The BSE in Aerospace Engineering degree program has course requirements in several subjects listed below. Rules for Intellectual Breadth Electives, Technical Electives and General Electives selection are available here (link to requirements document). Most AEROSP courses are offered every semester providing flexibility for students to plan their schedule according to their interests and needs, particularly in the junior and senior years. Sample schedules are available for: aerospace program, aeronautics track, and the astronautics track.
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Intellectual breadth (16 credits) See the College of Engineering Bulletin for rules in selecting Intellectual Breadth courses that satisfy this requirement. A 3-credit humanities course and a 3-credit 300-level or higher humanities or Liberal Arts Course (LAC) are required. 100-level foreign language credit received by placement exam does not count as Intellectual Breath.
A total of 7 credits of technical elective courses is required. The courses must be upper division (that is 300 level or above) courses from engineering, mathematics, physical science, or other courses approved by an academic adviser, that are chosen to satisfy the following constraints:
One course of 3 or more credits must be advanced mathematics or advanced science; this could include a course in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics. Recommended courses include; Aero 423, Math 351, Math 371, Math 404, Math 412, Math 416, Math 419, Math 425, Math 450, Math 454, Math 471, Stat 412, Physics 340, Physics 341, Physics 390, Physics 402, Physics 405, Physics 413, Physics 451. Other courses can be selected if approved by an academic adviser.
Aerospace Engineering students can earn directed study credit based on successful completion of pilot training activities according to the following procedures:
One Aero 290 credit can be earned with a passing score on the FAA Private Pilot Exam, Aircraft Single-Engine Land (ASEL). This exam is typically taken as part of a ground school course that covers basic knowledge required for a private pilot license. Students requesting this credit must bring their FAA exam paperwork to the cognizant Aerospace Engineering faculty member for approval. A passing exam score will translate to a grade of “Pass” for Aero 290.
Three Aero 390 credits can be earned by students who obtain FAA-issued license for private pilot, Aircraft Single-Engine Land (ASEL) or helicopters. More advanced FAA-issued ratings such as instrument, instructor, instrument instructor and multi-engine are acceptable but cannot be used to obtain additional credit. To earn Aero 390 credit, students must bring their pilot’s log book(s), a current medical certificate (Class III or above), and their pilot’s license to the cognizant Aerospace engineering faculty member for approval. Credit for a pilot’s license is offered to enhance the traditional Aerospace curricula with practical study. Therefore, the Aero 390 “licensed pilot” credit can only be obtained by students who have declared an Aerospace Engineering major. Students eligible for this credit must either obtain their license while a University of Michigan student or maintain currency by completing a documented annual or biennial proficiency check after enrollment as a University of Michigan student.
The cognizant faculty member for pilot training activities is currently Professor Carlos Cesnik. Inquiries should be directed to him.
See College of Engineering Bulletin for rules selecting general elective courses.