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New Undergraduate Program 2017-2018

BS: Aeronautics and Astronautics

The New Undergraduate Program in Aeronautics and Astronautics offers students the opportunity to learn engineering principles through a project-based curriculum. 

The objective of the undergraduate program in Aeronautics and Astronautics is to provide students with the fundamental principles and techniques necessary for success and leadership in the conception, design, implementation, and operation of aerospace and related engineering systems. Courses in the major introduce students to engineering principles through a project-based curriculum. Students learn to apply this fundamental knowledge to conduct laboratory experiments and aerospace system design problems. Courses in the major include engineering fundamentals, mathematics, and the sciences, as well as in-depth courses in aeronautics and astronautics, dynamics and control, mechanics of materials, and fluids engineering. Taking into account the unique location of Stanford at the heart of the Silicon Valley and modern trends in aerospace engineering, the major introduces concepts of autonomy, embedded programming, and system-level analysis and design as core disciplines in the curriculum -- this represents a radical departure from traditional curricula in aerospace engineering at peer institutions. The major prepares students for careers in aircraft and spacecraft engineering, space exploration, air- and space-based telecommunication industries, autonomous systems, robotics, commercial space transportation, teaching, research, military service, and many related technology-intensive fields.

Aeronautics and Astronautics Undergraduate Program Sheet

Future Course offerings 

Subject to change, courses not finalized until they appear in Stanford Explore Courses.

For Aero Astro Introductory Seminar course offerings please go here. 

 

Dept

Course #

Course Name

Gr/Ug

Year Online

Quarter

AA

101

Introduction to Aero Fluid Mechanics

Ug

2019-20

 

AA

141

Atmospheric Flight

Ug

2018-19

Aut

AA

102

Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics

Ug

2018-19

Aut

AA

131

Space Flight

Ug

2018-19

Spring

AA

149

Operation of Aerospace Systems

Ug

2018-19

Aut

AA

103

Air and Space Propulsion

Ug

2018-19

Spr

AA

135

Introduction to Space Policy

Ug

 

 

AA

151

Lightweight Structures

Ug

2018-19

Spr

AA

156

Mechanics of Composites

Ug

2018-19

Winter

AA

272C

Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Ug

current

Spr

AA

111

Introduction to Aerospace Computational Engineering

Ug

2019-20

Aut

AA

173

Flight Mechanics and Controls

Ug

2019-20

Aut

AA

175

Embedded Programming

Ug

2019-20

Spr

AA

171

Autonomous Systems

Ug

TBD

Spr

AA

123A

Air Capstone I

Ug

2019-20

Aut

AA

123B

Air Capstone II

Ug

2019-20

Wtr

AA

124A

Space Capstone I

Ug

2019-20

Aut

AA

124B

Space Capstone II

Ug

2019-20

Wtr

 

Honors Program
 

The Aero/Astro honors program was designed to allow undergraduates with
strong records and enthusiasm for independent research to engage in a significant project
leading to a degree with departmental honors. Students who meet the eligibility criteria and wish
to be considered for the honors program would apply to the program by the end of their junior
year. All applications will be subject to the review and final approval by the Aero/Astro
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
Application Requirements:
● One-page written statement describing the research topic and signed advisor form
● GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major
● Unofficial Stanford transcript (from Axess)
● Signature of thesis advisor
Honors criteria:
● Maintain the 3.5 GPA required for admissions to the honors program.
● Arrangement with an Aero/Astro faculty member who agrees to serve as the thesis
advisor. The advisor must be a member of the Academic Council.
● Under the direction of the thesis advisor, complete at least two quarters of research with
a minimum of nine units of independent research; three of these units may be used
towards a student’s Aero/Astro Focus Elective requirement.
● Submit an honors thesis (20-30 pages). Thesis is due by April 30th of senior year in order to be eligible for University prizes. 
● Attend REU Poster Session or present in another suitable forum approved by the faculty
advisor.
 

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

 
The Aero/Astro Research Experience for Undergraduate program (AA REU) is designed to give undergraduates the opportunity to work with faculty and their research groups on advanced research projects. In January of each year, the Aero/Astro Department initiates the recruitment process for the program by sending email communications to announce the REU application deadline to our undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty. We also have published information about the program on our website, Research Experience for Undergraduates. Students who are interested in participating in the program are directed to seek out research opportunities directly with Aero/Astro faculty.
 
Stanford undergraduates may work simultaneously toward a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Please see Coterm Admissions for more information about the admissions process. For questions, please contact Patrick Ferguson, Aero/Astro student services manager.