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Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (120 units)

The curriculum is designed to supplement mathematics, science and basic engineering courses in order to give students the specialization needed in different areas of aerospace engineering. In addition to acquiring technical knowledge, graduates will have completed appropriate courses in communications and in humanistic social studies.

Major Declaration

Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a 'pre-major' status (i.e., Pre-Aerospace Engineering). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student's ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Aerospace Engineering must also meet similar major specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Aerospace Engineering major, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower-division courses with a minimum grade of "C" prior to earning 60 units:

Core Lower Division Major Requirements:

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), PHYS 151 (Mechanics & Heat)

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking

Degree Progress

Students must complete the following requirements within one calendar year of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the year, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

First-Time Freshmen: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 122 within one calendar year.
Transfer Students: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and PHYS 151 within one calendar year.

Requirements

A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all of the required courses listed below. A minimum of 120 units is required.

There are two emphases in the BSAE Program: (1) Aeronautics, and (2) Astronautics. Aeronautics focuses on aerospace engineering as it relates to flight in the atmosphere, while Astronautics addresses space flight.

Core Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • CE 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.
  • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. 
    Corequisite:  MATH 109 or higher.
  • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering Profession (1)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 122
  • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGR 101 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 101A Introduction to Aerospace Engineering (1)
    Prerequisites: Freshman standing or consent of instructor and MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 122 with a grade of "C" or better. .
  • MAE 172 Engineering Design Graphics (2)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • MAE 205 Computer Methods in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering (2)
    Prerequisites: MATH 122 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113.
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 122.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123 or MATH 222.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122.

Take one of the following choices:

  • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151; Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 123.

or both of the following:

  • EE 210 Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Corequisites: MATH 123, EE 210L.
  • EE 210L Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE Lab (1)
    Corequisite: EE 210.

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements.
  • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MATH 123. Not open to Freshmen.
  • MAE 300 Engineering Instrumentation and Measurement (2)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224, PHYS 151, PHYS 152 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 305 Numerical Methods in MAE (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 205 and MATH 370A all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 224, PHYS 151 or equivalent, and CHEM 111A all with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • MAE 333 Engineering Fluid Dynamics (3)
    Prerequisites: CE 205, MATH 370A all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 334 Aerodynamics I (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 333 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 350 Flight Mechanics (3)
    Prerequisite: CE 205 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 365 Aerospace Structures I (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 373 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 371 Analytical Mechanics II (Dynamics) (3)
    Prerequisites: CE 205, MAE 205 or CE 206 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
    Prerequisite: CE 205 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 374 Mechanical Properties of Materials Lab (1)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or equivalent, MAE 373, and MAE 300 all with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.
  • MAE 381 Fundamentals of Space Dynamics (3)
    Prerequisites: PHYS 152, MATH 370A, and MAE 371 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 390 Aerospace Engineering Seminar (1)
    Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
  • MAE 440 Aerodynamics Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites: MAE 300 and MAE 334 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 452 Propulsion (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 330 and MAE 334 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 465 Aerospace Structures II (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 365 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 478 Aerospace Systems Design I (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 334, MAE 365, and MAE 381 all with a grade of "C" or better.
    Corequisite: MAE 434, MAE 465, or MAE 481.
  • MAE 479 Aerospace Systems Design II (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 478 with a grade of "C" or better.

Emphasis in Aeronautics:

Take all of the following courses:

  • MAE 434 Aerodynamics II (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 334 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 451 Aircraft Preliminary Design and Performance (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 334, MAE 350 all with a grade of "C" or better, or consent of instructor.
  • MAE 453 Stability and Control of Aerospace Vehicles (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 350 or equivalent all with a grade of "C" or better.
    Corequisite: MAE 334.

Choose one of the following courses:

  • MAE 422, MAE 431, MAE 435, MAE 454, MAE 476, MAE 481, MAE 483

Emphasis in Astronautics:

Take all of the following courses:

  • MAE 481 Space Systems Engineering (3)
    Prerequisite: MAE 381 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MAE 483 Space Flight and Orbital Mechanics (3)
    Prerequisites: MAE 381 with a grade of "C" or better.

Choose two of the following courses:

  • MAE 422, MAE 431, MAE 434, MAE 435, MAE 451, MAE 453, MAE 454, MAE 476

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