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Major in Aero/Astro

Undergraduates enter Stanford with their majors undeclared. Stanford undergraduates may declare a Major in Aeronautics and Astronautics leading to the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics. The principal purpose of this degree is to prepare students who are strongly interested in aerospace for careers in the field.



Course List
24 units minimum  
MATH 19 Calculus (required ) 2 3
MATH 20 Calculus (required) 2 3
MATH 21 Calculus (required) 2 4
CME 100/ENGR 154 Vector Calculus for Engineers (required) 3 5
or MATH 51 Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications
CME 102/ENGR 155A Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers (required) 3 5
or MATH 53 Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
CME 106/ENGR 155C Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers (required) 4-5
or STATS 110 Statistical Methods in Engineering and the Physical Sciences
or STATS 116 Theory of Probability
or CS 109 Introduction to Probability for Computer Scientists
CME 104 Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations for Engineers (recommended) 3 5
or MATH 52 Integral Calculus of Several Variables
CME 108 Introduction to Scientific Computing (recommended ) 3
20 units minimum  
PHYSICS 41 Mechanics (required) 4 4
or PHYSICS 41E Mechanics, Concepts, Calculations, and Context
PHYSICS 43 Electricity and Magnetism (required) 4 4
PHYSICS 45 Light and Heat (required) 4
CHEM 31X Chemical Principles Accelerated ( or CHEM 31A and CHEM 31B, or AP Chemistry) (required) 5
ENGR 80 Introduction to Bioengineering (Engineering Living Matter) (recommended) 4
School of Engineering approved Science Electives: See Undergraduate Handbook, Figure 4-2 3-5
Technology in Society (one course required)  
School of Engineering approved Technology in Society courses: See Undergraduate Handbook, Figure 4-3. The course must be on the School of Engineering approved list the year you take it. 3-5
ENGR 131 Ethical Issues in Engineering (recommended ) 4
AA 252 Techniques of Failure Analysis (recommended) 3
Engineering Fundamentals (three courses required)  
11 units minimum  
ENGR 21 Engineering of Systems (required) 3
ENGR 70A/CS 106A Programming Methodology (required) 5
ENGR 10 Introduction to Engineering Analysis (recommended ) 4
ENGR 40M An Intro to Making: What is EE (recommended ) 3-5
Fundamentals Elective; see list of Approved Courses in Undergraduate Engineering Handbook website at, Figure 4-4 3-5
Aero/Astro Depth Requirements  
27 units minimum  
ENGR 14 Intro to Solid Mechanics (required) 3
ENGR 15 Dynamics (required) 3
ENGR 105 Feedback Control Design (required) 3
ME 30 Engineering Thermodynamics (required) 3
AA 100 Introduction to Aeronautics and Astronautics (required) 3
AA 101 Introduction to Aero Fluid Mechanics, required 1  
AA 102 Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics 3
AA 103 Air and Space Propulsion 3
AA 131 Space Flight (required) 3
AA 141 Atmospheric Flight (required) 3
AA 171 Autonomous Systems, required 1  
AA 190 Directed Research and Writing in Aero/Astro 3-5
Aero/Astro Focus Electives  
15 units minimum  
AA 111 Introduction to Aerospace Computational Engineering 1  
AA 135 Introduction to Space Policy 1  
AA 151 Lightweight Structures 3
AA 156 Mechanics of Composite Materials 3
AA 173 Flight Mechanics and Controls 1  
AA 175 Embedded Programming 1  
AA 272C Global Positioning Systems 3
AA 279A Space Mechanics 3
AA 199 Independent Study in Aero/Astro 1-5
MS&E 178 The Spirit of Entrepreneurship 2
Aero/Astro Suggested Courses (not required)  
AA 149 Operation of Aerospace Systems 1
Aero/Astro Capstone Requirement  
7 units minimum  
AA 123A Air Capstone I, satisfies the Writing in the Major requirement, (WIM) 1  
AA 123B Air Capstone II 1  
AA 124A Space Capstone I, satisfies the Writing in Major requirement, (WIM) 1  
AA 124B Space Capstone II 1  

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering and the Aeronautics and Astronautics Undergraduate Program Sheet .

All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade if that option is offered by the instructor.

Minimum Combined GPA for all courses in Engineering Topics (Engineering Fundamentals and Depth courses) is 2.0.

Transfer and AP credits in Math, Science, Fundamentals, and the Technology in Society course must be approved by the School of Engineering Dean's office.


This course will be offered in the near future. See the department's web site for more information about our future course offerings. For courses yet not offered please contact the Aero/Astro Student Services Office for a list of approved replacement courses.


A score of 4 on the Calculus BC test or 5 on the AB test only gives students 8 units, not 10 units, so is equal to MATH 19 + MATH 20, but not MATH 21. The Math Placement Exam determines what math course the student starts with. 


It is recommended that the CME series (100, 102, 104) be taken rather than the MATH series (51, 52, 53). It is recommended that students taking the MATH series also take CME 192 Introduction to MATLAB.


A score of 5 on the AP Physics C Mechanics test places the student out of PHYSICS 41. Similarly, a score of 5 on the AP Physics Electricity and Magnetism test places the student out of PHYSICS 43.

Freshmen and sophomores are welcome to come to our Aero/Astro Student Services Office to discuss the possibilities for future involvement in our programs. Or email our undergraduate student services specialist Jenny at