Aerospace Minor

Montana State University, Bozeman offers a minor (minor for which there is no major) in aerospace called the Aerospace Minor. This minor provides a suite of courses from a wide variety of disciplines which are relevant to aerospace. The minor requires a minimum of 28 credits. Required courses comprise 16 credits in four (4) specified courses, which are common to Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Industrial Engineering at MSU Bozeman. An additional required course, EMEC 368 Introduction to Aerospace, is the cornerstone, foundational course for the Aerospace Minor. An additional 9 elective credits (minimum of three courses) are required from a specified list which comprises the Aerospace Elective Courses. This minor is a useful complement to majors in science or engineering for those seeking a cross-disciplinary academic program with topics in aerospace. The required courses are carefully selected to ensure that students seeking the Aerospace Minor at MSU have the requisite math and science background to engage in specific applications to aerospace. The Aerospace Elective Courses were developed to provide students with the minimum background of specific topics applicable to aerospace. These are Materials and Structures (needed for development of aerospace systems; structures, hardware, sensors, system packages, etc.), Thermo/Fluids (needed for an understanding of aeronautical systems, momentum equations relevant to propulsion systems, environmental needs, etc.), and Focused Topics (a series of focused and advanced topics applicable to aerospace. These courses include design, dynamics and control, Computer Aided Design (CAD), space science, etc.) The Certifying Officer for the Aerospace Minor is the current MSU Lysle A. Wood Distinguished Professor, and students with questions are encouraged to seek him/her by contacting the MSU Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department.

The MSU Aerospace Minor = 19 required credits + 9 minimum elective credits = 28 minimum course credits for the Aerospace Minor; In some cases, this may be accomplished within the maximum 128 credits for certain B.S. degrees at MSU (with the Aerospace Minor inclusive). Students who have less than 19 course credits will fill the additional minimum 28 course credits with approved Aerospace Minor elective course credits.  (Specifically, MET or CET majors will need two additional directed elective credits to satisfy the 28 credit minimum.)  Students seeking a degree in ME or MET cannot use EMEC 368 as a Professional Elective for their major degree requirements.

Required Courses
or acceptable substitute for Aerospace Minor courses listed below *
M 171QCalculus I4
M 172QCalculus II4
PHSX 220Physics I (w/ calculus)4
PHSX 222Physics II (w/ calculus)4
EMEC 368Introduction to Aerospace3
Credit Sub-Total19
Aerospace Minor Courses
Materials and Structures
Choose one from the following:3-4
Engineering Materials
Composite Materials
Finite Element Analysis
Mech Behavior of Materials
Aircraft Structures
Novel Mat for Physics/Engineer
Choose one from the following:3-4
Transport Analysis
Applied Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics
Fluid Dynamics
Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
Principles of HVAC I
Fluid Power Systems Design
Focused Topics
Choose one from the following:3-4
Signals and Systems Analysis
Intro To Feedback Controls
Intro to Modern Control
Microcontroller Applications
Electro-Optical Systems
Multidisc Engineering Design
Introduction to Simulation
CAE IV--Design Integration
Micro-Electromechanical Systems
Computerized Numerical Control and Computer-aided Manufacturing Technology
Design for Manufacturing and Tooling
Advanced Optics
Total Credits28-31

Acceptable substitute is defined as meeting the pre-requisites for the specific course in Aerospace Minor courses listed above, or as allowed by the instructor as an acceptable pre-requisite for the given Aerospace Minor course.

Notes: The following constraints will be imposed on Aerospace Minor Courses:

  • Additional Clarification: Elective courses in a student's major degree program are not considered as required courses and can, therefore, be used as Aerospace Minor electives. Pre-requisites for courses will be enforced.
  • An appeal to include additional classes for the Aerospace Minor can be made if the student/instructor can make a cogent argument as to how the course is relevant to aerospace.
  • All academic policies relevant to MSU are in effect for the Aerospace minor; in particular, all courses used to fulfill the minor must have a grade of C- or better.