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Program educational objectives & student outcomes

The Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering provides a strong and broad technical foundation, professional engineering skills, leadership ability, and a well-rounded undergraduate experience.

The educational objective of our undergraduate program is to produce aerospace and ocean engineering graduates who, within five years of completing the BS degree, will be successful in a variety of professional careers, including those outside of traditional aerospace and ocean engineering fields, as evidenced by one or more of the following achievements:

  • Creating value by applying the appropriate aerospace and ocean engineering tools to engineering analysis or design of vehicles and systems which operate in the atmosphere, space, and the ocean
  • Pursuing professional development via graduate study and/or continuing education in aerospace or ocean engineering or related areas
  • Advancing professionally in positions of increasing leadership and/or responsibility within their chosen career field
  • Communicating effectively using written, oral, and visual media adapted to different audiences and stakeholders
  • Working effectively in multidisciplinary team environments composed of members with varying organizational backgrounds, positions, and geographic locations
  • Serving the profession, community, and society, as exemplified in our motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve)


As a result of their completion of the program curriculum, students will attain the following outcomes:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Undergraduate enrollment and degrees conferred

Both the B.S. program in Aerospace Engineering and the B.S. program in Ocean Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,