Undergraduates enter Stanford with their majors undeclared. Although Aero/Astro is primarily a graduate department, Stanford undergraduates may declare an Interdisciplinary Major in Aeronautics and Astronautics leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. The principal purpose of this degree is to prepare students who are strongly interested in aerospace for subsequent graduate study in the field.
Course requirements include:
|Mathematics||24 units during freshman, sophomore, or junior years. Math through ordinary differential equations (MATH 53 or CME 102 (same as ENGR 155A) is required. Some statistics is desirable.|
|Science||18 units in freshman or sophomore years. A strong foundation in classical physics, particularly mechanics, is desirable. Chemistry is needed for students without high school chemistry and is recommended for others.|
|Technology in Science||1 course|
|Engineering Fundamentals||3 courses, including Engineering Thermodynamics (ENGR 30) and Programming Methodology (ENGR 70A).|
|Departmental Requirements||39 units, including Introduction to Aero/Astro (AA 100), and specified other courses in the School of Engineering. Students will select two depth areas from among Dynamics and Controls, Systems Design, Fluids and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and Structures and take two courses from both areas.|
Details on the course requirements can be found in the School of Engineering's Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.
Freshmen and sophomores are welcome to come to our Student Services Office in Durand 250 to discuss the possibilities for future involvement in our programs.
Alternately, Stanford undergraduates may declare an undergraduate minor in Aero/Astro. The minor introduces students to the key elements of modern aerospace systems and their many spin-off technologies. Within the minor, students may focus on aircraft, spacecraft, or disciplines relevant to both. The course requirements include:
|ENGR 14||Applied Mechanics: Statics (3 units) (May be waived if already taken as part of the major.)|
|ENGR 15||Dynamics (3 units) (May be waived.)|
|ENGR 30||Thermodynamics (3 units) (May be waived.)|
|AA 100||Introduction to Aero/Astro (3 units)|
|ME 70||Introductory Fluids Engineering (4 units)|
|ME 131A||Heat Transfer (4 units)|
|Upper division electives||Students will select two depth areas from among Dynamics and Controls, Aerospace Systems Synthesis/Design, Fluids, and Structures and take two courses from one area and one from the other.|
Besides the courses that may be waived, as indicated above, courses cannot be double-counted within a major and a minor, or within multiple minors. If any of the core classes are an integral part of the student's major or of another minor program, the Aero/Astro advisor can help select substitute courses to fulfill the Aero/Astro requirements.
Details on the course requirements can be found in the School of Engineering's Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Stanford freshmen and sophomores are welcome to visit our Student Services Office in Durand 250 to discuss the possibilities.