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Aerospace Engineering

About Aerospace Engineering

Aeronautics focuses on systems that operate in the Earth's atmosphere and Astronautics on those operating in space. Within each division, your choice of a career path can take you on a journey through widely varying disciplines as you advance through the ranks of an organization.

Faculty Advisors

Specific advising inquiries may be directed to Dr. Kira Abercromby, the Department Undergraduate Advisor. 

For additional information on Department Resources please see the Aerospace Engineering Resources Page

Declaring Your Concentration

It is important to declare your concentration to ensure your Degree Progress Report and Academic Progress Level is up to date for registration. 

Please note: a change of concentration will appear on your transcript, so it is important you are confident with your decision.  

In order to declare your concentration, follow the procedure below:

  1. Email cpdots2@calpoly.edu from your Cal Poly email address
  2. Use the subject line: Student Last Name/Concentration Name  
  3. Include in the email body:
    • Student Name:
    • EMPL ID:
    • Major: Aerospace Engineering
    • Catalog Year: 
    • Concentration: Aeronautics or Astronautics

Catalog Changes

These catalog changes apply to AERO majors only.

  • Students following the 2011-13 through 2020-21 catalogs who have switched majors may substitute BMED 101 + 102  or CSC/CPE 123 or EE 111 + 151 or ENGR 110 or MATE 110 + 120 or ME 128 + 129 or ME 229 for AERO 121.  A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2019-2020 catalog can substitute AERO 353 + AERO 354 (6 units) for AERO 355 + AERO 356 (6 units). A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2005-07 through 2017-19 catalogs can substitute BIO 111 (4 units) for BIO 213 (2 units) + ENGR/BMED 213 (2 units).  A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-2015 through 2017-2019 catalogs may use AERO 355 (3), AERO 356 (3), AERO 408 (4), AERO 542 (4), and AERO 549 (4) towards Aeronautics Approved Electives. A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-2015 through 2017-2019 catalogs may use AERO 408 (4), AERO 542 (4), and AERO 549 (4) towards Astronautics Approved Electives. A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2013-2015 through 2017-2019 catalogs can substitute AERO 355 + AERO 356 (6 units) for AERO 353 + AERO 354 (6 units). A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2011-13 through 2015-17 catalogs may use AERO 513 and AERO 528 towards Aeronautical or Astronautical Approved Electives.  A petition is not required.
  • Students following the 2011-13 through 2015-17 catalogs may take AERO 299 (4 units) for AERO 301 (4 units).  A petition is not required.

Flowcharts

Department flowcharts provide an example of an academic plan. The flowcharts serve as a guide for planning purposes.  

Curriculum Sheets

Curriculum sheets provide an outline of all the requirements needed to complete a degree.

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