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 6.100A/16.C20[J] or 6.100B, 6.3700, 16.001, and 18.03 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 16.405[J], 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
6.100AIntroduction to Computer Science Programming in Python6
16.C20[J]Introduction to Computational Science and Engineering6
or 6.100B Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science
16.001Unified Engineering: Materials and Structures12
16.002Unified Engineering: Signals and Systems12
16.003Unified Engineering: Fluid Dynamics12
16.004Unified Engineering: Thermodynamics and Propulsion12
16.06Principles of Automatic Control12
16.09Statistics and Probability12
or 6.3700 Introduction to Probability
18.03Differential Equations 112
Professional Area Subjects
Select four subjects from at least three professional areas. 248
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
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:12-18
Robotics: Science and Systems (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 6.100A Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python and 16.C20 Introduction to Computational Science and Engineering or 6.100B Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science counts as a REST.


 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.