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Our degrees and programs

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Program and Career Focus The Aerospace Engineering degree program prepares its graduates for careers in aircraft and space systems design, analysis and manufacturing. The Mechanical Engineering degree program prepares its graduates for careers in mechanical and thermal systems design, analysis and manufacturing.

Our mission is to be a flagship engineering department in North Carolina and to benefit the global society by:

  • making a profound impact on current and emerging science and technologies;
  • fostering exemplary, synergistic multidisciplinary research and education programs in close partnership with industry and government;
  • providing the environment for innovative professional and scholarly development; and
  • graduating highly skilled, ethical engineers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world and be future leaders in technology and society.
  • See also NC State University's Mission
Areas of Study
  • Aerodynamic vehicle design
  • Aerodynamic vehicle performance
  • Aerodynamic structures
  • Air-breathing propulsion
  • Compressible aerodynamics
  • Engineering dynamics
  • Engineering materials
  • Rocket propulsion
  • Stability and control
  • Thermodynamics
  • Wing theory
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration
  • Automotive engineering thermodynamics
  • Computer-aided engineering
  • Control engineering
  • Design of machines
  • Electromechanical systems
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Mechatronics
  • Metrology
  • Modern manufacturing processes
Plan of Study
Curriculum Planning
Senior Design Project AE capstone senior design is a two-semester project chosen from one of the following options. Senior design selection form
  • Aircraft: Design a novel remotely controlled aircraft and construct and flight-test it at the program's air field.
  • Spacecraft: Design, construct and test a space system, like a moon rover, satellite, or remotely operated interplanetary probe.
The ME capstone senior design project is an industry-sponsored project. Students receive training on machining, fabrication and other manufacturing processes. Students design-build-test to given requirements, and compete with other student teams to produce the best product.
Required Credit Hours 127 125
Accelerated Tracks

5-year BS/MS Degree

Direct Path from BS to PhD

Distance Education Visit NC State's Distance Education for a list of available courses and programs.
Jobs and Salary Aerospace Engineers Occupational Outlook and Salaries - Bureau of Labor Statistics Mechanical Engineers Occupational Outlook and Salaries - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Students Enrolled See MAE enrollment data provided by Office of Institutional Research and Analysis
Student Organizations There are nearly 30 student clubs and organizations that are affiliated with the department and College of Engineering.
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Go beyond the degree

Join a Professional Organization

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Accelerate Your Degree

Work smarter. Consider a 5-year BS/MS degree program or our direct path from BS to PhD. Would Engineering Online courses and programs get you there faster?

Plan Your Career

Co-op and internships give you work experience while pursuing your degree. Our nationally recognized Engineering Career Fair gets you hired. Check out our many industrial affiliates.

Become a Global Engineer

Engineer without borders! Take advantage of study abroad and international degree programs in engineering. Learn other languages and cultures to expand your career horizons.

Explore Research

NCSU is a world-renowned research university with significant faculty research. Look into our BS to PhD, undergraduate research or our REU on Composites for Extreme Environments.

Become a Licensed Engineer

The Professional Engineer (PE) license is the engineering profession's highest standard of achievement and assurance of quality. Learn how to get your PE.

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