July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
The demand for graduates with aerospace engineering skills is outpacing the annual number of graduates from US academic organizations. Minor degrees programs in aerospace engineering (or similarly titled) are less common than bachelor and postgraduate degree programs, but offer an alternative to students desiring to gain some knowledge and skill in this field of study, without the depth that higher degree programs require. However, there is no US national accreditation standard that provides a framework for these minor degree programs. The intent of this article is to discover what is currently being practiced by academic organizations throughout the United States. In this article, a comprehensive survey was conducted on all US aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering, astronautical engineering, and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) minor degree programs. Statistical analysis was performed to determine program commonalities and differences. Differences were examined between public, private, and government academic organizations. Also a comparison was made between minors offered by organizations that also offer higher degree programs to those that do not. Minor degree programs in UAS are also compared. These programs thread the boundary between aviation and engineering topics. Although UAS minor programs vary greatly between organizations, analysis reveals some commonalities. It is hoped that this article will serve as a guide to academic organizations desiring to start a new minor degree program or expand upon their existing one with the addition of a minor.
Ward, T. A., & Ward, C. M. (2021, July), A Comprehensive Review of U.S. Minor Degrees in Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering and Unmanned Air Systems Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36569
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