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Aerospace Engineering

Consistently ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News and World Report!

CU-Boulder aerospace engineering alumni are distinguished aerospace leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs. Many play key roles in the design of complex aerospace systems in both the public and private sectors.

Take individual graduate courses or pursue a certificate or Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Areas of study include:

  • Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Systems
  • Earth and Space Science, Remote Sensing
  • Bioastronautics
  • Structural and Materials Systems

Dual Degree Options

If you are interested in leadership and management within aerospace, the dual degree of a Master of Science in Aerospace and the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management may be the perfect fit for you!

Graduate Advisor: Aerospace Engineering Sciences

Ann Brookover
Aerospace Website


View graduate degree admission requirements and application deadlines for degrees on the University of Colorado Boulder Graduate Admissions page.

Course Offerings

Aerospace Engineering Courses
Title Type Instructor(s)
ASEN 5007: Introduction to Finite Elements Distance / Main Campus Carlos Felippa
ASEN 5014: Linear Control Systems Distance / Main Campus Nisar Ahmed
ASEN 5016: Space Life Sciences Library David Klaus
ASEN 5022: Dynamics of Aerospace Structures Library K.C. Park
ASEN 5024: Nonlinear Control Systems Library Dale Lawrence
ASEN 5050: Spaceflight Dynamics Distance / Main Campus Jeffrey Parker
ASEN 5051: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics Distance / Main Campus John Farnsworth
ASEN 5070: Introduction to Statistical Orbit Determination 1 Distance / Main Campus Brandon Jones
ASEN 5090: Introduction to Global Navigation Satellite Systems Distance / Main Campus Penina Axelrad
ASEN 5148: Spacecraft Design Library Michael McGrath
ASEN 5158: Space Habitat Design Distance / Main Campus David Klaus
ASEN 5168: Remote Sensing Instrumentation Design Library Bill Emery
ASEN 5210: Remote Sensing Seminar Library Bill Emery
ASEN 5215: Descriptive Physical Oceanography Library Bill Emery
ASEN 5215: Descriptive Physical Oceanography Distance / Main Campus Bill Emery
ASEN 5227: Math for Aerospace Engineering Sciences 1 Distance / Main Campus Bill Emery
ASEN 5245: Radar/Remote Sensing Library Jeffrey Thayer
ASEN 5335: Aerospace Environments Library Delores Knipp
ASEN 5426: Neural Systems and Physiological Control Library Howard Wachtel
ASEN 5436: Brains, Minds, and Computers Library Howard Wachtel
ASEN 5519: Commercial Spaceflight Operations and Communications Distance / Main Campus Bradley Cheetham, George Born
ASEN 5519: Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System Library Brian Argrow
ASEN 6014: Spacecraft Formation Flying Distance / Main Campus Hanspeter Schaub
ASEN 6020: Optimal Trajectories Distance / Main Campus Daniel J. Scheeres
ASEN 6021: Viscous Flows Library Jelliffe Jackson
ASEN 6024: Nonlinear Control Systems Library Dale Lawrence
ASEN 6060: Advanced Astrodynamics Library Daniel J. Scheeres
ASEN 6080: Statistical Orbit Determination 2 Library Jay McMahon
ASEN 6107: Nonlinear Finite Element Methods Library Carlos Felippa
ASEN 6519: Aerospace Vehicle Guidance and Control Library Daniel J. Scheeres
ASEN 6519: Celestial Mechanics Library Daniel J. Scheeres
ASEN 6519: Lidar Remote Sensing Distance / Main Campus Xinzhao Chu
ASEN 6519: Orbital Debris Library Brandon Jones
ASEN 6519: Small Unmanned Aircraft System Guidance, Navigation, and Control Library Eric Frew
ASEN 6519: Uncertainty Quantification Library Alireza Doostan
ASEN 6849: Independent Study Independent Study AES Professors Various
ASEN 6949: Master's Candidate for Degree Independent Study AES Professors Various
ASEN 6950: Master's Thesis Independent Study AES Professors Various