If you find aircraft and spacecraft interesting and exciting, Aerospace Engineering could be the program of study for you. Canada’s aerospace industry has annual revenues of about $22 billion and employs more than 80,000 people. It is a vigorous, innovative and highly competitive industry with a worldwide reputation for leadership in a number of fields, including commuter and business aircraft, small gas turbine power plants, aircraft simulators, communications satellites and guidance systems.

The Carleton Advantage

Carleton University established the first Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree program in Aerospace Engineering in Canada. Carleton’s program is recognized for:

  • a wide range of topics offered within four streams of study;
  • a unique and challenging final-year design project that emulates a design office project at an aerospace firm;
  • an emphasis on problem-solving skills, and hands-on laboratory and design work; and
  • excellent scholarships for high-standing students

Our Laboratory and Research Facilities

Carleton’s laboratory and computer facilities are unparalleled. For example, you will have access to multiple wind and water tunnels, including the unique high-speed wind tunnel in the Minto Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering that provides a flow speed of up to one-and-a-half times the speed of sound. In addition, you will benefit from Carleton’s proximity to, and close association with, government organizations such as the National Research Council Canada.

Your Co-op Opportunities

As a student in the Aerospace Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the co-op designation on your degree. Often, the four consecutive work terms following third year take place with the same employer.

Our program is closely associated with a wide range of private and public service employers seeking Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering candidates, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

The pattern of work and study terms for the co-op option is shown in the following table.

Calendar Year Fall Winter Summer
1 study term 1 study term 2
2 study term 3 study term 4 work term
3 study term 5 study term 6 work term
4 work term work term work term
5 study term 7 study term 8

Choosing the Right Program

The BEng program in Aerospace Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from the program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer.

There are four streams in the Aerospace Engineering program: aerodynamics, propulsion, and vehicle performance; aerospace structures, systems, and vehicle design; aerospace electronics and systems; and space systems design. All streams provide a foundation in the key disciplines of dynamics, thermofluids, solid mechanics and materials—disciplines that are essential to the design of airframes, space platforms and propulsion systems.

In the aerodynamics, propulsion, and vehicle performance stream, you specialize in aircraft aerodynamics, performance, control and propulsion technologies. The aerospace structures, systems, and vehicle design stream focuses on lightweight structures and materials for aircraft and space vehicles. The aerospace electronics and systems stream concentrates on modern aircraft and spacecraft electronics for navigation, guidance, communication and remote sensing. Included are courses on software structures, signal processing, electronics and telecommunications. The space systems design stream emphasizes spacecraft and satellite design and mission planning, with courses dedicated to orbital mechanics, spacecraft design, communication, propulsion and dynamics.

All of the aerospace streams begin with a common set of courses that provide a foundation in engineering, mathematics and science. These are followed by increasingly specialized courses throughout the remainder of the four year program.

Course Structure

The courses of a typical Aerospace program are shown below.

Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Calculus for Engineering Students
[MATH 1004]
Linear Algebra for Engineering Students
[MATH 1104]
Computation and Programming
[ECOR 1041]
Chemistry for Engineering Students
[CHEM 1101]
[ECOR 1043]
Introductory Electromagnetism and Wave Motion [PHYS 1004]
[ECOR 1045]
Data Management
[ECOR 1042]
Visual Communication
[ECOR 1047]
[ECOR 1044]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines I
[ECOR 1055]
[ECOR 1046]
Engineering Profession
[ECOR 1057]
[ECOR 1048]
Basic Science Elective Introduction to Engineering Disciplines II
[ECOR 1056]
Complementary Studies Elective
Study Term 3 Study Term 4
Differential Equations and Infinite Series for Engineering Students [MATH 1005] Multivariable Calculus for Engineering Students [MATH 2004]
Aerospace Engineering Graphical Design [AERO 2001] Engineering Dynamics
[MAAE 2101]
Mechanics of Solids I
[MAAE 2202]
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
[MAAE 2400]
Fluid Mechanics I
[MAAE 2300]
Engineering Materials
[MAAE 2700]
Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments [ECOR 2050] Electrical Engineering
[ELEC 3605]
Study Term 5 Study Term 6
Mathematical Methods I
[MATH 3705]
Aerospace Design & Practice
[AERO 3002]
Dynamics of Machinery 
[MAAE 3004]
Mechanics of Solids II 
[MAAE 3202]
Fluid Mechanics II
[MAAE 3300]
Applied Thermodynamics 
[MAAE 3400]
Aerospace Materials
[AERO 3700]
Feedback Control Systems 
[MAAE 3500]
Systems & Simulation
[SYSC 3600]
Communication Skills for Engineering Students [CCDP 2100]
Engineering Economics
[ECOR 3800]
Engineering Portfolio
[ECOR 2995]
Study Term 7 Study Term 8
Engineering Design Project
[MAE 4907]
Aerospace Systems Design
[AERO 4003]
Aircraft Stability & Control
[AERO 4308]
Aerodynamics & Heat Transfer
[AERO 4302]
Complementary Studies Elective
Aerospace Vehicle Performance
[AERO 4306]
Engineering Elective
Professional Practice
[ECOR 4995]
Engineering Elective
Engineering Elective

Note: As study terms and courses offered may vary, please refer to the Carleton University Undergraduate Calendar for specific program requirements.

Your Future Opportunities

As a graduate of the Aerospace Engineering program, you will be well prepared for a challenging career within the aerospace design and manufacturing industry, or in airline and space operations, government research laboratories, and aircraft certification and accident investigation authorities.

Student in the cockpit of the National Research Council aircraft

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Aerospace Engineering program, you must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a minimum of six 4U/M courses.

Your six courses must include four prerequisite courses:

  • Advanced Functions
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • One of the following:
    • Calculus and Vectors (strongly recommended for applicants to all engineering programs)
    • Biology
    • Earth and Space Science

Although it is not an admission requirement, at least one 4U course in either English or French is recommended. Equivalent courses may be substituted at the appropriate 4U level.

Since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required marks may vary.


If you are from outside Ontario, or outside Canada, please visit Carleton’s Undergraduate Admissions website for details on your specific program’s requirements.

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