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What minor or double major would you pick for a bs in aerospace engineering?

  1. Jan 29, 2012 #1
    "AES students are also encouraged to consider a technical minor or double major in electrical engineering, computer science, applied math, engineering physics, astrophysical and planetary sciences, or atmospheric and oceanic sciences."

    -CU Boulder Aerospace engineering requirements page

    I'd like to know what subject area you would find most useful paired with aerospace in the job market.
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  3. Jan 30, 2012 #2
    Electrical engineering would be helpful, as modern aircraft are obviously controlled by complex webs of circuitry and computers.

    Applied math would help as an aerodynamicist because, well, that's what they do.

    The rest are all helpful, also.

    If they offer mechanical engineering, that could help too, if you don't want to be on the strictly math side of things.
  4. Jan 30, 2012 #3
    If you want to be an Aerospace Engineer, it seems like studying astrophysics would be of great benefit to you. An in depth understanding of how the universe works, especially in outer space, would be useful in your pursuits to become an Aerospace Engineer. The applications that you would gain would be unparalleled by any of the other categories.
  5. Jan 30, 2012 #4
    Several options present themselves.

    1) Business. Companies love their engineering managers. I personally think managers occupy their own special level of Dante's Hell, so this one isn't for me, but you might find it enjoyable. Definitely will aid your job prospects too, and it'll give you an edge once you start managing large projects.

    2) Math, pure. A solid foundation in mathematics ensures that you'll never have problems in the subject. All the theorems will make sense, and you'll be able to read about math that applies to your field much easier.

    3) Math, applied. Useful for a more engineering-focused plan.

    4) Computer science. You can never be too good of a programmer in this day and age, especially as an aerospace engineer.

    5) Materials engineering, if you can minor/double major in it. Materials take on a special importance in aerospace, given the high-stress nature (stress as in the colloquial definition) of the design constraints.

    There are others of course, but as an aerospace engineering student myself, that's my perspective. Then again, I'm not minoring in anything. Don't see the point in it myself.
  6. Jan 30, 2012 #5
    Thanks so much! What do you mean math by math, pure? What would that be called at the college.. pure math? lol Your insight was very helpful! I thinking I'm leaning toward mechE now though. either way.. i might do something extra on the math end..
  7. Jan 30, 2012 #6
    Drinking coffee and provin' theorems, as someone once said. Pure math is less computational, more abstract. It gets into the meat of why such-and-such equation is valid, or how it might be derived, or something.

    Aerospace and mechanical are pretty much identical degrees, at least at my school. What I'm doing as far as extra classes is to take a computational fluid dynamics class and likely an advanced strength of materials class as well. That'll be my 'minor'. You might consider something similar - taking advanced classes in the fields that interest you most.
  8. Jan 30, 2012 #7


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    I'm an aerospace engineering student minoring in mathematics.
  9. Jan 30, 2012 #8
    Please note that Astrophysics has absolutely nothing to do with Aerospace engineering. A quick Wikipedia search of each will show this. Read the first sentence of this and this.


    This is probably the best thing you can do. math, Math, MATH!!!
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