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Aeronautical Engineering

Undergraduate Major Aeronautical Engineering (BS)

Take off with an Aeronautical Engineering Degree from SNHU

Learn about aircraft design, analysis, development, and manufacturing with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Through this program, you'll have the opportunity to apply knowledge and theories learned in the classroom to practical, real-world situations. You'll develop projects from concept to completion, and build confidence and competence when it comes to solving engineering design problems.

SNHU has modelled its engineering programs in accordance with the international CDIO initiative, "an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers that stresses engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating real-world systems and products." CDIO is a prominent engineering educational philosophy and is intended to achieve a fine balance between project-based, hands-on learning and traditional, theory-based engineering education. No matter your interest, the program will help you develop the necessary skills to begin your chosen career.

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering at Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

See Yourself Succeed with an Aeronautical Engineering Degree

When you enroll in the Aeronautical Engineering program at SNHU, you're signing up for a wide-ranging series of courses that will help you understand the full scope of the industry. The expert faculty members at SNHU are dedicated to helping you realize and guide your education and job goals down the path to a successful career in the industry.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in Aeronautical Engineering at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire. 
  • Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost.
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty members who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center, and anywhere else you need them.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, Division II athletics, and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H., named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.

Program Educational Objectives

The following statements describe the career and professional accomplishments that the BS Aeronautical Engineering program is preparing graduates to achieve within a few years of graduation:

  • Professional careers in Aeronautical Engineering or other disciplines utilizing the knowledge and problem solving skills they developed in the SNHU Aeronautical Engineering program;
  • Increasing responsibility in technical and/or management areas;
  • Recognition or affirmation from their managers and peers as effective and valued members of their work team;
  • Increasing discernment and sensitivity in the consideration of global and societal contexts and consequences when making engineering decisions;
  • Expansion of their professional, personal, and interpersonal skills and engagement in lifelong learning activities, including post-graduate education for some graduates;
  • Involvement with professional and other service activities that contribute to industry and society.

Internships & Outcomes

Graduates from the Aeronautical Engineering program at SNHU will be able to put engineering theories and concepts into practice. This program may prepare you to enter the workforce in various civilian and military aviation professions.

By gaining a thorough understanding of the problems that aeronautical engineers face on a daily basis and being able to apply your knowledge and skills to overcome them, you can make yourself a valuable asset to companies within your field. Whether your goal is to enter public sector, private sector, or even the military, this program will put you one step closer to achieving your goals.

Program Outcomes

The following statements describe what students are expected to know and be able to do upon completion of the BS Aeronautical Engineering program:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools needed for engineering practice.
  12. A knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structure, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control.
  13. Design competence that includes integration of aeronautical topics.
  14. An ability to develop flight test plans and conduct in-flight experiments, as well as analyze, interpret, and report the resulting data.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in aeronautical engineering program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Student and graduate data can be found below.

*All concentrations associated with the program are also accredited through ABET.

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Program Enrollments (Fall 2020)
Aeronautical Engineering (BS): 28

Graduates (Academic Year 2020-2021)
Aeronautical Engineering (BS): 1