By term

Undergraduate degree requirements by term

Term 1

CourseNo. of Credits
MATH 115, 116, 215, and 216 4
ENGR 100, Intro to Engr 4
CHEM 125/126 and 130, or 210 and 2111 5
Intellectual Breadth 4
Total 17

Term 2

CourseNo. of Credits
MATH 115, 116, 215, and 216 4
ENGR 101, Intro to Computers or ENGR 151, Accel Intro to Computers 4
Physics 140 with Lab 141; Physics 240 with Lab 2412 5
Intellectual Breadth 4
Total 17

Term 3

CourseNo. of Credits
MATH 115, 116, 215, and 216 4
Physics 140 with Lab 141; Physics 240 with Lab 2412 5
AEROSP 201, Intro to Aerospace Engineering 3
AEROSP 205, Intro to Aerospace Engr Systems 3
AEROSP 285, Aero Engineering Seminar 1
Total 16

Term 4

CourseNo. of Credits
MATH 115, 116, 215, and 216 4
MECHENG 240, Intro to Dynamics and Vibrations 4
AEROSP 215, Intro to Solid Mechanics and Aerospace Structures 4
AEROSP 225, Intro to Gas Dynamics 4
Total 16

Term 5

CourseNo. of Credits
EECS 314, Cct Analysis and Electronics 4
AEROSP 315, Aircraft and Spacecraft Structures 4
AEROSP 335, Aircraft and Spacecraft Propulsion 4
AEROSP 347, Space Flight Mechanics 3
Total 15

Term 6

CourseNo. of Credits
AEROSP 325, Aerodynamics 4
AEROSP 348, Aircraft Dynamics and Control 3
AEROSP 305, Aerospace Engr Lab I 4
General Electives 5
Total 16

Term 7

CourseNo. of Credits
Intellectual Breadth 4
MATSCIE 220, Intro to Materials 4
AEROSP 405, Aerospace Engr Lab II 4
Technical Electives3 4
Total 16

Term 8

CourseNo. of Credits
Intellectual Breadth 4
AEROSP 481, Aircraft Design or Aero 483, Space System Design 4
Technical Electives3 3
General Electives 4
Total 15

Overall degree breakdown

ClassificationNo. of Credit Hours
Subjects required by all programs 55
Related Technical Core Subjects 12
Aerospace Science Subjects 29
Aerospace Engineering Subjects 16
Electives 16
Total 128

Course classification breakdown

Subjects required by all programs

  • MATH 115, 116, 215, and 216
  • ENGR 100, Intro to Engr
  • ENGR 101, Intro to Computers or
  • ENGR 151, Accel Intro to Computers
  • CHEM 125/126 and 130, or 210 and 211
  • Physics 140 with Lab 141
  • Physics 240 with Lab 241
  • Intellectual Breadth Credits

Related technical core subjects

  • MECHENG 240, Intro to Dynamics and Vibrations
  • MATSCIE 220, Intro to Materials
  • EECS 314, Cct Analysis and Electronics

Aerospace science subjects

  • AEROSP 201, Intro to Aerospace Engineering
  • AEROSP 215, Intro to Solid Mechanics and
  • Aerospace Structures
  • AEROSP 225, Intro to Gas Dynamics
  • AEROSP 315, Aircraft and Spacecraft Structures
  • AEROSP 325, Aerodynamics
  • AEROSP 335, Aircraft and Spacecraft Propulsion
  • AEROSP 347, Space Flight Mechanics
  • AEROSP 348, Aircraft Dynamics and Control

Aerospace engineering subjects

  • AEROSP 205, Intro to Aerospace Engr Systems
  • AEROSP 285, Aero Engineering Seminar
  • AEROSP 305, Aerospace Engr Lab I
  • AEROSP 405, Aerospace Engr Lab II
  • AEROSP 481, Aircraft Design or Aero 483, Space System Design

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) - B.S.E (Aerospace E.) - must complete the program listed above. This sample schedule is an example of one leading to graduation in eight terms.

Notes: 1 If you have a satisfactory score or grade in Chemistry AP, A-Level, IB Exams or transfer credit from another institution for Chemistry 130/125/126 you will have met the Chemistry Core Requirement for CoE.

2 If you have a satisfactory score or grade in Physics AP, A-Level, IB Exams or transfer credit from another institution for Physics 140/141 and 240/241 you will have met the Physics Core Requirement for CoE.

3 Technical electives must total at least 10 credits of approved upper division courses (that is, 300 level or above). At least 3 credits must be approved mathematics or sciences course, a maximum of 3 credits is allowed for directed study and a maximum of 2 credits is allowed for seminar courses.

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.

Technical electives

(7 credits)

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; 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.

  • A maximum of 2 credits of seminar, such as AE 585, is allowed for technical elective credit.
  • A maximum of 3 credits of directed study is allowed for technical elective credit.
  • A maximum of 3 credits of AE 390 or AE 490, based on satisfactory completion of flight certification, can be used to satisfy the technical elective requirement.

Pilot training

Policy on directed study credit for formal aircraft pilot training activities

Aerospace Engineering students can earn directed study credit based on successful completion of pilot training activities according to the following procedures:

Aero 290:

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.

Aero 390:

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.

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