Aerospace Engineering

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Aerospace travel, space exploration and flight of manned or unmanned vehicles continue to gain significance. Aerospace engineering is involved with the science and technology of advanced vehicles, including aircraft, rockets, missiles and spacecraft. Although a specialized branch of engineering, it is also diverse. Aerospace technology has expanded to include design and development of new earthbound vehicles such as ground effect machines, hydrofoil ships and high-speed rail-type systems. Aerospace engineers are mainly involved in designing missiles, satellites, aircraft, and spacecraft; and they also test prototypes to ensure that they function properly.

The associate degree program provides the foundation courses required to complete a bachelor program in aerospace engineering at West Virginia University. Students planning to enter a bachelor program at another institution should determine the transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College of WVU and the institution they plan to attend following completion of the associate degree program

Career Opportunities

A bachelor degree in aerospace engineering prepares students for a career in aerospace industries and in government research and development centers and laboratories, as well as in military mission-oriented agencies.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3 - Minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8 - Minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus (Minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations (Minimum grade of C-)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8 - Minimum grade of C-)4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
EE 221
EE 222
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in all MAE courses
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
ENGR 1991Elective1
 14 15
Second Year
MATH 2514MATH 2614
PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4MAE 2423
MAE 2413MAE 2433
EE 221
EE 222
4MAE 3203
 ECON 201 (GEF 4)3
 15 16
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

aerospace engineering

Upon completion of the associates in aerospace engineering program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basics concepts of electrical engineering, statics, dynamics, mechanics or materials and thermodynamics.
  2. Use mathematical, chemical and physical concepts to solve engineering-related problems.
  3. Transfer into a bachelor degree program in aerospace engineering.



  • Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science

Associate professor

  • Deepak Mehra - Ph.D. Civil Engineering


  • Mohammad Saifi - M.S. Electrical Engineering
    M.S. Industrial Engineering