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Expand your engineering degree and prepare for a career in aerospace with one of the college's most popular minors, featuring courses in materials, structures, aerodynamics and more.

Aerospace – Minor

The Aerospace minor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State applies mechanical engineering to the design and construction of aerospace materials, hardware, sensors and propulsion systems.



In a project funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, Montana State undergraduates simulate drone collisions to help the agency develop guidelines for unmanned aerial vehicles.



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Research Experience
MSU’s Composite Technologies Research Group has conducted more than 16,000 tests on 500 materials used to make aircraft and other products.

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The Bill Wurst Makerspace
A state-of-the-art facility in MSU's new engineering building includes specialty tools such as 3D printers for students to prototype their big ideas.

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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the Top 3 in the West, after Stanford and Cal Tech, in recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Aerospace students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Composite materials
  • Commercial aircraft
  • Drone development
  • NASA
  • Defense systems

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.



Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.