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The courses in the Foundational Track span the core areas in both Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. Achieving greater depth in analysis and understanding of these materials is very useful in building a strong general background in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and the Foundational Track allows students to acquire greater depth across the range of core areas in both aerospace and ocean engineering. 

This Track will be available to all Aerospace and Ocean Engineering majors.

Required: Choose a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following courses.

Course Title CH
AOE 3044 Boundary Layer & Heat Transfer 3
AOE 4004 State-Space Control 3
AOE 4084 Engineering Design Optimization 3
AOE 4264 Principles of Naval Engineering 3
AOE 4324 Energy Methods for Structures 3
Total Required Credits   9

*Courses are based on 2021 Checksheets. Prerequisites may apply – see your advisor

I. Purpose

Aerospace and ocean engineering majors have a foundational option and eight concentrations:

  • Aero/hydrodynamics
  • Dynamics, control and estimation
  • Energy & environment
  • Naval engineering 
  • Propulsion
  • Space engineering
  • Structures and materials
  • Vehicle and system design

The foundational option allows students to acquire greater depth across the range of core areas in both aerospace and ocean engineering.

Students will choose three of the following four courses:

  • AOE 3044: Boundary Layers and Heat Transfer
  • AOE 4324: Energy Methods for Structures
  • AOE 4004: State-space control
  • AOE 4084: Engineering Design Optimization
     

II. Justification:

The foundational option will allow students with a broad interest across aerospace and ocean engineering topics to focus their technical electives and receive recognition on their transcripts.
 

III. Hours Requirement

A total of 128 hours is required to graduate with a BS in aerospace and ocean engineering. The foundational option requires nine credit hours of coursework out of a total of eighteen hours of technical electives.
 

IV. Eligibility:

The foundational option will be available to all aerospace and ocean engineering majors. Students majoring in aerospace and ocean engineering may pursue more than on departmental concentration.
 

V. Relevance:

The courses in the foundational option span core areas in both aerospace and ocean engineering. Achieving greater depth in analysis and understanding of these is very useful in building a strong general background.
 

VI. Policies regarding intra-departmental majors and minors:

The AOE department offers majors in both aerospace and ocean engineering. Courses for the two majors overlap. Students may choose to pursue both majors simultaneously.
 

VII. Required resources

No additional resources are required at present.
 

VIII. Methods of Communication:

These changes are communicated to students by posting the option checksheet to our department website, e-mail notification via the AOE listserv, and presentation to incoming students at advising sessions. The AOE academic advisors will discuss the option with students during their advising sessions and concentration checksheets will be available in the AOE Academic Advising Center.