Aerospace Engineering (B.S. in Engineering)

Do you want to create the planes and spaceships of the future? With an aerospace engineering degree, you could one day design, develop and build the next generation of commercial and military aircraft. You’ll join an incredible cohort of peers and faculty within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where your academics can literally take you out of this world.

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Pride Points

  • 96% of mechanical and aerospace engineering graduates are working or continuing their education

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  • $70K - $80K median starting salary for College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates

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  • 97% of graduates of College of Engineering and Applied Sciences graduates participated in experience-driven learning

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What can I do with an aerospace engineering degree from Western?

If your dream is to work for the biggest, most well-known and prestigious aerospace institutions and companies in the world, getting your bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Western is the first step. Here are just some of the places Western Michigan University graduates are currently working.

  • Boeing 
  • GE Aviation 
  • Lockheed Martin 
  • Michigan Air National Guard 
  • NASA
  • Raytheon Missile Systems 
  • SpaceX 
  • United States Space Force
  • Whirlpool

Get a master's in aerospace engineering

Interested in earning your master's in aerospace engineering? Western's graduate program prepares you for new opportunities in this rapidly expanding industry. You can also complete the program while continuing to work full time.

James Mostek is an aerospace engineering alumnus who did a lot of research with satellites at WMU. He now works on turbine engines which power fighter jets and rockets.
  • When I started getting involved in (the Western Aerospace Launch Initiative), I saw what I was learning put into action. Western offers so many different opportunities, and the community that comes with those offerings by getting involved in different projects and meeting people doing the same thing that you're doing really, really helps keep morale high and keep you chugging along.

    Lt. James Mostek, United States Space Force, AFMC Air Force Research Lab

What will I learn in aerospace engineering?

Because this is one of only two aerospace engineering programs in Michigan, you’ll have access to a unique and growing field of study. You’ll study aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, space propulsion and orbital mechanics with experts in the field. You’ll be encouraged to innovate new processes, methods and even patents while pursuing professional development opportunities and growing as a student and engineer.


Are there scholarships available for aerospace engineering students?

Are there scholarships available for aerospace engineering students?

Yes, there are a number of scholarships available for students enrolled in the aerospace engineering program at Western. We encourage you to apply for all scholarships that match your interests, career goals and financial or academic needs.

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