Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Aerospace Concentration

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Innovating solutions to support humanity's ascent to the stars

Aerospace engineering is a broad and dynamic field that centers on the design, construction, and science behind aircraft and spacecraft. Intended for undergraduate electrical engineering majors, the aerospace concentration offers students an electrical engineering degree foundation and specialized training in the aerospace discipline. 

As an electrical engineering student concentrating in aerospace, you will experience first-hand the necessity of your major in innovating new solutions to support humanity’s ascent to the stars.


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I’d encourage all students to ask questions, explore their interests, and try new things even if they’re outside of their comfort zone. For those interested in space exploration, there are great opportunities in a rapidly growing space industry.

Concentration Highlights

You will learn: Aerospace engineering coursework focuses on applications of key electrical engineering principles in the areas of deep-space communications, robotics, embedded systems, flight avionics, and more. These courses will enable and encourage you to solve complex engineering problems in aerospace, such as improved satellite communications, electric propulsion technologies, and remote sensing methods. 

Earn an undergraduate concentration in aerospace engineering when you complete 12 credit hours (four technical electives) of approved coursework.

Real-world examples of aerospace systems: spacecraft, commercial aircraft, satellites, UAVs, and transportation systems. The future points to the increasing presence of aerospace systems, including air taxis, delivery drones, supersonic travel, and new frontiers of space exploration. 

Career opportunities: Colorado boast’s the nation’s second-largest aerospace economy, with more than 400 companies who are leading and supporting groundbreaking missions related to space and planetary science. Over the next 30 years, the aerospace and defense industry will be a driving force behind moving people and goods; creating, sensing and connecting; securing and defending our national interests; and research and exploration, according to the Aerospace Industries Association.

 The SEDS | CSU chapter is focused on preparing students for a career within the aerospace industry by fostering product development, proposal writing/evaluation, risk management, and other industry-relevant skills

Aerospace Engineering Research

The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering brings together a collaborative aerospace ecosystem of researchers, faculty, staff, and industry partners. Spanning three departments, our well-rounded academic and research programs offer students a hands-on, applied education. Whether it’s deep-space communication, autonomous UAVs, robotics, or using and calibrating sophisticated sensors, your passion for aerospace has a home at CSU.

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