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Congratulations on your Acceptance to the Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Major

(This is one of the handouts that are given out at the BAEM Welcome Event. The others are the Advising Worksheet and a Faculty Directory.)

The following provides a summary of the advising process and information available to help you complete your degree. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me or your advisor.

AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies

BAEM Majors Advising Process

Every spring an advising hold for the next fall semester will be put on your records. This hold is removed by having your course plans for the next year reviewed and approved by your adviser. This process is started by using the Department's on-line Students Records System (SRS). The instructions for this system are here and as part of this process you may request a meeting with your adviser to discuss your plans in person. You will receive an email when plans for the next year are being accepted. This will be about a month before registration for the next fall semester begins during the spring semester.

To determine who your AEM adviser is, log on to the SRS system at Course permission numbers for AEM courses are also requested through the SRS.

Advising information is provided in the BAEM Advising Guide. (The Menu to the left is for the Advising Guide) The Advising Guide includes the standard 4-year plan, the prerequisite chains of the required AEM courses, information on technical electives and other relevant information.

BAEM Standard Four Year Program

The standard 4-year program is given on the Advising Worksheet. Here are some key points about the BAEM Degree requirements:

  • Required AEM classes in upper division are only given once a year, thus they must be taken in the semesters shown on the Advising Worksheet.
  • The Fluids sequence, AEM 4201, 4202 and 4203, is critical to timely graduation and they must be taken in order. They span all 4 semesters of upper division.
  • The BAEM degree requires three technical electives, which are typically taken in the senior year. Your adviser will assist you in choosing these during advising in the spring semester of your junior year. Most senior level Math, Science and Engineering courses are accepted, see the Advising Guide for the complete rules on which courses count as technical electives. One of the three may be below 4000 level and AST 2001, Introduction to Astrophysics, is a popular choice that also earns you an Astronomy Minor.
  • AEM 3101 is required for juniors entering the BAEM Major Fall 2013 and later.

Checking Your Degree Progress

Use your APAS report to check your progress towards the BAEM degree. It and many other useful links are on One-Stop. Note that Grad Planner is not much use, as it does not know when classes are offered.

Research Opportunities in AEM

These are arranged with individual faculty. There is no organized application process or list of available projects. See the included list of Faculty and the advice in the Advising Guide.

More AEM Information

Other Information of Interest

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), get paid to do research with a professor.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Minnesota Student Chapter

Advising Tips

  • Check with your adviser before dropping a class. There may be a large impact on your graduation date if you drop the wrong class.
  • You have one "Anytime Drop," if you have not used it already. It works until the last day of classes in a semester.
  • If classes don't show up in the correct place on your APAS report (which often happens for technical electives), contact AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies to get this fixed.
  • If you are having problems in a class or classes during a term, contact your adviser or AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies as soon as possible. It's much easier to solve problems early in a semester. After the semester is over, the available options are much fewer.
  • Check your U of M email account regularly. Official notices are sent to this account. Also use this account to contact your adviser and instructors. This way they will know who you are and know that they can securely discuss your records with you. Your adviser cannot reply to outside email addresses with any personal information.
  • Courses at the 5000 level in the AEM Department are first year graduate courses and should only be taken by undergraduate students with very strong math skills. These also count as honors experiences.
  • In other departments class numbers are used differently. Math 4000 level courses are quite challenging, while all ME undergraduate technical electives are at the 5000 level.
  • Your CSE College adviser is also still available to help you.

Last Modified: 2016-12-01 at 09:58:22 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation