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Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering/Course 16

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)
Science Requirement
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied from among 6.0001/6.0002; 6.041; 18.03 or 18.034; and 16.001 in the Departmental Program]
Laboratory Requirement [can be satisfied by 16.622, 16.821, or 16.831 in the Departmental Program]
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree
Communication Requirement
The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects:
2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H); and 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M). See the Laboratory and Capstone section below for specific options.
PLUS Departmental Program
Subject names below are followed by credit units, and by prerequisites, if any
(corequisites in italics)
Departmental Core
16.001 Unified Engineering I, 12, REST; Physics II (GIR), 18.03*, Chemistry (GIR)
16.002 Unified Engineering II, 12; Physics II (GIR), 18.03*, Chemistry (GIR)
16.003 Unified Engineering III, 12; 16.001, 16.002
16.004 Unified Engineering IV, 12; 16.001, 16.002
6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science Programming in Python, 6
6.0002 Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science, 6; 6.0001*(1)
16.06 Principles of Automatic Control, 12; 16.004
16.07 Dynamics, 12; 16.004

16.09 Statistics and Probability, 12; Calculus II (GIR)
6.041 Probabilistic Systems Analysis, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)

18.03 Differential Equations, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)
18.034 Differential Equations, 12, REST; Calculus II (GIR)
Professional Area Subjects
at least 48
All students must take at least 48 units from among the subjects designated by the department as Professional Area Subjects. The program must include subjects from at least three professional areas. For students who wish to complete an option in aerospace information technology, 36 of the 48 units must come from subjects other than 16.100, 16.20, 16.50, or 16.90.
Fluid Mechanics
16.100 Aerodynamics, 12; 16.004
Materials and Structures
16.20 Structural Mechanics, 12; 16.004
16.50 Aerospace Propulsion, 12; 16.004*
Computational Tools
16.90 Computational Methods in Aerospace Engineering, 12; 16.004*; 16.09*
Estimation and Control
16.30 Feedback Control Systems, 12; 16.06*
Computer Systems
6.111 Introductory Digital Systems Laboratory, 12, LAB; 16.004*
16.35 Real-Time Systems and Software, 12; 1.00*
Communications Systems
16.36 Communication Systems and Networks, 12; 16.004*, 16.09*
Humans and Automation
16.400 Human Systems Engineering, 12
16.410 Principles of Autonomy and Decision Making, 12; 6.0002*
Laboratory and Capstone Subjects
One of the following two subjects:
16.82 Flight Vehicle Engineering, 12, CI-M; permission of instructor
16.83J Space Systems Engineering, 12, CI-M; permission of instructor
Plus one of the following three sequences:
Experimental Projects
16.621 Experimental Projects I, 6; 16.06*
16.622 Experimental Projects II, 12, LAB, CI-M; 16.621
Flight Vehicle Development
16.821 Flight Vehicle Development, 18, LAB, CI-M; permission of instructor
Space Systems Development
16.831J Space Systems Development, 18, LAB, CI-M; permission of instructor
Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs
Unrestricted Electives
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree
No subject can be counted both as part of the 17-subject GIRs and as part of the 198 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the student's departmental program will count toward one or the other, but not both.
* Alternate prerequisites and corequisites are listed in the subject description.
(1) The combination of 6.0001 and 6.0002 counts as a REST subject.
For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help of the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule,


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