Technical Electives

Click on one of the links below to access the Technical Elective Form that is appropriate for you.

Technical Electives for Class of 2019


Important: Meet with your advisor before taking any technical electives!


The Aerospace Engineering program requires nine (9) semester credits of Technical Electives, which should be chosen as follows:

1. A valid Technical Elective is any technical Engineering, Math, or Physics course at the 3000 level or higher that does not repeat required undergraduate material. A course will not be allowed if it is on a list of unacceptable courses that will be maintained by the Aerospace Engineering Curriculum Committee. For other special cases, a petition is required.

2. Undergraduate Research credits are encouraged, particularly for those students anticipating graduate school. Up to 3 semester credits of Undergraduate Research (plus 3 additional credits possible by petition to the Aerospace Curriculum Committee) may be applied to the Technical Electives requirement.

The following courses are listed unacceptable as Technical Electives (as of summer 2014):

1) All ENGR courses other than Engineering Economics (because they are non-technical)
2) AEEM6067 Technology Law (also non-technical)
3) All 3000-level Physics courses except Astronomy (repeat much required UG material)
4) All 3000-level Math courses except 3001, 3002, 3003, 3004, 3005.

Undergraduate Research Credits

Students who meet the requirements are encouraged to take Undergraduate Research credits (20-AEEM-5035) as part of their Technical Elective sequence for independent research work done in collaboration with an Aerospace faculty member. Click here to learn more about Undergraduate Research.

Recently-Completed Courses for Technical Elective Credit

Students should meet with their advisor to plan their Technical Elective sequence(s). Some possible courses, but this is not an exhaustive list:

  • 20-AEEM-5035 Undergraduate Research (1-9 cr. possible)
  • 20-AEEM-6001 Advanced Strength of Materials
  • 20-AEEM-6011 Combustion
  • 20-AEEM-6012 Gas Turbine Combustion
  • 20-AEEM-6015 Intro to Modern Control
  • 20-AEEM-6076 Modeling Complex Systems
  • 20-AEEM-6096 Fuzzy Control Systems
  • 20-EGFD-6022 Optimal Control
  • 20-AEEM-6099 Intro Systems Analysis
  • 15-PHYS-4025 Intro Astrophysics I
  • 20-MECH-6031 Intro Robotics
  • 20-MECH-6035 Intelligent Systems