Aeronautical Engineering

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  1. AVT

    AVT USAFA 2015

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    I have not yet fully decided what I plan to major in, but I am set on Air Force.
    One of my interests is in Aeronautical Engineering, and I plan on choosing back up colleges with strong AFROTC and good Aeronautical programs.

    Is this one of the hardest majors at the Academy?
    What does an Aeronautical Developmental Engineer specifically do?
     
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  2. Drew_22

    Drew_22 USAFA Cadet

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    Typically the science majors at any Academy (not just Air Force) are the toughest to major in. Aeronautical Engineering focuses on flight and aerodynamics. So you will get to work with wind tunnels and build little model aircraft that you get to fly. Overall you basically learn about flight and what lift is and drag and all of the components that get an airplane off the ground. When I went to NASS Aeronautical Engineering was one of my work shops. Typically at any other civilian University Aeronautical and Astronautical are included in the same major. This is not the case at Air Force or Navy as I have interpreted it.
     
  3. onlyplaying

    onlyplaying 2014 Cadet Mom

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    For a back up school, I would highly recommend Embry Riddle. There are two campuses. One in Prescott, AZ the other in Daytona Beach, FL. I believe the FL campus has ROTC programs, not sure about the AZ campus.
     
  4. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Hardest Major?

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For many, astronautical or aeronautical engineering are insanely hard majors. However, if you have a love for math (no, make that if you are one of the top or THE top math student at your school) and love flight, the major is there waiting for you.
     
  5. aa5252000

    aa5252000 Appointee Dad

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    considering most other colleges that offer aeronautical or astronautical engineering degrees that take a solid 5 years to obtain, be prepared for a HEAVY class load on top of all the other activities. Just a friendly word of warning. :redface:
     
  6. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Yes, aero is one of the toughest majors at the academy. Be ready to do a lot of math, design projects with tons of computations, etc.

    On the plus side, some of the projects the aero department works on actually see the light of day outside the academy. You might wind up actually working on a significant project while a student.
     
  7. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    5 year degree in 4 years? Yeah it's hard, but definitely doable. They get to do some pretty cool stuff too. Just be ready to work.
     
  8. CadCandMateus

    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    I am currently majoring in aeronautical engineering and am about to start my junior year. Any questions feel free to send me a PM.
     
  9. Marine75-78

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    S had 23 and 24 hours respectively during C2C year - major astro.

    He is happy now that C1C year will be around 18 - 20 hours. He is looking forward to the capstone project.
     

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