• Research resources include water and wind tunnels
  • Hands-on learning offers students multiple opportunities
  • Many Technology students continue with graduate study
  • MTSU supports and promotes undergraduate research

Aerospace - Technology, B.S.

The Aerospace Technology program offers preparation for students who want to pursue advanced study at the graduate level. The curriculum includes a rigorous lineup of coursework in mathematics, the sciences, engineering technology, and the more technical courses in aerospace. The concentration’s curriculum requires the completion of minors in Mathematics and Engineering Technology, two semesters of computer programming and calculus-based physics, and the completion of a senior research project. Aerospace Technology students have access to an array of research resources to include wind tunnels; water tunnels; small, unmanned aircraft; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software operating on workstation computers; and undergraduate grant funding provided by MTSU’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) program. Motivated Aerospace Technology students with high academic ability are encouraged to choose a double major in either Professional Mathematics or Professional Physics.

Undergrad research opens doors to the future

Undergrad research opens doors to the future

As Salman Rahmani looks back on his time studying Aerospace Technology at MTSU, he says, “The research opportunities I had as an undergraduate were great and made a difference to me personally as well as made me stand out when I applied for graduate study.” His most recent research project, for which he received his fourth URECA grant, shows significant promise. The work rests on the creation of a digital wind tunnel in which different propellers are tested. “I’m super excited about this project in which my mentor and I tried to simulate the rotating motion of a propeller while keeping it stationary. As far as we know, this hasn’t been done before,” Rahmani explains, adding that the math and physics behind the work is extremely complex as in other projects he has worked on with Dr. Nate Callender. Rahmani says his undergraduate research, along with support from the Undergraduate Research Center, was a significant factor in scholarship offers he had for graduate study. “I have a decent GPA but didn’t score well on the GRE exam.” Even so, he had two excellent offers and plans to pursue a doctorate at University of Kansas. Rahmani, who was born in Macau, China, says that early focus on math and science helped prepare him for aerospace technology. His family came to the US in 2002 and settled in Tennessee near relatives. He says that he isn’t naturally gifted and has to work hard, often getting by on little sleep. “But hard work beats out talent—or at least gives you an opportunity,” says the successful young man, who hopes eventually to turn his research talents to high-speed motor sport racing.

Program leads talented student to graduate study

Program leads talented student to graduate study

Nick Myhre’s educational career is moving along rapidly. Just two years after receiving a B.S. in Aerospace Technology, he’s graduating with a master’s from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, and he will immediately pursue a Ph.D. there in aerospace engineering. He says he went to Embry Riddle to work on space probes, explaining, “Since vehicles don’t have access to GPS signal in deep space, visual cues must be substituted to estimate relative position when navigating near an asteroid, for example. The visual navigation algorithm was tested using a quadcopter UAV.” Myhre hopes eventually to work in the space industry, perhaps on rockets. His undergraduate research on reducing drag on non-aerodynamic bodies using rotating cylinders pointed him toward graduate work. Also, a factor was his decision to double major; this made sense when he came to MTSU to study Aerospace Technology since the program requires significant amounts of math and science. He remembers that Dr. Eric Klumpe, Physics, and Dr. Nate Callender, Aerospace, encouraged him; Myhre recommends double majoring to others in Aerospace Technology: “I found it very helpful, and it broadens opportunities. You take so many of the courses anyway that a major isn’t that much more.” He’s also grateful to Dr. John Vile, dean of MTSU’s Honors College, for helping shape his education, along with the overall quality of teachers at MTSU. Myhre says he originally wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and be a pilot, but his success with math and science indicated a different path. He takes breaks from his challenging studies by playing chess, guitar, and piano and by going to the beach.

As one of the Department’s oldest concentrations, the Technology program has supplied qualified individuals to graduate schools and to the work force for quite some time. Universities into which Technology students have matriculated for graduate study include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Kansas State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Syracuse University
  • North Carolina State University

Careers for Technology graduates include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Flight Test Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics 

Employers of Technology concentration alumni include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • HondaJet
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Spirit Aerosystems
  • The Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Triumph Aerospace

An individual majoring in Aerospace can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of six possible concentrations: Aviation Management, Flight Dispatch, Maintenance Management, Professional Pilot, Technology, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

A minor in Aerospace is available and may emphasize administrative or technical subject matter.

Graduate

MTSU’s Department of Aerospace offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Aeronautical Science. There are three possible concentrations: Aviation Education, Aviation Management, and Aviation Safety and Security Management.

Aerospace, Technology Concentration, B.S.

Aerospace 
615-898-2788
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The Technology concentration is designed for students seeking preparation for advanced study at the graduate level. Students will receive a strong background in mathematics, the sciences, engineering technology, and the more technical courses in aerospace. In addition to aerospace specific coursework, the concentration's curriculum requires the completion of minors in Mathematics and Engineering Technology, two semesters of computer programming and calculus-based physics, and the completion of a senior research project. Aerospace Technology students have access to an array of research resources to include wind tunnels, water tunnels, small unmanned aircraft, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software operating on workstation computers, and undergraduate grant funding provided by MTSU's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) program. Motivated Aerospace Technology students with high academic abilities are encouraged to choose a double major in either Professional Mathematics or Professional Physics.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Aerospace, Technology Concentration, B.S.  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • MATH 1910 (Math) (Also counts in Mathematics minor)
  • CHEM 1010/1011 (Nat Sci)
  • PHYS 2110/2111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (31 hours)

Aerospace Core (13 hours)

  • AERO 1010 - Introduction to Aerospace

    3 credit hours

    History of aerospace, opportunities in the field, fundamentals of flight, navigation, meteorology, and Federal Aviation Regulations. Open to all students desiring a general and practical knowledge of aviation.

  • AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight  3 credit hours  

    AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight

    3 credit hours

    Topics include basic aerodynamics with emphasis on lift, weight, thrust, and drag forces and moments acting upon an airplane in flight. A flight demonstration is required at student expense. The flight demonstration requires scheduled time at the airport campus for guided simulator and flight demonstrations. Fee required.

  • AERO 3020 - Aerospace Materials

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010, AERO 1020, and MATH 1810 or MATH 1910. Explores materials used in aerospace applications throughout their development from the standpoint of their properties, economic impact, and future possibilities. The need for new materials to fill current requirements included. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • AERO 3030 - Propulsion Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Principles of operations, major components, and important features of typical propulsion systems used in aircraft and missiles, from reciprocating to reaction. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • AERO 4040 - Aerospace Senior Capstone Lab  1 credit hour credit hours  

    AERO 4040 - Aerospace Senior Capstone Lab

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing. A departmental capstone course involving analysis, synthesis, and integration of academic experiences to ensure career readiness. Students participate in multi-disciplinary teams in the department's FOCUS Lab, during which they operate a simulated airline. Examines contemporary issues in the industry including global and domestic aviation, environmental concerns, technology advances, aviation safety and security, labor issues, ethical issues, and economic issues in a practical setting through the team decision-making processes required to operate the simulated airline. Meets three hours each week.

Technology Concentration (18 hours)

  • AERO 3170 - Aviation Safety  3 credit hours  

    AERO 3170 - Aviation Safety

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 1020. Addresses safety issues inherent in aviation operations, including human factors, maintenance and design factors, and weather implications. Examines numerous case studies involving aircraft accidents or incidents to assist students in identifying potential risks and hazards in the aviation industry. Introduces the Safety Management System (SMS) approach to increasing aviation safety.

  • AERO 3440 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1810 or MATH 1910, PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111. Topics include the incompressible aerodynamics of powered flight to include theories of lift, drag and moments. Additional topics include stability and control, aircraft design, and compressible aerodynamics if time permits. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

  • AERO 4071 - Problems in Aerospace  1 to 3 credit hours  (3 credit hours required) 

    AERO 4071 - Problems in Aerospace

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Individual directed study in the field of aerospace.

  • AERO 4170 - Airport Planning and Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of department. Methods utilized in airport planning and design, including the consideration of the needs of stakeholders in the design process. Students will have opportunity to apply knowledge of airport management with the planning and design of a new airport in a major project. Students using this course as a capstone for the Airport Management focus within Aviation Management must also have AERO 3110.

  • AERO 4310 - Aerospace Vehicle Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Design, use, and function of typical hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems used on transport category aircraft. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • AERO 4440 - Aircraft Performance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 3440. Topics include determination of airplane performance given basic aerodynamic, propulsion, structural, and atmospheric characteristics/conditions. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

Supporting Courses (12 hours)

  • CSCI 1170 - Computer Science I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. The first of a two-semester sequence using a high-level language; language constructs and simple data structures such as arrays and strings. Emphasis on problem solving using the language and principles of structured software development. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hour.

  • CSCI 2170 - Computer Science II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. A continuation of CSCI 1170. Topics include introductory object-oriented programming techniques, software engineering principles, records, recursion, pointers, stacks and queues, linked lists, trees, and sorting and searching. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.

 

  • PHYS 2120 - Calculus-Based Physics II  0 credit hours  AND 

    PHYS 2120 - Calculus-Based Physics II

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHYS 2111; MATH 1920 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Required corequisite: PHYS 2121. A lecture course that supplements the discussion in PHYS 2121. Topics include a microscopic view of electrical force and field, polarization, electric circuits, magnetic force and field, electric potential, symmetries of fields, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic radiation, optics, and wave phenomena. One and one-half hours lecture.

  • PHYS 2121 - Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHYS 2111; MATH 1920 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Required corequisite: PHYS 2120. A laboratory-based course to accompany PHYS 2120. Includes discussions, group problem solving, and hands-on activities. Two three-hour sessions. TBR Common Course: PHYS 2121

Mathematics Minor (15 hours)

SeeMathematics Minor for further information.

NOTE: MATH 1910 counts for the Math General Education requirement and for one hour in this minor.

Engineering Technology Minor (21 hours)

See Engineering Technology Minor for further information.

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Aerospace, Technology Concentration

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • AERO 1010 - Introduction to Aerospace

    3 credit hours

    History of aerospace, opportunities in the field, fundamentals of flight, navigation, meteorology, and Federal Aviation Regulations. Open to all students desiring a general and practical knowledge of aviation.

  • AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight  3 credit hours  

    AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight

    3 credit hours

    Topics include basic aerodynamics with emphasis on lift, weight, thrust, and drag forces and moments acting upon an airplane in flight. A flight demonstration is required at student expense. The flight demonstration requires scheduled time at the airport campus for guided simulator and flight demonstrations. Fee required.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGR 1100 - Engineering Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1630 or MATH 1730. Introduces various engineering fields. Emphasis on problem-solving techniques and the use of mathematics in analyzing technical problems. Topics such as graphical representation of data, estimation, dimensions, units, error estimates, statistics, and team work addressed. Engineering ethics and impact of engineering solutions on society and the environment.

  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours    (Math) 

    MATH 1910 - Calculus I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. An introduction to calculus with an emphasis on analysis of functions, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. Topics include the definition of the derivative, differentiation techniques, and applications of the derivative. Calculus topics related to trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions also included. Course concludes with the fundamental theorem of calculus; the definition of antidifferentiation and the definite integral; basic applications of integrations; and introductory techniques of integration. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1910

  • MATH 1920 - Calculus II  4 credit hours  

    MATH 1920 - Calculus II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with C (2.00) or better. A topics course providing a wide view of different techniques and applications of calculus in the plane. Techniques of integration and applications of integration fully developed. Power series and Taylor series included. Emphasis on multidisciplinary applications includes Taylor series approximation; applications of integration to physics, biology, and business; and geometric and power series applications. Graphing calculator required. TBR Common Course: MATH 1920

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • AERO 3020 - Aerospace Materials

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010, AERO 1020, and MATH 1810 or MATH 1910. Explores materials used in aerospace applications throughout their development from the standpoint of their properties, economic impact, and future possibilities. The need for new materials to fill current requirements included. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • MATH 2010 - Elements of Linear Algebra

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910. Vectors and vector spaces, matrices and systems of linear equations, geometry of vector spaces and linear transformations in a vector space.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • ET 3810 - Engineering Thermodynamics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 1100; PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111; MATH 1910. Basic concepts of engineering thermodynamics, properties and thermodynamic states, work, heat, first law, second law, entropy, ideal gases, and analysis of conventional power and refrigeration systems.

  • ENGR 2110 - Statics  3 credit hours  

    ENGR 2110 - Statics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 1100, MATH 1910, and PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2111. Mechatronics Engineering majors must complete PHYS 2111. Fundamental concepts and conditions of static equilibrium; their application to systems of forces and couples acting on rigid bodies; and the calculation of centers of gravity, centroids, and moments of inertia.

  • PHYS 2110 - Calculus-Based Physics I  0 credit hours  (Nat Sci)  AND 

    PHYS 2110 - Calculus-Based Physics I

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Corequisite: PHYS 2111. A calculus-based introduction to mechanics and wave motion. One and one-half hours lecture. TBR Common Course: PHYS 2110

  • PHYS 2111 - Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Corequisite: PHYS 2110. Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 2110. Experiments in mechanics, waves, and thermodynamics. Data reduction, error analysis, and report writing. Two three-hour sessions. TBR Common Course: PHYS 2111

  • PHYS 2120 - Calculus-Based Physics II  0 credit hours  AND 

    PHYS 2120 - Calculus-Based Physics II

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHYS 2111; MATH 1920 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Required corequisite: PHYS 2121. A lecture course that supplements the discussion in PHYS 2121. Topics include a microscopic view of electrical force and field, polarization, electric circuits, magnetic force and field, electric potential, symmetries of fields, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic radiation, optics, and wave phenomena. One and one-half hours lecture.

  • PHYS 2121 - Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PHYS 2111; MATH 1920 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Required corequisite: PHYS 2120. A laboratory-based course to accompany PHYS 2120. Includes discussions, group problem solving, and hands-on activities. Two three-hour sessions. TBR Common Course: PHYS 2121

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • AERO 3030 - Propulsion Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Principles of operations, major components, and important features of typical propulsion systems used in aircraft and missiles, from reciprocating to reaction. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • AERO 3170 - Aviation Safety  3 credit hours  

    AERO 3170 - Aviation Safety

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 1020. Addresses safety issues inherent in aviation operations, including human factors, maintenance and design factors, and weather implications. Examines numerous case studies involving aircraft accidents or incidents to assist students in identifying potential risks and hazards in the aviation industry. Introduces the Safety Management System (SMS) approach to increasing aviation safety.

  • AERO 3440 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1810 or MATH 1910, PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111. Topics include the incompressible aerodynamics of powered flight to include theories of lift, drag and moments. Additional topics include stability and control, aircraft design, and compressible aerodynamics if time permits. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

  • CSCI 1170 - Computer Science I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. The first of a two-semester sequence using a high-level language; language constructs and simple data structures such as arrays and strings. Emphasis on problem solving using the language and principles of structured software development. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hour.

  • ENGR 2120 - Dynamics  3 credit hours  

    ENGR 2120 - Dynamics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 2110 and MATH 1920. Kinematics of particles in rectilinear and curvilinear motions. Kinetics of particles, Newton's second law, energy and momentum methods. Systems of particles, Kinematics and plane motion of rigid bodies, forces and accelerations, energy and momentum methods. Introduction to mechanical vibrations.

  • MATH 3120 - Differential Equations I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1920. The solution and application of ordinary differential equations with emphasis on first order equations, second order linear equations, Laplace Transform method, systems of differential equations, and numerical methods.

  • MATH 3110 - Calculus III  4 credit hours  

    MATH 3110 - Calculus III

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1920. Adjusts calculus techniques developed in the plane (Calculus I and II) to make them applicable in three-dimensional space. Introductory study of the nature of three-dimensional space and definition of the algebraic calculations in three-dimensional space. Differential and integral calculus definitions and techniques revised to appropriately transfer into this new space. Topics include multivariate functions, partial differentiation, partial integration, multiple integration, and multidisciplinary applications.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • ENGR 3590 - Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 2120 and CSCI 1170. The kinematics and dynamics of machinery and its applications to mechatronic systems. Analysis of motion translation/rotation in machinery, energy of machine mechanisms. Involves projects, seminars, and workshops regarding graphical, analytical, and numerical techniques for dynamic analysis and synthesis of machines. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 4830 - Vibration  3 credit hours  

    ET 4830 - Vibration

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGR 2120. Provides a broad-based background in vibration analysis and introduces present practices. Topics include free, damped, and forced vibrations with one degree of freedom; vibration isolation; free vibration with two degrees of freedom; and introduction to matrix formulation. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Senior

 

  • AERO 4040 - Aerospace Senior Capstone Lab  1 credit hour credit hours  

    AERO 4040 - Aerospace Senior Capstone Lab

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing. A departmental capstone course involving analysis, synthesis, and integration of academic experiences to ensure career readiness. Students participate in multi-disciplinary teams in the department's FOCUS Lab, during which they operate a simulated airline. Examines contemporary issues in the industry including global and domestic aviation, environmental concerns, technology advances, aviation safety and security, labor issues, ethical issues, and economic issues in a practical setting through the team decision-making processes required to operate the simulated airline. Meets three hours each week.

  • AERO 4071 - Problems in Aerospace  1 to 3 credit hours  (3 credit hours required)  

    AERO 4071 - Problems in Aerospace

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Individual directed study in the field of aerospace.

  • AERO 4170 - Airport Planning and Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of department. Methods utilized in airport planning and design, including the consideration of the needs of stakeholders in the design process. Students will have opportunity to apply knowledge of airport management with the planning and design of a new airport in a major project. Students using this course as a capstone for the Airport Management focus within Aviation Management must also have AERO 3110.

  • AERO 4310 - Aerospace Vehicle Systems

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Design, use, and function of typical hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems used on transport category aircraft. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • AERO 4440 - Aircraft Performance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 3440. Topics include determination of airplane performance given basic aerodynamic, propulsion, structural, and atmospheric characteristics/conditions. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

  • CHEM 1010 - Introductory General Chemistry I

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: CHEM 1011. For students with no prior courses in chemistry; to be taken before CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111. Fundamental concepts of chemistry: measurements, matter, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, nuclear chemistry, states of matter, solutions, and electrolytes. Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Will not count toward a major or minor in Chemistry. TBR Common Course: CHEM 1010

  • CSCI 2170 - Computer Science II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. A continuation of CSCI 1170. Topics include introductory object-oriented programming techniques, software engineering principles, records, recursion, pointers, stacks and queues, linked lists, trees, and sorting and searching. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.

  • ENGR 3550 - Fluid Mechanics  3 credit hours  OR 

    ENGR 3550 - Fluid Mechanics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 2120 and MATH 3110. Continuum, velocity field, fluid statics, manometers, basic conservation laws for systems and control volumes, dimensional analysis. Euler and Bernoulli equations, viscous flows, boundary layers, flow in channels and around submerged bodies, one-dimensional gas dynamics, turbo-machinery. Applications in hydraulic, pneumatic, and fluidics discussed. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 4850 - Fluid Power  3 credit hours  

    ET 4850 - Fluid Power

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 1100, ET 3810. Systems and the basic components that make up these systems, including hydraulic, pneumatic, and fluidic. Emphasis on understanding the language and graphic symbols associated with fluid power, the performance characteristics of system components, and problem solving. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ENGR 3560 - Mechanics of Materials  3 credit hours  OR 

    ENGR 3560 - Mechanics of Materials

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGR 2210, ENGR 2110, and MATH 1920. Plane stress, plane strain, and stress-strain laws. Application of stress and deformation analysis to members subjected to centric, torsional, flexural, and combined loading. Introduces theories of failure, buckling, and energy methods.

  • ET 3860 - Strength of Materials

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGR 2110. The mechanics of materials emphasizing the analysis and design of statically determinate beams, columns, and structural members in torsion and application of the three moment equations to statically indeterminate beams.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

 

Aerospace

AERO 1010 - Introduction to Aerospace
3 credit hours

History of aerospace, opportunities in the field, fundamentals of flight, navigation, meteorology, and Federal Aviation Regulations. Open to all students desiring a general and practical knowledge of aviation.

AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight
3 credit hours

Topics include basic aerodynamics with emphasis on lift, weight, thrust, and drag forces and moments acting upon an airplane in flight. A flight demonstration is required at student expense. The flight demonstration requires scheduled time at the airport campus for guided simulator and flight demonstrations. Fee required.

AERO 1230 - Aviation Laws and Regulations
3 credit hours

Those portions of Titles 14 and 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations concerning airman certification and aircraft operations.

AERO 1340 - Introduction to Aerospace Maintenance
3 credit hours

Organization and operation of aircraft maintenance activities. Federal regulations and aviation maintenance law. Maintenance management function in practical settings. Lecture course that meets 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 1380 - Aerospace Maintenance Shop Practices
3 credit hours

Use of common tools, measuring devices, and special aircraft tools. Shop layout for aircraft maintenance management. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours per semester.

AERO 1710 - Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
3 credit hours

An overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including UAS history, technology, and applications. Introduces methods of UAS operation, challenges to UAS integration, and regulations/standards governing UAS operation.

AERO 2010 - Aviation Weather
3 credit hours

Atmosphere, measurement of meteorological elements, and effects of these on air operations.

AERO 2100 - Airline Management
3 credit hours

Introduces the organizational structure and economic characteristics of U.S. air carriers. Topics include passenger forecasting, route selection, marketing, scheduling, fleet planning, labor relations, and ticket pricing.

AERO 2110 - Freight Systems
3 credit hours

An overview of cargo systems and transportation freight rates. Includes an analysis of transportation issues and the relationship between the shipper, the modes of transportation, and the consumer. Fall only.

AERO 2201 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab I
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 2230  or simultaneous completion of AERO 2230. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Private Pilot Certificate; the first of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Private Pilot certificate must be completed during this course. Requires a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of five training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required.

AERO 2220 - Navigation
3 credit hours

The principles of pilotage, dead reckoning, and radio/electronic methods of navigation as applied to cross-country flight planning.

AERO 2230 - Professional Pilot I
3 credit hours

First of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot. Emphasis placed on acquisition of basic knowledge in the areas of aerodynamics, performance, systems, weather, Federal Aviation Regulations, and flight planning.

AERO 2331 - Airframe Inspection
3 credit hours

Pre/corequisites: AERO 1340 and AERO 1380. Requirements, techniques, and procedures. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 2342 - Powerplant Inspection
3 credit hours

Pre/corequisites: AERO 1340 and AERO 1380. Requirements, techniques, and procedures. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 2371 - Aircraft Welding
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1380. Various types of aircraft welding techniques and procedures. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 2381 - Non-Metallic Structures: Dope, Fabric, and Finishing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1380. Aircraft fabric covering and finishing. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets 45 contact hours a semester.

 

AERO 2710 - sUAS Remote Pilot Certification
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1020, AERO 1710 with minimum grade of C, and AERO 2230. Offers preparation for students to take the FAA Remote Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge test. Topics will include regulations, airspace and requirements, weather, loading and performance, and small unmanned aircraft operations. Students acquire actual experience of operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) through a series of manned flights. Manned flight experience requires scheduled time at the airport campus for guided simulator and flight demonstrations. Fee required for manned flight experience. FAA Remote Pilot Certificate must be completed during this course at student expense. 

AERO 2715 - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Certification
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1710 with minimum grade of C or permission of instructor. Offers preparation for non-UAS major students to take the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Aeronautical Knowledge test. Topics include regulations, airspace and requirements, weather, loading and performance, and small unmanned aircraft operations. FAA Remote Pilot Certificate must be completed during this course at student expense.

Note: UAS majors must take AERO 2710 sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate. 

 

AERO 2720 - Small Unmanned Aircraft Components
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 1710 with minimum grade of C. Introduces students to components that comprise a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). Students will gain hands-on experience in sUAS propulsion, electronics, autopilots, and structures.

AERO 2930 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job experiences related to academic major. Consult department. Pass/Fail.

AERO 2940 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job experiences related to academic major. Consult department. Pass/Fail.

AERO 3020 - Aerospace Materials
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1010, AERO 1020, and MATH 1810 or MATH 1910. Explores materials used in aerospace applications throughout their development from the standpoint of their properties, economic impact, and future possibilities. The need for new materials to fill current requirements included. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3030 - Propulsion Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Principles of operations, major components, and important features of typical propulsion systems used in aircraft and missiles, from reciprocating to reaction. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3050 - Women in Aviation
3 credit hours

Explores the many roles of women in this nontraditional field. Research on the history of women in aviation and their political and social impact on aviation, industry, and the country.

AERO 3080 - Aviation Weather II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 2010. Advanced weather concepts, forecasting, and applications to flight dispatch problems. Spring only.

AERO 3100 - Aerospace in Our Lives
3 credit hours

Open course for non-majors which allows exploration of the aerospace world in which we live. Credit not applicable to Aerospace major.

AERO 3110 - Airport Management
3 credit hours

An overview of airport management functions, including regulatory requirements, service facilities, traffic control, financing, personnel, public relations, environmental issues, and impact of airports within their communities. Fall only.

AERO 3160 - Aviation Contracts and Leases
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 2100 and AERO 3110. Examines the various agreements utilized by airports to define the terms and conditions for airlines, FBOs, concessionaires, air cargo operators, and other airport tenants. Analysis of the general provisions and requirements contained within airport leases and those specific to each tenant. 

AERO 3170 - Aviation Safety
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1020. Addresses safety issues inherent in aviation operations, including human factors, maintenance and design factors, and weather implications. Examines numerous case studies involving aircraft accidents or incidents to assist students in identifying potential risks and hazards in the aviation industry. Introduces the Safety Management System (SMS) approach to increasing aviation safety.

AERO 3180 - Transportation Systems
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 2110. An overview of the structure and management of a logistics distribution system. Distribution logistics as a functional area and as a strategic element of the total transportation system. Spring only.

AERO 3202 - Cross-Country Flight Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Commercial Pilot Certificate. Flight instruction leading to the completion of additional cross county flight time. Fee required.

AERO 3203 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab II
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: Private Pilot Certificate; AERO 3210 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3210. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Instrument Rating; second of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Instrument Rating must be completed during this course. Requires a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of five training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required.

AERO 3204 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab III
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 3203 and AERO 3215 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3215. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate-Airplane Single-Engine Land; third of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Land Certificate must be completed during this course. Requires a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of five training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required.

AERO 3205 - Conventional Landing Gear Airplane Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Private Pilot Certificate. Flight and ground instruction leading to conventional landing gear operation endorsement. Course includes flight and ground instruction. Fee required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 3206 - Advanced Conventional Landing Gear Flight Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3205. Flight and ground instruction in a high-performance conventional landing gear aircraft leading to a log book endorsement in this type of aircraft. Fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 3210 - Professional Pilot II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Private Pilot Certificate and AERO 2230; prerequisite/corequisite: AERO 2010. Second of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for completion of the Instrument Rating. Emphasis on acquisition of basic knowledge in the area of instrument flight.

AERO 3215 - Professional Pilot III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Instrument Rating, AERO 3210, and AERO 3203. Required corequisite: AERO 3204. Third of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Commercial Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Pilot. Emphasis placed on the acquisition of advanced knowledge of aerodynamics, performance, systems for single-engine and multi-engine aircraft, and Federal Aviation Regulations.

AERO 3222 - High-Altitude Aircraft Operations Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3240. Simulator and ground instruction in an aircraft simulator leading to a high-altitude log book endorsement. Fees required: NOTE: This is not an FAA-approved Part 141 course.

AERO 3223 - High-Performance Aircraft Flight Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3204. Flight and ground instruction in a high-performance aircraft leading to a log book endorsement in this type of aircraft. Fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA-approved Part 141 course.

AERO 3230 - Crew Resource Management
3 credit hours

Augments the student's ability to understand the emotional and logical gaps in communication in the present-day aviation crew environment by developing a better understanding of the student's relational style and personality traits in himself/herself and others. Personality profile is optional and confidential.

AERO 3240 - Professional Pilot IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Commercial Certificate, AERO 3204 and AERO 3261 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3261. Fourth class in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with an introduction to cabin class aircraft and flight in the multi-crew environment. Topics include advanced aircraft systems, flight management systems, crew resource management, aeronautical decision making, and aviation safety. Reviews Part 14 CFR Part 61, 91, 119, 121, and 135 regulations. Includes the training requirements of 14 CFR 61.31 for high performance and pressurized aircraft. Examines flight in cabin class aircraft using the training format employed by the air carrier industry. Includes LOFT assessments with students working as crew and learning typical air carrier procedures in the department's BE-1900 flight training device. Meets for six hours per week and consists of lecture and laboratory. Fee required.

AERO 3241 - Air Charter Flight Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: AERO 3203, AERO 3204, AERO 3223, AERO 3240; consent of instructor. Air charter operation. Students will be utilized as co-pilots during transportation of university personnel. NOTE: This is not an FAA-approved Part 141 course.

AERO 3261 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab IV
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: AERO 3204 and AERO 3215. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Multi-engine Land Certificate; last of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Commercial Pilot Multi-engine Land Certificate must be completed during this course. Fee required. Requires a minimum of three training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 3301 - Sheet Metal Repair
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, and AERO 3020 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3020. Provides practical experience in the repair of sheet metal structures, including major repairs and alterations. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3322 - Aerospace Reciprocating Engine Overhaul
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1380 and AERO 3030. Completion of a major overhaul on an aircraft engine, including procedures and acceptable techniques used in engine disassembly, inspection, repair, reassembly, and operational testing. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3362 - Advanced Aerospace Engine Systems Maintenance and Repai
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1380 and AERO 3030. The operation of powerplant component systems; induction, exhaust, instrumentation, engine electrical, and propeller systems. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3371 - Aircraft Finishing and Non-Destructive Inspection
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1380,  AERO 3030, and AERO 3322. Fundamentals of non-destructive inspection techniques including dye penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, and ultrasonic inspection. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3392 - Reciprocating Engine Maintenance Repair
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340,  AERO 1380, and AERO 3322. Reciprocating engines including theory, construction, fuel metering, ignition, and operational maintenance procedures. Inspection and repair processes are applied to operating engine systems. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3440 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MATH 1810 or MATH 1910, PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111. Topics include the incompressible aerodynamics of powered flight to include theories of lift, drag and moments. Additional topics include stability and control, aircraft design, and compressible aerodynamics if time permits. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

AERO 3510 - Instrument Operations in the National Airspace System
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 2230. (Not open to Professional Pilot majors or students who have completed AERO 3210.) Introduces non-Professional Pilot students to flight in the instrument flight rules (IFR) environment. Topics include flight instrument systems, instrument navigation concepts, IFR communications, instrument charts and procedures (departure, enroute, arrival, and approach), and aviation weather in the IFR environment.

AERO 3630 - Introduction to Air Traffic Control
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1010, AERO 1020, AERO 1230, AERO 2010, AERO 2220 or AERO 2230, and AERO 3510. Required corequisite: AERO 3631. Introduces students to the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control System and the procedures and policies used in the National Airspace System. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Fall only. For complete ATC policy go to mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 3631 - Introduction to Air Traffic Control Lab
1 credit hour credit

Required corequisite: AERO 3630. Focuses on the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control System; introduces the Air Traffic Control Tower, the Terminal Radar Approach Control, and En-Route systems. Students required to attend simulation labs which will give them hands on application of tasks and procedures used in the National Airspace System. Fee required. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Requires four hours contact time required per week. Fall only. For complete ACT policy to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 3640 - Air Traffic Control: Tower Operations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 3630. Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 3630. Required corequisite: AERO 3641. Presents the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control Tower. Opportunity to learn the different positions, procedures, and regulations that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Spring only. For complete ATC policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 3641 - Air Traffic Control: Tower Operations Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 3631; corequisite: AERO 3640. Focuses on the multiple policies and procedures of Air Traffic Control Tower operations. Students required to attend simulation labs that provide hands-on application of tasks and procedures used in the National Airspace System. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Fee required. Four hours contact time required per week. Spring only. For complete ATC policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 3710 - Unmanned Aircraft
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 2720 with minimum grade of C. Corequisite: AERO 3711. Introduces students to elements that comprise unmanned aircraft (UA). Students will apply concepts acquired during classroom sessions and construct different unmanned aircraft, train to operate unmanned aircraft using simulators, and conduct actual flight testing during the lab section of this course. Note: AERO 3711 must be taken concurrently.

AERO 3711 - Unmanned Aircraft Lab
2 credit hours

Corequisite: AERO 3710. Students will apply concepts acquired during classroom sessions and construct different unmanned aircraft, train to operate unmanned aircraft using simulators, and conduct actual flight testing during the lab section. Note: AERO 3710 must be taken concurrently.

AERO 3720 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 2201 or AERO 2710, AERO 3710/AERO 3711 with minimum grade of C, and FAA Remote Pilot Certificate. Corequisite: AERO 3721. Introduces students to the elements of unmanned aircraft systems. Explores unmanned aircraft avionics, autopilot systems, first person video (FPV), on screen displays (OSD), communication systems, command and control (C2), ground control stations (GCS), flight control and mission planning software, and UAV launch and recovery systems. Note: AERO 3721 must be taken concurrently.

AERO 3721 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lab
2 credit hours

Corequisite: AERO 3720. Students will apply concepts acquired during classroom sessions to upgrade and modify unmanned aircraft constructed in AERO 3711, train to operate unmanned aircraft using simulators, and conduct actual flight testing during the lab section of this course. Note: AERO 3720 must be taken concurrently.

AERO 3730 - Unmanned Remote Sensing
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3720/AERO 3721 with minimum grade of C. Corequisite: AERO 3731. Introduces students to long-range communication and data links, UAS sensors in use today, geospatial data collection, and still imaging mosaicking. Unmanned aircraft constructed in previous courses and tethered balloons will be used to lift sensor packages used for geospatial data collection and still imaging mosaicking applications. Note: AERO 3731 must be taken concurrently. 

AERO 3731 - Unmanned Remote Sensing Lab
2 credit hours

Corequisite: AERO 3730.  Students will apply concepts acquired during classroom sessions to construct a ground control station, modify and upgrade existing unmanned aircraft with payloads/sensors, train to operate sensors using simulators, and conduct flight-testing during the lab section of this course. Note: AERO 3730 must be taken concurrently. 

AERO 3745 - Aerial Videography
3 credit hours

(Same as VFP 3745.) Prerequisite: AERO 1710 with a grade of C or higher. Designed to give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills using multirotor platforms designed for professional aerial videography and industrial applications. Students will construct and gain experience on a small UAS before transitioning to "prosumer" UAS. Focuses on UAS operations, regulations, legal and ethical issues, and various aspects of aerial videography. Flight operations training will be conducted off-campus. 

AERO 3970 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job experiences related to academic major. Consult department. Pass/Fail.

AERO 3980 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job experiences related to academic major. Consult department. Pass/Fail.

AERO 4040 - Aerospace Senior Capstone Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Senior standing. A departmental capstone course involving analysis, synthesis, and integration of academic experiences to ensure career readiness. Students participate in multi-disciplinary teams in the department's FOCUS Lab, during which they operate a simulated airline. Examines contemporary issues in the industry including global and domestic aviation, environmental concerns, technology advances, aviation safety and security, labor issues, ethical issues, and economic issues in a practical setting through the team decision-making processes required to operate the simulated airline. Meets three hours each week.

AERO 4050 - Aerospace Internship I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of department chair. Student is employed by an acceptable airline, airport director, or aerospace industry for 300 hours of field work. Pass/Fail.

AERO 4060 - Aerospace Internship II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of department chair. A continuation of the internship program with a different employer and place of work or a significant job category change. Pass/Fail.

AERO 4071 - Problems in Aerospace
1 to 3 credit hours

Individual directed study in the field of aerospace.

AERO 4120 - Airport Operations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 3110; at least junior standing. An overview of airport landside and airside operations. Topics include passenger terminal operations, airport security, FAA regulations and inspection programs,14 CFR Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139, Airport Certification Manual, and Aircraft Operations Areas. 

AERO 4130 - Aerospace Physiology
3 credit hours

Instruction, readings, and structured experiences to insure familiarity with the various physiological and health-related factors affecting a flyer's safety and performance.

AERO 4140 - Seminar in Airline Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 2100 and senior standing. Capstone course for students selecting the airline management focus within Aviation Management. Individually directed course on a selected topic within the airline industry. Addresses specific airline industry issues and develops solutions to these issues in the global context within which airlines operate.

AERO 4150 - Fixed Base Operations Management
3 credit hours

The FBO operator and the essential role played in general aviation.

AERO 4170 - Airport Planning and Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of department. Methods utilized in airport planning and design, including the consideration of the needs of stakeholders in the design process. Students will have opportunity to apply knowledge of airport management with the planning and design of a new airport in a major project. Students using this course as a capstone for the Airport Management focus within Aviation Management must also have AERO 3110.

AERO 4201 - Flight Instructor-Airplane Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: AERO 4210, current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, and consent of instructor. Flight and ground instruction leading to the FAA Flight Instructor - Airplane Certificate. Covers all topics of the Flight Instructor - Airplane Practical Test Standards. Flight fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 4202 - Flight Instructor-Instrument Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: Current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an instrument rating, AERO 3210, and consent of the instructor. Flight and ground instruction leading to the FAA Flight Instructor - Instrument Certificate. Covers all topics of the Flight Instructor - Instrument Practical Test Standards. Flight fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 4203 - Flight Instructor-Multi-Engine Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: Current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument rating and consent of the instructor. Flight and ground instruction leading to the FAA Flight Instructor - Multiengine Certificate. Covers all topics of the Flight Instructor - Multiengine Practical Test Standards. Flight fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 4210 - Flight Instructor Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating-Airplane. Ground instruction leading to the Certificated Flight Instructor - Airplane, Single Engine Land completed during the course. Fee required for exams.

AERO 4220 - Advanced Certified Flight Instructor Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. Ground and flight instruction leading to the instrument and multiengine instructor ratings. Flight training for this course is to be taken at the MTSU Flight School. The ratings must be completed during the course. Students should consult with the chief flight instructor for a scheduled flight slot. Fee required.

AERO 4250 - Professional Pilot V
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 3240. Capstone course in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with an experiential view of the duties of a professional pilot. Topics include turbojet aircraft systems, advanced avionics and flight management systems, transport aircraft flight techniques (including operations in all flight regimes and in difficult operational conditions), and stall and upset recognition and recovery in transport category aircraft. Crew resource management, aeronautical decision making, and professionalism developed. Turbofan aircraft training in the format employed by air carriers, including LOFT scenarios in the department's CRJ-200 flight training device. Meets for six hours per week; lecture and laboratory activities. Fee required.

AERO 4301 - Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Structural Repair
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, and AERO 3020 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3020. Non-typical structures including bonded and plastic structures. Includes planning and organizing of major structural repair projects and rebuilding of severely damaged aircraft. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4310 - Aerospace Vehicle Systems
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Design, use, and function of typical hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems used on transport category aircraft. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4311 - Aerospace Accessory Systems Maintenance and Repair
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 2331, AERO 2342, and ET 3610. Practical experience in the maintenance, inspection, and repair of aircraft systems and components. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours per semester.

AERO 4312 - Turbine Engine System
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, and AERO 3030. Advanced course in the maintenance of complex systems. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4332 - Reciprocating Engine Troubleshooting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, AERO 2342, and AERO 3030. Provides practical experience in inspecting and troubleshooting problems with reciprocating engines and powerplant systems. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4340 - Maintenance Management Capstone
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Students must be in the last 18 hours of coursework before graduation. Students assigned a specific task directly related to the knowledge and skills gained during their progress through the Maintenance Management concentration. Students expected to complete assigned project with minimum guidance from the instructor. Pass/fail; passing grade required for graduation from the Maintenance Management program.

AERO 4342 - Turbine Engine Inspection and Troubleshooting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, AERO 3030, and AERO 4312. Provides practical experience in turbine engine inspection to include hot section inspection, engine operation, and troubleshooting. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4371 - Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Systems Overhaul
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, AERO 4310, and  ET 3610. Complete repair and overhaul of complex aerospace vehicle systems including hydraulics, electric, pneumatics, fuel, and oil. Shop layout and quality control procedures stressed. Student must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4381 - Advanced Aerospace Accessory Systems Maintenance and Re
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, AERO 4310, and ET 3610. Repair and overhaul of complex accessory systems and subsystems. Practical experience in overhaul of air conditioning, pressurization, oxygen, electrical power generation and control, electrical motors, electrical system configuration and troubleshooting. Student must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester. Special fee applies for an electronics project.

AERO 4392 - Aerospace Turbine Engine Maintenance and Overhaul
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 4342. Field maintenance and repair of turbine engines and components. Includes limited overhaul procedures and techniques. Management procedures stressed. Student must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4400 - Space
3 credit hours

History of global space exploration and the successes and failures of manned and unmanned efforts in the race to the moon.

AERO 4440 - Aircraft Performance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 3440. Topics include determination of airplane performance given basic aerodynamic, propulsion, structural, and atmospheric characteristics/conditions. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

AERO 4490 - Aerospace Science for Teachers
3 credit hours

An introduction to the total aviation and space effort.

AERO 4580 - Flight Dispatch and ATP Written Preparation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1230, AERO 3080, and AERO 3510. Must be 21 years of age before the Fall graduation date. First of two classes providing students with the knowledge required for certification as an aircraft dispatcher. Topics include dispatch resource management, aircraft systems and limitations, weight and balance, and aircraft performance. The FAA computerized aircraft dispatcher (ADX) exam must be passed during this course. Fall only.

AERO 4590 - Flight Dispatch
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 4580. Second of two classes providing students with the knowledge required for certification as an aircraft dispatcher. Explores factors necessary to prepare a flight plan such as weather analysis, enroute charts, dispatch release, and emergency/abnormal procedures. As this is the capstone course for the Flight Dispatch concentration, students must obtain the aircraft dispatch certification upon course completion.Spring only.

AERO 4650 - Air Traffic Control: TRACON Operations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 3640; corequisite: AERO 4651. Focuses on operations of the Air Traffic Control Terminal Radar Approach Control and procedures and policies that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic in the National Airspace System. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Fall only. For complete ATC program policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 4651 - Air Traffic Control: TRACON Operations Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 3641; corequisite: AERO 4650. Focuses on the many aspects of the Air Traffic Terminal Radar Approach Control System; radar and data side of the TRACON positions; and all procedures, regulations, and specific phraseology that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic. Designed to provide experience in real world simulation of the TRACON environment. Fee required. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Four hours contact time required per week. Fall only. For complete ATC program policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.  

AERO 4660 - Air Traffic Control: En-Route Operations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 4650; required corequisite: AERO 4661. Focuses on the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control En-Route System. Radar and data sides of the En-Route positions addressed. Radar and Non-Radar procedures, regulations, and specific phraseology that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic presented. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Spring only. For complete ATC program policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 4661 - Air Traffic Control: En-Route Operations Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 4651; corequisite: AERO 4660. Focuses on the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control En-Route System. Radar and data side of the En-Route positions addressed. Students will have opportunity to demonstrate all procedures, regulations, and specific phraseology that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic. Students will be required to attend labs to provide hands-on application of task and procedures used in the En-Route environment. Fee required. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Four hours contact time required per week. Spring only. For complete ATC program policy go to www.mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 4710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Capstone
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 3730 with a minimum grade of C. Capstone course in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration. Actual UAS operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) conducted. Students required to successfully obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate prior to the end of the course.

AERO 4719 - Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Lab-Multirotor
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3720/AERO 3721 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor. Ground and flight instruction using advanced multirotor unmanned aircraft. Requires training sessions off-campus. Fee required.  

AERO 4729 - Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Lab-Vertical Takeoff an
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3720/AERO 3721 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor. Ground and flight instruction using advanced vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft. Requires training sessions off-campus. Fee required.

AERO 4730 - Honors Seminar in Aviation Psychology
3 credit hours

Application and physiological testing and research techniques in aviation education, management, and technology.

AERO 4739 - Unmanned Aircraft System Flight Lab-Fixed-Wing
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3720 AERO 3721 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor. Ground and flight instruction using advanced fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. Requires training sessions off-campus. Fee required.

AERO 4745 - Aerial Cinematography
3 credit hours

(Same as VFP 4745.) Prerequisites: AERO 3730/AERO 3731, AERO 3745, or VFP 3745. Designed to give students opportunity to gain knowledge and skills using multirotor platforms designed for professional aerial photography and industrial applications. Students will gain knowledge in UAS operations, regulations, legal and ethical issues, and various aspects of aerial cinematography. Flight operations training will be conducted off-campus locations. Focuses on advanced skills in working with lighting, depth, focal field, and storytelling through three axis camera movement. 

For additional information specific to the Aerospace Department, including information on scholarships specific to Aerospace students, please visit the Aerospace Department website.

Aviation Accreditation Board International Performance Information

MTSU's Bachelor of Science in Aerospace degree with a concentration in Aerospace Technology has been accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International since 1992.  In the spirit of sharing information related to the program's performance with the public, student achievement data including program outcomes and the measures used to determine student success relative to these outcomes, student retention and graduation rates, and rates and types of employment of concentration graduates may be viewed at the link below.

Student Achievement Data

Contact and Student Information

Dr. Nate Callender
Nate.Callender@mtsu.edu
615-898-5983

Mr. James Wicks
James.Wicks@mtsu.edu
615-898-2055

Department of Aerospace
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 67
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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