The Undergraduate Curriculum

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The Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech


Degree Requirements

The 132 credit-hour aerospace engineering undergraduate curriculum is built on fundamental disciplines that help you understand the design and performance of aerospace vehicles and their integrated subsystems. You will also take courses in areas that complement your bachelor’s degree, including humanities, social sciences, and wellness. A set of integrated, interdisciplinary lab courses will give you hands-on learning experiences. The Math Options, free elective and AE Options courses will help you tailor your educational program to fulfill individual interests and chosen career paths. Research, internships, co-ops, and competitions are options that will help you round out your educational experience.

In meeting the BSAE requirements you are required to take six math classes, one of which you may choose from the Math Options course list. You will also choose AE Options courses that broaden and deepen your knowledge in chosen disciplines or applications of aerospace engineering.

Planning Your Individualized Path

Start by reviewing the BSAE requirements with your academic advisor to map out the direction of your degree. To find out how to connect with your academic advisor, please visit the Undergraduate Advising and Registration page.

Flow Chart: Utilize this BSAE Flowchart to see the course requirements and a sample order in which courses are taken. Courses do not have to be taken during the specific semester indicated in the curriculum, but all prerequisites must be satisfied for each course.  The flowchart includes active hyperlinks on the course numbers and on the names of AE courses which lead to catalog descriptions and syllabi for AE courses so you do not need to hunt elsewhere on the GT website this information.

NEW! Course Planning Tool: Download this AE Course Planning Tool to help you plan out your entire curriculum customized to your choices for electives, research, coop, number of credit hours, etc.. This Excel spreadsheet-based tool is designed for use on a laptop, desktop or tablet. You may use this tool to plan your schedule, check prerequisites, make updates as your course plans change, and keep track of progress toward your BSAE degree.  The tool will check prerequisites and corequisites and provide GPA information for the grades you enter.  First, view this short Instructional Video for Planning Tool to learn how to use the tool.  A brief set of step-by-step instructions is also provided in a box at the top of the Excel spreadsheet.

AE Five-Year Course Schedule: The projected AE Five-Year Course Schedule for the next several years is provided to assist you and your advisor in customizing your coursework. This will allow for optimal planning for off-campus opportunities such as study abroad semesters, research, internships, and co-ops.

AE Specialty Areas: As part of the curriculum, you will choose AE Options courses in areas of interest.  In addition, the AE School has formulated ten AE Specialty Areas as suggestions that may help you choose courses that are in line with your career goals. These specialty areas include both AE Options courses and non-AE courses and you are not required to choose a specialty area. Rather, these can be starting points for you to create an educational experience that will work for you.

Additional Possibilities: See the frame on the right for lots of ways to enhance your program (e.g. Minors and Certificates, Co-ops and Internships, Undergraduate Research, International Study, AE BSMS Honors Program, AE & Russian Program, and additional AE Degree Options)

Performance Requirements: Please note the following

  • A grade of C or better is required in each 1000- and 2000-level mathematics and physics course
  • Math or physics course with a D or F grade must be repeated next semester student is in residence
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is required to schedule COE 2001 or AE 2010
  • A grade of C or better must be attained in all required 2000-level AE and COE courses
  • At the 3000-level and above, no more than two D grades are permitted in
  • required AE (core & AE options) and required COE courses.  Additional D grades must be repeated
  • Only free electives may be taken pass/fail.  All other courses must be taken on a letter grade basis
  • Minimum cumulative GPA to graduate is 2.0

If You Originally Enrolled Before Fall of 2014...

Students entering Georgia Tech before the Fall of 2014 may be graduating based on a previous AE curriculum, summarized in this flowchart. You may review the specific requirements of the previous AE curriculum, listed in the Georgia Tech Course Catalog for the year in which you entered.

Completing your degree under the terms of a previous curriculum will require you to work closely with your advisor, and either take older courses before they are phased out or make sure that you can substitute new courses for previous requirements. Your advisor can help you navigate this process, but a good place to begin is with the Course Equivalencies & Transition Plan.