Aerospace Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. For there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” Perhaps, like da Vinci, you’ve always been obsessed with airborne machines: Gliders and lighter-than-air craft. Fixed-wing airplanes and jets. Autogyros and helicopters. Or even rockets, satellites, and spacecraft. Aeronautical engineers generally design aircraft to fly within the Earth’s atmosphere, while astronautical engineers design the technology for spacecraft to fly beyond the atmosphere. Either way, the sky’s the limit.

Major Program

At Berkeley Engineering, we offer a modern aerospace engineering major that combines comprehensive topical coverage, technical rigor and practical relevance. This major has been designed from the ground up for students who aspire to become leaders in an emerging era of aerospace technologies, including sustainable aviation, autonomous flight and space exploration. With a UC Berkeley aerospace engineering degree, you can find employment in industry — such as multinational corporations that design and manufacture aerospace systems at scale, or mid-size and small private companies that develop targeted technologies — or in federal government agencies such as NASA, the FAA or federal defense organizations.

The aerospace engineering degree program will begin instruction with an inaugural freshman class in Fall 2022. 

Minor Program

To declare your intention to pursue the Aerospace Minor, please use your Berkeley email address/calnet ID and fill out the following application to declare form.

Non-Mechanical Engineering major students can declare their intention to complete the minor after completing prerequisite courses MEC ENG C85 Introduction to Solid Mechanics, MEC ENG 106 Fluid Mechanics, and MEC ENG 132 Dynamic Systems and Feedback. Mechanical Engineering majors are allowed to overlap prerequisite courses. Students must have a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0, as well as a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses, in order to be admitted to the minor program.


 

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Major Requirements

For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), please see the College Requirements and Major Requirements tabs.

General Guidelines

  1. All technical courses taken in satisfaction of major requirements must be taken for a letter grade.

  2. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for all work undertaken at UC Berkeley.

  3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all upper division technical courses taken in satisfaction of major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

For a detailed plan of study by year and semester, please see the Plan of Study tab.

Lower Division Requirements

AERO ENG 1Aerospace Engineering 1 Seminar1
AERO ENG 2Aerospace Engineering 2 Seminar1
AERO ENG 10Introduction to Aerospace Engineering Design4
CIV ENG C30Introduction to Solid Mechanics3
or MEC ENG C85 Introduction to Solid Mechanics
COMPSCI 61AThe Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs4
or ENGIN 7 Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers
ENGIN 40Engineering Thermodynamics3-4
or MEC ENG 40 Thermodynamics
MAT SCI 45Properties of Materials3
MATH 1ACalculus4
MATH 1BCalculus4
MATH 53Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 54Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (recommended)4
or PHYSICS 89 Introduction to Mathematical Physics
PHYSICS 7APhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
PHYSICS 7BPhysics for Scientists and Engineers4
Science Elective 14-5
1

Choose one of the following: ASTRON 7A, 10; BIOLOGY 1A+1AL, 1B; CHEM 1A/1AL, 1B, 3A/3AL, 3B/3BL, 4A, 4B; MCELLBI 32; PHYSICS 7C. Some of these courses require prerequisites and would therefore be more appropriately taken in a later semester.

Upper Division Requirements

Students must complete the Upper Division Core Requirements and four Technical Electives. 

Upper Division Core Requirements

AERO ENG 100Course Not Available
CIV ENG 93Engineering Data Analysis3-4
or DATA C100 Principles & Techniques of Data Science
or ENGIN 178 Statistics and Data Science for Engineers
CIV ENG 126Engineering Dynamics and Vibrations3
or MEC ENG 104 Engineering Mechanics II
MEC ENG 100Electronics for the Internet of Things4
or EL ENG 120 Signals and Systems
or EECS 149 Introduction to Embedded and Cyber Physical Systems
MEC ENG 103Experimentation and Measurements4
MEC ENG 106Fluid Mechanics3
MEC ENG 132Dynamic Systems and Feedback3
or EL ENG C128 Feedback Control Systems
or MEC ENG C134 Feedback Control Systems
MEC ENG 163Engineering Aerodynamics3

Technical Electives

Students must take four elective courses from two of the areas listed below.

Communications Systems
COMPSCI 168Introduction to the Internet: Architecture and Protocols4
EL ENG 117Electromagnetic Fields and Waves4
EL ENG 121Introduction to Digital Communication Systems4
EL ENG 122Introduction to Communication Networks4
EL ENG 142Integrated Circuits for Communications4
Computational Tools
CIV ENG C133Engineering Analysis Using the Finite Element Method3
or MEC ENG C180 Engineering Analysis Using the Finite Element Method
ENGIN 150Basic Modeling and Simulation Tools for Industrial Research Applications4
IND ENG 174Simulation for Enterprise-Scale Systems3
NUC ENG 155Introduction to Numerical Simulations in Radiation Transport3
Control, Autonomy, & Artificial Intelligence
COMPSCI 188Introduction to Artificial Intelligence4
COMPSCI 189Introduction to Machine Learning4
EL ENG C106AIntroduction to Robotics4
EL ENG C106BRobotic Manipulation and Interaction4
IND ENG 142Introduction to Machine Learning and Data Analytics3
MEC ENG 136Introduction to Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles3
Design
EL ENG 192Mechatronic Design Laboratory4
MEC ENG 135Design of Microprocessor-Based Mechanical Systems4
Dynamical Systems
MEC ENG 170Engineering Mechanics III3
MEC ENG 175Intermediate Dynamics3
Humans and Automation
CIV ENG 190Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering ((Aviation control topics))1-4
COG SCI 131Computational Models of Cognition4
COMPSCI 160User Interface Design and Development4
IND ENG 170Industrial Design and Human Factors3
Manufacturing
IND ENG 130Methods of Manufacturing Improvement3
MAT SCI 121Metals Processing3
MEC ENG 122Processing of Materials in Manufacturing3
MEC ENG 127Introduction to Composite Materials3
Materials
MAT SCI 102Bonding, Crystallography, and Crystal Defects3
MAT SCI 104
104L
Materials Characterization
and Materials Characterization Laboratory
4
MAT SCI 112Corrosion (Chemical Properties)3
MAT SCI 113Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials3
MAT SCI 136Materials in Energy Technologies4
MEC ENG 108Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials4
MEC ENG 127Introduction to Composite Materials3
NUC ENG 120Nuclear Materials4
Mechanics
CIV ENG 132Applied Structural Mechanics3
MEC ENG 184Course Not Available3
MEC ENG 185Introduction to Continuum Mechanics3
Operations and Project Management
CIV ENG 167Engineering Project Management3
ENGIN 120Principles of Engineering Economics3
IND ENG 130Methods of Manufacturing Improvement3
IND ENG 150Production Systems Analysis3
IND ENG 153Logistics Network Design and Supply Chain Management3
Optimization
EECS 127Optimization Models in Engineering4
IND ENG 160Nonlinear and Discrete Optimization3
IND ENG 162Linear Programming and Network Flows3
IND ENG 164Introduction to Optimization Modeling3
Power
CIV ENG 190Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering ((Power topics))1-4
MEC ENG 140Combustion Processes3
MEC ENG 146Energy Conversion Principles3
MEC ENG 154Thermophysics for Applications3
NUC ENG 150Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Theory4
NUC ENG 161Nuclear Power Engineering4
Propulsion
AERO ENG 143Course Not Available
MEC ENG 109Heat Transfer3
MEC ENG 140Combustion Processes3
MEC ENG 151AConductive and Radiative Transport3
MEC ENG 151BConvective Transport and Computational Methods3
MEC ENG 154Thermophysics for Applications3
Risk Management
CIV ENG 193Engineering Risk Analysis3
IND ENG 165Engineering Statistics, Quality Control, and Forecasting4
IND ENG 166Decision Analytics3
IND ENG 172Probability and Risk Analysis for Engineers4
NUC ENG 167Risk-Informed Design for Advanced Nuclear Systems3
NUC ENG 175Methods of Risk Analysis3
Space Technologies
NUC ENG 140Course Not Available
NUC ENG 162Radiation Biophysics and Dosimetry3

Minor Requirements

Students can receive an aerospace minor by successfully completing the following courses:

MEC ENG 127Introduction to Composite Materials3
MEC ENG 136Introduction to Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles3
MEC ENG 163Engineering Aerodynamics3
Prequisite Courses
MEC ENG C85Introduction to Solid Mechanics3
MEC ENG 106Fluid Mechanics3
MEC ENG 132Dynamic Systems and Feedback3

Non-Mechanical Engineering majors can declare their intention to complete the minor after completing prerequisite courses MEC ENG C85MEC ENG 106, and MEC ENG 132. Mechanical Engineering majors are allowed to overlap prerequisite courses.

Students must have a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0, as well as a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the prerequisite courses, in order to be admitted to the minor program. Students outside of the Mechanical Engineering major must take all 6 courses (the pre-requisite courses and the minor courses) to complete the minor. Students must have a minimum of 2.00 grade-point average in the minor courses at graduation. Completion of the minor cannot delay graduation.

College Requirements

Students in the College of Engineering must complete no fewer than 120 semester units with the following provisions: 

  1. Completion of the requirements of one engineering major program of study. 
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 (C average) and a minimum 2.00 grade point average in upper division technical coursework required of the major.
  3. The final 30 units and two semesters must be completed in residence in the College of Engineering on the Berkeley campus.
  4. All technical courses (math, science, and engineering) that can fulfill requirements for the student's major must be taken on a letter graded basis (unless they are only offered P/NP). 
  5. Entering freshmen are allowed a maximum of eight semesters to complete their degree requirements. Entering junior transfers are allowed five semesters to complete their degree requirements. Summer terms are optional and do not count toward the maximum. Students are responsible for planning and satisfactorily completing all graduation requirements within the maximum allowable semesters. 
  6. Adhere to all college policies and procedures as they complete degree requirements.
  7. Complete the lower division program before enrolling in upper division engineering courses. 

Humanities and Social Sciences (H/SS) Requirement

To promote a rich and varied educational experience outside of the technical requirements for each major, the College of Engineering has a six-course Humanities and Social Sciences breadth requirement, which must be completed to graduate. This requirement, built into all the engineering programs of study, includes two Reading and Composition courses (R&C), and four additional courses within which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. See the humanities and social sciences section of our website for details.

Class Schedule Requirements

  • Minimum units per semester: 12.0
  • Maximum units per semester:  20.5
  • Minimum technical courses: College of Engineering undergraduates must include at least two letter graded technical courses (of at least 3 units each) in their semester program. Every semester students are expected to make satisfactory progress in their declared major. Satisfactory progress is determined by the student's Engineering Student Services Advisor. (Note: For most majors, normal progress will require enrolling in 3-4 technical courses each semester). Students who are not in compliance with this policy by the end of the fifth week of the semester are subject to a registration block that will delay enrollment for the following semester. 
  • All technical courses (math, science, engineering) that satisfy requirements for the major must be taken on a letter-graded basis (unless only offered as P/NP).

Minimum Academic (Grade) Requirements

  • Minimum overall and semester grade point averages of 2.00 (C average) are required of engineering undergraduates. Students will be subject to dismissal from the University if during any fall or spring semester their overall UC GPA falls below a 2.00, or their semester GPA is less than 2.00. 
  • Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C average) in upper division technical courses required for the major curriculum each semester.
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 and a minimum 2.00 grade point average in upper division technical course work required for the major are required to earn a Bachelor of Science in the College of Engineering.

Unit Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, students must complete at least 120 semester units of courses subject to certain guidelines:

  • Completion of the requirements of one engineering major program of study. 
  • A maximum of 16 units of special studies coursework (courses numbered 97, 98, 99, 197, 198, or 199) is allowed to count towards the B.S. degree, and no more than 4 units in any single term can be counted.
  • A maximum of 4 units of physical education from any school attended will count towards the 120 units.
  • Passed (P) grades may account for no more than one third of the total units completed at UC Berkeley, Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF), UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), or UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) toward the 120 overall minimum unit requirement. Transfer credit is not factored into the limit. This includes transfer units from outside of the UC system, other UC campuses, credit-bearing exams, as well as UC Berkeley Extension XB units.

Normal Progress

Students in the College of Engineering must enroll in a full-time program and make normal progress each semester toward the bachelor's degree. The continued enrollment of students who fail to achieve minimum academic progress shall be subject to the approval of the dean. (Note: Students with official accommodations established by the Disabled Students' Program, with health or family issues, or with other reasons deemed appropriate by the dean may petition for an exception to normal progress rules.) 

UC and Campus Requirements

University of California Requirements

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by satisfying the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). The UC Entry Level Writing Requirement website provides information on how to satisfy the requirement

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions (AH&I) requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

Campus Requirement

American Cultures

The American Cultures requirement is a Berkeley campus requirement, one that all undergraduate students at Berkeley need to pass in order to graduate. You satisfy the requirement by passing, with a grade not lower than C- or P, an American Cultures course. You may take an American Cultures course any time during your undergraduate career at Berkeley. The requirement was instituted in 1991 to introduce students to the diverse cultures of the United States through a comparative framework. Courses are offered in more than fifty departments in many different disciplines at both the lower and upper division level.

 

Plan of Study

For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), please see the College Requirements and Major Requirements tabs.

Freshman
FallUnits
MATH 1A4
MAT SCI 453
AERO ENG 11
Science Elective13-5
Reading & Composition Part A Course24
 15-17
Total Units: 15-17
Freshman
SpringUnits
MATH 1B4
PHYSICS 7A4
ENGIN 7 or COMPSCI 61A4
AERO ENG 21
Reading & Composition Part B Course24
 17
Total Units: 17
Sophomore
FallUnits
MATH 53 or PHYSICS 89 (recommended)4
PHYSICS 7B4
AERO ENG 104
Humanities/Social Sciences Course23-4
 15-16
Total Units: 15-16
Sophomore
SpringUnits
MATH 544
CIV ENG C30 or MEC ENG C853
ENGIN 40 or MEC ENG 403-4
Humanities/Social Sciences Course23-4
 13-15
Total Units: 13-15
Junior
FallUnits
MEC ENG 1063
CIV ENG 126 or MEC ENG 1043
EL ENG C128, MEC ENG C134, or MEC ENG 1323-4
Humanities/Social Sciences Course23-4
 12-14
Total Units: 12-14
Junior
SpringUnits
CIV ENG 93, DATA C100, or ENGIN 1783-4
MEC ENG 100, EL ENG 120, or EECS 1494
MEC ENG 1633
Humanities/Social Sciences Course23-4
 13-15
Total Units: 13-15
Senior
FallUnits
MEC ENG 1034
Technical Elective 133-4
Technical Elective 233-4
Free Elective2-4
 12-16
Total Units: 12-16
Senior
SpringUnits
AERO ENG 1004
Technical Elective 333-4
Technical Elective 433-4
Free Elective2-4
 12-16
Total Units: 12-16

Total Units: 120 (minimum)

1

Choose one of the following: ASTRON 7A, 10; BIOLOGY 1A+1AL, 1B; CHEM 1A/1AL, 1B, 3A/3AL, 3B/3BL, 4A, 4B; MCELLBI 32; PHYSICS 7C. Some of these courses require prerequisites and would therefore be more appropriately taken in a later semester.

2

The Humanities/Social Sciences (H/SS) requirement includes two approved Reading & Composition (R&C) courses and four additional approved courses, with which a number of specific conditions must be satisfied. R&C courses must be taken for a letter grade (C- or better required). The first half (R&C Part A) must be completed by the end of the freshman year; the second half (R&C Part B) must be completed by no later than the end of the sophomore year. The remaining courses may be taken at any time during the program. See engineering.berkeley.edu/hss for complete details and a list of approved courses.

3

Students must take four technical elective courses chosen from two of the areas listed on the Major Requirements page.

Contact Information

Berkeley Aerospace Engineering

6175 Etcheverry Hall

Phone: 510-643-8017

Fax: 510-642-6163

aero@berkeley.edu

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Faculty Director, Aerospace Engineering Programs

Panayiotis Papadopoulos, PhD

6131 Etcheverry Hall

panos@berkeley.edu

Director, Student Services

William Orta

6187 Etcheverry Hall

worta@berkeley.edu

Department Adviser

Karren Bautista Tanisaki

6175 Etcheverry Hall

karren@berkeley.edu

Engineering Student Services (ESS) Advisor

Mayra Rivera

230 Bechtel Engineering Center

https://engineering.berkeley.edu/students/advising-counseling/ess-advising/

m.rivera@berkeley.edu

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