The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Honors Program is part of the College of Engineering Honors Program. It is designed to challenge exceptionally talented students with an enriched educational experience.

Students completing the AEM Honors Program will be awarded a certificate and recognized at the Honors Day Ceremony in the student’s senior year. Visit The University of Alabama Honors College for more information regarding university-wide honors programs.

Participation in the University Honors Program is recommended, but not a requirement. It is also possible for a student in the AEM Honors Program to participate in the AEM University Scholars Program.


  • Must be an aerospace engineering student
  • must apply to the University Honors Program and inform the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Undergraduate Program Coordinator
  • current UA students must have a minimum 3.3 GPA. Freshmen and transfer students must have a minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and an ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1240. Students not meeting this requirement may enter the program after they achieve a 3.3 GPA at the University

Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA to remain in the AEM Honors Program.

AE Honors Program Requirements

Eighteen hours of honors credits are required, as follows:

Honors Courses (12 hours minimum) – may include either approved AEM graduate or 400 level courses taken as Honors-By-Contract. Three of the 12 hours must be “experience-based.”


  • AEM 500 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • AEM 508 Aerospace Propulsion Systems
  • AEM 513 High Speed Aerodynamics
  • AEM 514 Experimental Aerodynamics
  • AEM 520 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • AEM 525 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
  • AEM 528 Space Propulsion
  • AEM 552 Composite Materials
  • AEM 567 Fundamentals of Orbital Mechanics
  • AEM 570 Theory of Vibrations
  • AEM 571 Fundamentals of Acoustics
  • AEM 574 Structural Dynamics
  • 400-Level AEM courses taken as Honors-By-Contract, require completion of work deemed by the instructor to be more advanced than the usual course content. The honors agreement must be established before the course begins. The “experience-based” requirement may be met by AEM 491 or AEM 492 by arrangement with AEM faculty.

Other Honors Classes (six hours minimum) – these may include additional AEM honors courses,  Computer Based Honors classes, University Honors Program or International Honors Program courses. If these six hours are designated University Honors Program courses, the student will be recognized as completing those as well as requirements for the College of Engineering Honors Program.


For more information about the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Honors Program, contact Dr. Semih Olcmen, the undergraduate program coordinator.