Aerospace Engineering

The Aerospace Engineering Program offers BS and MS degree programs.  Aerospace engineering was first accredited at SJSU in 1991, and operated within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department from 1996 to 2013.  It is currently an independent program operating under the College of Engineering.   


To serve society, the public sector, and private industry by:

  1. Providing undergraduate and graduate aerospace engineering education that prepares students with the engineering knowledge, modern applications, and lifelong learning skills required for service in the engineering profession and industry.
  2. Contributing to the development and application of knowledge through faculty scholarship.
  3. Preparing students for the modern professional-practice environment.

BSAE Program

BSAE Program Educational Objectives

  1. Hold positions of technical responsibility, as members or leaders of multi-disciplinary teams engaged in aerospace engineering problem solving, modeling, systems analysis, design, development, testing or research.
  2. Have enhanced and continue to enhance their professional skills by pursuing / completing a graduate degree or other post-graduate training.
  3. Are well rounded in their understanding of multicultural and global perspectives and work effectively with engineers and customers from around the world, while providing for issues such as public safety, honest product marketing, and respect for intellectual property.

BSAE Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BSAE program should have:

  1. Ability to use mathematics, science and engineering principles to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  2. Ability to design and conduct water tunnel, wind tunnel, and shock tunnel experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from such experiments.
  3. Ability to perform conceptual and preliminary design of aircraft or spacecraft to meet a set of mission requirements within realisitic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturabillty, and sustainability.
  4. Ability to collaborate with people from different cultures, abilities, backgrounds, and disciplines to complete aerospace projects.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively through technical reports, memos, and oral presentations as well as in small group settings.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Broad education to understand current events, how they relate to aerospace engineering, as well as the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  8. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.

BSAE Annual Assessment Reports

ABET Criterion 4 (improvement): spring 2011(pdf)

SLO 1 spring 2010(pdf)

Before 2010 all SLOs were reported together

Spring 2009 (pdf)

MSAE Program

MSAE Program Educational Objectives

  1. A strong foundation beyond the undergraduate level in their chosen focus area as well as in mathematics, basic science and engineering fundamentals, to successfully compete for technical engineering positions in the local, national and global engineering market, advance in their current position or pursue doctoral studies.
  2. Contemporary professional and lifelong learning skills to be able to apply theory to solve practical engineering problems.
  3. Expertise necessary to work in the analysis and design of aerospace engineering systems with possible specialization in areas such as: Aircraft Design, Spacecraft Systems, Space Transportation & Exploration.
  4. Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write engineering reports.
  5. The ability to perform research and work independently to solve open-ended problems in aerospace engineering.


MSAE Annual Assessment Reports

All graduate program reports are posted on the College of Engineering Website:


Program Planning Documents

Aerospace Engineering 9-22-08