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As part of your bachelor’s degree, you’ll have the opportunity to study aerodynamics, stress analysis and structural design, flight mechanics, stability and control, aircraft performance, propulsion, avionics and systems. You’ll also learn to design, test, manufacture and maintain aircraft or spacecraft, as well as vehicles for transport on land and water. It’s everything you’ll need to embark on a career in one of the most innovative and dynamic fields out there.

A full description of each course can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

A strong foundation is essential. With courses designed to give you the knowledge you’ll need for the rest of your degree—no matter what engineering discipline you choose—first year is the launchpad to your future success.

1st Semester

CEN 100 - Introduction to Engineering
CEN 199* - Writing Skills
CHY 102 - General Chemistry
MTH 140 - Calculus I
MTH 141 - Linear Algebra
PCS 211 - Physics: Mechanics

Liberal Studies: One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

2nd Semester

AER 222 - Engineering Design and Graphical Communication
CPS 125 - Digital Computation and Programming
ECN 801 - Principles of Engineering Economics
MTH 240 - Calculus II
MTL 200 - Materials Science Fundamentals
PCS 125 - Physics: Waves and Fields

Your second year studies will continue to advance your understanding of foundational mathematics and engineering sciences. You’ll learn how to apply that knowledge to analyze and improve processes and systems, and to work with your peers to solve challenging aeronautical engineering problems.

3rd Semester

AER 309 - Basic Thermodynamics
AER 316 - Fluid Mechanics
AER 318 - Dynamics
AER 320 - Statics and Intro to Strength of Materials
CMN 432 - Communication in the Engineering Professions
MTH 425 - Differential Equations and Vector Calculus

4th Semester

AER 403 - Mechanisms and Vibrations
AER 404 - Intro to Aerospace Engineering Design
AER 416 - Flight Mechanics
AER 423 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
EES 512 - Electric Circuits
MTH 410 - Statistics

All required courses in 1st and 2nd semesters are prerequisites to all required courses in 3rd and 4th semesters.

Third year is an exciting time, when the picture of your career starts to come into focus. During this phase of your degree, you’ll choose between the following three streams: Aircraft (airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters), Spacecraft (spacecraft, satellites), and Avionics (electronic systems on aircraft, satellites and spacecraft). You’ll also start planning ahead for the next year by exploring opportunities for professional experience with the Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (RIADI) and/or our co-operative internship program. (Participating in a co-operative internship will add one more year to your degree.)

5th Semester

AER 504 - Aerodynamics
AER 507 - Materials and Manufacturing
AER 520 - Stress Analysis
EES 612 - Electric Machines and Electronics
MTH 510 - Numerical Analysis

Liberal Studies: One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

6th Semester

AER 509 - Control Systems
AER 606 - Component Design and Material Selection
AER 615 - Aircraft Performance
AER 621 - Aerospace Structural Design
AER 622 - Gas Dynamics

Professional: One course from the following streams:

All required courses in 1st and 2nd semesters are prerequisites to all required courses in 5th & 6th semesters.

Note: Students who have a clear academic standing after 6th semester may opt to enrol in the co-operative internship. Students will be enrolled in WKT 89A/B by the department. WKT 89A/B is graded on a pass/fail basis.

In fourth year, the focus is on your career readiness, as well as your own ideas and innovations. You’ve decided what stream you want to focus on—Aircraft, Spacecraft or Avionics—and your courses will be geared specifically towards that field. Outside of the classroom, a world of opportunities await. You’ll work on a student team to design and analyze your own aircraft or spacecraft, and present your final project to industry representatives. Should you want to pursue more advanced studies, your fourth year is also the ideal time to consider applying to our graduate studies program.

Note: Should you participate in a co-operative internship, your fourth year will be spent exclusively working in industry. You’ll complete the rest of your degree the following year, making your program five years in duration.

7th Semester

AER 715 - Avionics and Systems
AER 817 - Systems Engineering

Liberal Studies: One course from the following:

ENG 503 - Science Fiction
GEO 702 - Technology and the Contemporary Environment
HST 701 - Scientific Technology and Modern Society
PHL 709 - Religion, Science and Philosophy
POL 507 - Power, Change and Technology

Professional: Two courses from the following streams (you take the courses in the stream you chose in the 6th semester):

  • Aircraft:
    AER 716 - Aircraft Stability and Control
    AER 722 - Aeroelasticity
  • Avionics:
    EES 508 - Digital Systems
    AER 716 - Aircraft Stability and Control
  • Spacecraft:
    AER 721 - Orbital Dynamics
    AER 723 - Introduction to Space Systems Design

8th Semester

AER 710 - Propulsion
CEN 800 - Law and Ethics in Engineering Practice

Liberal Studies: One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

Professional*: One course from the following:

AER 818 - Manufacturing Management
AER 821 - Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
AER 827 - Composite Materials
AER 870 - Aerospace Engineering Thesis

* Not every course will be offered every semester.

Professional: One course from the following streams (you take the course in the stream you chose in the 6th semester):

  • Aircraft:
    AER 814 - Aircraft Design Project
  • Avionics:
    AER 822 - Avionics Design Project
  • Spacecraft:
    AER 813 - Space Systems Design Project

All required courses in 1st through 4th semesters are prerequisites to all required courses in 7th & 8th semesters.

Third-Year Streams

Are you fascinated by fixed-wing airplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)? If so, consider the Aircraft stream. This specialization further deepens your knowledge in analysis, design, development and control of all types of aircraft. As a graduate of this specialization, you’ll be qualified for employment at more than 400 Canadian aerospace firms, such as Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bombardier Aerospace, Honeywell, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, CAE, Thales Canada Inc, Messier-Dowty, Héroux-Devtek, Magellan Aerospace Corporation, Goodrich, Avcorp, Standard Aero, Viking Air, ExelTech Aerospace, ACTS, GasTOPS, Vector Aerospace Corporation, and Viking Air Limited. The skills you acquire can also be applied to other areas, such as robotics and automotive.

Aircraft Stream Courses:

If you’re passionate about remote-controlled aircrafts and flight simulation, the Avionics stream could be for you. Focused on the electronics systems in aircraft, satellites and spacecraft, this specialization will give you exceptional knowledge of flight instrumentation, computer control of aircraft, and flight control algorithms. As an avionics and systems engineer, you’ll be qualified for a career with most Canadian aerospace firms, including CMC Electronics, Field Aviation, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., IMP Aerospace & Defence, KF Aerospace, MDA, Thales Canada Inc., MicroPilot, Aversan Inc, and Celestica. The skills you acquire can also be applied to other areas, such as robotics and automotive.

Avionics Stream Courses:

Dreaming of a career that sends your ideas into orbit? The Spacecraft stream will give you the foundation you need. You’ll have the opportunity to design a spacecraft, as well as broaden your knowledge of mission planning and the dynamics of satellites on-orbit. In addition to general aerospace industry careers, as a graduate of this stream you’ll be qualified for jobs with leading Canadian aerospace companies and agencies such as MDA, ComDev Ltd., AstroCom Associates Inc., Aastra Aerospace, Neptec Design Group, Canadian Space Agency, Aerocorp, ATS Aerospace Inc., Reach Technologies Inc., and Russel Associates Inc. The skills you acquire in controls and design can also be applied to other areas, such as space robotics and Big Data analysis.

Spacecraft Stream Courses:

  • AER 627 - Introduction to Space Robotics
  • AER 721 - Orbital Dynamics
  • AER 723 - Introduction to Space Systems Design
  • AER 813 - Space Systems Design Project