• Unmanned aircraft program takes off
    to fill the future job market
  • UAS students will take courses to
    build, modify, and fly aircraft
  • Students use 3D Robotics X-8 aircraft in Argentina to research agricultural yields
  • Workshop demonstration
    helps K-12 educators teach about aerospace
  • MTSU partners with the Army
    on military uses of unmanned vehicles

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations

MTSU’s new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration, within the B.S. in Aerospace degree, is the first of its kind in the state and one of only a handful in the United States. Students will prepare for thousands of new jobs created in many industries as unmanned aircraft systems become a major fixture in the future of aviation worldwide. This newest Aerospace concentration includes hands-on courses on building and flying unmanned aircraft systems, manned pilot training to earn a private pilot license, core aerospace courses, and participation with industry partners. Majors also will take an interdisciplinary, technical path through electricity principles, computer science, geographic information systems (GIS), agriculture, business and other programs. Graduates can pursue careers in desired industries from agriculture, public safety, photography, media, disaster response/management, the power industry, defense department positions, and an endless list of others.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.

Aerospace department stays on ‘cutting edge’

Aerospace department stays on ‘cutting edge’

Unmanned aircraft courses have been taught since spring 2014, originally offered as electives while the complete concentration was being built. The UAS Operations concentration received Tennessee Board of Regents approval in late 2014. “We strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology and safety in our programs,” Aerospace department chair Ron Ferrara says. “This significant shift in the aviation industry will have profound positive effects, and we are paving the way for students to enter this career field.” The new major is fully available for the Fall 2015 semester. Current Aerospace students are allowed to add UAS Operations as their major concentration online after talking to their advisor first.  “As the national airspace system is reshaped through unmanned aircraft and new technologies, MTSU students will be able to lead the way and find lucrative positions in the workforce,” Ferrara says. “This is a chance for our graduates to work in multiple industries and bring the advances and benefits of aviation—and unmanned aircraft—to those previously not reached.”

New major draws on faculty expertise all over campus

New major draws on faculty expertise all over campus

UAS Operations will help prepare students to fly unmanned aircraft, program the aircraft, and build and modify aircraft to their unique needs. This will allow graduating students to set their own course in a multitude of industries and other disciplines, says Doug Campbell, UAS Operations manager. “Students will garner from the expertise of faculty members around the university, such as computer science and engineering technology, and the input from many departments was crucial to create a strong degree program,” Campbell continues. Promoted to his position in 2014, Campbell also conducts multi-disciplinary/aeronautical research for the UAS program. He previously was a Navy officer/P-3C Orion pilot and Army contractor MQ-5B Hunter UAS operator. He has military experience flying manned and unmanned aircraft in various mission profiles and also holds an FAA Commercial, Single and Multi-Engine Land, Instrument pilot certificate. Campbell earned a bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Memphis in 2006 and is finishing his MTSU master’s in Aerospace in the Aviation Safety and Security Management concentration.

Graduates in the new UAS Operations concentration will be a part of a rising business sector expected to bring 70,000 new jobs with starting salaries of $50,000 or higher and to contribute $13.6 billion to the U.S. economy by 2018-20. The program is designed for students who have an interest in unmanned aviation—whether that is flying the UAS, providing support services (consulting, data analysis, UAS construction/modification/repair, etc.), or in managerial roles at a company operating UAS. The concentration is expected to create new operators, consultants, managers, and leaders who will thrive in the UAS industry.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • This information is still being compiled since this is a new program.

The newest program offered by the Department of Aerospace available under the Aerospace major is the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration earning the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Other concentrations under this major are Administration, Flight Dispatch, Maintenance Management, Professional Pilot, and Technology, along with an Air Traffic Control certification program.

UAS Operations students will take traditional aerospace courses to build a strong foundation as professional aviators. In addition, five specific unmanned aircraft courses are required, ranging from a basic introduction to UAS through an in-depth study of UAS systems; ultimately, students are expected to achieve proficiency in operating a UAS and in creating a solid business plan.

The concentration includes manned flight training (to the Private Pilot certificate level) and preparation for the FAA UAS knowledge test to earn a Remote Pilot Certificate. Interdisciplinary courses are also included in electricity, electronics, microprocessors, computer science, management, geographic information systems, and others.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS  tab above. 

A minor in Aerospace is available and may emphasize administrative or technical subject matter.

Graduate

MTSU’s Department of Aerospace offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Aviation Administration. There are three possible concentrations: Aviation Education, Aviation Management, and Aviation Safety and Security Management.

Aerospace, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Concentration, B.S.

Department of Aerospace 
615-898-2788
Kevin Corns, program coordinator
Kevin.Corns@mtsu.edu

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration offers instruction for students who are interested in a career in unmanned aviation-whether that is flying the Unmanned Aircraft, providing support services (consulting, data analysis, UAS construction/modification /repair, etc.) or in managerial roles at a company operating UAS. As delineated in the requirements listed below, The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations concentration requires the completion of a Private Pilot Certificate.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Aerospace, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following General Education courses are required for this major:

  • MATH 1810 or 1910 (Math)
  • PHYS 2011/2011 or PHYS 2110/2111 (Nat Sci)

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Aerospace Core Requirement (13 hours)

  • AERO 1010 - Introduction to Aerospace

    3 credit hours

    History of aerospace, opportunities in the field, fundamentals of flight, navigation, meteorology, and Federal Aviation Regulations. Open to all students desiring a general and practical knowledge of aviation.

  • AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight  3 credit hours  

    AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight

    3 credit hours

    Topics include basic aerodynamics with emphasis on lift, weight, thrust, and drag forces and moments acting upon an airplane in flight. A flight demonstration is required at student expense. The flight demonstration requires scheduled time at the airport campus for guided simulator and flight demonstrations. Fee required.

  • AERO 3020 - Aerospace Materials

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010, AERO 1020, and MATH 1810 or MATH 1910. Explores materials used in aerospace applications throughout their development from the standpoint of their properties, economic impact, and future possibilities. The need for new materials to fill current requirements included. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • AERO 3030 - Propulsion Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Principles of operations, major components, and important features of typical propulsion systems used in aircraft and missiles, from reciprocating to reaction. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • AERO 4040 - Aerospace Seminar  1 or 3 credit hours  (1 credit hour required)

    AERO 4040 - Aerospace Seminar

    1 or 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing or final semester of aerospace program. A capstone course involving analysis, synthesis, and integration of relevant academic experiences. Required of all aerospace students prior to graduation.  Meets three hours each week.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Concentration (32 hours)

  • AERO 1710 - Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    3 credit hours

    An overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including UAS history, technology, and applications. Introduces methods of UAS operation, challenges to UAS integration, and regulations/standards governing UAS operation.

  • AERO 2010 - Aviation Weather  3 credit hours  

    AERO 2010 - Aviation Weather

    3 credit hours

    Atmosphere, measurement of meteorological elements, and effects of these on air operations.

  • AERO 2201 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab I

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 2230  or simultaneous completion of AERO 2230. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Private Pilot Certificate; the first of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Private Pilot certificate must be completed during this course. Requires a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of five training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required.

  • AERO 2230 - Professional Pilot I

    3 credit hours

    First of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot. Emphasis placed on acquisition of basic knowledge in the areas of aerodynamics, performance, systems, weather, Federal Aviation Regulations, and flight planning.

  • AERO 3210 - Professional Pilot II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Private Pilot Certificate; AERO 2230 and AERO 2010. Second of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for completion of the Instrument Rating. Emphasis on acquisition of basic knowledge in the area of instrument flight.

  • AERO 3440 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1810 or MATH 1910, PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111. Topics include the incompressible aerodynamics of powered flight to include theories of lift, drag and moments. Additional topics include stability and control, aircraft design, and compressible aerodynamics if time permits. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

  • AERO 3710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 1710. An overview of the different aircraft and the various systems utilized in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platforms currently being operated. Systems overview includes launch and recovery, ground stations, command and control, autopilots, telemetry, communications, robotics, power plants, and design concepts.

  • AERO 3720 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 1710. An overview of the regulatory requirements associated with the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Overview includes Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), National Airspace System (NAS) requirements, Certificates of Authorization (COA) requirements, as well as industry requirements.

  • AERO 3730 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1710 , AERO 3710 , and AERO 3720. An overview of the business requirements associated with the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Overview includes Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) practical applications, National Airspace System (NAS) utilization, Certificate of Authorization (COA) approvals, and business plan development for a profitable, viable UAS company.

  • AERO 4710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Track Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1710, AERO 2201, AERO 2230, AERO 3710, AERO 3720, and AERO 3730. Capstone course in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations. Actual UAS operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) conducted.

 

Choose one from the following:

  • AERO 1230 - Aviation Laws and Regulations

    3 credit hours

    Those portions of Titles 14 and 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations concerning airman certification and aircraft operations.

  • AERO 3170 - Flight Safety  3 credit hours  

    AERO 3170 - Flight Safety

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 1020. Addresses safety issues inherent in flight operations, including human factors, maintenance and design factors, and weather implications. Examines numerous case studies involving aircraft accidents or incidents to assist students in identifying potential risks and hazards in flight environment.

  • AERO 4440 - Aircraft Performance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 3440. Topics include determination of airplane performance given basic aerodynamic, propulsion, structural, and atmospheric characteristics/conditions. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

Supporting Courses (34 hours)

  • CSCI 1170 - Computer Science I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. The first of a two-semester sequence using a high-level language; language constructs and simple data structures such as arrays and strings. Emphasis on problem solving using the language and principles of structured software development. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hour.

  • CSCI 2170 - Computer Science II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CSCI 1170 or equivalent. A continuation of CSCI 1170. Topics include introductory object-oriented programming techniques, software engineering principles, records, recursion, pointers, stacks and queues, linked lists, trees, and sorting and searching. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.

  • ET 3610 - Introduction to Electricity and Electronics

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1730. Orientation to direct current, alternating current, magnetism, filters, and semiconductor devices. Rectifier-filters and basic transistor amplifiers are also examined as representative electronic circuits. Use of meters, oscilloscopes, and other test instruments are stressed in the laboratory. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 3620 - Digital Circuits Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ET 3601 or permission of instructor. Provides thorough coverage of basic digital electronic circuits analysis and design. TTL and CMOS families examined. Number systems, mapping, and minimization techniques covered. Digital design using random logic and programmable logic devices (FPGAs and CPLDs). Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 3630 - Electronics  3 credit hours  

    ET 3630 - Electronics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ET 3602 or permission of instructor. Introduction to analog electronics. Defines basic parameters and theory of operation of discrete semiconductor devices. Introduces fundamentals of electronic circuits analysis and design. Applications illustrate use and laboratory projects provide hands-on experience. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 3650 - Introduction to Microprocessors

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CSCI 1170 and ET 3620. Covers architecture of microcontrollers and microprocessor-based systems and their related components. Machine language programming extensively used to solve problems and demonstrate the relationship of the microprocessor and its supporting peripherals. Basic microcomputer architecture also emphasized. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing  4 credit hours  

    PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing

    4 credit hours

    The various aspects of remote sensing such as radar, satellite imagery, and infrared data. Use of data in preparation of maps and application to land use and environmental problems examined. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • PGEO 4530 - Geographic Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Lecture and laboratory work relative to computer-manipulated geographic data base. Laboratory work will involve experience in practical application of a geographic information system (GIS) to problem solving.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

 

  • BCED 1400 - Introduction to Business

    3 credit hours

    Survey of business economic units of our society; the problems of business such as ownership, social responsibility, physical factors, personnel, marketing, and managerial controls. Includes exploration and analysis of business careers.

  • ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship  3 credit hours  OR

    ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BCED 1400 recommended. The mechanics and operational skills needed for organizing and operating an enterprise.

NOTE: PHYS 2010/2011 or PHYS 2110/2111 and MATH 1810 or MATH 1910 are supporting courses counted in General Education.

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Aerospace, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Concentration

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • AERO 1010 - Introduction to Aerospace

    3 credit hours

    History of aerospace, opportunities in the field, fundamentals of flight, navigation, meteorology, and Federal Aviation Regulations. Open to all students desiring a general and practical knowledge of aviation.

  • AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight  3 credit hours  

    AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight

    3 credit hours

    Topics include basic aerodynamics with emphasis on lift, weight, thrust, and drag forces and moments acting upon an airplane in flight. A flight demonstration is required at student expense. The flight demonstration requires scheduled time at the airport campus for guided simulator and flight demonstrations. Fee required.

  • AERO 2010 - Aviation Weather  3 credit hours  

    AERO 2010 - Aviation Weather

    3 credit hours

    Atmosphere, measurement of meteorological elements, and effects of these on air operations.

  • AERO 2230 - Professional Pilot I

    3 credit hours

    First of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot. Emphasis placed on acquisition of basic knowledge in the areas of aerodynamics, performance, systems, weather, Federal Aviation Regulations, and flight planning.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • MATH 1810 - Applied Calculus I  3 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1810 - Applied Calculus I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH Enhanced ACT 19 or greater or MATH 1710. First of a four-course sequence. Introduces mathematical modeling applied to real-world problems. Sets, functions, inverse models, limits, continuity, first and second order model building, single variable differentiation, implicit differentiation, inverse problems (exponential and log models). First and second derivatives used to study the behavior of real-world applications.

  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I  4 credit hours  (Math)

    MATH 1910 - Calculus I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. An introduction to calculus with an emphasis on analysis of functions, multidisciplinary applications of calculus, and theoretical understanding of differentiation and integration. Topics include the definition of the derivative, differentiation techniques, and applications of the derivative. Calculus topics related to trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions also included. Course concludes with the fundamental theorem of calculus; the definition of antidifferentiation and the definite integral; basic applications of integrations; and introductory techniques of integration. Graphing calculator required.

  • PHYS 2010 - Non-Calculus-Based Physics I  0 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PHYS 2010 - Non-Calculus-Based Physics I

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or MATH 1730. Required corequisite: PHYS 2011. Web-based discussion class to be taken in conjunction with cooperative-learning based problems lab PHYS 2011. Classical mechanics traditionally covered in a first-semester college physics course. Kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Class time used for discussion of the Web-lecture material and for the administration of exams.

  • PHYS 2011 - Physics Problems Laboratory I  4 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PHYS 2011 - Physics Problems Laboratory I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or MATH 1730. Required corequisite: PHYS 2010. Group-oriented problems course taken in conjunction with the Web-based discussion class PHYS 2010. Students work in groups with the topics presented in the PHYS 2010 discussion class. Covers kinematics, forces, momentum, angular motion, calorimetry, and sound waves. Skills associated with the development of experimental investigations including graphical analysis and estimation of uncertainties emphasized. Two two-and-one-half-hour laboratory sessions.

OR

  • PHYS 2110 - Calculus-Based Physics I  0 credit hours  (Nat Sci)

    PHYS 2110 - Calculus-Based Physics I

    0 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Corequisite: PHYS 2111. A calculus-based introduction to mechanics and wave motion. One and one-half hours lecture.

  • PHYS 2111 - Calculus-Based Physics Laboratory I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1910 with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Corequisite: PHYS 2110. Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 2110. Experiments in mechanics, waves, and thermodynamics. Data reduction, error analysis, and report writing. Two three-hour sessions.

  • CSCI 1170 - Computer Science I

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1730 with a grade of C or better or Math ACT of 26 or better or Calculus placement test score of 73 or better. The first of a two-semester sequence using a high-level language; language constructs and simple data structures such as arrays and strings. Emphasis on problem solving using the language and principles of structured software development. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hour.

  • CSCI 2170 - Computer Science II

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CSCI 1170 or equivalent. A continuation of CSCI 1170. Topics include introductory object-oriented programming techniques, software engineering principles, records, recursion, pointers, stacks and queues, linked lists, trees, and sorting and searching. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours.

Subtotal: 33 or 34 Hours

Sophomore

  • AERO 1710 - Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    3 credit hours

    An overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including UAS history, technology, and applications. Introduces methods of UAS operation, challenges to UAS integration, and regulations/standards governing UAS operation.

  • AERO 2201 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab I

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 2230  or simultaneous completion of AERO 2230. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Private Pilot Certificate; the first of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Private Pilot certificate must be completed during this course. Requires a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of five training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required.

  • AERO 1230 - Aviation Laws and Regulations

    3 credit hours

    Those portions of Titles 14 and 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations concerning airman certification and aircraft operations.

  • AERO 3170 - Flight Safety  3 credit hours  OR

    AERO 3170 - Flight Safety

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 1020. Addresses safety issues inherent in flight operations, including human factors, maintenance and design factors, and weather implications. Examines numerous case studies involving aircraft accidents or incidents to assist students in identifying potential risks and hazards in flight environment.

  • AERO 4440 - Aircraft Performance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 3440. Topics include determination of airplane performance given basic aerodynamic, propulsion, structural, and atmospheric characteristics/conditions. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

  • AERO 3210 - Professional Pilot II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Private Pilot Certificate; AERO 2230 and AERO 2010. Second of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for completion of the Instrument Rating. Emphasis on acquisition of basic knowledge in the area of instrument flight.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • BCED 1400 - Introduction to Business

    3 credit hours

    Survey of business economic units of our society; the problems of business such as ownership, social responsibility, physical factors, personnel, marketing, and managerial controls. Includes exploration and analysis of business careers.

  • ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship  3 credit hours  OR

    ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BCED 1400 recommended. The mechanics and operational skills needed for organizing and operating an enterprise.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

  • AERO 3710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 1710. An overview of the different aircraft and the various systems utilized in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platforms currently being operated. Systems overview includes launch and recovery, ground stations, command and control, autopilots, telemetry, communications, robotics, power plants, and design concepts.

  • AERO 3720 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: AERO 1710. An overview of the regulatory requirements associated with the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Overview includes Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), National Airspace System (NAS) requirements, Certificates of Authorization (COA) requirements, as well as industry requirements.

  • AERO 3020 - Aerospace Materials

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010, AERO 1020, and MATH 1810 or MATH 1910. Explores materials used in aerospace applications throughout their development from the standpoint of their properties, economic impact, and future possibilities. The need for new materials to fill current requirements included. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • AERO 3030 - Propulsion Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Principles of operations, major components, and important features of typical propulsion systems used in aircraft and missiles, from reciprocating to reaction. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

  • ET 3610 - Introduction to Electricity and Electronics

    4 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1730. Orientation to direct current, alternating current, magnetism, filters, and semiconductor devices. Rectifier-filters and basic transistor amplifiers are also examined as representative electronic circuits. Use of meters, oscilloscopes, and other test instruments are stressed in the laboratory. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 3620 - Digital Circuits Fundamentals

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ET 3601 or permission of instructor. Provides thorough coverage of basic digital electronic circuits analysis and design. TTL and CMOS families examined. Number systems, mapping, and minimization techniques covered. Digital design using random logic and programmable logic devices (FPGAs and CPLDs). Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (ECON 2410/GEOG 2000 recommended) 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Senior

  • AERO 3730 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1710 , AERO 3710 , and AERO 3720. An overview of the business requirements associated with the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Overview includes Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) practical applications, National Airspace System (NAS) utilization, Certificate of Authorization (COA) approvals, and business plan development for a profitable, viable UAS company.

  • AERO 4710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Track Capstone

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: AERO 1710, AERO 2201, AERO 2230, AERO 3710, AERO 3720, and AERO 3730. Capstone course in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations. Actual UAS operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) conducted.

  • AERO 4040 - Aerospace Seminar  1 or 3 credit hours  

    AERO 4040 - Aerospace Seminar

    1 or 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Senior standing or final semester of aerospace program. A capstone course involving analysis, synthesis, and integration of relevant academic experiences. Required of all aerospace students prior to graduation.  Meets three hours each week.

  • AERO 3440 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MATH 1810 or MATH 1910, PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111. Topics include the incompressible aerodynamics of powered flight to include theories of lift, drag and moments. Additional topics include stability and control, aircraft design, and compressible aerodynamics if time permits. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

  • ET 3630 - Electronics  3 credit hours  

    ET 3630 - Electronics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ET 3602 or permission of instructor. Introduction to analog electronics. Defines basic parameters and theory of operation of discrete semiconductor devices. Introduces fundamentals of electronic circuits analysis and design. Applications illustrate use and laboratory projects provide hands-on experience. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • ET 3650 - Introduction to Microprocessors

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CSCI 1170 and ET 3620. Covers architecture of microcontrollers and microprocessor-based systems and their related components. Machine language programming extensively used to solve problems and demonstrate the relationship of the microprocessor and its supporting peripherals. Basic microcomputer architecture also emphasized. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

  • PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing  4 credit hours  

    PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing

    4 credit hours

    The various aspects of remote sensing such as radar, satellite imagery, and infrared data. Use of data in preparation of maps and application to land use and environmental problems examined. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

  • PGEO 4530 - Geographic Information Systems

    3 credit hours

    Lecture and laboratory work relative to computer-manipulated geographic data base. Laboratory work will involve experience in practical application of a geographic information system (GIS) to problem solving.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

Subtotal: 26 Hours

Additional Requirements

In addition to all academic requirements, this concentration requires students to obtain a Private Pilot certificate, generally earned through flight training conducted at the MTSU Flight School. All required flight training will be conducted in a flight lab, in University-owned and maintained aircraft, and by a select group of flight instructors screened and trained for their positions by MTSU. All flight labs will be conducted from the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport. Admission to the University does not guarantee enrollment in a flight lab. To enroll in a flight lab, students must submit a Flight Lab Request Form for every semester they wish to fly. The deadlines to submit Flight Lab Request forms are as follows:

  • Fall semester-July 15
  • Spring semester-November 15
  • Summer session-April 15

Flight Lab Request Forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Enrollment in flight labs is limited and selection is made from eligible candidates who are best qualified. Incoming freshmen typically do not receive a flight lab for their first semester. To become eligible for for a flight lab, candidates must meet the following minimum standards:

  1. have a college cumulative grade point average of 2.50;
  2. have a current Second Class FAA medical certificate;
  3. must be in good standing within the department and University (if a transfer student, candidate cannot be on probation in any form);
  4. have no physical disability that would prohibit completion of the course requirements;
  5. have the full required amount of flight lab money deposited in their flight account by the last day of the first week of classes;
  6. show proof of American citizenship by presenting a valid current passport or original birth certificate AND a current valid driver's license;
  7. have completed all required prerequisite classes for the desired lab.

Retention in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration is based on maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better. Violation of any MTSU safety practice or procedure or any FAA regulations will result in immediate termination from the program. Flight fees will be paid directly to MTSU, and students must maintain a positive balance in their training accounts at all times. Lab fee information and a complete explanation of all requirements for flight labs can be found in the Additional Lab Information packet obtained through the MTSU Aerospace website, at the MTSU Flight School, or Aerospace Department main office.

Dr. Kevin Corns
Assistant Professor
Kevin.Corns@mtsu.edu
Hide

Aerospace

AERO 1010 - Introduction to Aerospace
3 credit hours

History of aerospace, opportunities in the field, fundamentals of flight, navigation, meteorology, and Federal Aviation Regulations. Open to all students desiring a general and practical knowledge of aviation.

AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight
3 credit hours

Topics include basic aerodynamics with emphasis on lift, weight, thrust, and drag forces and moments acting upon an airplane in flight. A flight demonstration is required at student expense. The flight demonstration requires scheduled time at the airport campus for guided simulator and flight demonstrations. Fee required.

AERO 1230 - Aviation Laws and Regulations
3 credit hours

Those portions of Titles 14 and 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations concerning airman certification and aircraft operations.

AERO 1340 - Introduction to Aerospace Maintenance
3 credit hours

Organization and operation of aircraft maintenance activities. Federal regulations and aviation maintenance law. Maintenance management function in practical settings. Lecture course that meets 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 1380 - Aerospace Maintenance Shop Practices
3 credit hours

Use of common tools, measuring devices, and special aircraft tools. Shop layout for aircraft maintenance management. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours per semester.

AERO 1710 - Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
3 credit hours

An overview of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including UAS history, technology, and applications. Introduces methods of UAS operation, challenges to UAS integration, and regulations/standards governing UAS operation.

AERO 2010 - Aviation Weather
3 credit hours

Atmosphere, measurement of meteorological elements, and effects of these on air operations.

AERO 2201 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab I
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 2230  or simultaneous completion of AERO 2230. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Private Pilot Certificate; the first of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Private Pilot certificate must be completed during this course. Requires a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of five training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required.

AERO 2220 - Navigation
3 credit hours

The principles of pilotage, dead reckoning, and radio/electronic methods of navigation as applied to cross-country flight planning.

AERO 2230 - Professional Pilot I
3 credit hours

First of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot. Emphasis placed on acquisition of basic knowledge in the areas of aerodynamics, performance, systems, weather, Federal Aviation Regulations, and flight planning.

AERO 2331 - Airframe Inspection
3 credit hours

Pre/corequisites: AERO 1340 and AERO 1380. Requirements, techniques, and procedures. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 2342 - Powerplant Inspection
3 credit hours

Pre/corequisites: AERO 1340 and AERO 1380. Requirements, techniques, and procedures. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 2371 - Aircraft Welding
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1380. Various types of aircraft welding techniques and procedures. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 2381 - Non-Metallic Structures: Dope, Fabric, and Finishing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1380. Aircraft fabric covering and finishing. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets 45 contact hours a semester.

 

AERO 2930 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job experiences related to academic major. Consult department. Pass/Fail.

AERO 2940 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job experiences related to academic major. Consult department. Pass/Fail.

AERO 3020 - Aerospace Materials
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1010, AERO 1020, and MATH 1810 or MATH 1910. Explores materials used in aerospace applications throughout their development from the standpoint of their properties, economic impact, and future possibilities. The need for new materials to fill current requirements included. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3030 - Propulsion Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Principles of operations, major components, and important features of typical propulsion systems used in aircraft and missiles, from reciprocating to reaction. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3050 - Women in Aviation
3 credit hours

Explores the many roles of women in this nontraditional field. Research on the history of women in aviation and their political and social impact on aviation, industry, and the country.

AERO 3080 - Aviation Weather II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 2010. Advanced weather concepts, forecasting, and applications to flight dispatch problems. Spring only.

AERO 3100 - Aerospace in Our Lives
3 credit hours

Open course for non-majors which allows exploration of the aerospace world in which we live. Credit not applicable to Aerospace major.

AERO 3170 - Flight Safety
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1020. Addresses safety issues inherent in flight operations, including human factors, maintenance and design factors, and weather implications. Examines numerous case studies involving aircraft accidents or incidents to assist students in identifying potential risks and hazards in flight environment.

AERO 3202 - Cross-Country Flight Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Commercial Pilot Certificate. Flight instruction leading to the completion of additional cross county flight time. Fee required.

AERO 3203 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab II
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: Private Pilot Certificate; AERO 3210 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3210. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Instrument Rating; second of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Instrument Rating must be completed during this course. Requires a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of five training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required.

AERO 3204 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab III
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 3203 and AERO 3215 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3215. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate-Airplane Single-Engine Land; third of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Commercial Pilot Single-Engine Land Certificate must be completed during this course. Requires a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of five training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required.

AERO 3205 - Conventional Landing Gear Airplane Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Private Pilot Certificate. Flight and ground instruction leading to conventional landing gear operation endorsement. Course includes flight and ground instruction. Fee required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 3206 - Advanced Conventional Landing Gear Flight Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3205. Flight and ground instruction in a high-performance conventional landing gear aircraft leading to a log book endorsement in this type of aircraft. Fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 3210 - Professional Pilot II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Private Pilot Certificate; AERO 2230 and AERO 2010. Second of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for completion of the Instrument Rating. Emphasis on acquisition of basic knowledge in the area of instrument flight.

AERO 3215 - Professional Pilot III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Instrument Rating, AERO 3210, and AERO 3203. Third of five classes in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Commercial Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Pilot. Emphasis placed on the acquisition of advanced knowledge of aerodynamics, performance, systems for single-engine and multi-engine aircraft, and Federal Aviation Regulations.

AERO 3222 - High-Altitude Aircraft Operations Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3240. Simulator and ground instruction in an aircraft simulator leading to a high-altitude log book endorsement. Fees required: NOTE: This is not an FAA-approved Part 141 course.

AERO 3223 - High-Performance Aircraft Flight Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: AERO 3204. Flight and ground instruction in a high-performance aircraft leading to a log book endorsement in this type of aircraft. Fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA-approved Part 141 course.

AERO 3230 - Crew Resource Management
3 credit hours

Augments the student's ability to understand the emotional and logical gaps in communication in the present-day aviation crew environment by developing a better understanding of the student's relational style and personality traits in himself/herself and others. Personality profile is optional and confidential.

AERO 3240 - Professional Pilot IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 3204 and AERO 3261 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3261. Fourth class in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with an introduction to cabin class aircraft and flight in the multi-crew environment. Topics include advanced aircraft systems, flight management systems, crew resource management, aeronautical decision making, and aviation safety. Reviews Part 14 CFR Part 61, 91, 119, 121, and 135 regulations. Includes the training requirements of 14 CFR 61.31 for high performance and pressurized aircraft. Examines flight in cabin class aircraft using the training format employed by the air carrier industry. Includes LOFT assessments with students working as crew and learning typical air carrier procedures in the department's BE-1900 flight training device. Meets for six hours per week and consists of lecture and laboratory. Fee required.

AERO 3241 - Air Charter Flight Laboratory
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: AERO 3203, AERO 3204, AERO 3223, AERO 3240; consent of instructor. Air charter operation. Students will be utilized as co-pilots during transportation of university personnel. NOTE: This is not an FAA-approved Part 141 course.

AERO 3261 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab IV
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: AERO 3204 and AERO 3215. Flight instruction leading to the FAA Commercial Pilot Airplane Multi-engine Land Certificate; last of four flight labs in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Commercial Pilot Multi-engine Land Certificate must be completed during this course. Fee required. Requires a minimum of three training sessions per week at the airport campus in the spring/fall semester and a minimum of four training sessions per week at the airport campus in the summer session. Fee required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 3301 - Sheet Metal Repair
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, and AERO 3020 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3020. Provides practical experience in the repair of sheet metal structures, including major repairs and alterations. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3322 - Aerospace Reciprocating Engine Overhaul
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1380 and AERO 3030. Completion of a major overhaul on an aircraft engine, including procedures and acceptable techniques used in engine disassembly, inspection, repair, reassembly, and operational testing. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3362 - Advanced Aerospace Engine Systems Maintenance and Repai
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1380 and AERO 3030. The operation of powerplant component systems; induction, exhaust, instrumentation, engine electrical, and propeller systems. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3371 - Aircraft Finishing and Non-Destructive Inspection
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1380,  AERO 3030, and AERO 3322. Fundamentals of non-destructive inspection techniques including dye penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, and ultrasonic inspection. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3392 - Reciprocating Engine Maintenance Repair
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340,  AERO 1380, and AERO 3322. Reciprocating engines including theory, construction, fuel metering, ignition, and operational maintenance procedures. Inspection and repair processes are applied to operating engine systems. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 3440 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MATH 1810 or MATH 1910, PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111. Topics include the incompressible aerodynamics of powered flight to include theories of lift, drag and moments. Additional topics include stability and control, aircraft design, and compressible aerodynamics if time permits. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

AERO 3510 - Instrument Flight Fundamentals for Non-Pilots
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 2230 or AERO 2220. (Not open to Professional Pilot majors or students who have completed AERO 3210.) Offers preparation for certification as a Flight Dispatcher  and the Air Traffic Control Candidates. Classroom and flight simulator instruction emphasizes advanced knowledge in the areas of aerodynamics, performance, systems, Federal Aviation Regulations. No fee required.

AERO 3630 - Introduction to Air Traffic Control
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1010, AERO 1020, AERO 1230, AERO 2010, AERO 2220 or AERO 2230, and AERO 3210 or AERO 3510. Required corequisite: AERO 3631. Introduces students to the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control System and the procedures and policies used in the National Airspace System. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Fall only. For complete ATC policy go to mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 3631 - Introduction to Air Traffic Control Lab
1 credit hour credit

Required corequisite: AERO 3630. Focuses on the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control System; introduces the Air Traffic Control Tower, the Terminal Radar Approach Control, and En-Route systems. Students required to attend simulation labs which will give them hands on application of tasks and procedures used in the National Airspace System. Fee required. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Requires four hours contact time required per week. Fall only. For complete ACT policy to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 3640 - Air Traffic Control: Tower Operations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 3630. Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 3630. Required corequisite: AERO 3641. Presents the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control Tower. Opportunity to learn the different positions, procedures, and regulations that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Spring only. For complete ATC policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 3641 - Air Traffic Control: Tower Operations Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 3631; corequisite: AERO 3640. Focuses on the multiple policies and procedures of Air Traffic Control Tower operations. Students required to attend simulation labs that provide hands-on application of tasks and procedures used in the National Airspace System. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Fee required. Four hours contact time required per week. Spring only. For complete ATC policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 3710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1710. An overview of the different aircraft and the various systems utilized in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platforms currently being operated. Systems overview includes launch and recovery, ground stations, command and control, autopilots, telemetry, communications, robotics, power plants, and design concepts.

AERO 3720 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 1710. An overview of the regulatory requirements associated with the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Overview includes Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), National Airspace System (NAS) requirements, Certificates of Authorization (COA) requirements, as well as industry requirements.

AERO 3730 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1710 , AERO 3710 , and AERO 3720. An overview of the business requirements associated with the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Overview includes Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) practical applications, National Airspace System (NAS) utilization, Certificate of Authorization (COA) approvals, and business plan development for a profitable, viable UAS company.

AERO 3970 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job experiences related to academic major. Consult department. Pass/Fail.

AERO 3980 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Provides students with opportunities for on-the-job experiences related to academic major. Consult department. Pass/Fail.

AERO 4040 - Aerospace Seminar
1 or 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Senior standing or final semester of aerospace program. A capstone course involving analysis, synthesis, and integration of relevant academic experiences. Required of all aerospace students prior to graduation.  Meets three hours each week.

AERO 4050 - Aerospace Internship I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of department chair. Student is employed by an acceptable airline, airport director, or aerospace industry for 300 hours of field work. Pass/Fail.

AERO 4060 - Aerospace Internship II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and consent of department chair. A continuation of the internship program with a different employer and place of work or a significant job category change. Pass/Fail.

AERO 4071 - Problems in Aerospace
1 to 3 credit hours

Individual directed study in the field of aerospace.

AERO 4100 - Airline Management
3 credit hours

Airline operation and implementation of sound management practice.

AERO 4110 - Airport Management
3 credit hours

Airport operations and development of airport master plan. Fall only.

AERO 4130 - Aerospace Physiology
3 credit hours

Instruction, readings, and structured experiences to insure familiarity with the various physiological and health-related factors affecting a flyer's safety and performance.

AERO 4140 - Seminar in Airline Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 4100 and senior standing. Capstone course for students selecting the airline management focus within Aerospace Administration. Individually directed course on a selected topic within the airline industry. Addresses specific airline industry issues and develops solutions to these issues in the global context within which airlines operate.

AERO 4150 - Fixed Base Operations Management
3 credit hours

The FBO operator and the essential role played in general aviation.

AERO 4170 - Airport Planning and Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of department. Methods utilized in airport planning and design, including the consideration of the needs of stakeholders in the design process. Students will have opportunity to apply knowledge of airport management with the planning and design of a new airport in a major project. Students using this course as a capstone for the Airport Management focus within Aerospace Administration must also have AERO 4110 

AERO 4201 - Flight Instructor-Airplane Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: AERO 4210, current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, and consent of instructor. Flight and ground instruction leading to the FAA Flight Instructor - Airplane Certificate. Covers all topics of the Flight Instructor - Airplane Practical Test Standards. Flight fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 4202 - Flight Instructor-Instrument Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: Current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an instrument rating, AERO 3210, and consent of the instructor. Flight and ground instruction leading to the FAA Flight Instructor - Instrument Certificate. Covers all topics of the Flight Instructor - Instrument Practical Test Standards. Flight fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 4203 - Flight Instructor-Multi-Engine Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisites: Current FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument rating and consent of the instructor. Flight and ground instruction leading to the FAA Flight Instructor - Multiengine Certificate. Covers all topics of the Flight Instructor - Multiengine Practical Test Standards. Flight fees required. NOTE: This is not an FAA Part 141 course.

AERO 4210 - Flight Instructor Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating-Airplane. Ground instruction leading to the Certificated Flight Instructor - Airplane, Single Engine Land completed during the course. Fee required for exams.

AERO 4220 - Advanced Certified Flight Instructor Fundamentals
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. Ground and flight instruction leading to the instrument and multiengine instructor ratings. Flight training for this course is to be taken at the MTSU Flight School. The ratings must be completed during the course. Students should consult with the chief flight instructor for a scheduled flight slot. Fee required.

AERO 4250 - Professional Pilot V
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 3240. Capstone course in the Professional Pilot concentration sequence. Provides students with an experiential view of the duties of a professional pilot. Topics include turbojet aircraft systems, advanced avionics and flight management systems, transport aircraft flight techniques (including operations in all flight regimes and in difficult operational conditions), and stall and upset recognition and recovery in transport category aircraft. Crew resource management, aeronautical decision making, and professionalism developed. Turbofan aircraft training in the format employed by air carriers, including LOFT scenarios in the department's CRJ-200 flight training device. Meets for six hours per week; lecture and laboratory activities. Fee required.

AERO 4301 - Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Structural Repair
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, and AERO 3020 or simultaneous completion of AERO 3020. Non-typical structures including bonded and plastic structures. Includes planning and organizing of major structural repair projects and rebuilding of severely damaged aircraft. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4310 - Aerospace Vehicle Systems
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1010 and AERO 1020. Design, use, and function of typical hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical systems used on transport category aircraft. Lecture that meets for 45 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4311 - Aerospace Accessory Systems Maintenance and Repair
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 2331, AERO 2342, and ET 3610. Practical experience in the maintenance, inspection, and repair of aircraft systems and components. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours per semester.

AERO 4312 - Turbine Engine System
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, and AERO 3030. Advanced course in the maintenance of complex systems. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4332 - Reciprocating Engine Troubleshooting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, AERO 2342, and AERO 3030. Provides practical experience in inspecting and troubleshooting problems with reciprocating engines and powerplant systems. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4340 - Maintenance Management Capstone
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Students must be in the last 18 hours of coursework before graduation. Students assigned a specific task directly related to the knowledge and skills gained during their progress through the Maintenance Management concentration. Students expected to complete assigned project with minimum guidance from the instructor. Pass/fail; passing grade required for graduation from the Maintenance Management program.

AERO 4342 - Turbine Engine Inspection and Troubleshooting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, AERO 3030, and AERO 4312. Provides practical experience in turbine engine inspection to include hot section inspection, engine operation, and troubleshooting. Students must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4371 - Advanced Aerospace Vehicle Systems Overhaul
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, AERO 4310, and  ET 3610. Complete repair and overhaul of complex aerospace vehicle systems including hydraulics, electric, pneumatics, fuel, and oil. Shop layout and quality control procedures stressed. Student must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4381 - Advanced Aerospace Accessory Systems Maintenance and Re
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1340, AERO 1380, AERO 4310, and ET 3610. Repair and overhaul of complex accessory systems and subsystems. Practical experience in overhaul of air conditioning, pressurization, oxygen, electrical power generation and control, electrical motors, electrical system configuration and troubleshooting. Student must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory that meets for 90 contact hours a semester. Special fee applies for an electronics project.

AERO 4392 - Aerospace Turbine Engine Maintenance and Overhaul
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 4342. Field maintenance and repair of turbine engines and components. Includes limited overhaul procedures and techniques. Management procedures stressed. Student must provide basic tools and safety equipment. Lecture/laboratory meets for 90 contact hours a semester.

AERO 4400 - Space
3 credit hours

History of global space exploration and the successes and failures of manned and unmanned efforts in the race to the moon.

AERO 4440 - Aircraft Performance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 3440. Topics include determination of airplane performance given basic aerodynamic, propulsion, structural, and atmospheric characteristics/conditions. A flight test exercise is conducted at student expense. The flight test requires that the class meet at the airport campus for several weeks during the semester. Open class times before and/or after the class are recommended. Fee required.

AERO 4490 - Aerospace Science for Teachers
3 credit hours

An introduction to the total aviation and space effort.

AERO 4580 - Flight Dispatch and ATP Written Preparation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1230, AERO 3080, AERO 3210 or AERO 3510, and AERO 3630/AERO 3631. Must be 21 years of age before the Fall graduation date. First of two classes providing students with the knowledge required for certification as an aircraft dispatcher. Topics include dispatch resource management, aircraft systems and limitations, weight and balance, and aircraft performance. The FAA computerized aircraft dispatcher (ADX) exam must be passed during this course. Fall only.

AERO 4590 - Flight Dispatch
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: AERO 4580. Second of two classes providing students with the knowledge required for certification as an aircraft dispatcher. Explores factors necessary to prepare a flight plan such as weather analysis, enroute charts, dispatch release, and emergency/abnormal procedures. As this is the capstone course for the Flight Dispatch concentration, students must obtain the aircraft dispatch certification upon course completion.Spring only.

AERO 4650 - Air Traffic Control: TRACON Operations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 3640; corequisite: AERO 4651. Focuses on operations of the Air Traffic Control Terminal Radar Approach Control and procedures and policies that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic in the National Airspace System. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Fall only. For complete ATC program policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 4651 - Air Traffic Control: TRACON Operations Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 3641; corequisite: AERO 4650. Focuses on the many aspects of the Air Traffic Terminal Radar Approach Control System; radar and data side of the TRACON positions; and all procedures, regulations, and specific phraseology that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic. Designed to provide experience in real world simulation of the TRACON environment. Fee required. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Four hours contact time required per week. Fall only. For complete ATC program policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.  

AERO 4660 - Air Traffic Control: En-Route Operations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 4650; required corequisite: AERO 4661. Focuses on the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control En-Route System. Radar and data sides of the En-Route positions addressed. Radar and Non-Radar procedures, regulations, and specific phraseology that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic presented. A final grade of B is required for continuation int he ATC program. Spring only. For complete ATC program policy go to http://mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 4661 - Air Traffic Control: En-Route Operations Lab
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Grade of B in AERO 4651; corequisite: AERO 4660. Focuses on the many aspects of the Air Traffic Control En-Route System. Radar and data side of the En-Route positions addressed. Students will have opportunity to demonstrate all procedures, regulations, and specific phraseology that apply to the safe and expeditious flow of air traffic. Students will be required to attend labs to provide hands-on application of task and procedures used in the En-Route environment. Fee required. A final grade of B is required for continuation in the ATC program. Four hours contact time required per week. Spring only. For complete ATC program policy go to www.mtsu.edu/aerospace/cti.php.

AERO 4710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Track Capstone
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: AERO 1710, AERO 2201, AERO 2230, AERO 3710, AERO 3720, and AERO 3730. Capstone course in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations. Actual UAS operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) conducted.

AERO 4730 - Honors Seminar in Aviation Psychology
3 credit hours

Application and physiological testing and research techniques in aviation education, management, and technology.

Contact and Student Information

Dr. Kevin Corns
Kevin.Corns@mtsu.edu
615-898-5571

Andrew Symonds (A-J)
andrew.symonds@mtsu.edu
615-898-2055 | KUC 322

Amanda Custers (K-Z)
amanda.custers@mtsu.edu
615-898-2277 | KUC 322

Department of Aerospace
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 67
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Request Information








MTSU True Blue Preview: Aerospace

Growing out of WWII pilot training on campus, MTSU's Aerospace department has become one of the nati... [more]

MTSU Campus Tour

From the acclaimed academic programs and state-of-the-art facilities to MTSU campus life and the thr... [more]