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Aerospace Engineering Technical Elective Program Requirements

Undergraduates who are majoring in Aerospace Engineering are required to take 3 technical elective classes. There are 3 technical elective programs that are available for students to fulfill their Technical Elective course requirement:

Information on the combined degree program in coordination with the technical elective requirements is also below.

Option A: Standard Elective Track

All Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Majors are required to take 9 credit hours of Technical elective classes. At least 6 hours must come from AAE courses.

Eligible Courses:

You may take any 5000, 6000 (with permission), or 7000 (with permission) level Aerospace Engineering (AAE) courses to fulfill your requirement.  Please refer to the Registration and Permissions section below for more details. Current offerings may include:

  • AAE 5610 Helicopter Aerodynamics
  • AAE 5612 Aircraft Performance and Flight Test Engineering
  • AAE 5615 Introduction to Computational Aerodynamics
  • AAE 5620 Stability and Control of Flight Vehicles
  • AAE 5621 Guidance, Navigation, and Control of Aerospace Vehicles
  • AAE 5626 Orbital Mechanics for Engineers
  • AAE 5645 Introduction to Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity of Aerospace Vehicles
  • AAE 5751 Advanced Air Breathing Propulsion
  • AAE 5752 Advanced Space Propulsion
  • AAE 5771 Viscous Fluid Flow: Laminar and Transitional
  • AAE 5775 Hypersonic Flow

Not all courses are offered every year, see website for graduate level classes.

You may also count one course from outside the AAE curriculum from the following list as partial fulfillment of your technical elective requirement:

  • ME 5139 Applied Finite Element Method
  • ME 5144 Engineering Fracture Mechanics
  • ME 5162 Introduction to Laminated Composite Materials
  • ME 5240 Vibration and Acoustic Design
  • ME 5372 Design and Control of Mechatronic Systems
  • ME 5539 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • ME 5716/NE 5716 Probabilistic Reliability and Safety Assessment
  • ME 5751 Design and Manufacturing of Compliant Mechanisms and Robots
  • NE 4505 Intro to Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • NE 5606 Radiation Protection and Shielding
  • CE 5420 Remote Sensing of Environment
  • CE 5441 Introduction to GPS: Theory and Applications

Please keep in mind that some of these courses may have pre-requisites or co-requisite requirements outside of the normal AAE curriculum.  Please refer to the course description in the OSU course catalog for details. You are responsible for meeting these requirements for the course.

Also note that no class can be used to fulfill a technical elective requirement for AAE and to fulfill a requirement of a second major or minor program.

Not all courses on this list are offered in every academic year, see the Schedule of Classes on this website (not the University Schedule of Classes) for offering information.

 

Option B: Honors Research Distinction Track

Undergraduates who are majoring in Aerospace Engineering are required to take 3 technical elective classes. Besides the standard elective program described above there are two research track options (Honors and Non-Honors) that are available for students to fulfill their Technical Elective course requirement.

This track is intended for students with at least a 3.4 GPA who wish to perform undergraduate research. Under this track, students may apply 3 hours of AEROENG 4999H towards their undergraduate technical elective program; the other 2 classes must be approved technical electives that meet the requirement for Option B.  The steps listed below allow a student to meet the College of Engineering Requirements for Honors Research Distinction.

  1. A total of 6 cr-hrs of AEROENG 4999H. While only 3 hours can count towards the TE program, it is a requirement of the College to take 6 hours of 4999H
  2. 2 other technical elective courses
  3. Successful defense of thesis and submission of thesis to Knowledge Bank
  4. Completion of an Honors Contract in Engineering or performing at least 1 action from the following list:
  • Presentation of the research at one OSU-sponsored event  (e.g., Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, CoE Research Forum, etc.) or at a national conference
  • Submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed research journal or conference proceedings with the student as a co-author
  • Submission of a manuscript to an undergraduate research journal or non-peer-reviewed journal or proceedings with the student as lead author
  • Completion and submission of a patent disclosure application
  • Other appropriate activity that has been approved via petition by the Honors Committee in Engineering

Option C: Research Distinction Track

This track is intended for students with at least a 3.0 GPA who wish to perform undergraduate research. Under this track, students may apply 3 hours of AEROENG 4999 towards their undergraduate technical elective program; the other 2 classes must be approved technical electives that meet the requirement for Option A.  The steps listed below allow a student to meet the College of Engineering Requirements for Research Distinction

  1. A total of 6 cr-hrs of AEROENG 4999. While only 3 hours can count towards the TE program, it is a requirement of the college to take 6 hours of 4999
  2. 2 other technical elective courses
  3. Presentation of the research at a local conference (e.g., Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, CoE Research Forum, etc.) or a national conference
  4. Successful defense of thesis and submission of thesis to Knowledge Bank

Combined Degree Track (Mechanical or Aerospace)

Success in graduate school is determined by a student’s ability to perform research. Students in the Combined Degree program who also perform undergraduate research spend less time in graduate school obtaining an MS or PhD degree after the completion of the undergraduate degree than students in the Combined Degree program who do not have undergraduate research experience. Therefore, students who are interested in this combined-degree program are encouraged to speak with the Combined Degree program coordinator (Nick Breckenridge) to learn how to coordinate the Honors Research Distinction Track (Option B) with the coursework of the Combined Degree program.  Combined Degree program students who do not perform undergraduate research under Option B or C must follow the Standard Track (Option A).