Minor Requirements

The goals of the undergraduate Minor in Aeronautics & Astronautics are to provide focused instruction in aerospace design, constraints, criteria, analysis and synthesis for non-majors in STEM fields considering multidisciplinary careers.  The student learning goals for the minor include:

  • Strengthen and practice intellectual skills for solving multidisciplinary technical problems related to aerospace engineering;
  • Strengthen and practice the ability to successfully work within and contribute to multidisciplinary teams;
  • Strengthen and practice effective written and verbal communication skills;
  • Develop an understanding of contemporary issues in aerospace engineering as well as the impact of aerospace engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • Develop an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in aerospace engineering.

Entry into the Minor

Students are expected to have completed the following prerequisites for required minor courses before declaring the minor:

  • MATH 126
  • PHYS 121
  • CHEM 142

Declaring the Minor

The undergraduate Minor in Aeronautics & Astronautics is an open minor.  In order to declare a minor, students must:

  • Be an undergraduate student with at least sophomore standing (45 credits or more completed)
  • Contact the A&A Undergraduate Adviser to discuss the minor
  • Be declared in a major already and have your major adviser sign off on the minor

Minor Requirements (32 credits minimum)

  • A A 210: Statics (4 credits) [prereq: MATH126; PHYS 121]
  • CEE 220: Mechanics of Materials (4 credits) [prereq: A A 210]
  • M E 230: Kinematics and Dynamics (4 credits) [prereq: A A 210]
  • A A 260: Thermodynamics (4 credits) [prereq: CHEM 142; MATH 126]
  • A A 310: Orbital and Space Flight Mechanics (4 credits) [prereq: ME 230] *
  • A A 311: Atmospheric Flight Mechanics (4 credits) *
  • Approved Elective Courses (8 credits minimum)

Approved Elective Courses

  • A A 301: Compressible Aerodynamics *
  • A A 302: Incompressible Aerodynamics *
  • A A 331: Aerospace Structures I *
  • A A 332: Aerospace Structures II *
  • A A 402: Fluid Mechanics **
  • A A 405: Introduction to Aerospace Plasmas **
  • A A 406: Electric Propulsion **
  • A A 419: Aerospace Heat Transfer **
  • A A 447: Control in Aerospace Systems **
  • A A 448: Control Systems Sensors and Actuators **
  • A A 460: Propulsion *
  • A A 461: Advanced Air Breathing Propulsion **
  • A A 462: Rocket Propulsion **
  • A A 470: Systems Engineering **
  • A A 516: Stability and Control of Flight Vehicles **
  • A A 532: Mechanics of Composite Materialss **
  • A A 540: Finite Element Analysis I **
  • ESS 415: Space and Plasmas
  • ESS 472: Rockets and Instrumentation

* Students who have officially declared the minor are eligible to take A&A 300-level courses, but will need to wait until Period 2 registration (except during Summer Quarter).  Students will be manually registered if there is space.  Please contact the A&A Undergraduate Adviser at to indicate your interest.

** Students can register for A&A 400-level courses on the approved elective course list on their own.  Students are able to register if there is space during Period 2 registration.  Please contact the A&A Undergraduate Adviser at if you are unable to register due to stated prerequisites.

Minor Policies

  • Minimum 15 credits taken at UW Seattle
  • Minimum 15 credits taken at UW Seattle with A A prefix
  • Minimum 2.0 in each course presented for the minor
  • Minimum 2.0 average in all courses presented for the minor
  • Minimum one approved elective course at the 400-level with A A prefix
  • Substitutions for approved elective courses allowed via petition
  • Please note it typically takes a minimum of two years to complete the minor.

Sample Schedule

  Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
Year 1 A A 210 CEE 220 A A 260
      M E 230
Year 2 A A 310+ Approved Elective Approved Elective
  A A 311+ Approved Elective  

+ Please note that A A 310 and A A 311 are only offered during Autumn Quarter.