Aerospace Engineering

Saint Louis University's undergraduate major in aerospace engineering at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology prepares you for careers involving the research, design, development simulation, testing and integration of aeronautical and space systems. There is also an accelerated five-year Bachelor of Science to Master of Science option available.


Major in Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering students at SLU's Parks College have access to funded undergraduate and graduate research opportunities with faculty members of the department. Funded research grants from private industries and federal government research laboratories are also available for qualified students.

Students also have access to state-of-the-art computer laboratories. You’ll use advanced software to practice aeronautical design, modeling, simulation and analysis. SLU's fluid, thermal, material, structural testing and space systems research lab equipment, along with its wind tunnels, including both supersonic and subsonic tunnels, provide you with an excellent opportunity to integrate theory with real-world applications.

Optional Double Major

Students enrolled in our aerospace engineering curriculum can obtain a second major in mechanical engineering by completing 25 additional credit hours.


SLU's aerospace engineering program starts with a solid foundation in the fundamental engineering sciences and advances toward aerospace engineering courses. You'll also have the chance to take technical electives in the broader areas of aerospace engineering to widen your expertise.

Two capstone courses in flight vehicle design during your senior year provide greater depth in aerospace engineering, as you learn about the importance of design decisions not only on products but on society as a whole.

  • AENG 3210: Gas Dynamics
  • AENG 3220: Aerodynamics
  • AENG 3150: Astrodynamics
  • AENG 4110: Flight Vehicle Structures
  • AENG 4210: Propulsion
Internships and Careers

 Graduates who earn a Bachelor of Science through the aerospace engineering program are well prepared to either continue their studies at the graduate level or to start their careers at some of the best companies and government agencies in the country, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Hughes, Boeing, Pratt-Whitney, GE, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army.


Parks College’s low faculty-to-student ratio allows our world class faculty to inspire our students, feed their curiosity, awaken their minds and instill in them the joy of lifelong learning.

Our staff members are also dedicated to student success — every student is known to the faculty and staff by name.


  • Theodosios Alexander, Sc.D.
  • Larry Boyer
  • Sridhar Condoor, Ph.D.
  • John George, Ph.D.
  • Jenna Gorlewicz, Ph.D.
  • Srikanth Gururajan, Ph.D.
  • Sanjay Jayaram, Ph.D.
  • Ray LeBeau, Ph.D., P.E.
  • Jeff Ma, Ph.D.
  • Mark McQuilling, Ph.D.
  • K. Ravindra, Ph.D.
  • Michael Swartwout, Ph.D.
Admission Requirements

A cumulative 3.00 high school GPA is recommended for freshman applicants and 2.70 college GPA for transfer applicants.

We recommend an ACT composite score of 24 or higher (minimums of 22 in English, 24 in mathematics, 22 in reading comprehension and 22 in scientific reasoning), or SAT composite score of 1100 or higher with a SAT math sub score of 600.

Fifteen total units of high school work are recommended: three or four units of English; four or more units of mathematics including algebra I and II, geometry and precalculus; three or four units of science including general science, introduction to physical science, earth science, biology, physics or chemistry; two or three units of social sciences including history, psychology or sociology; and three units of electives.

Minor in Aerospace Engineering

SLU's aerospace engineering minor is open to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in aviation science, mathematics, computer science, physics, mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering or biomedical engineering programs.

This minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including “AENG 2000: Introduction to Aeronautics and Astronautics,” and at least five aerospace engineering and engineering sciences courses at 2000-level or above. The grades in all aerospace engineering and engineering sciences courses must be C or better.

Real-World Experience 

International Competitions and Activities

At SLU, you have the opportunity to get hands-on, real-world experience in the Space Systems Research Lab as early as your first week of classes. In this lab you will design, construct and prepare cube satellites for launch.

Aerospace engineering majors at SLU also participate in national and international competitions and activities organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), SAE International, NASA and RoboGames. You can also get involved with student chapters of AIAA, SAE, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.