MAE Course Offerings

All students enrolled in MAE courses are expected to meet prerequisite and performance standards, i.e., students may not enroll in any MAE courses or courses in another department which are required for the major prior to having satisfied prerequisite courses with a D or better.

The majority of MAE courses have enrollment restrictions which give priority to or are open only to declared engineering students and/or to students who have been admitted to an MAE major. Where these restrictions apply, students may submit an Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) request for review.  Students are advised that they may be dropped at any time from course rosters if prerequisites and/or performance standards have not been met.

While most lower-division courses are offered more than once each year, many upper-division courses are offered only once per year, and courses are scheduled to be consistent with the curricula as shown in the 4 year/3-year plans. When possible, the department does offer select large enrollment courses more than once each year. 

MAE students will not graduate with more than one D grade in any course within their major. This includes the required math, physics and chemistry courses.


ACADEMIC YEAR: 2024-2025

Course offerings and instructors are subject to change. 

Course offerings page is updated every summer for the upcoming academic year.


MAE Official Course Descriptions (UCSD Catalog)

Schedule of Classes (Course Registration Information)


Previous course offerings (by Academic Year) :

MAE Courses AY 2023-2024 | MAE Courses AY 2022-2023  | MAE Courses AY 2021-2022  | MAE Courses AY 2020-2021 | MAE Courses AY 2019-2020 | MAE Courses AY 2018-2019






  MAE 2

  Introduction to Aerospace Engineering



  MAE 3

  Introduction to Mechanical Design


  MAE 5

  Quantitative Computer Skills



  MAE 7

  Spatial Visualization


  MAE 8

  Matlab Programming for Engineering Analysis

  MAE 11



  MAE 20

  Elements of Materials Science


  MAE 21

  Aerospace Materials Science


  MAE 30A

  Statics and Introduction to Dynamics


  MAE 30B

  Dynamics and Vibrations


  MAE 40

  Linear Circuits


  MAE 92A

  Design Competition - Design, Build, and Fly Aircraft


  MAE 101A

  Introductory Fluid Mechanics


  MAE 101B

  Advanced Fluid Mechanics


  MAE 101C

  Heat Transfer


  MAE 101D

  Intermediate Heat Transfer


  MAE 104



  MAE 105

  Introduction to Mathematical Physics


  MAE 107

  Computational Methods in Engineering


  MAE 108

  Probability and Statistical Methods for Mechanical Engineering



  MAE 110

  Thermodynamic Systems


  MAE 113

  Fundamentals of Propulsion


  MAE 114

  Space Propulsion



 MAE 117A

 Elementary Plasma Physics


 MAE 118

 Introduction to Energy and Environment


  MAE 119

  Introduction to Renewable Energy: Solar and Wind


  MAE 120

  Introduction to Nuclear Energy



  MAE 122

  Flow and Transport in the Environment


  MAE 123

  Introduction to Transport in Porous Media


  MAE 125

  Building Energy Efficiency


  MAE 126A

  Environmental Engineering Laboratory




  MAE 126B

  Environmental Engineering Design



  MAE 130

  Advanced Vibrations


  MAE 131A

  Solid Mechanics I


  MAE 131B

  Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics II



  MAE 133

  Finite Element Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


  MAE 142

  Dynamics & Control of Aerospace Vehicles


  MAE 143A

  Signals and Systems


  MAE 143B

  Linear Control


  MAE 144

  Embedded Control and Robotics


  MAE 145

  Introduction to Robotic Planning and Estimation


 MAE 146

 Introduction to Machine Learning Algorithms


  MAE 148

  Introduction to Autonomous Vehicles

  MAE 150

  Computational Methods for Design


  MAE 152

  Introductions to Manual and CNC Machining


  MAE 154

  Product Design and Entrepreneurship


  MAE 155A

  Aerospace Engineering Design I


  MAE 155B

  Aerospace Engineering Design II


  MAE 156A

  Fundamental Principles of Mechanical Design I


  MAE 156B

  Fundamental Principles of Mechanical Design II


  MAE 160

  Mechanical Behavior of Materials




  MAE 165

  Fatigue and Failure Analysis of Engineering Components


  MAE 166

  Modern Concepts in Nanotechnology


  MAE 170

  Experimental Techniques


  MAE 171A

  Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I


  MAE 175A

  Aerospace Engineering Laboratory I


 MAE 180

 Orbital Mechanics


  MAE 181

  Space Mission Analysis and Design




  MAE 182

  Spacecraft Guidance and Navigation


 MAE 184 

 Flight Simulation Techniques


  MAE 185

  Computational Fluid Dynamics


  MAE 190

  Design of Machine Elements



 MAE 190

 Radiation and Light Sources


  MAE 190

  Marine Robotics




  MAE 191

  Sustainable Engineering of Design








  MAE 200




  MAE 201

  Mechanics of Fluids


  MAE 202

  Thermal Processes



  MAE 203

  Solid Mechanics and Materials


  MAE 204




  MAE 206

  Energy Systems



  MAE 208

  Mathematics for Engineers


  MAE 209

  Continuum Mechanics Applied to Medicine / Biology



MAE 207's "Topics in Engineering Science"         





  Advanced Astro Dynamics

  Instructor: Rosengren



  Air-sea Interactions

  Instructor: Hao


  Design & Control of Haptic Systems

  Instructor: Morimoto


  Introduction to Photonics

  Instructor: Poulikakos


  Medical Device Experience I

  Instructor: Friend


  Medical Device Experience II

  Instructor: TBD


  Multiphase Flow & Heat Transfer

  Instructor: Saha


  Experimental Spectroscopy for High Energy Density (HED) Physics

  Instructor: Beg


  Inertial Fusion Energy

  Instructor: Campbell



         ^ MAE 207's to be offered at the discretion of the Instructor in which topics of current interest in Engineering will be presented. 

                          Prerequisites: consent of instructor (RE: MAE 207, See Schedule of Classes ea. quarter for details)







  MAE 205

  Graduate Seminar (required for PhD only)

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  MAE 210A

  Fluid Mechanics I


  MAE 210B

  Fluid Mechanics II



  MAE 210C

  Fluid Mechanics III



  MAE 211

  Introduction to Combustion



  MAE 212

  Introductory Compressible Flow



  MAE 213

  Mechanics of Propulsion


  MAE 214A

  Introduction to Turbulence and Turbulent Mixing


  MAE 215

  Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer


  MAE 217A

  Introduction to Gas Discharge Plasma Physics


  MAE 217B

  Introduction to Non-magnetized Hot Plasma Physics



  MAE 217C

  Introduction to Magnetized Hot Plasma Physics



  MAE 218A

  Introduction to High Energy Density Physics (MHD and Pinches)




  MAE 218B

  Introduction to High Energy Density Physics (Laser-Plasma Interactions)


  MAE 219

  Design and Control of Haptic Systems


  MAE 220A

  Physics of Gases




  MAE 221A

  Heat Transfer


  MAE 221B

  Mass Transfer



  MAE 221C

  Convection Heat transfer


  MAE 221D

  Radiation Heat Transfer


  MAE 223

  Ocean Tech Design & Develop


  MAE 224A

  Environmental Fluid Dynamics I


  MAE 226

  Advanced Dynamics


  MAE 227

  Convex Optimization for Eng


  MAE 231A

  Foundations of Solid Mechanics


  MAE 231B



  MAE 231C




  MAE 232A

  Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics I




  MAE 232B

  Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics II



 MAE 232C

 Finite Element Methods in Solid mechanics III


  MAE 235

  Computational Techniques in Finite Elements


  MAE 238

  Stress Waves in Solids


  MAE 240

  Space Flight Mechanics


  MAE 242

  Robot Motion Planning


  MAE 243

  Electric Power Systems Modeling


  MAE 244

  Renewable Energy Integration


  MAE 247

  Cooperative Control of Multi-Agent Systems


  MAE 248

  Safety for Autonomous Systems


  MAE 249

  Soft Robotics


  MAE 251

  Structure and Analysis of Solids



  MAE 253

  Advanced Ceramics


  MAE 254

  Energy Materials & Applications



  MAE 256

  Radiative Transfer for Energy Applications



  MAE 259

  ODE Simulation Methods


 MAE 261

 Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics


 MAE 262

 Biological Fluid Mechanics


  MAE 263

  Experimental Methods in Cell Mechanics



  MAE 265A

  Electronic and Photonic Properties of Materials



  MAE 265B

  Magnetic Materials: Principles and Applications


  MAE 266

  Biomaterials and Medical Devices


  MAE 267

  Nanomaterials and Properties



  MAE 269

  Bioinspired Mobile Robotics


  MAE 270

 Multidisciplinary Design Optimization


  MAE 271A

  Thermodynamics of Solids



  MAE 271B

  Solid State Diffusion and Reaction Kinetics



  MAE 271C

  Phase Transformations



  MAE 272

  Imperfections in Solids



 MAE 274

 Model Reduction


  MAE 276

  Mechanics of Soft Materials



 MAE 279

 Uncertainty Quantification


  MAE 280A

  Linear Systems Theory


  MAE 280B

  Linear Control Design



  MAE 281A

  Nonlinear Systems



  MAE 281B

  Nonlinear Control


  MAE 283A

  Parametric Identification: Theory and Methods


  MAE 283B

  Approximate Identification and Control



  MAE 284

  Robust and Multivariable Control


  MAE 285

  Design of Micro/Nanoacousticofluidic Devices 


 MAE 286

 Hybrid Systems


  MAE 288A

  Optimal Control



  MAE 288B

  Optimal Estimation




 MAE 289A

 Mathematical Analysis for Applications


 MAE 289B

 Real Analysis for Applications


 MAE 289C

 Functional Analysis and Applications


  MAE 290A

  Numerical Linear Algebra


  MAE 290B

  Numerical Methods for Differential Equations



  MAE 290C

  Computational Fluid Dynamics


  MAE 292

  Computer-Aided Design and Analysis



  MAE 294A

  Introduction to Applied Mathematics I


  MAE 294B

  Introduction to Applied Mathematics II



  MAE 294C 

  Introduction to Applied Mathematics III