Aeronautics and Astronautics Program

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Aeronautics and Astronautics Program Requirements 2011-12

The principal purpose of the undergraduate interdisciplinary major in Aeronautics and Astronautics is to prepare students who are strongly interested in aerospace for subsequent graduate study in the field. In particular, it is expected that students completing this undergraduate curriculum can then satisfy the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University in one additional academic year or, alternatively, complete the B.S. in General Engineering and the M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics as a co-terminal program in five years.

Another objective of the program is to provide an opportunity for interested undergraduates to become acquainted with the challenges of the aerospace field, with aeronautical and astronautical principles, and with the faculty who teach and do research in aeronautics and astronautics.

Students interested in aerospace are also encouraged to consider the undergraduate minor in Aeronautics and Astronautics, which is described in the "Minors and Honors" section of this Handbook.

The departmental requirements of this major include a core set of courses required of every Aeronautics and Astronautics major; a set of depth areas from which two areas (four courses) must be chosen; and an engineering elective. Students are expected to consult closely with an advisor about how best to satisfy these and all other requirements of the major, to submit a program planning sheet when declaring the major, and to have a final plan (program sheet) approved by the advisor and department at least one quarter prior to graduation.

Mathematics: 24 units(Fr, So, Jr)
Mathematics through ordinary differential equations is a prerequisite to depth courses. Some statistics is mandatory, such as STATS 110, STATS 116, CME 106, or CS 109. For a list of acceptable courses, see the Mathematics Requirement section of this handbook. Required: Ordinary Differential Equations, satisfied by MATH 53 or CME 102 (same as ENGR 155A).
Science: 18 units (Fr, So)
For a list of courses approved by the School, see the Science Requirement section of this handbook. Aero/Astro depth courses rely on a strong foundation in classical physics, particularly mechanics. Chemistry is needed for students without high school chemistry and is recommended for others. Required: Physics 41 and 43, plus one more advanced physics course.

Technology in Society: One course
See Chapter 3, Figure 3-3 for a list of courses that fulfill the Technology in Society requirement.

Engineering Fundamentals: Three courses minimum

  1. ENGR 30. Engineering Thermodynamics (req'd), 3 units, A,W,Sum
  2. CS 106A. Programming Methodology (recommended), 5 units, A,W,S,Sum
  3. Fundamentals Elective ( may not use CS 106B or X if 106A is taken)

Departmental Requirements: 39 units
AA 100.  Introduction to Aeronautics & Astronautics, 3 units
ME 70.   Introductory Fluids Engineering, 4 units
ME 131A.  Heat Transfer, 3-4 units
ENGR 15. Dynamics 3 units
ME 161.  Dynamic Systems 3-4 units OR PHYSICS 110. Intermediate Mechanics, 4 units
CEE 101A. Mechanics of Materials, 4 units OR ME 80. Mechanics of Materials, 4 units
AA 190. Directed Research & Writing in Aero/Astro*, 3 units
Depth Area I: Two courses from a department Depth Area (see Depth Area lists below), 6 units
Depth Area II: Two courses from a second Depth Area, 6 units
Additional engineering elective, 3 units
*Students should discuss their AA190 (WIM) topic with their advisor & the Student Services Manager during their junior year.
-- Depth Areas: Four courses; two from each of two topic areas
Students should select four courses from the list below, two from each of two areas. One additional engineering elective (at least 3 units) should also be selected; this may be an additional course from any of the depth areas below, another course in Aeronautics and Astronautics, or an appropriate elective from another Engineering department. In any case, the choice of depth areas and engineering elective should be determined in consultation with the Aeronautics and Astronautics major advisor.

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