Aerospace Engineering (B.S.)/Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

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Illinois Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering/Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering dual degree program allows students the opportunity to complete both degrees in as few as five years.

This program opens the door to more job opportunities in engineering and gives students a greater breadth of knowledge in the engineering field. 

The undergraduate aerospace engineering program explores both the design and manufacturing of aircraft as well as the design and flight of vehicles beyond Earth’s atmosphere. When combined with our undergraduate mechanical engineering program, students will be prepared to participate in the process of designing, developing, and manufacturing machinery and devices at all scales in the area of energy production and transfer as well as in the vast field of system design and control.

Students will gain a thorough knowledge of engineering principles and methods to drive creativity and innovation through such subjects as computer-aided design and visualization, flight mechanics, robotics, solar exploration, and the development and use of advanced materials.

Program Overview

Students will gain thorough knowledge of engineering principles and methods to drive creativity and innovation by building skills in engineering to find solutions to technological, societal, and environmental problems. Our graduates will learn flight mechanics and controls, computer-aided design and visualization, propulsion systems, and robotics skills for industry success.

Illinois Tech's aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The current educational objectives of this program ensure our graduates will: 

  • Meet the expectations of employers of mechanical and aerospace engineers
  • Be prepared to pursue advanced study if they so desire
  • Be prepared to assume/undertake leadership roles in their communities and/or professions

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering/Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program will ready you for such careers as:

  • Mechanical design engineer
  • Space program
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Senior reliability engineer
  • Civil aeronautics
  • Defense industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Sustainable production and mechanical engineering

A student who wishes to receive a dual degree must complete all the required courses for each major as listed in the appropriate bulletin, except as stated below:

  • No additional core curriculum courses or IPROs are required
  • Required courses in one major may be used to satisfy electives in the second major
  • Students need not take MMAE 302 if they have taken MMAE 304
  • All Illinois Tech rules pertaining to dual degrees must also be satisfied

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Admissions requirements ensure that incoming students are well-prepared and qualified to succeed in their chosen program. Prospective students must review each program of interest to determine whether they meet admissions requirements as outlined in the course bulletin.