ASA PhD Sample Plans of Study

Area of Specialization: Astrodynamics and Space Applications
Research Area: Trajectory Design/Spacecraft Formation Flying
Minor: Aerospace Systems

Major

  • AAE 532 - Orbit Mechanics - 3 credits
  • AAE 540 - Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics - 3 credits
  • AAE 567 - Introduction to Applied Stochastic Processes - 3 credits
  • AAE 607 - Variational Principles of Mechanics - 3 credits
  • AAE 632 - Advanced Orbital Dynamics - 3 credits
  • AAE 690G - Astronautical Navigation and Guidance - 3 credits
Minor (in lieu of minor qualifying exam)
  • AAE 550 - Multidisciplinary Design Optimization - 3 credits
  • AAE 590K - System-of-Systems Modeling & Analysis - 3 credits
Extra Classes (in preparation for math qualifying exam)
  • MATH 511 - Linear Algebra with Applications - 3 credits
  • MATH 527 - Advanced Math for Engineers and Physicists - 3 credits

Area of Specialization: Astrodynamics and Space Applications
Research Area: Trajectory Design
Minor: Dynamics & Control

Major

  • AAE 508 - Optimization in Aerospace Engineering - 3 credits
  • AAE 550 - Multidisciplinary Design Optimization - 3 credits
  • AAE 567 - Introduction to Applied Stochastic Processes - 3 credits
  • AAE 607 - Variational Principles of Mechanics - 3 credits
  • AAE 632 - Advanced Orbital Dynamics - 3 credits
  • AAE 690G - Astronautical Navigation and Guidance - 3 credits
Minor (in lieu of minor qualifying exam)
  • AAE 564 - Systems Analysis and Synthesis - 3 credits
  • AAE 666 - Nonlinear Dynamics, Systems, and Control - 3 credits
Extra Classes (in preparation for math qualifying exam)
  • MATH 510 - Vector Calculus - 3 credits
  • ME 581 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering - 3 credits

Area of Specialization: Astrodynamics and Space Applications
Research Area: Orbital Dynamics
Minor: Aerodynamics

Major

  • AAE 507 - Principles of Dynamics - 3 credits
  • AAE 508 - Optimization in Aerospace Engineering - 3 credits
  • AAE 567 - Introduction to Applied Stochastic Processes - 3 credits
  • AAE 607 - Variational Principles of Mechanics - 3 credits
  • AAE 632 - Advanced Orbital Dynamics - 3 credits
  • AAE 690G - Astronautical Navigation and Guidance - 3 credits
Minor (in lieu of minor qualifying exam)
  • AAE 511 - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics - 3 credits
  • AAE 518 - Low-Gravity Fluid Dynamics - 3 credits
Extra Classes (in preparation for math qualifying exam)
  • MATH 510 - Vector Calculus - 3 credits
  • MATH 527 - Advanced Math for Engineers and Physicists - 3 credits

Area of Specialization: Astrodynamics and Space Applications
Research Area: Navigation
Minor: Dynamics & Control

Major

  • AAE 507 - Principles of Dynamics - 3 credits
  • AAE 508 - Optimization in Aerospace Engineering - 3 credits
  • AAE 567 - Introduction to Applied Stochastic Processes - 3 credits
  • AAE 575 - Introduction to Satellite Navigation and Positioning - 3 credits
  • AAE 632 - Advanced Orbital Dynamics - 3 credits
  • AAE 690G - Astronautical Navigation and Guidance - 3 credits
Minor (in lieu of minor qualifying exam)
  • AAE 511 - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics - 3 credits
  • AAE 518 - Low-Gravity Fluid Dynamics - 3 credits
Extra Classes (in preparation for math qualifying exam)
  • MATH 510 - Vector Calculus - 3 credits
  • MATH 527 - Advanced Math for Engineers and Physicists - 3 credits