects of aerospace engineering. It opens their eyes to the rigors of the field and the possibility it offers. The combination of lecture with experimental and design labs provides students the opportunity to explore and gain a broad understanding of aerospace engineering.
In the junior year, students strengthen their technical skills and knowledge across the core aerospace disciplines. Courses such as aircraft and spacecraft dynamics and control and aerospace electronics, combined with analysis tools and hands-on experiments, teach common practices in the field.
The senior year is defined by a comprehensive, year-long, hands-on capstone design experience conducted in a team environment. Senior design is a defining experience for all aerospace engineering students as they learn the complete design lifecycle from concept to requirements definition through conceptual, preliminary and critical design. See Senior Projects.