AEM Undergraduate Handbook
As a BAEM student there is a large amount of information that you will need to know as you progress through your course work towards your graduation date. This document was assembled to assist you in this process and to provide you with the information you will need to know to effectively complete your degree. If you have any questions regarding the information in these pages, please feel free to contact your advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Fall 2019 Registration will begin on April 11th, 2019. To check your unique registration date and time visit: MyU under the academics tab.
You will not be able to register until the advising (DS) hold on your record has been removed by getting your plans for next year approved. You will receive an email regarding advising for next year and when plans for next year are being accepted.
You will receive an email about the process and here are a few things that might help:
- You can find your registration time on MyU, the general timetable is here: Onestop Registration Time Table
- How to Guides for registration and other processes are here: http://onestop.umn.edu/how-guides including how to add yourself to a wait list.
- Our TwoStop site has quick Class Schedules and a Liberal Education Class Search tool.
- Best practice is to put a class in your cart and then immediately check out.
- Permission numbers are requested for AEM courses only through the SRS.
We set our class sizes smaller than the room sizes to control enrollments. If an AEM section or class is full, request a permission number through the SRS and we can probably get you in. Note that if you can fit another section that is still open into your schedule, we will not give you a permission number for a closed section.
Each spring an advising hold is placed on your records. To remove this hold you must complete the BAEM advising process. The process starts with you submitting your plans for the next year using the on-line SRS (Student Records System). As part of this process you may request an appointment with your adviser. Once you have submitted your plans and your adviser has approved them, the hold will be removed from your records and you can register for fall classes.
Note on Duplicate Holds: If there are multiple DS holds on your record, they will all be removed when your plans for next year are approved.
Note for Graduating Seniors: This advising hold will not affect your graduation.
NOTE: If you have AP or transfer credit for any prerequisites to AEM courses you will need to request a permission number via the SRS as the registration system does not know about these courses. Select the reason for the permission number as that your APAS report shows the requirements are not met.
The AEM Department issues Course Permission Numbers through our SRS on-line system.
Also, if you believe you have an advising hold on your records erroneously, please contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant in 107 Akerman or contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
The BAEM Welcome Event is usually held in February in the Akerman Hall Hangar. There will be a short presentation followed by refreshments, and faculty members will be present to introduce themselves. All students admitted to the Major in January or May will be invited to attend via email. If you cannot make it to this event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will make arrangements for you to receive the necessary department and advising process information.
One Year Plans are submitted online each Spring.
Note that the following only applies to Upper Division BAEM students.
In order to register for Fall semester, students must fill out a one year plan online and have it approved by their faculty adviser. You will receive an email letting you know when one-year plans for the coming year may be entered. Once your one-year plan has been approved, the hold will be removed from your records so you may register. You may also request a meeting with your adviser if you would like to create a plan with more support and guidance.
Note: Plans are entered electronically by term and you must enter plans for both the Fall and Spring terms. Plans for Summer terms only need to be entered if you plan on taking courses in the Summer term. If you are graduating after the Fall term, you need only enter a plan for that term.
One year plans are now part of the Department Student Records System (SRS) that you have been using to view your grades and download laboratory files. Your advisor will review your plans online. You will receive an email when your adviser either approves your plans or enters comments about your plans. The plans summary page will also show the advisers' comments and if your plans have been approved.
One year plans can be filed in alternative formats by people with disabilities. Direct requests to the Director of Undergraduate Studies or your adviser.
- Add Required Class
- These boxes let you choose from the courses required for your degree that are being offered this term.
- Add Technical Elective Class
- These boxes let you choose from the Department courses that fulfill the technical elective requirements. NOTE: These do not include out of Department classes that may be counted as technical electives. Enter these classes using the Other Technical Elective Classes and Comment fields.
- Other Technical Elective Classes
- Use this to indicate technical electives from other departments. Please indicate in the comments what these classes are.
- Liberal Education Classes
- Enter the number of liberal education classes you will be taking this term. It is up to you to make sure you meet the liberal education requirements.
- Comments to your Adviser
- Anything you think your advisor should know. For example: if you plan to be away from the University doing an internship or study abroad.
- Expected Graduation
- Enter the term and year that you plan to be your last before your get your degree. This needs only be your best guess and is not binding.
- Request an Appointment with Your Adviser
- If for any reason you want to directly talk to your adviser you may set this option to yes and your adviser will contact you about setting up an appointment. You may also always contact your adviser separately for an appointment at any time. Each time you submit a plan with this option changed to yes from no an e-mail is sent to your adviser, so please only select it for one term.
- Check this box before you click the submit button to confirm you want to submit your term plan.
You may go back and modify your plans at any time by clicking on the term-year (fall 2005, for example) link on the plans summary page. If you modify an already approved plan, it will need to be approved again.
Even if you plan to be away from the University, on an internship or study abroad, please enter this in the comments field and submit a plan for each term you will be away.
- Check this box before you click the submit button to confirm you want to submit your term plan.
If you plan to apply to the AEM Masters or PhD programs and would like to take Graduate level courses as an UMN Undergrad, you are able to do so. Please review the UMN Policy on Earning Graduate Credits and speak with an advisor before registering.
Note that the following only applies to Upper Division BAEM students.
If you do not know who your faculty adviser is, you may find out from the Department's Student Records System (SRS).
Your lower division adviser will continue as your College Adviser after you move into the upper division BAEM program. Contact CSE Student Services to speak to your college adviser. Drop-in hours are from 2-4pm on Monday through Friday.
CSE Student Services is located in 105 Lind Hall and can help you with filing petitions and issues related to non-AEM courses and requirements.
You should be sure to check your central University email account regularly. The announcements from the AEM Department and your instructors will be sent to this address.
Note that advisers cannot reply to emails from non-University accounts about any issues that involve private information, such as your grades. Please send advising and course related emails from your University email account.
These are used to clear you for graduation. When your report shows all green (OK) then you can graduate. You should check that your APAS report shows all green (OK or IP) after you register for your last semester before you graduate. This will confirm that you will have all the courses needed to graduate once you complete your last semester. Any minors or second degrees should have their own APAS reports.
If your APAS report does not show your technical electives in the correct section or has other problems, contact the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies who can fill out an APAS correction form for you.
The following year specific advising instructions apply directly to students who are completing the four-year BAEM program on schedule. If you are taking longer to complete the degree you should also check the information for the other years as it may also apply to you. Online APAS Reports should be used to help you plan the courses you will take and ensure that you will meet all the graduation requirements. To find more information about different courses the AEM department offers click here.
You must pass CHEM 1061/65, PHYS 1302W, MATH 2374 (or equivalents) and AEM 2011 to be admitted to the BAEM Major. These courses can be in progress when you do the online application to the Major.
You should be sure to take AEM 2012 in the spring, as this is a prerequisite for junior level courses. If you are taking AEM 2011 in the spring, you can take AEM 2012 over the summer to get back on track. You should also take AEM 2301 in the spring if possible, but it can be put off until your junior year if need be.
Remember that the separate Statics (AEM 2011) and Dynamics (AEM 2012) courses are required for the BAEM. If you took the combined course (AEM 2021) you will be required to also take either AEM 2011 or AEM 2012 (your choice). The combined course AEM 2021, does count in place of AEM 2011 for applications to the Major and meets the prerequisites for junior year courses that require AEM 2012.
If you are ahead in your course work and want to take some courses from the junior year of the BAEM 4-year plan, EE 3005/6 is a good choice. Deformable Body Mechanics, AEM 3031, is not a good choice because AEM 4501 Aerospace Structures is really a second course in deformable body mechanics and thus it's best to have these courses in consecutive semesters. In addition the spring semester is the busy term for AEM 3031 as all the ME students take it that semester. If you have already taken AEM 2012 Dynamics and Differential Equations you could also take AEM 4301 Orbital Mechanics in the spring of your sophomore year. Honors students that took PHYS 1401V and 1402V should take PHYS 2503H as their third physics course.
Taking AEM 3101, Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace Engineering, in the fall will provide you with tools that will help you in all your courses, not just the ones that specifically require 3101.
Be sure to get the EE courses done in the Fall semester and don't worry if you took FORTRAN or Java instead of C; you won't be the only one who did so. AEM 4601, Instrumentation Lab, will give you enough background in C programming to allow you to do the labs.
Transfer students should take AEM 2301 in the Spring instead of AEM 4301. Orbital Mechanics, which can then be taken during your senior year without causing any prerequisite problems. It is also possible to take AEM 4301 in your junior year if you think you can handle the load. This should be discussed with AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Students wishing to graduate with Latin Honors are required to do an Honors thesis. You should have worked out a plan to do your thesis with a faculty adviser by the end of your junior year in order to leave enough time to complete your thesis.
Available AEM technical electives are listed on the summary of course offerings. Consult the restrictions on technical electives while you are choosing these courses. Note that it is possible to minor in Astrophysics by taking AST 2001 as one of your technical electives.
To check that you have fulfilled all the requirements for the degree get an Online APAS Report. Once you are registered for spring you should check that your APAS shows all Green (OK and IP), which indicates that you are on track to graduate in May.
Graduating seniors only need to fill out an electronic Application for their Undergraduate Degree with the Registrar's office. This form is due early in the semester in which you plan to graduate, so make sure you get it in on time, and see the degree application deadlines. There is no separate form that needs to be filed with the Department.
Note: If you have AP or transfer credit for freshman writing (WRIT 1301) you will need to request a permission number via the SRS for AEM 4602W and AEM 4303W.
- One Stop
- Most University information is available on the OneStop web site, some direct links are listed below.
- Two Stop
- Has quick class schedules and course catalogs. There is also a Liberal Education search tool to find classes that satisfy two or more LE requirements.
- AEM Students Records System
The Student Records System (SRS) allows you to:
Check your AEM course grades as soon as they are posted
Check assignment grades (if your instructor allows)
Download lab files
Determine who is your adviser
Submit one-year plans online
Sign up to attend Commencement in May (during sign-up periods)
Add a second major or change your major (during sign-up periods).
On-line APAS Reports show you your progress towards your degree
Class Schedules are available for this and the next semester
Many Forms are available on-line at OneStop
Application to Graduate form is now electronic
List of AEM Courses is our local version of the course catalog with additional information on technical electives
Undergraduate Program in AEM is the main page for the BAEM program
Student Conflict Resolution Center helps in dealing with professors, roommates, and other survival skills
University Counseling Services provides learning services to help you succeed
Student Mental Health offers online self-assessment for depression, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, and alcohol
Disability Services provides learning resources for students with disabilities
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. All the possible (but not necessarily offered) AEM technical electives are listed below by area. To see when these courses are offered by the AEM Department, see the courses section of the AEM website.
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.
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
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.
Courses from the CSCI, EE, MATH, MATS, ME and PHYS departments, to name a few, may be used as technical electives if they meet the Restrictions on Technical Electives. These courses can double count toward a Minor as well.
Space Science Courses:
- AST 2001 -- Introduction to Astrophysics (prerequisite required PHYS II, see Minor in Astrophysics)
- PHYS 3022 -- Introduction to Cosmology (prerequisite of PHYS 2601 -- Quantum Mechanics)
- PHYS 4611 -- Introduction to Space Physics (prerequisite PHYS 4002 -- Electricity and Magnetism)
- Contact the instructor about the PHYS 4001 prerequisite and using AEM 2012 to meet it
- BBE 2201 -- Renewable Energy and the Environment
- FR 3131 -- Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Natural Resources
*Note: You are limited to one technical elective below 4000 level, see Restrictions on Technical Electives
Math Courses: Especially if you plan to continue in school, you can never take enough math, so you might want to consider the following applied math courses as technical electives.
- MATH 4242 -- Applied Linear Algebra
- MATH 4428 -- Mathematical Modeling
- MATH 4512 -- Differential Equations with Application
- MATH 4567 -- Applied Fourier Analysis
- MATH 4603 -- Advanced Calculus I
- MATH 4604 -- Advanced Calculus II
- MATH 4606 -- Advanced Calculus
- MATH 5467 -- Introduction to the Mathematics of Image and Data Analysis
- MATH 5485 -- Introduction to Numerical Methods I
- MATH 5486 -- Introduction to Numerical Methods II
- MATH 5525 -- Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
- MATH 5535 -- Dynamical Systems and Chaos
- MATH 5583 -- Complex Analysis
- MATH 5587 -- Elementary Partial Differential Equations I
- MATH 5588 -- Elementary Partial Differential Equations II
There are more courses, see the MATH course catalog.
Three courses (9 credits) of upper division technical electives are required. Generally, the elective requirement is met by selecting non-required 3xxx, 4xxx, and 5xxx courses offered by Engineering departments; some courses from Mathematics or Science departments are also acceptable. There are exceptions and additions to this rule which are the subject of this section. One technical elective course may be 2xxx or above, while the other two must be 4xxx or above.
In particular, no course which is equivalent to a course required in the BAEM program may be used as an elective in the BAEM program; no 1xxx level Science or Mathematics course may be used; and no 1xxx level Engineering course may be used. Use of 2xxx and 3xxx level courses are subject to the restrictions below.
Restrictions on use of 2xxx-3xxx Level Courses as Technical Electives: One of the three technical electives may be replaced by one and only one of the following: (If you take more than one such course, the extra credits cannot be counted toward the degree requirements.)
The second semester of Chemistry: CHEM 1062 (lecture) and CHEM 1066 (lab) or equivalent. A 2xxx-3xxx level Mathematics, Science or Engineering Course, such as AST 2001 - see Minor in Astrophysics. A 3xxx level computation course such as CE 3101. A 3xxx level statistics course such as STAT 3021.
- Other General Restrictions on Technical Electives:
No 1xxx level Mathematics or Natural Science course (such as AST 1001) is acceptable. Only one programming course may be used toward the BAEM; thus an AEM student will not be given credit toward the degree for courses in more than one of FORTRAN, Pascal, or C/C++, etc. The recommended programming course is CS 1113, C/C++. The following 3xxx level Engineering courses contain material already covered in required courses and so are not acceptable as Technical Electives: CE 3502, ME 3332. These are essentially contained in the required AEM 4201. Also, CE 3202 (Surveying) is not suitable. BAE 4744 and IOFT 4101 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. In addition, IE 5513, and most other IE courses, are not suitable. No courses from the School of Management may be used as Technical Electives.
This includes similar courses such as CE 4101 and IE 5541, Project Management. Only 3 credits of AEM 4796/4896, Professional Experience (before fall 2015, see below), or AEM 4295, 4495, 4595, Independent Study, or AEM 4894H (Senior Honors Thesis), may be counted towards the 9 credits of technical electives. In addition, all global seminar courses fall into this category. History of Science courses and such courses cross listed in other departments do not count as technical electives (but are good choices for your Liberal Education Electives). Only one "build" course may be used as a technical elective. These courses include AEM 4333, AEM 4391, AEM 5333, and any special topics offered (in 4x95 classes) that involve building a project. Technical elective courses must be taken A-F (as all degree requirements must be). AEM 3100 topics do not count for technical elective credit. Starting Fall 2015: AEM 4796/4896, Professional Experience will not count as a technical elective.
Lower Division Requirements:
Course # Title Credits WRIT 1301 University Writing and Critical Reading 4 Liberal Education Electives Liberal Education Electives 6 MATH 1371-1372 CSE Calculus I, II 8 MATH 2373 CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4 MATH 2374* CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis 4 PHYS 1301W, 1302W*, 2303 Introductory Physics I, II, III 12 BIOL 1001 Introduction to Biology: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives 4 CHEM 1061*, CHEM 1065* Chemical Principles I and Lab 4 CSCI 1113 Intorduction to C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers 4 MATS 2001 Introduction to the Science and Engineering Materials 3 AEM 2011* Statics 3 AEM 2012 Dynamics 3 AEM 2301 Mechanics of Flight 3 TOTAL CREDITS 62
*courses required or entrance into BAEM Major (Upper Division)
Upper Division Requirements:
Course # Title Credits AEM 3031 Deformable Body Mechanics 3 AEM 3101 Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace Engineering 2 AEM 4201 Fluid Mechanics 4 AEM 4202 Aerodynamics 4 AEM 4203 Aerospace Propulsion 4 AEM 4301 Orbital Mechanics 3 AEM 4303W Flight Dynamics and Control 3 AEM 4331 Aerospace Vehicle Design 4 AEM 4501 Aerospace Structures 3 AEM 4601 Instrumentation Laboratory 3 AEM 4602W Aeromechanics Laboratory 4 EE 3005/6 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering and Lab 5 ME 3324 Introduction to Thermal Science 3 Liberal Education Electives Liberal Education Electives 6 Technical Electives Technical Electives 9 Total Credits 60
*Total Combined Credits: 122
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I 4 MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II 4 CHEM 1061/65* - Chemical
4 PHYS 1301W - Introductory
4 Lib Ed - Biology with a lab 4 CSCI 1113 - Introduction to
C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers
4 WRIT 1301 - University Writing 4 Liberal Education Elective 3
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits MATH 2374* - CSE Multivariable
Calculus and Vector Analysis
4 MATH 2373 - CSE Linear
Algebra and Differential Equations
4 PHYS 1302W* - Introductory
4 AEM 2012 - Dynamics 3 AEM 2011* - Statics 3 AEM 2301 - Mechanics of Flight** 3 MATS 2001 - Introduction to the
Science of Engineering Materials
3 PHYS 2303 - Introductory Physics III 4 N/A N/A Liberal Education Elective 3
*Courses required for entrance into BAEM Major (Upper Division)
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits AEM 4201 - Fluid Mechanics 4 AEM 4202 - Aerodynamics 4 AEM 3031 - Deformable Body Mechanics 3 AEM 4501 - Aerospace Structures 3 AEM 3101 - Mathematical
Modeling and Simulation in
2 AEM 4301 - Orbital Mechanics** 3 EE 3005 - Fundamentals of
4 AEM 4601 - Instrumentation
3 EE 3006 - Fundamentals of
Electrical Engineering Laboratory
1 Liberal Education Elective 3
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits ME 3324 - Introduction to
3 AEM 4203 - Aerospace
4 AEM 4331 - Aerospace Vehicle
4 AEM 4303W - Flight Dynamics
3 AEM 4602W - Aeromechanics
4 Technical Elective 3 Technical Elective 3 Technical Elective 3 Liberal Education Elective 3 N/A N/A
Total Credits: 122
Courses ending in W are writing intensive.
**AEM 2301 and AEM 4301 can both be moved one year later to the spring of Junior and Senior years, respectively, without affecting any other courses. This is typically what transfer students will need to do.
The proper sequence for the required courses for the BAEM degree can be obtained from following prerequisite chains. It is most important that the courses shown below be taken on schedule, because other courses in the program depend on them. Students are not allowed to take courses without first taking the required prerequisites.
This program provides funds for you to do a semester of research with a faculty member. You must first find a faculty member to be your adviser and then write a proposal. Currently almost all proposals are getting funded. Note that you cannot get class credit for UROP projects.
More information can be found on the UROP website.
All the faculty in the AEM Department have research programs. There are often opportunities for undergraduates to contribute to these programs. Faculty that do experiments and computations typically have the most opportunities, but you don't know until you ask. If you are interested in this see Finding Faculty Advisers below.
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for undergraduate opportunities can be found using the NSF REU search page. These are research opportunities that are funded by the National Science Foundation and are often attached to faculty research projects. Note that NSF encourages students to go to other schools for these, so the U of M REU's may not be your best choice. Applications should be directed to the individual sites and not NSF.
These are projects that are run by students and are not a part of faculty's research program, but do have a faculty adviser. Here is a list of some previous projects:
- Minnesota Space Grant Consortium
- Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Laboratories
- CanSat Project
- The Rocket Team
- SAE Aero Design Competition
- AIAA University of Minnesota Chapter
- University Student Solar Vehicle Project
For more information click here.
The courses AEM 4295, 4495, and 4595, which are all independent study courses, may allow you to get class credit for research. You need a faculty adviser for these courses and you have to arrange with them what work will be required for a grade. These courses are offered every semester, including over the summer. These courses count as technical electives in the BAEM program, but you can only replace one technical elective with an independent study course.
To get a Latin Honors degree you have to write a thesis. The written thesis may not be part of paid research or required research for another reason, such as part of a UROP. This means that you cannot get paid for writing the thesis, but you can still get paid to do the research. Contact the AEM director of Undergraduate Studies, who is also the Honors Adviser, for more information.
Doing research requires initiative, and the first step is taking the initiative to find a faculty adviser. Faculty love to talk about their research, so all you have to do is ask them when they will have time to talk to you about it. Take a look at our web pages on Faculty Research to figure out which faculty are working on topics of interest to you. An individual approach works best; contact the professor with a personal email or visit them in their office. Show that you know what area they work in and explain why you are interested.
If you need additional help with finding a research adviser you can contact your academic adviser or the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies.
See repeating a course on OneStop. Exemptions are only granted by petition (they are not under the control of the instructor or the department), see your college adviser in 105 Lind Hall for information on submitting one.
A Grade of C- or Better is Required in the Major.
This also means that you may not take any degree requirements S-N.
This requirement makes it necessary for you to receive a C- or better in any course required by the Department for a BAEM degree. This requirement covers all technical courses. Thus the only course in which a D or D+ is still a passing grades are the CLE elective courses, which include freshman writing and biology. Note that D or D+ grades are still acceptable for prerequisite purposes, unless stated otherwise in the course prerequisites.
This policy limits S-N credits to 25% of those required for the degree (30+ for the BAEM)-- but see the policy if you are a transfer student.
A student who is admitted to a degree program or major and who completes all requirements of the degree, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 in University of Minnesota coursework, will be allowed to earn a degree. The cumulative GPA is based on only University of Minnesota course work.
This applies to all students, unless you need less than 13 credits to graduate. There is a form on OneStop to apply for an exemption to this rule. Full time status required for financial aid is different and you should contact your financial aid adviser for more information. If you want to do an internship and still need to maintain full time status, you may take AEM 4796 or 4896. Contact the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies for more information.
To add a course beyond this limit you will need to fill out the Academic Policy Petition (OneStop forms).
If you plan to be gone from the University for a semester (other than summer), you need to file a leave of absence plan. If you do not you will have to apply for readmission when you return.
There is now only one level of probation before suspension. Students who have a term or cumulative GPA less than 2.00 are put on Probationary Status. Students with term or cumulative GPA's between 1.75 and 1.99 will be allowed to register on time if they submit letters from their instructors indicating satisfactory progress. Students with less than a 1.75 GPA will have to wait for grades to be posted before they can register for next semester. All students on Probationary Status must fill out an E100 form. This form requires a signature of the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studeis. The E100 form and instructor letters should be turned into the office of Student Affairs in 105 Lind Hall.
Students on Probationary Status whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 may have to wait a year before they can enroll in classes at the University again. This is called Academic Suspension.
If you are on academic suspension you will no longer be able to get around the suspension by taking extension courses. If you want to take courses, attend a local community or junior college.
You must take 15 of your last 30 credits here and can transfer at most half of your upper division credits. See Campus-Specific Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Major, Minors, and Certificates.
It is possible to get two degrees at the same time while attending the University of Minnesota. The following are the basic guidelines and specifics about a dual AEM/ME degree.
It is suggested that you have a meeting with the AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies to make your plans for obtaining a dual degree.
You must meet all the requirements for both degrees, however, common requirements need to only be taken once. For example: Math, Physics, and Chemistry courses that are taken count towards both degrees.
Liberal education requirements only need to be met once.
Required courses for one degree can be used as technical electives for the other degree provided that they meet the requirements for the technical electives for that degree.
The process for applying to your second major is the same as the first. Please see instructions here.
This page lists some of the minors available on campus. Minors in Engineering, Math and Sciences can often be completed while using some of their courses as technical electives for the BAEM program.
- Minor in Astrophysics (previously called Astronomy):
Because PHY 2503, Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering III, (and its prerequisites) is required for the BAEM degree, the only additional requirement to obtain a minor in Astrophysics is to take AST 2001. This course can count as a technical elective for the BAEM degree, see Restrictions on Technical Electives.
To apply for this minor, you need to fill out a form, available from Prof. Bob Gehrs (email@example.com) in Astronomy (Tate 285-04) and turn it in to the CLA college office in 49 Johnston Hall. This form needs to show that you have/will take AST 2001 and has Prof. Gehrs' signature.
Note that this minor also now requires a 4xxx level course which is met by AEM 4301 -- Orbital Mechanics
See sections 2.3. Computer Science Minor and 2.4. Information Technology Minor of their handbook
The Carlson School of Management offers a Management Minor and lists courses that are recommended for CSE majors taking this minor. Note that none of these courses count as technical electives for the BAEM. Click on the Recommended Courses tab to see the list of courses for CSE students.
There are various courses at the University that consider management issues, here is a partial list. Note that these courses do not count toward BAEM technical electives.
- Infrastructure Systems Engineering (ISE) courses such as ISE 5101 -- Project Management MOT 4001 -- Leadership, Professionalism, and Business Basics for Engineers
All of the courses for this minor, which are listed on Math Minor Requirements, would count as technical electives for the BAEM.
See Physics Degree Handbook.
You cannot overstate the importance of communications (written, oral, visual and digital) to engineers, so the Department of Writing Studies offers a Certificate in Technical Communication. A certificate is about half the work of a minor in technical communications, which they also offer. Note that none of these courses count as technical electives for the BAEM. But if you need an additional WI course, some of them count for that.
The University Honors Program (UHP) is the BAEM Upper Division Honors Program. The Honors Graduation requirements include Honors Experiences, a Thesis and a GPA above 3.5. Your GPA determines which Latin honors you receive.
The AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies is also the BAEM UHP adviser.
To get Latin Honors, (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude) awarded with your degree, you must be in UHP. You do not have to be in UHP to have distinction or high distinction added to your degree automatically if you have a high enough GPA.
It is possible to join the honors program later in your program if your GPA is above a 3.5, see Admission after Freshman Year for more information.
The following courses count as honors experiences for the UHP program. The Honors Research Seminar is designed to give juniors a class related honors experience. In the Fall semester, AEM faculty typically give introductions to their research in this seminar so it is also a good way for you to learn about research opportunities in the Department. The Senior Honors Thesis course may also count as one of your technical electives (but note that this then means you have to get your thesis done to graduate).- AEM 4000H -- Honors Research Seminar- AEM 4894H -- Senior Honors Thesis
In addition, all AEM 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.
Other Honors Related Advising Notes:
AEM Honors students that have taken PHYS 1401V and 1402V should take PHYS 2503H instead of PHYS 2303 (or 2503).
If you are meeting the UHP requirements for Summa Cum Laude, you need two additional readers for your thesis and do a presentation of your work. The AEM Director of Undergraduate Studies is one of the additional readers and will also know who will be the third reader (you do not need to arrange the additional readers yourself). The presentation may be a poster displayed at the BAEM Graduation Reception held every May on the last day of classes.
Note: Failing to complete the honors requirements will not affect your graduation unless you also plan to use AEM 4894H as a technical elective.
Degrees with distinction are conferred automatically.
Degree Required GPA:
With Distinction 3.70
With High Distinction 3.90
Requirements for Latin Honors:
Cum Laude 3.500
Magna Cum Laude 3.667
Summa Cum Laude 3.750
† Calculated from last 60 semester hours of course work.
All Latin Honors require a written thesis. You must find a faculty member to supervise the writing of your honors thesis. This thesis may be about research you have done with the faculty member or about some topic you have studied under the faculty member's guidance. Your thesis must be written solely for the purpose of satisfying the Honors Thesis requirement, it cannot be required for any other purpose (such as a UROP report, as part of class work-- other than AEM 4894H , or as part of an employment requirement). You may be paid to do the research discussed in the report, but you cannot be paid to write the report itself. Later publication of the thesis in a journal is acceptable and encouraged.
All students must meet the Writing Intensive course requirements in addition to freshman composition.
Students must take four (4) Writing Intensive (WI) courses. These are courses specifically designated WI, as seen on web page listed below. Additionally, one of the WI courses must be in your major and two must be at the 3000 level or higher. These last two requirements will be automatically satisfied for AEM majors because the senior laboratory course, AEM 4602W, and the flight dynamics course, AEM 4303W, are both WI courses.
Because the first two physics courses are also WI courses, students who entered as freshman usually do not have to worry about meeting the WI requirements.
Transfer Students have to meet the WI requirements. Check your APAS. If it does not show this requirement fulfilled, you will have to take a couple of WI courses in addition to the required AEM 4303W and 4602W courses. These courses can be from any subject area.
Links and Information:
Diversified Core Physical and Biological Sciences – a minimum of two courses totaling at least 8 credits, including:
Physical Science* - One course with a laboratory or field experience, and Biological Science - One course with a laboratory or field experience. Social Science and Humanities – a minimum of 15 credits distributed as follows Social Science - at least 6 credits.
Humanities (now called Arts/Humanities) - at least 6 credits, including one course in literature and one course in "other humanities." (The new "other humanities" category includes all courses in the current categories of philosophy, visual or performing arts, and other humanities or arts.)
Historical Perspectives -a minimum of one course of at least 3 credits. A course fulfilling the historical perspective requirement may also apply toward the social science core requirement, the humanities core requirement, or a designated theme requirement.
Mathematical Thinking* - a minimum of one course of at least 3 credits.
One course of at least 3 credits in each of the following thematic areas: Global Perspectives, Diversity and Social Justice in the U.S. & Civic Life and Ethics (*These requirements are met by courses required for the BAEM degree).
Suggested Courses in the History of Science: (Note that three of the courses below satisfy the Technology and Society (TS) liberal education theme.)
One of the educational outcomes of our program is to produce graduates who understand how engineering relates to the global and societal context in which it is practiced. We also want our graduates to behave in an ethical and professional manner. Liberal education electives should be selected, so far as possible, to support the achievement of these outcomes. History of Science courses are very useful for this purpose, in particular the following History of Science courses are highly recommended.
- HSCI 3331 - Technology and American Culture (HIS, TS)
- HSCI 3401 - Ethics in Science and Technology (HIS, CIV)
- HSCI 3421 - Engineering Ethics (HIS, CIV)
- HSCI 3714 - Technology and Civilization: Stone Tools to Steam Engines (HIS, TS)
- HSCI 3715 - Technology and Civilization: Waterwheels to the Web (HIS, TS)
* A list of full requirements is listed here.
This program is now only for students that need to maintain full time status while doing an internship during a Fall or Spring semester. The courses AEM 4796 and 4896 no longer count as technical electives.
The Aerospace Engineering Intern Program provides students with an industrial experience during their junior and senior years. This experience helps students gain an understanding of an engineer's role in industry while earning technical elective credits.
Students apply for the Intern Program at the time they apply for upper division courses or after they have already been admitted. Students applying for the program should have a minimum GPA of 2.7. Intern Program job opportunities are posted in Akerman Hall as they are received.
The course grade is based on a written report due at the end of each work assignment. Work assignments may be full or part time during the Fall or Spring semester or over the summer.
The Intern Program may prolong the time it takes to get an AEM degree because most required AEM courses are offered only once per academic year. Students must work with their advisor to minimize this impact.
If you are doing an internship during a Fall or Spring semester (so you will not be taking classes that semester), you need to fill out a Undergraduate Leave of Absence Form and submit it to the CSE Advising office in 105 Lind Hall to keep your status active with the University. If you are taking AEM 4996 to maintain full time status you do not need to fill out this form.
AEM Internship Opportunities - Internships & Job Co-Ops
AEM Internship Program - Aerospace Companies and Organizations
International internships are listed on the -Study Abroad page - College of Science and Engineering Career Services Internship Resources
NASA Internship Information - Internship Opportunities
Experience with other cultures and countries can count as part of your degree requirements for the BAEM. Or you may be interested in an international internship that pays you to work in another country. There are many opportunities to broaden your horizons and below is some information to get you started.
The main resource at the University is the U of M Learning Abroad Center, which keeps lists of international courses that can be directly used for technical or liberal education credit. See their AEM Program Study Abroad Major Advising page for details on courses that can be used for technical credit. The Students page has information on how to get started finding a program that is right for you. CSE has support for study abroad and has a Global Seminars Page for short courses that take you abroad.
Aside from getting course credit there are also opportunities to work, intern, or volunteer internationally. For these type of opportunities see International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience where you can apply for an international internship. Work, intern, or volunteer by searching the U of M Abroad's database. Engineers without Borders is a non-profit organization established in 2000 to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. There is now a U of M Chapter.
College in many EU countries is free and in English, see 7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free).
If you are considering continuing your education in graduate school, this page attempts to give you some background on graduate school in engineering. There are two levels of degrees in engineering at the graduate level: Master's and Ph.D. Most students who get a Ph.D. degree get a Master's degree first, but it is not required.
At the U of M, a Master of Science degree usually takes a year and a half to complete. The summer is used for research that makes up your project or thesis work, and most schools are similar. The Master's requirements are mainly course work that adds advanced and more specialized knowledge beyond your BAEM. Depending on the school there may be a required project or thesis. Most employers that hire students with BAEM degrees also hire students with Master's degrees. A Master of Science degree can be useful for later career advancement, but if your career takes you along the management track, you may find an MBA degree more useful. Pick a school to attend for your Master's Degree based on their offered courses and research in an area (fluids, solids, propulsion, controls, etc.) of interest to you.
A Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D. degree is the highest degree awarded in engineering. To receive this degree a student must do original research which is reported in a thesis. Most Ph.D. programs require about two years of additional course work (beyond a B.S.) and then another two or three years working on your thesis research in close collaboration with your faculty adviser. The faculty adviser plays a very large role in a Ph.D. program and you should pick a school for your Ph.D. work based on the research being done by specific faculty members. Once you choose an area of interest for your Ph.D. degree, you will find that even at the largest schools, there are only a small number of faculty working in that area, and so you must make sure that at least one of these faculty members would be an acceptable adviser for you.
A Ph.D. degree is required if you hope to be a faculty member at a college or university, but in industry only the very largest companies hire students with Ph.D. degrees. Thus getting a Ph.D. reduces the number of possible employers and may make other considerations, such as a geographic preference, more difficult to achieve. Spouses who both have Ph.D.'s (the so-called "two body problem") may find it challenging to find suitable employment for both persons in one location.
In engineering* almost all students attending graduate school are supported by either a teaching assistantship (TA) or a research assistantship (RA). A few top students may be offered fellowships. The best fellowships may provide support for several years. When you apply to a graduate school getting support is of much more importance than getting admitted (you won't get support without getting admitted). All of these forms of support, TA, RA, and fellowship, cover tuition and provide a stipend that is adequate for a student to live on.
Most students that get support will be promised a TA or RA for the first year and support for subsequent years is contingent on finding a faculty adviser with funding support for you. If you get offered an RA, it will be with a specific faculty member and by accepting this support you are agreeing to work with that faculty member on the research project providing the funding. A TA offer will usually entail either grading or teaching lab or recitation sections of a course taught by a faculty member, but this does not involve a commitment to have this faculty member be your research adviser.
There are also fellowships, such as the NSF Graduate Fellowship, that will allow you to attend any graduate school. You can apply for many of these fellowships during your first year of graduate school. Having a fellowship is very desirable as it lets you choose to work with any faculty member regardless of whether that faculty member has funding for research in the topic that interests you.
* This is not the case in the sciences and mathematics.
Continuing on in graduate school is for students who have done well as undergraduates. While the formal entrance requirement for graduate school at the University of Minnesota is a 3.0 GPA, we prefer to see students have at least a 3.3 GPA to enter our program.
GradSchools.com allows you to search for graduate schools in your field of interest. You can also ask your adviser or other AEM faculty about which schools might be right for you. You can get ranking information from the US News & World Report, although for a Ph.D. the reputation of your research adviser is at least as important as the ranking of the program as a whole.
Details on our graduate programs can be found on the AEM Graduate Program Pages. We generally advise our BAEM graduates wanting to get a Ph.D. to attend another school. This provides a much broader educational experience. However, we regularly have several students stay to pursue Master's degrees and if a faculty member has a research project that fits you perfectly, it may also make sense to stay for your Ph.D. You can complete the last few credits of your BAEM degree while at the same time starting graduate school. Contact the AEM Director of Graduate Studies for more information.
Finding a job may be one of the hardest and most stressful things you will have to do. Unlike applying to schools, finding a job requires much more initiative on your part, if only because of the large number of opportunities and choices involved. But the process is the same for everyone and it's mainly a matter of perseverance. If you plan ahead and take advantage of internship, research, and other opportunities, you will be in a better position to convince employers you have what they need. The fact that everyone needs to do this, usually several times, means there is an enormous range of help available, from job search web sites to career counselors.
The College of Science and Engineering provides a Career Center for Science and Engineering, which has information on the job search process and arranges interviews with employers that visit campus.
GoldPass is the U of M's online database to help connect students and alumni with employers, volunteer organizations, and internships across the country.
There is additional information including search site links and job listings on our career information page (current students only).
See the different careers and opportunities you can explore as a BAEM major here.
- Know what the company does and how you would fit in.
- Be prepared to explain why you are interested in the position.
- Dress as the employer expects, save showing your individuality for outside of work.
- Don't post things on web sites about yourself you don't want employers to read because they know how to use Google too.
- Ask before you give out anyone's name as a reference.
- Don't expect your first job to be your dream job, first jobs last an average of 3 years.
- Plan on continually searching for a new job. The worst that can happen is that you get a better job. Register with job search sites.
- Check potential employer web pages frequently as job postings appear and disappear quickly. Start with the companies you really want to work for (prime contractors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, government agencies NASA, JPL). Then look up the major suppliers/subcontractors to those companies (Honeywell avionics, GE propulsion, United Technologies--Pratt and Whitney, etc. and work your way down to landing gear, hydraulic actuator companies). If you can't get a job at the top, start lower down the supply chain and work your way up.
1. A resume is one page and includes the following
2. Name and contact info at top; include US citizen, willing to relocate if that's true. Include desired start date.
3. Objective is second item on resume, most important, should be a sales pitch, use big adjectives - e.g. "Seeking position on a state of the art aerospace system design team where I can gain experience and grow as a professional while contributing to on time, technical excellence of the finished product."
4. Work Experience is third item (if you have engineering related work experience). Education should the third item if you have no engineering work experience. Be specific "Summer student for Dr. Longmire" is very weak, "Paid position on $1.3 million NSF grant studying ..." is much stronger. Include military service, it's valuable.
5. List software you know how to use as fifth item (ProE and Matlab/Simulink very valuable, Excel and Word are not).
6. List honors last.
7. Get friends and professional job search experts to review your resume. Write a custom cover letter for each job you apply for.
- Bring resume copies.
- Main purpose of the interview is for them to learn about your personality. Be outgoing, friendly, shake hands firmly, look people in the eye, show interest in everything (ask about anything you see while being escorted in the building like labs, or large pieces of equipment). Speak up, talk slow, pause before answering questions.
- Wear business casual clothes, upscale but not formal.
- Bring senior design or work experience presentation (Power Point, photos, etc.). Offer to give a "Noon brown bag seminar" on your project or work experience.
- If interviewer is doing all the talking, interrupt and make them listen to you talk about your experience and goals.
- Be on time! Drive the route to the interview location the night before.
- Relax, be yourself, have fun, smile, do not forget to breath. Thank everyone, saying their name, ex. "Thank you Mr. Jones." Stand up and shake hands when someone enters the room.
- Send thank you notes after your interview.
- Ask for contact information from everyone you meet.
- Ask if it's okay to call back later to see how your application is going.
- If you don't get the job, call all contacts back every month or so to see if they have work for you. Ask if they know if anyone else is hiring. Keep doing this till you get a job or they ask you to stop calling.
- Who will I be working for? Have I met them? Will I meet them? Where will I be working? Can I see the workspace?
- Do you encourage and support employees getting their graduate education?
- Is my job contingent on winning a contract, or is the funding source for my job already secured? For how long? Do you encourage workers to move around within the company for learning experience and advancement?
- How do you see my role on your team? Will I be doing analysis, testing, transition to production, manufacturing support, customer support, simulation, planning, design, or research?
- Are there opportunities to take training in new software tools, new technologies? Does this job require a lot of travel? How much?
Most University information is available on the OneStop website, some direct links are listed below.
In case of emergency, dial 911 for police and ambulance assistance. After the police have been notified, please inform the Administrative Director or DGS in the department office.
If you have other safety concerns or need to complete Safety Training, you can contact Yohannes Ketema (firstname.lastname@example.org; 612-626-7259), the AEM Safety Officer. See the AEM Safety Page for more information.
The Student Records System (SRS) allows you to:
- Check your AEM course grades as soon as they are posted
- Check assignment grades (if your instructor allows)
- Download lab files
- Determine who is your adviser
- Allows you to submit you one-year plans online
- Sign up to attend Commencement in May
- Add a second major or change your major
- Quick Course Catalogs.
- Semester Course Descriptions- A list of all classes offered by AEM with expanded information
- List of General Course Syllabi- Detailed description and outline of course prerequisites, objectives, expected outcomes, weekly topics, and grading
- AEM Current Courses with Web Pages- Contains a list of the AEM classes for which there are home pages
- Quick Class Schedules and Course Descriptions (TwoStop)- Consult this resource for a list of all CSE schedules and course descriptions, searchable by subject and term
- On-line APAS Reports show you your progress towards your degree & Class Schedules for future semesters
- Application to Graduate
- OneStop Campus Dates and Deadlines
- List of Current Courses
- Undergraduate Program in AEM
- Student Conflict Resolution Center helps with dealing with professors, roommates, and other survivals skills
- University Counseling Services to help you succeed mentally and academically
- Disability Services Learning
- English as a Second Language supports international undergraduate students