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Undergraduate education & ABET accreditation

Undergraduate ABET accreditation

The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics offers one undergraduate degree covering both air and space engineering -- the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering (BSAAE).

The BSAAE is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. ABET is a non-profit, non-governmental accrediting agency for academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accredits thousands of undergraduate programs at hundreds of colleges and universities around the world, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

ABET Contact Information
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 347-7700

Program educational objectives

Educating successful engineers is one of the primary missions of the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. Our undergraduate program educational objectives are informed by our departmental values as well as the mission statements of the University of Washington and of the College of Engineering

We aim to prepare our graduates to be successful, highly valued engineers in industry, government organizations, and institutions of higher learning. Our further objective is to graduate engineers who thoughtfully serve the region, the nation, the profession, and society at large in three primary ways:

  • Our graduates will be trained to solve critical technical problems related to aerospace engineering and devise innovative ways to develop and apply new technologies.
  • Our graduates will be prepared to participate in identifying and responding to the problems facing society.
  • Our graduates will be prepared to engage in a lifetime of continuous learning, leadership, and contribution to all areas of aerospace engineering practice.

To achieve these objectives, our faculty, staff, and teaching assistants pursue excellence in the department’s educational programs relying on state-of-the-art computing, high-quality instructional facilities, and continuously improving methods in educational delivery and engagement.

Student outcomes

Student Outcomes describe specific knowledge or skills that all students are expected to demonstrate before graduating. These skills, knowledge, and behaviors will be acquired as students progress through the program.

The William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics uses the ABET-defined Student Outcomes:

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

Undergraduate enrollment & degrees awarded

  Total Undergraduate Enrollment Total Undergraduate Degrees Awarded*
2009 114 41
2010 113 52
2011 115 40
2012 141 57
2013 147 65
2014 141 57
2015 142 58
2016 168 60
2017 226 72
2018 202 75
2019 189 71
2020 190 74
2021 187 74

* Degrees awarded by academic year (Summer through Spring quarters)