Core Course Requirements

Please note: Some course numbers and suffix letters are subject to change. Please contact the Graduate Program Staff Assistant if you have questions about core course requirements.

Basic Field Theory (6 credits):

Complete one course in two out of the following three categories:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • System Dynamics
  • Solid Mechanics

Fluid Mechanics:

  • AERSP 508 – Foundations of Fluid Mechanics

System Dynamics:

  • ACS 519 – Sound Structure Interaction
  • AERSP 506 – Rotorcraft Dynamics
  • AERSP 518 – Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles
  • AERSP 550 – Astrodynamics
  • AERSP 571 – Foundations of Structural Dynamics and Vibrations
  • AERSP 597* – Interplanetary Astrodynamics
  • AERSP 597* – Rotorcraftstab/Con
  • EMch 520 – Advanced Dynamics
  • PHYS 530 – Theoretical Mechanics

Solid Mechanics:

  • AERSP 505 – Aero- and Hydroelasticity
  • AERSP 597* – Behavior of Advanced Composite Structures
  • AERSP 597* – Smart Structures
  • EMch 500 – Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • EMch 507 – Theory of Elasticity and Applications
  • EMch 540 – Introduction to Continuum Mechanics
  • ME 560 – Solid Mechanics

Numerical/Computational Methods (3 credits): 

  • AERSP 423 – Introduction to Numerical Methods in Fluid Dynamics
  • AERSP 526 – Computational Methods for Shear Layers
  • AERSP 527 – Computational Methods in Transonic Flow
  • AERSP 528 – Computational Methods for Recirculating Flows
  • AERSP 529 – Advanced Analysis and Computation of Turbomachinery Flows
  • AERSP 560 – Finite Element Method in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
  • AERSP 596 – Individual Studies
  • AERSP 597* – Introduction to Many-Body Problems and Algorithms
  • AERSP 597* – Theory and Application of Global Navigation Satelite Systems
  • ABE 513 – Applied Finite Element, Finite Difference, and Boundary Element
  • CE 541 – Structural Analysis
  • EMch 560 – Finite Element Analysis
  • EMch 597* – Dynamics & Vibration of Non Linear Systems
  • MATH 441 – Matrix Algebra MATH 523 – Numerical Analysis I
  • MATH 550 – Numerical Linear Algebra
  • MATH 551 – Numerical Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 552 – Numerical Solutions of Partial Differential Equations
  • MATH 553 – Introduction to Approximation Theory
  • MATH 555 – Numerical Optimization Techniques
  • MATH 556 – Finite Element Methods
  • ME 523 – Numerical Solutions Applied to Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics Problems
  • ME561 – Structural Optimization Using Variational and Numerical Methods
  • NucE 530 – Parallel/Vector Algorithms for Scientific Applications
  • Stat 500 – Applied Statistics
  • Stat 515 – (Chem 560) – Stochastic Processes

Applied Mathematics (3 credits): 

  • EMch 524 (A/B)* – Mathematical Methods in Engineering
  • EMch 550 – Variational and Energy Methods in Engineering
  • EMch 597* – Dynamics Vibration of Non Linear Systems
  • MATH 505 – Mathematical Fluid Mechanics
  • MATH 507 – Dynamical Systems I
  • MATH 508 – Dynamical Systems II
  • MATH 509 – Linear Analysis and Applications I
  • MATH 510 – Linear Analysis and Applications II
  • MATH 511 – Ordinary Differential Equations I
  • MATH 512 – Ordinary Differential Equations II
  • MATH 513 – Partial Differential Equations I
  • MATH 514 – Partial Differential Equations II
  • MATH 580 – Introduction to Applied Mathematics I
  • MATH 581 – Introduction to Applied Mathematics II
  • PHYS 525 – Methods of Theoretical Physics I
  • STAT 500 – Applied Statistics (Other courses may be substituted with advance approval of advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies before you begin the course)
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