BAEM Technical Electives Guide

BAEM Technical Elective Guide

The BAEM program requires three technical electives (9 credits total). These electives may be from any department as long as they meet the Restrictions on Technical Electives (see below). All the possible (but not necessarily offered) AEM technical electives are listed below by area. 

Our advice is to pick electives of interest to you. It is good to be able to explain your rational for picking tech electives to prospective employers, but trying to guess what electives they might care about is not a good criteria. Employers want to see enthusiasm from students about the subjects they study.

Note that 5000 level AEM courses are generally more challenging and typically have a significant number of graduate students enrolled. Math 4000 level courses also fall into this category, however, the ME Department has all its senior technical electives listed at the 5000 level.

AEM graduate students working on MURI project
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Patrick O'Leary

Information on Upper Division Technical Electives

Fluids Technical Electives

  • AEM 4295 -- Problems in Fluid Mechanics (independent study -- faculty adviser required to register)
  • AEM 4247 -- Hypersonic Aerodynamics (Honors students may take AEM 5247)
  • AEM 4253 -- Computational Fluid Mechanics (Honors students may take AEM 5253)

Aerospace Systems Technical Electives

  • AEM 4305 -- Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
  • AEM 4321 -- Automatic Control Systems This is joint with ME and EE
  • AEM 4333 -- Aerospace Design: Special Projects
  • AEM 4391 -- Independent Design Project (offered when 4333 is not offered)
  • AEM 4371 -- Helicopter Aerodynamics
  • AEM 4495 -- Problems in Dynamics and Control (independent study -- faculty adviser required to register)
  • AEM 5401 -- Intermediate Dynamics
  • AEM 5431 -- Trajectory Optimization
  • AEM 5441 -- Structural Dynamics
  • AEM 5451 -- Optimal Estimation
  • AEM 5651 -- Aeroelasticity

Structures and Solids Technical Electives

  • AEM 4502 -- Computational Structural Analysis
  • AEM 4511 -- Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • AEM 4581 -- Mechanics of Solids (Honors students may take AEM 5581)
  • AEM 4595 -- Problems in Mechanics and Materials (independent study -- faculty adviser required to register)
  • AEM 5501 -- Continuum Mechanics
  • AEM 5503 -- Theory of Elasticity

Professional Experience

Note that AEM 4796 and 4896 do not count as technical electives. They are only for students doing internships who need to maintain full time student status for financial aid or other reasons.

University Honors Program

  • AEM 4894H -- Senior Honors Thesis

Note that 5xxx level courses count as both technical electives and honors experiences, which includes the courses 5247, 5253 and 5581 that have 4xxx level versions that undergraduates typically take. You will need a permission number to register for these courses.