Skip Navigation
search: People Opens New Window | Departments Opens New Window | Penn State Opens New Window | Web Opens New Window
Penn State mark
Penn State mark

University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Information Sciences and Technology for Aerospace Engineering Minor

University Park, College of Engineering (ISASP)

The role of Information Sciences and Technology in the practice of Aerospace Engineering is very important. Aerospace systems rely heavily on computers, software, and digital information; for control, sensors, and other onboard systems. The Boeing 777 has more than 1000 processors and roughly 20 million lines of software onboard, and F-16 and F-117As cannot fly without their onboard computers. In addition, many future aerospace vehicles will be unmanned, and the software challenges will be even greater. The onboard memory has also increased exponentially, the F-106 had 20 KBytes of memory and the new Joint Strike Fighter might have 2 GBytes of memory. The hardware and software must be carefully designed and thoroughly tested, since most aerospace systems are mission- or safety-critical systems. Computers and software are heavily used in the design, development, and manufacturing of aerospace systems. Large supercomputers are often used in the design process. The IST minor will enrich their educational achievements and increase their chances in obtaining employment or entering graduate school. The NSF and the DOD are encouraging universities to enhance their educational programs so that we have well-qualified engineers for future systems, and our IPAC members have stressed the importance of IT for our students.

Student must apply for entrance to the minor no later than their 7th semester.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 19 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
CMPSC 201C(3), IST 110 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
IST 210(4), IST 220(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from: AERSP 423(3), AERSP 424(3), AERSP 440(3), or AERSP 460(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2008

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-01-038

Review Date: 8/28/07

UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

Comments

EN