The Undergraduate Curriculum

Undergraduate Nicole Martin doing her homework at a table in the Guggenheim Building.

The BSAE: Depth, Breadth, and Purpose

The 132 credit-hour AE undergraduate curriculum is built on fundamental disciplines that will help you understand the design and performance of aerospace vehicles and their integrated subsystems. A set of integrated, interdisciplinary lab courses will give you hands-on learning experiences every year. The Math Options and free elective courses will help you tailor your educational program to fulfill individual interests and chosen career paths. The AE Options courses will broaden your knowledge and promote a more in-depth background in a chosen discipline or application of aerospace engineering.

Research, internships, co-ops, and competitions are options that will help you round out your educational experience.

Degree Requirements

The undergraduate curriculum requires you to take courses in several areas that complement the aerospace major, including humanities, social sciences, and wellness. Start by reviewing the BSAE requirements with your academic advisor to map out the direction of your degree. Note that you are required to take six math classes, one of which you may choose from the Math Options course list. As a part of your review, you should also choose the AE Options courses that best round out your particular interests. Courses do not have to be taken during the specific semester indicated in the curriculum, but all prerequisites must be satisfied for each course. In addition:

  • A grade of C or better is required in each 1000- and 2000-level mathematics and physics course; a course with a D or F grade must be repeated the next semester the student is in residence;
  • 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 (core and options) AE and COE courses;
  • AE and COE courses in which a D was earned may be repeated at any time.

Fitting It All Together

As this sample flow chart illustrates, courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics, humanities, and social sciences are the mainstay of your first year. This sequence allows you to connect with your classmates in study groups and other support networks that will help you later on. The second year adds coursework in general engineering sciences and aerospace-specific disciplines.The third and fourth years emphasize aerospace disciplines, vehicle systems integration and design, and options courses that allow you to individualize your education.

Still not sure which electives and options courses to take? Beginning with the Fall 2018 semester, the AE School has put together eight (8) concentration tracks -- a list of specific electives and options courses that, taken with your required courses, will boost your grasp of a specific area of aerospace engineering.

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.