The department offers a four-year, undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Automotive Engineering. The aim of the program is designing automotive systems with an interdisciplinary knowledge of engineering that deals with the automotive sector and its problems. The application areas of automotive engineering are quite wide such as design, automotive production design, assembly, robotic systems and so on. The aim is to inform the engineers who are studying automotive engineering about automotive technologies, production processes and materials, available and alternative fuels, safety systems, and the interaction of automotive technologies and the environment. The programme is based on lectures, large assignments, simulations and experiments, and these are carried out as real case studies, or using other similar methods.

This is a first cycle degree program in engineering, Automotive Engineering (240 ECTS).

On successful completion of the Automotive Engineering programme and gain competencies, a student will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Automotive Engineering.

Automotive engineers design, develop, test and build domestic motor vehicles, racing cars and motorbikes. They also work on improving components like engines, electronics and aerodynamics. The work of an automotive engineer breaks down into three categories:


Design: Designing new products and improving existing ones

Research and Development: Finding solutions to engineering problems

Production: Planning and designing new production processes


Automotive engineers work in every area of the industry ,like oil refinery, automotive services, aviation companies, R&D departments, energy production plants, vehicle modification and revision projects, sale and marketing departments, consultation departments. Attempting to make cars as fast as possible whilst keeping them fuel efficient may seem like an impossible task, but this is the kind of problem automotive engineers deal with every day.

The following program educational objectives are career and professional accomplishments that our graduates are expected to achieve after graduation:
Our graduates will,


1. Apply their engineering knowledge in identifying and solving problems and use their critical judgment skills in order to succeed in their engineering career and/or in advanced academic career.


2. Demonstrate professional and personal leadership and/or a competitive action within multidisciplinary and international environments.


3. Apply the basic principles and practices of engineering in the design and implementation of engineering systems.


4. Remain informed and involved in the evolving technical challenges by engaging in self development activities.

Faculty of Engineering appreciates modern concepts and new methods in engineering education and teaching methods that support educational objectives in addition to traditional methods. Traditional class attendance is compulsory for all courses except graduation projects in the faculty of Engineering. A variety of other educational methods are also used depending on the course and instructor. All kinds of practical exercises including the IT based activities are used to support the understanding of theory and to improve practical skills. Using different educational methods is also aiming to increase the interest of students. Traditional class work is an essential way in order to give basic theory (knowledge) on each topic. Therefore at least 75% of class attendance is expected for all of the courses.


Problem solving sections of knowledge based courses are integrated with the theory sections. There are several ways to conduct laboratory practice. Students conduct experiments in a laboratory under the supervision of either the teaching assistants or instructors. Practice on computers, which mainly used for programming courses that results of the written code observed on the screen. Computer simulations are also used extensively in order to enlarge the span of experiments. The simulations are extensively used in order to test designs of students before physical realizations. In the third and fourth year courses there are computer integrated experiments, where students code their designs, and observe the results on a physical appliance. 


Course Projects, which are attached to the last year courses, are very useful to encourage students to use techniques and tools that they learned for solving a specific problem. Students are expected to prepare a report and/or present their projects in front of an audience at the end of the semester. Reading a new article, which is related to the course topic, and presenting its foundations is another method for engaging students’ interest in contemporary issues. 


Distance learning system, which is a web based platform (Moodle-Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment-, elearning.gau.edu.tr), is used as course support system since 2007. This system offers many different opportunities in education. Announcing course events and sharing electronic materials are typical usage of the system. This system is a platform that students may be more active than traditional class work and it is an additional option for students to discuss course specific issues with their instructors and colleagues.


Some typical features of Moodle are

-Assignment submission
-Discussion forum
-Files download
-Moodle instant messages
-Online calendar
-Online news and announcement (College and course level)
-Online quiz


This system provides transparency and equality for all students and also reduces paper waste. This system is able to direct all messages to the registered e-mail addresses of all members (Students and instructors) of the course similarly to many social networking services. Therefore it is a contemporary way of continuing education out of the classroom by communicating with students and/or planning a variety of web based activities. Usage of distance learning system within the Faculty of engineering varies depending on the course and instructor. Gradually usage of the system increases since all instructors are encouraged to use the distance learning system as effectively as possible.

An undergraduate student is entitled to graduate if s/he satisfactorily completes all required courses, laboratory studies, reports and practical assignments, attains a sum of credit-hours amounting to at least the minimum required for graduation, has a CGPA of 2.00 or above and is financially of good standing.


Graduation is conferred by the University Senate upon the recommendation of the Faculties.


The Diplomas are prepared by the Registrar`s Office, and indicate the name of the Program, the date of graduation, and the degree obtained.

1. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
MT111  Calculus I  3 2 4 7 Download
ENG103  Computer Aided Design  2 2 3 5 Download
PS111  General Physics I  2 2 3 6 Download
CH101  General Chemistry  3 0 3 6 Download
ENG101  Introduction to Computers  3 0 3 5 Download
ENGL001  English I  1 2 2 1
Total 18 30
2. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
MT112  Calculus II  3 2 4 7 Download
PS112  General Physics II  2 2 3 6 Download
ENG102  Computer Programming I  2 2 3 6 Download
MT104  Linear Algebra  3 0 3 5 Download
AE102  Engineering Drawing  3 0 3 5
ENGL002  English II  1 2 2 1
Total 18 30
3. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
MT211  Calculus III  3 2 4 7 Download
MT207  Probability Theory  3 0 3 5 Download
ENG201  Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering  2 2 3 6 Download
AE201  Introduction to Automotive Engineering  3 0 3 4
AE203  Materials Science  3 0 3 4
AE205  Statics  3 0 3 4
Total 19 30
4. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
MT212  Engineering Mathematics  3 0 3 6 Download
MT206  Differential Equations  4 0 4 7 Download
AE202  Strength of Materials I  3 0 3 4
AE204  Manufacturing Technology I  3 0 3 4
AE206  Dynamics  3 0 3 4
MT208  Numerical Analysis  3 0 3 4
AE200  Summer Practice I  0 0 0 1
Total 19 30
5. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
AE301  Thermodynamics  3 0 3 5
AE303  Electronics Systems in Vehicles  3 0 3 5
AE305  Strength of Materials II  3 0 3 5
AE307  Theory of Machines  3 0 3 5
AE309  Machine Design I  3 0 3 5
TURK001  Turkish I  1 0 0 1 Download
ELXXX  Elective  3 0 3 4
Total 18 30
6. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
AE302  Manufacturing Technology II  3 0 3 4
AE304  Internal Combustion Engines  3 0 3 5
AE306  Heat Transfer  3 0 3 4
AE308  Vehicle Component Design  3 0 3 5
AE310  Machine Design II  3 0 3 5
ENG304  Engineering Economy  3 0 3 5 Download
TURK002  Turkish II  1 0 0 1 Download
AE300  Summer Practice II  0 0 0 1
Total 18 30
7. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
AE401  Graduation Project I  3 0 3 6
AE403  Modelling of Automotive Control Systems  3 0 3 4
AE405  Quality Planning and Control  3 0 3 5
ENG401  Engineering Ethics  3 0 3 4
TELXXX  Techical Elective  3 0 3 5
TELXXX  Techical Elective  3 0 3 5
NH001  National History I  1 0 0 1 Download
Total 18 30
8. Semester
CODE COURSE NAME T P C ECTS Prereq. Syllabus Description
AE402  Graduation Project II  3 0 3 6
AE404  Vehicle Dynamics  3 0 3 4
AE406  Mechatronics  3 2 4 5
ELXXX  Elective  3 0 3 4
TELXXX  Technical Elective  3 0 3 5
TELXXX  Techical Elective  3 0 3 5
NH002  National History II  1 0 0 1 Download
Total 19 30