What background for aerospace grad school ? (my school doesn't have an aero major)

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I recently declared a physics and math double major and a comp sci minor. I'm not exactly sure what I want to do afterwards but it seems to open up lots of interesting possibilities. I guess the main things I'm looking at are high energy physics, quantum information science, computational neuroscience, and aerospace engineering.

The only thing I'm not sure about is the aerospace one. My school doesn't offer an aero major or minor; it only offers an intro flight class, fluid mechanics (one at the undergrad and like 5 at the graduate level), and a graduate level advanced aerodynamics class in the mechanical engineering department (and there's a graduate level physics class that covers nonlinear mechanics/chaos/fluid mechanics/stuff like that). I looked at some schools with aerospace engineering bachelors and they offer various classes on propulsion/flight systems/etc that we don't have.

If I graduate with a math/physics major, comp sci minor (possibly physics masters as well) and just take the physics class on fluids and mechE one on advanced aerodynamics, would that be sufficient preparation to get into an aerospace grad school? If not what else should I consider doing?
 

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Aerospace is a specialized field in mechanical engineering. An undergraduate degree in Mech.E will suffice for aerospace engineering in graduate school, and it's quite common.
 
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You should look at places you would want to apply to, and see what their expectations are for incoming graduate students. Then try to meet or exceed them.
 

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