The purpose of the Technical Elective courses is to allow the student to select advanced courses in one or more areas that are of special interest. Each student must take at least nine hours of Technical Electives of which a minimum of three hours must be Aerospace Engineering courses. The satisfaction of this requirement can be accomplished by several methods as listed below.
Area of Focus
Students in the University of Kansas School of Engineering cannot select elective courses to form a formal minor. The Department recognizes, however, that some students would like to focus their technical electives on one aspect of aerospace engineering. To help students select their technical electives, the department has compiled a lists of appropriate courses that would form focus areas. Recommended Focus Area Courses contains recommended courses for focus area in Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Structures, Flight Dynamics and Control, Vehicle Design, Astronautics, and Manufacturing. It is also possible for a student, working with their advisor, to create other focus areas.
Course Substitution Petition
If a student wants to take a course not listed in Approved Technical Electives, the student needs the approval of their advisor and must document this by filing a Course Substitution Petition with the Department secretary, signed by their advisor. This form will be filed in the student’s academic folder.
Reserves Officer's Training Corps (ROTC)
A student enrolled in one of the ROTC programs can receive three hours of Technical Electives if the ROTC program is completed. If the student does not complete the ROTC program, no Technical Elective credits are awarded. Students in ROTC may not use flight training courses (AE 241, AE 441, or AE 592) to satisfy Technical Elective requirements.