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Bachelor of Science - Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering degree program provides graduates with the technical foundation they need to enter the field of Aeronautics & Astronautics. It will prepare them to apply engineering principles, processes and practices to evaluate, analyze, design and develop aerospace systems, and their maintenance.

Focused on the field requirements for airborne/space borne platforms, the four-year program encompasses the study of aerodynamics, propulsion, aerospace structures, flight dynamics, navigation guidance and control with application of knowledge during aerospace vehicle design. The program imparts knowledge of basic engineering technology as well as practical knowhow for readiness of engineers to cope up the challenges being faced by organizations in Aerospace industry. The curriculum for undergraduate program in Aerospace Engineering leading to the award of Bachelor of Science degree is approved by Higher Education Commission and accredited by Pakistan Engineering Council.

Semester - 1
Code Subject Credit Hours
123201 Calculus 3-0
108403 Introduction to Computer Programming 2-1
100301 English Composition 3-0
117401 Applied Physics 3-0
117402 Applied Physics Lab 0-1
115201 Engineering Drawing 0-1
105101 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 2-0
100102 Pakistan Studies 2-0
Total 15-3
Semester - 2
123202 Engineering Mathematics 3-0
117101 Introduction to Space Sciences 1-0
200302 Communication Skills 3-0
100101 Religious Studies 2-0
114503 Workshop Technology 1-1
115202 Computer Aided Graphics 0-1
114201 Engineering Mechanics I (Statics) 3-0
223203 Differential Equations 3-0
Total 15-3
Semester - 3
211102 Aerospace Materials 3-0
108101 Circuits & Electronics 3-0
108102 Circuits & Electronics Lab 0-1
114401 Fluid Dynamics 2-0
214202 Engineering Mechanics II (Dynamics) 3-0
123204 Linear Algebra 3-0
214301 Thermodynamics 3-0
Total 17-1
Semester - 4
214203 Mechanics of Materials 3-0
214239 Mechanics of Materials Lab 0-1
305311 Control Systems 3-0
305312 Control Systems Lab 0-1
205201 Incompressible Aerodynamics 3-0
205202 Aerodynamics Lab 0-1
314304 Heat Transfer 3-0
214340 Heat Transfer Lab 0-1
323302 Numerical Analysis 2-1
Total 14-5
Semester - 5
314206 Aerospace Structures I 3-0
305401 Propulsion & Power Systems 3-0
Propulsion Lab 0-1
305501 Flight Dynamics & Stability 3-0
300304 Technical Writing 2-0
305204 Aero Vehicle Performance 3-0
205203 Compressible Aerodynamics 3-0
Total 17-1
Semester - 6
305102 Aerospace Vehicle Design 1-2
Engineering Elective I (FEM/CFD) 2-1
305402 Space Propulsion 3-0
314207 Aerospace Structures II 3-0
205301 Aerospace Instrumentation 2-0
205302 Aerospace Instrumentation Lab 0-1
305316 Flight Control Systems 2-0
Total 13-4
Semester - 7
499991 Senior Design Project I 0-3
123401 Probability in Engineering 2-0
414209 Structural Dynamics 3-0
Engineering Elective II* 3-0
400419 Product Design and Development 2-0
705503 Spacecraft Dynamics and Control 3-0
Total 13-2
Semester - 8
499992 Senior Design Project II 0-3
400401 Engineering Management 3-0
400227 Human Factors Engineering 2-0
300212 Professional Practices 3-0
Total 8-4
Total No of Credit Hours 135(112+23)

Following Major Field of Studies / Specializations are offered:

  • Aerodynamics and CFD
  • Engineering Mechanics and Structures
  • Guidance, Navigation, Control and Instrumentation
  • Propulsion & Thermal Science
1. Humanities and Social Science
  • English
    • English composition
      Intensive instruction in writing, focusing on analysis, argument, inquiry and research. strategies for reading critically, analyzing text from different perspective, strategies for formulating and investigating questions, locating and evaluating information
    • Communication Skills
      Listening and speaking skills, types of communication, research documentation, speech and pronunciation, presentation environment, presentation configuration, presentation strategies, conversation skills, illustrations and visual aids
    • Technical Writing
      Intensive instruction in writing: strategies for reading critically, analyzing texts from diverse perspectives, integrating source and expressing ideas with clarity and correctness, strategies for formulating and investigating questions, locating and evaluating information
    • Professional Practice
      Contemporary and controversial ethical issues facing the professional community, moral reasoning, moral dilemmas, law and morality, equity, justice and fairness, ethical standards, and moral development
  • Culture
    • Islamic Studies
      Khutaba Hujjat-ul-Wida (Farewell Address), sthe life of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him), Influence of Islamic Civilization on the Subcontinent, International influence of Islamic civilization
    • Pakistan Studies
      Events of 1857, ideology of Pakistan, Pakistan Movement, independence, distribution of water resources, political history, dismemberment of East Pakistan, constitution, wars, Kashmir issue, disputed areas
2. Management Science
  • Engineering Management
    Introduction to organization, planning and decision aids, project planning techniques, organization structure, human resource management, leadership, total quality management, project management techniques, managing information system, managing operation, PERT, CPM, tools
  • Human Factors Engineering
    Understanding Human capabilities; Human performance and limitations; Social psychology; Factors affecting human performance; Physical environment; Tasks and communication; Safe practices in the field; Human errors and case studies
  • Product Design and Development
    The focus of product design and development is the integration of planning, design and manufacturing function in creating a new product students will be taught various activities involved in creating the styling, look and feel of the product, deciding on the product’s mechanical architecture, selecting materials and processes, and engineering the various components necessary to make the product work. In this course students will learn how to employ engineering, scientific and mathematical principles to execute design development from concept to finished product in light of different product architectures, industrial design and testing procedures
3. Natural Science
  • Mathematics
    • Calculus
      Introduction, functions, single & multi valued functions, inverse function and graphs polar coordinates, limit, continuity, indeterminate forms, L'Hopital Rule, infinite series, derivative and its applications, related rates, maxima and minima, Tailor and Maclaurin series comparison, ratio, root and integral tests, absolute series, integration, Wall's formula, application, quadrature, arc length, solid of revolution
    • Engineering Mathematics
      Partial differentiation, advance vector analysis, directional derivatives, irrotational and solenoidal vector fields, multiple integration, Guass divergence theorem, Stokes's and green theorems. Fourier series, complex variables, Cauchy Riemann equation
    • Differential Equations
      First and higher order differential equations, power series method, Laplace transformation, differentiation and integral theorems, system of linear differential equations, partial differential equations, method of separation of variables
    • Linear Algebra
      System of linear equations and matrices, determinants, Cramer's rule, vectors in 2-D space and 3-D space, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, equilibrium temperature distributions, linear transformations, complex inner product spaces, unitary, normal, and Hermitian matrices, applications of linear algebra
  • Physics
    • Applied Physics
      Newtonian Mechanics, Motion in two and three dimensions, Work and Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy and Energy Conservation, Gravitational Potential Energy, Orbital Motion, Kepler's Laws of Planetary motion, Waves, Oscillation and Acoustic, Interference, Superposition, Doppler Effect, Periodic Motion, Optics, Propagation of Light, Lenses and Mirror, Interference and Diffraction, Electromagnetism , Electric Field, Coulombs Law, Lorentz Force, Magnetic Field, Faraday's Law, Ampere's Law, Maxwell's Equations and Electromagnetic Waves, Solid State Physics, Uncertainty principle, Photoelectric effect, Schrodinger Equation, Forward and reverse biased junctions, Introduction to plasma physics, propulsive systems, basic structural elements, systems and
4. Computing
  • Numerical Analysis
    Newton method, regula falsi method, modified newton method, finite differences, method of least square, Lagrange interpolation, numerical differentiation, numerical integration, ordinary and partial differential equations, Runge Kutta method
  • Intro to Computer Programming
    Logical Expressions and Selection Control Structures, Loops, Functions, Scope, Single and Multidimensional Arrays, Structures, Strings, Pointers
  • Computer Aided Graphics
    Intro to engineering drawing, concept of lines, orthographic projection, projection of points, projection of lines, solids of revolution, intro to PRO-E, drawing of 2D figures and 3D solids
5. Engineering Subjects

    • Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
      Aeronautics: Anatomy of an airplane, standard atmosphere, Aerodynamic forces, lift and drag; Astronautics: Satellite types and orbits; elements of propulsive systems, basic structural elements, systems and materials used for aerospace vehicles-project
    • Engineering Drawing
      Intro to engineering drawing, concept of lines, orthographic projection, projection of points, projection of lines, solids of revolution, intro to PRO-E, drawing of 2D figures and 3D solids
    • Probability in Engineering
      Frequency distribution, Simple and conditional probability, Random variables & mathematical expectation, Distribution (Binomial, Poison, Uniform and Normal distributions)
    • Workshop Technology
      Introduction to manufacturing, hand tools, turning, milling, shaping, drilling, grinding, joining and welding processes, manufacturing process planning, CNC lathe and CNC milling, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), woodworking
    • Statics
      Fundamental concepts, system of units, scalars and vectors, Newton's laws, force systems, equilibrium in 2D and 3D, structures, method of joints and sections, center of mass, concentrated loads, shear force and bending moment, friction
    • Incompressible Aerodynamics
      Aerodynamic forces and moments, fundamental principles and equation fundamentals of in viscid incompressible flow. Bernoulli equation, potential flows over airfoil, thin airfoil theory, flow over finite wings, prandtl classical, lifting time theory, down wash and induced drag compilation of lift and drag of the airfoil and wing, boundary layer analysis, high lift devices
    • Thermodynamics
      Introduction and Basic Concepts, Energy, Energy Transfer and General Energy Analysis, Properties of Pure Substances, Energy Analysis of Closed Systems, Mass and Energy Analysis of Control Volumes, The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Entropy, Exergy--A Measure of Work Potential, Gas Power Cycles.
    • Aerospace Instrumentation
      Principles and components of a measurement system, statistical data analysis, circuits used for signal conditioning, amplifiers and their configurations, Analog to Digital and Digital to Analog converters, meters, problems associated with electronic measurement systems, Transducers used for measuring different physical quantities like temperature, light, humidity, pressure, vibration, shock, magnetism, ultrasonic, proximity and strain etc. Control of DC motors and stepper motors, aircraft cockpit instruments, IMU/INS, implementation of data acquisition systems and interfacing with computer using Lab View
    • Mechanics of Materials
      Stress, strain, Hook's law, statically determinate and indeterminate problems in axial and shear modes, shear force and bending moment diagrams, flexural and shear formula for beams, theory of torsion; thin walled pressure vessel
    • Compressible Aerodynamics
      Intro to wave theory, normal oblique shock, prandtl Meyer expansion waves, Engine inlet & nozzle design, potential flow equations, linear theory, transonic flow supersonic/hypersonic flow
    • Dynamics
      Kinematics of particle motion in various coordinate systems, kinetics of particle using force mass acceleration, work-energy and impulse-momentum, Kinematics of body motion in 2D, Kinetics of rigid bodies, using force-mass acceleration, work-energy and impulse-momentum
    • Fluid Mechanics
      Classification, implicit & explicit methods, iterative & time/space marching schemes, grids, aerospace applications, Finite-difference; finite volume methods for solution of Navier-Stokes and Euler equations, stability
    • Heat Transfer
      Basics of Heat Transfer: Heat transfer mechanisms, Thermal conductivity & diffusivity, etc. Heat Conduction: Multidimensional heat transfer, Heat generation, heat conduction equation, Boundary and initial conditions, Steady heat conduction in plane walls, cylinders and spheres, Critical radius of insulation, Heat transfer from finned surfaces etc. Convection Heat Transfer: Physical mechanism, Velocity and thermal boundary layers, Differential equations, External & Internal forced convection, Thermal insulation, Natural & Free convection, etc. Heat Transfer by Radiation: Thermal radiation, Radiation properties, Radiation view factor, View factor relations, Heat exchange between nonblack bodies, Radiation shields, etc. Heat Exchangers: Basic types, Log mean temperature difference method, Heat exchanger effectiveness – NTU method, Selection / Design considerations, etc. Mass Transfer: Fick’s law of diffusion, Mass transfer Coefficient, Water vapor migration in buildings, Diffusion in a moving medium, etc.
    • Circuits and Electronics
      Current, voltage, resistance, power, energy, resistive circuits, Ohm's law, Kirchoff's current and voltage laws, Thevenin's and Norton's theorem, PN-Junction diode, digital systems and Boolean algebra, analog and digital signals
    • Aerospace Structure I
      Basic structural elements, construction of parts of an aircraft, wing and fuselage, columns, buckling of plates, energy methods, failure theories, Matrix method of structural analysis
    • Aero Vehicle Performance
      Performance analysis of air vehicles under steady flight and accelerated conditions, drag polar, power available, power required, endurance, range, climb, ceiling, maximum speed, stalling speed, high lift devices, turning, take-off and landing performance
    • Propulsion and Power Systems
      Gas turbine cycles, intakes and nozzles, turbojet, turbofan and turbo prop engines, thrust augmentation, centrifugal and axial flow compressors, combustion chambers, turbine, exhaust nozzles
    • Flight Dynamics and Stability
      Developing transformation matrices deriving aircrafts governing equation of motion. Mathematically modeling an aircraft. Derive & calculate stability derivation of an aircraft. Aircrafts dynamics stability & response to controls
    • Control System
      Classical Control Design Techniques Open and closed-loop systems, modeling in state space of dynamic systems, mathematical models of mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, stability criteria, control system design by root locus method, control system design by frequency-response, PID Controllers
    • Flight Control System
      Application of classical and modern linear control theory to automatic control of flight vehicles. Spacecraft attitude control, control of flexible vehicles, linear quadratic regulator and pole-placement design applications
    • Aerospace Vehicle Design
      Various aspects of conceptual aircraft design including aircraft design phases, weight estimation, thrust to weight ratio, wing loading, wind data estimation, layout of the design, cockpit, propulsion and landing gear systems, analysis of the design including aerodynamics, propulsion, structure, performance and stability and cost analysis and optimization and induced drag compilation of lift and drag of the airfoil and wing, boundary layer analysis, high lift devices
    • Aerospace Structures II
      Stress analysis of elastic structures for aerospace application under different loading conditions, Shear flow distribution in thin-wall structures, wings and fuselage analysis; composite structure for aerospace applications; Aeroelasticity
    • Structural Dynamics
      Fundamentals of vibration, discrete and continuous systems, free and forced vibratory SDOF systems, harmonic vibration, rotating unbalance, two DOF, multi DOF, base excitation, vibration isolation, transient vibration, vibration control and instrumentation
    • Senior Design Project
      Students undertake an independent project in their senior year. Essential tasks: Project identification, aims and objectives of project, definition of subsystems and requirements, project feasibility, progress presentation, preliminary design, finalization of analysis, design finalization, report preparation, final presentation
6. ELECTIVES (Major)
  • Aerodynamics and CFD
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
      Classification, implicit & explicit methods, iterative & time/space marching schemes, grids, aerospace applications, Finite-difference; finite volume methods for solution of Navier-Stokes and Euler equations, stability
    • Rotorcraft Dynamics
      Elementary blade motion; aerodynamics of rotor in motion; helicopter performance; Modeling and analysis techniques for dynamic response, vibration, aeroelastic stability, and aeromechanical stability of rotary-wing vehicles
  • Engineering Mechanics and Structures
    • Finite Element Methods
      Introduction to Finite Element Method (FEM), truss analysis, variational and weighted residual formulations, shape functions, stress analysis for one & two dimensional problems of structures, beam analysis, and ANSYS software for FEA analysis
    • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
      Elastic and plastic deformation, defects and imperfections in single and polycrystalline materials, impact and fracture, toughness testing of materials. Fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep and stress rupture of materials, material selection and failure analysis
    • Fracture Mechanics
      Fundamental concepts, elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, dynamic and time-dependent fracture, fracture mechanisms in metals and nonmetals, fracture toughness testing of metals, fatigue crack propagation, environmentally assisted cracking in metals, computational fracture mechanics
  • Guidance, Navigation, Control and Instrumentation
    • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
      Introduction to the space, two-body orbital mechanics, orbit determination, time of flight, non-Keplerian motion, rocket performance, orbital maneuvers, interplanetary trajectories, attitude dynamics, attitude control, attitude determination and control hardware
    • Guidance and Navigation of Aerospace Vehicles
      Principles of inertial navigation, theory and applications of GPS, celestial navigation procedures Principles of guidance systems for spacecraft launch vehicles, homing and ballistic missiles. Optimal guidance, Interplanetary transfer guidance with low thrust, Principles of inertial navigation, theory and applications of the Global Positioning System, Celestial navigation procedures, application of Kalman filtering to recursive navigation theory, Noise Analysis
  • Propulsion and Thermal Science
    • Space Propulsion
      Propulsion and Thermal Science Space Propulsion Introduction to rocket propulsion fundamentals propellants and nozzle design with detailed insight to chemical and non-chemical propulsion system and advanced concepts in prolusion for space application.
    • Turbo Machinery
      Turbo Machinery Impact of free jets; dimensional analysis and similitude; impulse turbines; reaction turbines; centrifugal pumps; reciprocating pumps; power plants their types and principle of operation.
  • Automation and Robotics
    • Digital Logic Design and PLC's
      Digital systems and binary numbers, combinational circuits, sequential circuits, Registers and counters, microcontroller and microprocessor, Discrete control using programmable logic controller, Introduction to PLCs, Ladder Logic Diagrams, Timers, Counters.
    • Automation and Robotics
      Introduction to automation, levels of automation, Industrial control system, sensors, actuators and other control system components, basic concepts in robotics, classification and structure of robotic systems, coordinate transformation, forward and inverse manipulator kinematics, Jacobians: velocities and static forces, manipulator dynamics, trajectory generation
    • Mechanics of Machines
      Governors, Geometry of gears, simple and compound gear trains, epicyclic trains, position, velocity and acceleration analysis, turning moment diagram, flywheels, valve diagrams and valve gears, steering gears, balancing, engine balancing
Note: The elective courses will be offered subject to the availability of specialized faculty and the number of students interested in each course.
  1. SSC/ Equivalent Certificate (Science) with 60% marks
  2. FSc Pre-Engineering/ Equivalent Certificate with minimum 60% overall marks
  3. Entry Test Required
Number of Seats 100
Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Avionics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering
One Time Charges Local Fee Structure
(Pak Rs)
Intl Fee Structure
(US $)
Admission Fee 30,000/- 2,000/-
Endowment Fund 5,000/- 250/-
Library Development Fund 5,000/- 250/-
Total One Time Charges 40,000/- 2,500/-
Per Semester Charges (Pak Rs) (US $)
Tuition Fee 99,000/- 3,850/-
Service Charges 7,000/- 250/-
Safe/ Smart Campus Charges 2,000/- 250/-
Total Per Semester Charges 108,000/- 4,350/-

Optional Charges per Semester

Hostel Charges Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
Dormitory Charges Pak. Rs. 46,000/- US $ 600/-
Transport Charges Pak. Rs. 22,000/- Pak. Rs. 22,000/-
Locker Rent Pak. Rs. 800/- Pak. Rs. 800/-

Continual Enrollment Fee per semester

Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
after 8th semester of BS Programs =All Service Charges + 3 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course (Rs. 9,000 + Rs. 22,500 = Rs. 31,500 + Fee of any Registered Course) after 8th semester of BS Programs =All Service Charges + 3 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course (US $ 500 + US $ 1,320 = US $ 1,820 + Fee of any Registered Course)
after 4th/6th semester of MS/PhD Programs=All Service Charges + 1 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course (Rs. 6,000 + Rs. 7,500 = Rs. 13,500 + Fee of any Registered Course) after 4th/6th semester of MS/PhD Programs =All Service Charges + 1 Cr. Hr. Fee + Fee of any Registered Course (US $ 500 + US $ 440 = US $ 940 + Fee of any Registered Course)


Local Fee Structure Intl Fee Structure
(a) Repeat/Add Course Fee will be Rs 7,500 per credit hour. Repeat/Add Course Fee @ US $ 440/- per credit hour will be charged.
(b) All Fees/ Charges are subject to change from time to time. All Fees/ Charges are subject to change from time to time.
(c) Charges are applicable only if services are offered by IST. Charges are applicable only if services are offered by IST.
(d) All Govt. Taxes will be charged as notified by FBR. All Govt. Taxes will be charged as notified by FBR.
(e) Health Insurance for student may be arranged by the Institute and charges / Premium will be charged as per actual. Health Insurance for student may be arranged by the Institute and charges / Premium will be charged as per actual.
(f) Student ID Card Fee is Rs 500/- Student ID Card Fee is Rs 500/-
(g) Application processing Fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 2500 Application processing Fee (non-refundable) is US $ 100/- through direct remittance in IST Bank Account.
(h) Freeze charges will be Rs. 5,000 per semester. Freeze charges will be US $. 500/- for each semester. Direct remittance in IST Bank Account.