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### Aerospace Engineering Degrees

#### Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

composition/writing requirement | Units | |
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WRIT 130 | Analytical Writing | 4 |

WRIT 340 | Advanced Writing | 3 |

General Education (see here) | units | |
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General education+ | 20 |

Pre-major requirements | units | |
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Math Requirement | ||

MATH 125 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 126 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 226 | Calculus III | 4 |

MATH 245 | Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I | 4 |

Physics Requirement | ||

PHYS 151L* | Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics | 4 |

PHYS 152L | Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism | 4 |

PHYS 153L | Fundamentals of Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics | 4 |

Chemistry Elective | ||

CHEM 105aL* | General Chemistry, or | |

CHEM 115aL | Advanced General Chemistry, or | |

MASC 110L | Materials Science | 4 |

Major requirements | units | |
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Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering | ||

AME 105 | Introduction to Aerospace Engineering | 4 |

AME 150L | Introduction to Computational Methods | 4 |

AME 201 | Statics | 3 |

AME 204 | Strength of Materials | 3 |

AME 261 | Basic Flight Mechanics | 4 |

AME 301 | Dynamics | 3 |

AME 308 | Computer-Aided Analysis for Aero- Mechanical Design | 3 |

AME 309 | Dynamics of Fluids | 4 |

AME 310 | Engineering Thermodynamics I | 3 |

AME 341aLbL | Mechoptronics Laboratory I and II | 3-3 |

AME 404 | Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems | 3 |

AME 441aL | Senior Projects Laboratory | 3 |

AME 451 | Linear Control Systems I | 3 |

Astronautics | ||

AME 481 | Aircraft Design, or | 4 |

ASTE 420** | Spacecraft Design | 3 |

ASTE 280 | Astronautics and Space Environment I | 3 |

Major Electives | units | |
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AME core electives*** | 9 | |

Technical electives**** | 6 | |

Free electives** | 1-2 | |

Total units: | 128-129 |

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS | UNITS | |
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Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering | ||

AME 105 | Introduction to Aerospace Engineering | 4 |

AME 150L | Introduction to Computational Methods | 4 |

AME 201 | Statics | 3 |

AME 204 | Strength of Materials | 3 |

AME 231L | Mechanical Behavior of Materials | 3 |

AME 261 | Basic Flight Mechanics | 4 |

AME 301 | Dynamics | 3 |

AME 302 | Dynamic Systems | 3 |

AME 308 | Computer-Aided Analysis for Aero-Mechanical Design | 3 |

AME 309 | Dynamics of Fluids | 4 |

AME 310 | Engineering Thermodynamics I | 3 |

AME 341aLbL | Mechoptronics Laboratory I and II | 3-3 |

AME 404 | Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems | 3 |

AME 436 | Energy and Propulsion | 3 |

AME 441aL | Senior Projects Laboratory | 3 |

AME 451 | Linear Control Systems I | 3 |

Astronautics | ||

AME 481 | Aircraft Design | 4 |

ASTE 280 | Astronautics and Space Environment I | 3 |

MAJOR ELECTIVES | UNITS | |
---|---|---|

AME core electives** | 3 | |

Technical electives*** | 6 | |

Total units: | 130 |

#### Minor in Engineering Technology Commercialization

See listing in the Special Educational Opportunities section.#### Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

In addition to the general requirements listed in this catalogue, the department has identified requirements in the following areas of specialization: aerodynamics/fluid dynamics; aerospace controls; aerospace design; aerospace structures; computational fluid dynamics; hypersonics/kinetics of gases and plasmas; propulsion; and space science. Core requirements and elective requirements are defined for each area of specialization. Information on the current approved courses that comprise these core and elective requirements is available from the department.#### Master of Science, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics)

The program prepares students for professional careers in engineering companies that develop products using computational tools of fluid and solid mechanics. The program also provides the necessary background for pursuing higher degrees, Engineer and Ph.D., in aerospace and mechanical engineering with specializations in computational fluid mechanics, computational solid mechanics and computational heat transfer. The degree course work provides a necessary background in basic aerospace and mechanical engineering disciplines (solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer), engineering mathematics and numerical methods. The capstone project courses, AME 535b and CE 551, provide practical examples using existing numerical programs to simulate structures, heat transfer and fluid flows as well as commercial mathematical packages for analyzing data.Admission requirements follow the general admission rules for aerospace and mechanical engineering graduate programs. The program requires completion of a minimum of 27 units and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for graduation. The program with thesis requires 28 units, four of which are thesis units.

Required core courses (24 units) | Units | |
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AME 404 | Computational Solutions to Engineering Problems | 3 |

AME 509 | Applied Elasticity, or | |

CE 507 | Mechanics of Solids I | 3 |

AME 525 | Engineering Analysis | 3 |

AME 526 | Engineering Analytical Methods | 3 |

AME 530a | Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids | 3 |

AME 535a | Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics | 3 |

AME 535b | Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics, or | |

CE 551 | Computer-Aided Engineering Project | 3 |

CE 529a | Finite Element Analysis | 3 |

Selected technical electives from the following list or other electives approved by a graduate advisor: 3 units.

Technical electives | Units | |
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AME 511 | Compressible Gas Dynamics | 3 |

AME 516 | Convection Processes | 3 |

AME 590 | Directed Research | 1-12 |

AME 599 | Special Topics | 2-4, max 9 |

ASTE 545 | Computational Techniques in Rarefied Gas Dynamics | 3 |

CE 529b | Finite Element Analysis | 3 |

CE 541a | Dynamics of Structures | 3 |

CE 542 | Theory of Plates | 3 |

One core class requirement may be waived at the discretion of a graduate advisor if a student documents that he or she completed or is enrolled in an equivalent course. The waived class must be replaced by a technical elective. Credit for one course of not more than 4 units from another accredited institution may be approved by a graduate advisor. The Master’s Thesis (4 units) may be substituted for a technical elective class (3 units).