At WPI we believe you learn by doing, so project-based learning is at the core of our program. Aerospace students work alongside our world-class faculty and on small project teams to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems. On campus, you’ll have the opportunity to work in our state-of-the-art labs where you'll operate real robots or use wind tunnels, vacuum chambers, and controls instrumentation.
Are you thrilled by rockets in space or curious about the propulsion differences between fighter jets and commercial airlines?
We’re with you.
The Aerospace Engineering BS program at WPI is for the student who wants to build an exciting career around machines that fly and wants to get started doing that now. Whether it’s aircraft or spacecraft that captivates you, we understand your fascination and will give you the technical tools and knowledge to make a difference in business, government, or society in the aerospace field.
While earning your BS in Aerospace Engineering, you’ll gain a comprehensive approach to the field by studying engineering, mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, and social sciences under the close guidance of our dedicated and enthusiastic faculty. Our collaborative approach means you’ll be working with engineers and scientists from other disciplines and with students from high school through the PhD level who are as interested in aerospace engineering as you are. When you leave here, you won't just know what to do, you'll have years of hands-on experience most students won't get until graduate school.
If you’re serious about an Aerospace Engineering career, you can apply for the BS/MS option during your junior year which allows you to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.
The course work in the Aerospace Engineering program is based in mathematics, basic sciences, engineering science, and design, so you’ll grasp the knowledge necessary to launch your career. You’ll gain skills and hands-on experience in analysis and design manufacturing processes, and even research and development.
Courses in Chemistry, Calculus, Aerospace Structures, Aircraft Design, Astronautics, Engineering Experimentation, Structural Dynamics, and General Physics give you the solid background and experience so you can apply all your practical knowledge to situations you’ll find in the workplace.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.