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Minor in Aerospace Engineering

The MAE department offers a minor in Aerospace Engineering for students who wish to pursue this field.  The basic requirements for the Aerospace Minor are:

  • MAE 3400, Fluid Mechanics: 3 credit hrs
  • MAE 3600, Dynamic Systems and Control: 3 credit hrs
  • Four aerospace courses (4000-level MAE electives): 12 credit hrs

The first two courses are required for the BSME degree.  The 12 credits of aerospace courses are satisfied by taking four MAE electives from the following lists of aerospace engineering courses.  At least six credits (two courses) must be from the “core” list of courses that focus on foundational areas of aerospace engineering (aerospace structures, aerodynamics, propulsion, and flight mechanics).  At most six credits (two courses) may be taken from the “auxiliary” list of courses that present applications in the aerospace field.  In summary, a student completing the aerospace minor must take their three MAE electives and one Technical elective from the list of aerospace courses.  Hence, a student can obtain the aerospace minor without taking additional credits beyond the minimum requirements for the BSME degree.  It is important to note that courses involving independent study and research (i.e., MAE 4085, 4990, 4995) may not be applied to the aerospace minor.


Core Classes

  • MAE 4001, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics
  • MAE 4210, Aerospace Structures
  • MAE 4390, Aerospace Propulsion
  • MAE 4420, Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • MAE 4430, Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • MAE 4440, Aerodynamics
  • MAE 4450, Gas Dynamics
  • MAE 4460, Microfluids
  • MAE 4620, Aircraft Flight Performance
  • MAE 4630, Space Flight Mechanics
  • MAE 4940, Aircraft Design

Auxiliary Classes

  • MAE 4001, Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • MAE 4280, Introduction to Finite Element Methods
  • MAE 4320, Design of Thermal Systems
  • MAE 4380, Intermediate Thermodynamics
  • MAE 4600, Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • MAE 4710, Hydraulic Control Systems
  • MAE 4720, Modern Control
  • MAE 4740 Digital Control
  • PHYSCS 3200, Physics of Space Exploration
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