Aerospace Engineering

Along with a competitive aerospace engineering program and internship opportunities, Western Michigan University owns state-of-the-art laboratories in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, aerodynamics, solid mechanics, tribology, acoustics and coherent optics.

As an aerospace engineering student, you will take courses in mathematics, mechanical and aerospace engineering, the basic sciences and design, computers, socioeconomic factors, written and oral communication and general education subjects. A required senior design project involves writing and presenting a proposal, designing and implementing a project and preparing a final report.

Beyond the classroom

If you decide to study aerospace engineering at WMU, you will have the opportunity to qualify for our departmental scholarships and become a member of the Sunseeker solar racing team or one of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' 25 other student organizations, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which holds a AIAA Aircraft Competition each year with students competing nationally with other university students in creating an aircraft.

For hands-on experience in your major, you can work through the University's cooperative education program with a West Michigan company or apply for summer engineering internships locally or overseas in China, Germany or Korea.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in aerospace engineering are working as:

  • Scientists
  • Researchers
  • Engineers

Among the companies they work for are major aircraft and automotive manufacturers including:

  • Boeing Company
  • William International
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Cessna Aircraft Company

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo