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Degree Requirements

General Information

Aerospace engineering is concerned with a wide diversity of problems and an aerospace engineer must have a broad fundamental education in mathematics, the physical sciences, and the engineering sciences.

The four-year program leading to the bachelor of aerospace engineering and mechanics (BAEM) degree provides this broad background. The required technical courses offer a firm basic knowledge of engineering science, aerodynamics, mechanics, and dynamical systems. The elective portion of the curriculum is extremely flexible and allows the student to build on the fundamental work and to concentrate his or her study in an area of special interest. There are many options available permitting students to prepare for careers in the many branches of aeronautical engineering and aerospace engineering, and in diverse fields such as oceanography, meteorology, environmental engineering, transportation systems, and bioengineering.

The Department offers an optional engineering intern program in the upper division. This program allows students to obtain practical work experience in industry in semesters (including summer) that alternate with University academic work during the last two years of study. Prospective participants should contact the director of the internship program for information in the fall of their sophomore year.

A recommended program for students majoring in aerospace engineering and mechanics is presented below. The suggested lower division courses provide the necessary background for the more advanced upper division courses. The student has a great amount of flexibility in arranging the upper division program. The Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (BAEM) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Credits, Grading and Upper Division

  1. Minimum credit requirement for graduation: A minimum of 127 credits is required, with a grade point average of 2.0. These are distributed as follows, with minimum credit allowance given:
    • Liberal Education/Composition: 19
    • Mathematics and Physical Science: 32
    • General Computer and Engineering Science: 21
    • Engineering Courses Specific to the BAEM Degree: 42
    • Technical Electives, Upper Division: 9

    The minimum requirements are met ordinarily by the courses described more fully in the CSE Bulletin or a suggested semester by semester plan in the BAEM curriculum guide which is available in the Department office. Other ways of meeting some of the requirements are possible for students who have special interests or who are in special programs such as University Honors or the Engineering Intern Program. The student should consult with his or her adviser and the Director of Undergraduate Studies to see if special topics courses can be used to meet requirements in individual cases. In any case, the minimum distribution requirements in the several areas and the design credit requirement must be met by all candidates for the BAEM degree.

  2. All required CSE courses must be taken A-F. A grade of C- or better must be received in all courses required by the major (everything except for Lib. Ed. and biology courses). The student should consult the CSE Bulletin for additional regulations governing numbers of courses taken S-N, repeating courses for improving grades, continuation in Lower Division sequences when a D or F grade is received, and other Scholastic Standing rules.
  3. Upper Division: To be admitted to Upper Division in AEM, a student`s GPA must be better than 2.0, and beginning with the Fall of 1999, the student must have completed AEM 2012 (Dynamics) and Math 2263 (preferable also Math 2243).
  4. Liberal Education Requirements apply to all students entering a degree program at the Twin Cities campus.
  5. Writing Intensive Requirement is covered by the required courses PHYS 1301W, 1302W, AEM 4303W and AEM 4602W. If for some reason a student does not complete these courses (advance placement, transfer credit, etc.) additional writing intensive courses may be required.

Recommended program with courses at the 2000, 3000 and 4000 level Depending on year of entry, some course numbers are subject to change. The program outlined here suggest the course numbers and requirements for a student entering beginning fall semester 1999.

Summary of BAEM Degree Requirements

The courses required for the degree are listed below. These include two technical electives selected from CSE upper division courses in an area of interest to the student. An additional technical elective must be taken from the list of three courses in the area of solid mechanics and materials. Campus liberal education requirements are to be met through the 15 credits of required liberal education courses.

Campus liberal education requirements are to be met through the 15 credits of required liberal education courses.

Lower Division Requirements (should be completed prior to admission to BAEM Program)

Upper Division Requirements (need to be completed for graduation)

AEM Semester by Semester Academic Plan

*Technical electives must satisfy Restrictions on Technical Electives .


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