Aerospace Engineering (Course 16)

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied from among 6.00, 6.041A/6.041B, 16.001, and 18.03 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 6.111, 16.405[J], 16.622, 16.821, or 16.831[J] in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Departmental CoreUnits
6.00Introduction to Computer Science and Programming 112
16.001Unified Engineering: Materials and Structures12
16.002Unified Engineering: Signals and Systems12
16.003Unified Engineering: Fluid Dynamics12
16.004Unified Engineering: Thermodynamics12
16.06Principles of Automatic Control12
18.03Differential Equations 212
Select one of the following:12
Statistics and Probability
Introduction to Probability I
and Introduction to Probability II
Professional Area Subjects
Select four subjects from at least three professional areas. 348
Fluid Mechanics
Materials and Structures
Structural Mechanics
Aerospace Propulsion
Computational Tools
Computational Modeling and Data Analysis in Aerospace Engineering
Estimation and Control
Feedback Control Systems
Computer Systems
Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory
Real-Time Systems and Software
Communications Systems
Communication Systems and Networks
Humans and Automation
Human Systems Engineering
Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making
Laboratory and Capstone Subjects
Select one of the following:12
Flight Vehicle Engineering (CI-M)
Space Systems Engineering (CI-M)
Select one of the following sequences:12-18
Robotics: Science and Systems (CI-M)
Experimental Projects:
Experimental Projects I
Experimental Projects II (CI-M)
Flight Vehicle Development:
Flight Vehicle Development (CI-M)
Space Systems Development:
Space Systems Development (CI-M)
Units in Major180-186
Unrestricted Electives48
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(36)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree192-198

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


 Combination of 6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python and 6.0002 Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science is also an acceptable option.


 18.032 Differential Equations is also an acceptable option.


For students who wish to complete an option in aerospace information technology, 36 of the 48 units must come from subjects other than 16.100, 16.20, 16.50, or 16.90.