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Aerospace engineers design, develop, and test aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles and supervise manufacture of these products. They explore advances in air flight and space exploration. Aerospace engineers typically work for aircraft, guided missile and space vehicle industries, national research laboratories, commercial airlines, and federal government agencies.

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Engineering

Admission to the KU School of Engineering (and its degree programs) is selective.

Students may be admitted to an engineering or computer science degree program as freshmen (first year) students, but all admissions, for both in-state and out-of-state students, are selective. Applications are judged on several factors, such as high school record, scores on national tests, academic record at college or university level, and trend of grades and more. High school transcripts and ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are required.

Minimum Academic Standards for Admission

To be considered for admission to the School of Engineering, beginning first-year students must meet or exceed the following minimum standards:

  • Must be admissible to the University of Kansas by assured admissions or individual review AND
  • Have a 3.0+ GPA AND
  • Have a mathematics ACT score of 22 (or math SAT score of 540).

Important: Simply meeting these requirements won't guarantee admission to a School of Engineering degree program. Students who perform beyond these minimums will have a better probability of being admitted to their selected major.

Minimum Academic Standards for Direct Admission into Degree Program for incoming Freshmen

Students with a 26+ Math ACT (600+ Math SAT) or meet eligibility requirements for MATH 125 (Calculus I) may be admitted directly into their chosen major, with the exception of those seeking admission into an EECS program. Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Computing students must have a 28+ Math ACT (640+ Math SAT) or eligibility for MATH 125 for direct admission.

First-Year General Engineering Program

Students with a 22-25 Math ACT (540-580 Math SAT) or meet eligibility requirements for Math 104 (Pre-Calculus) are admitted to the School of Engineering First-Year Experience non-degree program for undergraduate students.

First-year Engineering students have one academic year (two semesters and one summer) to transition into a degree program. Admission to a degree program is possible after one of the following is met:

  • Complete 12+ credit hours at KU, earn a "B" or higher in Math 104 (Pre-Calculus), earn a "C" or higher in all science and engineering courses, and earn a KU GPA of 2.5+ OR
  • Earn a "C" or better in MATH 125 (Calculus I), earn a "C" or better in all science and engineering courses, and earn a KU GPA of 2.5+

Pre-Engineering

Students not admitted directly to the School of Engineering or their major but who are admissible to the university may be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a pre-engineering student. They can later re-apply to the School of Engineering during the semester they are completing the admission requirements for transfer students.

Transfer Admission Standards

Applications from all transfer students, whether from other institutions or from other academic schools at the University of Kansas, are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students must be admissible to KU AND have a cumulative college transferable grade-point average of 2.5+ to be considered. In addition, students must have grades of "C" or better in those courses in math (must include MATH 125 Calculus I or equivalent), science, and engineering applicable to the engineering degree.

Students interested in the Information Technology program are admitted as juniors. They must have completed 60 hours of pre-requisite courses including foundational courses in math, science, and computer science and have a 2.5+ cumulative GPA or better. The Information Technology program resides at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. Click here for more information.

Current KU Students admitted to other academic units may apply to the School of Engineering by completing a Change of School form. This must be turned in to the School of Engineering Dean's Office by the appropriate deadlines indicated below.

Already Applied to KU, But Not Engineering?

Don't worry. It's not too late to change your mind if you’ve already applied to KU and selected a major outside the School of Engineering. If you think one of the 12 engineering or computer science majors is a better fit for your talents, you can still change your requested major — preferably before May 1 — and be considered for admission to the School of Engineering and all the benefits that go with it.

To update your application, visit Undergraduate Admissions and click on “Change application term, major, mailing address, and/or email address.”

Please contact a member of our recruitment team, 785-864-3881, if you have any difficulty.

Application Deadlines For New Freshman and Transfer Applicants

September 15Priority deadline for current KU students to apply for spring admission to Engineering.
November 1Final deadline for scholarship consideration for incoming freshmen planning to enter in fall or summer semesters.
December 1Final deadline to apply for the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program for incoming freshmen
February 1Final deadline for scholarship consideration for transfer students planning to enter in fall or summer semesters. Applications available for the Engineering Learning Community
February 15Priority deadline for current KU students to apply for summer or fall admission to Engineering.
May 1Enrollment Deposit due.

Four Year Degree Completion Plan

The following are recommended enrollments:

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 125 (KU Core GE 1.2)4MATH 1264
CHEM 150 (KU Core GE 3N)5PHSX 210 (KU Core GE 1.1)3
Written Communication (KU Core GE 2.1)*3Written Communication (KU Core GE 2.1)*3
AE 245 (part of KU Core AE 5)3PHSX 2161
AE 290 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)0.25AE 290 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)0.25
 KU Core6
 15.25 17.25
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MATH 2203AE 4453
CE 3015AE 3603
MATH 1274PHSX 2123
AE 3453PHSX 2361
AE 2113CE 3104
AE 290 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)0.25ME 3123
 AE 290 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)0.25
 18.25 17.25
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
AE 507 (part of KU Core AE 5)3AE 508 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)3
AE 550 (part of KU Core GE 2.2)4AE 5514
MATH 2902AE 5723
AE 5713AE 421 (part of KU Core GE 2.2)3
AE 5454EECS 3163
AE 290 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)0.25EECS 3181
 AE 290 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)0.25
 16.25 17.25
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
AE 521 (KU Core AE 6)4AE 522, 523, or 524 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 6)4
AE 510 (part of KU Core AE 5)4AE 4303
AE 560 (or Technical Elective)3Technical Electives6
AE 590 (part of KU Core AE 5)1KU Core 3
KU Core 3AE 290 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)0.25
AE 290 (part of KU Core GE 2.2 or AE 5)0.25 
 15.25 16.25
Total Hours: 133

Requirements for Enrollment in Junior-Level Aerospace Courses

Enrollment in junior-level aerospace courses is limited to students who have received grades of C or higher in all first- and second-year courses in mathematics, physics, ME 312, CE 301, CE 310, AE 245, AE 345, and AE 445.

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering Degree Requirements

The typical number of credit hours required for a Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering is 133 hours:

Aerospace Engineering Courses (34)
AE 245Introduction to Aerospace Engineering3
AE 290Aerospace Colloquium2
AE 345Fluid Mechanics3
AE 360Introduction to Astronautics3
AE 421Aerospace Computer Graphics3
AE 430Aerospace Instrumentation Laboratory3
AE 445Aircraft Aerodynamics and Performance3
AE 507Aerospace Structures I3
AE 508Aerospace Structures II3
AE 510Aerospace Materials and Processes4
AE 521Aerospace Systems Design I4
Select one of the following: (23)4
Aerospace Systems Design II
Space Systems Design
Propulsion Systems Design I
AE 545Fundamentals of Aerodynamics4
AE 550Dynamics of Flight I4
AE 551Dynamics of Flight II4
AE 571Fundamentals of Airplane Reciprocating Propulsion Systems3
AE 572Fundamentals of Jet Propulsion3
AE 590Aerospace Senior Seminar1
Engineering Science Courses (19)
AE 211Computing for Engineers3
CE 301Statics and Dynamics5
CE 310Strength of Materials4
ME 312Basic Engineering Thermodynamics3
EECS 316Circuits, Electronics and Instrumentation3
EECS 318Circuits and Electronics Lab1
Science Courses (13)
CHEM 150Chemistry for Engineers5
PHSX 210General Physics I for Engineers3
PHSX 216General Physics I Laboratory1
PHSX 212General Physics II3
PHSX 236General Physics II Laboratory1
Mathematics Courses (5)
MATH 220Applied Differential Equations3
MATH 290Elementary Linear Algebra2
KU Core (10-19)
KU Core GE 2.1 Written Communication*0-6
KU Core GE 3H Humanities3
KU Core AE 4.1 Human Diversity3
KU CORE AE 4.2 Global Awareness*0-3
ECON 104Introductory Economics4
or ECON 142 Principles of Microeconomics
or Econ 144
Technical Electives (9)
Technical Electives9
Total Hours113-122

Credit for ROTC Courses. A student enrolled in one of the ROTC programs can receive 3 hours of technical electives if the ROTC program is completed.

*The Written Communication and Global Awareness goals can be satisfied in ways other than standard coursework. See kucore.ku.edu for your options.

Technical Electives are selected from upper level aerospace courses, approved courses from other engineering departments or approved math courses.

Chemistry 130 can be substituted for Chemistry 150. 

Departmental Honors

To complete the departmental honors program, an aerospace engineering undergraduate student must

  • Graduate with a KU grade-point average of 3.5.
  • Take at least one departmental honors course. The departmental honors courses are
    AE 546Honors Aerodynamics5
    AE 573Honors Propulsion3
    AE 509Honors Aerospace Structures3
    AE 552Honors Dynamics of Flight II4
    AE 593Honors Research1-5

Students who intend to use departmental honors courses to meet the requirements of the University Honors Program or the departmental honors program must meet with the departmental honors advisor for permission to enroll.