Aerospace Engineering Department

BS - Aerospace Engineering

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major Exceptions

This degree program meets certain University Requirements through approved major modifications. Please see the Major Exceptions area in the Policy and Procedures section of this catalog to identify the specific adjustments for this degree program or contact your major advisor for more details.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

Students in this major must complete all courses in Required in the Major (All courses in Preparation, Core, and Concentration/Specialization) with a "C or better" to graduate.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements18
Core Lower Division General Education6
Of the 39 units required by the university, 33 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education
Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions12
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
AMS 001A. American CivilizationC1+D26
AMS 001B. American CivilizationC2+D3+US1236
Physical Education
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major36
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
ENGL 001B. Argument and AnalysisC23
or equivalent second semester composition course.
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
MATH 031. Calculus IIB44
MATH 032. Calculus IIIB43
MATH 129A. Linear Algebra I3
MATH 133A. Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHYS 050. General Physics/MechanicsB1+B34
PHYS 051. General Physics/Electricity and MagnetismB1+B34
PHYS 052. General Physics/Waves, Light, HeatB1+B34
Requirements of the Major66
To qualify for a baccalaureate degree in Aerospace Engineering, a student must receive a grade of "C" or better in all courses required for the major.
Core Courses16
EE 098. Introduction to Circuit Analysis3
ENGR 010. Introduction to EngineeringE3
ENGR 100W. Engineering ReportsZ+R3
MATE 025. Introduction to Materials3
AE 020. Computer-Aided Design for Aerospace Engineers2
AE 030. Computer Programming for Aerospace Engineers2
Required Courses39
AE 112. Aerospace Structural Analysis I4
AE 114. Aerospace Structural Analysis II3
AE 138. Vector-Based Dynamics for Aerospace Applications3
AE 140. Rigid Body Dynamics3
AE 157. Aerospace Automatic Control Systems Design3
AE 160. Aerodynamics I3
AE 162. Aerodynamics II3
AE 164. Aerothermodynamics5
AE 165. Aerospace Flight Mechanics3
AE 167. Aerospace Propulsion3
AE 168. Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics and Control3
AE 169. Computational Fluid Dynamics3
Complete one option:
Option 1
AE 171A. Aircraft Design IS3
AE 171B. Aircraft Design IIV3
ENGR 195A. Global and Social Issues in EngineeringS1
ENGR 195B. Global and Social Issues in EngineeringV1
Option 2
AE 172A. Spacecraft Design IS3
AE 172B. Spacecraft Design IIV3
ENGR 195A. Global and Social Issues in EngineeringS1
ENGR 195B. Global and Social Issues in EngineeringV1
Technical Electives3
A technical elective may be chosen from the following list: AE110, AE142, AE166, AE173. Selected non-AE courses may also be eligible, with departmental approval.3

Total Units:120