MajorAerospace Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in aerospace engineering will prepare you for a high-paying career designing or analyzing aircraft and spacecraft. You'll have access to some of the best aerospace facilities in the country—and the chance to work and research with faculty and industry professionals on campus and throughout Wichita, the world's “Air Capital.”

Learn how aerospace engineering is the right fit for you.

Aerospace Engineering intern at Airbus.
WSU aerospace engineering students gain experience at Airbus, one of the world's leading aerospace companies, right on campus.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

To be admitted into the aerospace engineering program, you must first be admitted to Wichita State.

For WSU's admission requirements, and to apply, click the link below.

Inside the Program

Successful NASA career started at Wichita State

When he was a high school student considering where to go to college, Alex Kanelakos looked for the best opportunity to get an education that provided real, hands-on work in his field. 

He chose WSU when he learned about its relationship with NASA. To say it worked out well for him is an understatement.

After graduating in 2007, Alex immediately got a job at NASA. He now carries one of the heaviest responsibilities at mission control: training space station crew members for space walks in giant swimming pools, then monitoring them in space.


You'll start by developing a solid background in math, science and general engineering. Then, you'll move on to aerospace courses covering:

  • aerodynamics – fluid effects on a flight vehicle
  • propulsion – systems associated with producing force or motion
  • stability and control – vehicle behavior and systems required to  control it
  • structures – structural components of the flight vehicles

An optional track in applied propulsion is available for students majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

A departmental honors track is also available for this major


WSU's vast industry connections—and experience-based learning for every major—give aerospace engineering students the chance to grow their professional network, build a resume and earn a paycheck, all while still in school, leading to dream careers with employers like:

  • Boeing (space, commercial and military)
  • Airbus, Cessna/Textron Aviation and Spirit AeroSystems
  • NASA and SpaceX
  • U.S. Military

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