Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering / Undergraduate Study

Aerospace Engineering BS

Capstone Major

The Aerospace Engineering program is concerned with the design and construction of various types of fixed-wing and rotary-wing (helicopters) aircraft used for air transportation and national defense. It is also concerned with the design and construction of spacecraft, the exploration and utilization of space, and related technological fields.

Aerospace engineering is characterized by a very high level of technology. The aerospace engineer is likely to operate at the forefront of scientific discoveries, often stimulating these discoveries and providing the inspiration for the creation of new scientific concepts. Meeting these demands requires the imaginative use of many disciplines, including fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, structural mechanics, materials and aeroelasticity, dynamics, control and guidance, propulsion, and energy conversion.

Learning Outcomes

The Aerospace Engineering major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Application of knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Function as a productive member of a team that considers multiple aspects of an engineering problem
  • Design of a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems

Preparation for the Major

Required: Chemistry and Biochemistry 20A, 20B, 20L; Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering M20 (or Computer Science 31), 82; Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL.

The Major

Required: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 1, 101, 102, 103, 105A, 105D, 107, 150A, 157, 166A, 171A; two departmental breadth courses (Electrical and Computer Engineering 100 and Materials Science and Engineering 104 — if one or both of these courses are taken as part of the technical breadth requirement, students must select a replacement upper-division course or courses from the department — except for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 156A — or, by petition, from outside the department); one of the following two tracks (16 units): aeronautics (150B, C150P, 154A, 154S) or space (C150R, C161A, 161B, 161C); three technical breadth courses (12 units) selected from an approved list available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs; one capstone design course (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 157A); one major field elective course (4 units) from the track not chosen (150B or C150P; C150R or 161A) and one major field elective course (4 units) from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 150B, C150R, 154S, 161A, 161B, 161C (unless taken as a required course), or from 94, 131A, 133A, 135, 136, C137, CM140, CM141, 150C, C150G, 153A, 155, C156B, 161D, 162A, 166C, M168, 169A, 171B, 172, 174, C175A, 181A, 182B, 182C, 183A, M183B, C183C, 184, 185, C186, C187L.

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