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Aerospace Engineering

About Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineers research, plan, develop, test, and produce manned and unmanned flight systems for use in commercial aviation, national defense, and travel in outer space. As a student, you can find more information below that pertains directly to your major.

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

Course Substitutions

As curriculum changes between different catalog years, you may question what courses automatically transfer between catalogs. The following changes below apply to AERO majors only and a petition will not be required.

All AERO Students:

Your catalog You may use: To substitute for:
2019-20 AERO 353 + AERO 354 AERO 355 + AERO 356
2015-17 through 2017-19 AERO 443 (3)

AERO 443 (4) Note: this will reduce total units for graduation from 189 to 188.

2015-17 through 2017-19 AERO 447 (3) AERO 447 (4) Note: this will reduce total units for graduation from 189 to 188.
2013-15 through 2020-21 AERO 455 (4) Aeronautics Approved Elective -or- Astronautics Approved Elective
2005-07 through 2017-19 BIO 111 BIO 213 + ENGR/BMED 213
2013-15 through 2017-19 AERO 355, AERO 356, AERO 408, AERO 542, AERO 549 Aeronautics Approved Electives
2013-15 through 2017-19 AERO 408, AERO 542, AERO 549 Astronautics Approved Electives
2013-15 through 2017-19 AERO 355 + AERO 356 AERO 353 + AERO 354
2011-13 through 2015-17 AERO 513, AERO 528 Aeronautical or Astronautical Approved Electives
2011-13 through 2015-17 AERO 299 AERO 301

Students Who Have Changed Their Major Into AERO:

Your catalog you may use: to substitute for:
2011-13 through 2020-21
  • BMED 101 + 102
  • CSC/CPE 123
  • EE 111 + 151
  • ENGR 110
  • MATE 110 + 120
  • ME 128 + 129
  • ME 229
AERO 121

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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