BAEM Advising Guide
Information on Upper Division Technical Electives
The BAEM program requires three technical electives (9 credits total). These electives may be from any department as long as they meet the Restrictions on Technical Electives. All the possible (but not necessarily offered) AEM technical electives are listed below by area. To see when these courses are offered by the AEM Department, see the AEM Technical Elective Offerings page of this guide.
Our advice is to pick electives of interest to you. It is good to be able to explain your rational for picking tech electives to prospective employers, but trying to guess what electives they might care about is not a good criteria. Employers want to see enthusiasm from students about the subjects they study.
Note that 5000 level AEM courses are generally more challenging and typically have a significant number of graduate students enrolled. Math 4000 level courses also fall into this category, however, the ME Department has all its senior technical electives listed at the 5000 level.
Fluids Technical Electives
- AEM 4295 -- Problems in Fluid Mechanics (independent study -- faculty adviser required to register)
- AEM 4247 -- Hypersonic Aerodynamics (Honors students may take AEM 5247)
- AEM 4253 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics (Honors students may take AEM 5253)
Aerospace Systems Technical Electives
- AEM 4305 -- Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
- AEM 4321 -- Automatic Control Systems This is joint with ME and EE
- AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects
- AEM 4391 -- Independent Design Project (offered when 4333 is not offered)
- AEM 4371 -- Helicopter Aerodynamics
- AEM 4495 -- Problems in Dynamics and Control (independent study -- faculty adviser required to register)
- AEM 5401 -- Intermediate Dynamics
- AEM 5431 -- Trajectory Optimization
- AEM 5441 -- Structural Dynamics
- AEM 5451 -- Optimal Estimation
- AEM 5651 -- Aeroelasticity
Structures and Solids Technical Electives
- AEM 4502 -- Computational Structural Analysis
- AEM 4511 -- Mechanics of Composite Materials
- AEM 4581 -- Mechanics of Solids (Honors students may take AEM 5581)
- AEM 4595 -- Problems in Mechanics and Materials (independent study -- faculty adviser required to register)
- AEM 5501 -- Continuum Mechanics
- AEM 5503 -- Theory of Elasticity
Note that AEM 4796 and 4896 do not count as technical electives. They are only for students doing internships who need to maintain full time student status for financial aid or other reasons.
Note that 5xxx level courses count as both technical electives and honors experiences, which includes the courses 5247, 5253 and 5581 that have 4xxx level versions that undergraduates typically take. You will need a permission number to register for these courses.
Courses From Other Departments
Courses from the CSCI, EE, MATH, MATS, ME and PHYS departments, to name a few, may be used as technical electives if they meet the Restrictions on Technical Electives. These courses can double count toward a Minor as well.
May Term Study Abroad Courses
Note that you are limited to one independant study (xx9x) course as a technical elective, see Restrictions on Technical Electives.
Space Science Courses
- AST 2001* - Introduction to Astrophysics (prerequisite required PHYS II, see Minor in Astronomy)
- PHYS 3022* - Introduction to Cosmology (prerequisite of PHYS 2601* Quantum Mechanics)
- PHYS 4611 - Introduction to Space Physics (prerequisite PHYS 4002 - Electricity and Magnetism, contact the instructor about the PHYS 4001 prerequisite and using AEM 2012 to meet it)
Technical Electives that also satisfy the Technology and Society Theme
- BBE 2201* - Renewable Energy and the Environment
- FR 3131* - Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
* Note that you are limited to one technical elective below 4000 level, see Restrictions on Technical Electives.
Math Courses to Consider
Especially if you plan to continue in school, you can never take enough math, so you might want to consider the following applied math courses as technical electives.
- MATH 4242 - Applied Linear Algebra
- MATH 4428 - Mathematical Modeling
- MATH 4512 - Differential Equations with Applications
- MATH 4567 - Applied Fourier Analysis
- MATH 4603 - Advanced Calculus I
- MATH 4604 - Advanced Calculus II
- MATH 4606 - Advanced Calculus
- NOTE: 5xxx Level Math classes are quite difficult
- MATH 5467 - Introduction to the Mathematics of Image and Data Analysis
- MATH 5485 - Introduction to Numerical Methods I
- MATH 5486 - Introduction To Numerical Methods II
- MATH 5525 - Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
- MATH 5535 - Dynamical Systems and Chaos
- MATH 5583 - Complex Analysis
- MATH 5587 - Elementary Partial Differential Equations I
- MATH 5588 - Elementary Partial Differential Equations II
There are more courses, see the MATH course catalog
Last Modified: 2017-08-29 at 09:25:39 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation