Aerospace Engineering Pathway
Physics and Aerospace Engineering -- your ticket to the stars!
Pending approval by our accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, we plan to offer a pathway for students to receive a BS in Physics from WKU and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) beginning in Fall 2024.
Students in our 3-2 dual degree pathway in Physics/Aerospace Engineering will spend 3 years at WKU completing their core Physics requirements and core Engineering courses and 2 years at UA completing upper division Aerospace Engineering requirements.
After 5 years students will graduate with a BS in Physics from WKU and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama.
This degree combination will position graduates for jobs across the aerospace industry and provide them value-added qualifications that will distinguish them from graduates with a single BS degree.
Students entering WKU who wish to follow this pathway, but who are placed in Math 116 (College Algebra) or Math 117 (Trigonometry), will need additional semesters to progress through the pathway. The degree plan a student will follow at WKU will vary depending on what AP and/or dual credit the student has upon entering the pathway, and their math placement. We will tailor the WKU degree plan to each student’s specific circumstances. Below we provide sample degree plan.
Sample Degree Plan
3-2 Physics - Aerospace Engineering
Student enters WKU with credit for English (ENG 100) and History (Hist 101 or Hist 102)
|Year 1 (WKU)|
|PHYS 180/181||4||ME 180||3|
|MATH 136||5||PHYS 255/256||5|
|ME 176||1||MATH 137||4|
|ENG 200||3||CHEM 120/121||5|
|A&H Explorations class this summer|
|Year 2 (WKU)|
|ME 240/241||4||MATH 331||4|
|MATH 237||4||EM 313||3|
|PHYS 265/266||5||PHYS 321||3|
|EM 222||3||PHYS 301||1|
|Gen Ed Connections||3|
|Gen Ed Connections this summer|
|Year 3 (WKU)|
|PHYS 350||3||ME 330/332||4|
|PHYS 302||1||ECON 202||3|
|MATH 307||3||Gen Ed Connections||6|
|ME 220||3||PHYS 330||3|
|Year 4 (UA)|
|ENGR 161||1||AEM 368||3|
|AEM 313||3||AEM 413||3|
|AEM 341||3||AEM 351||1|
|AEM 360||3||ME 349||3|
|ME 215||3||HI/SB Elective||3|
|HU/L/FA Elective||3||HU/L/FA Elective||3|
|Year 5 (UA)|
|AEM 251||1||AEM 404||3|
|AEM 402||3||AEM 451||3|
|AEM 408||3||AEM Elective||3|
|AEM 468||3||Engineering Elective||3|
|AEM 495||3||HI/SB Elective||3|
|AEM Computing Elective||3|
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