Frequently Asked Questions

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Set up an appointment with your Academic Adviser to complete the paperwork to formerly declare a minor. A comprehensive list of the minors offered at ISU can be found at the following link:

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Set up an appointment with your Academic Adviser and inform them of what you wish your new major to be. It takes no more than a few minutes to start the process and paperwork.

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Visit ISU’s TRANSIT website ( and login as a Guest. Here you will be able to search classes by institution. After you find the courses you wish to evaluate and have added them to your list, click “Transfer Evaluation”. The returning results will show the ISU equivalent for the course(s).

Visit the academic success center to take advantage of the tutoring and supplemental instruction they offer for many classes. The department also has an E M help room located in Howe Hall for students who need help with their E M courses (Statics, Mechanics or Materials, Dynamics, etc.).

Visit the Engineering Career Services office to register your internship or co-op with the University. This is essential to keep your student status (housing, financial aid, etc.) active while you are away getting field experience.

There are 3 types of technical electives:

  • “A” technical electives (Aerospace Electives) are 400+ AerE courses from an approved departmental list. Students are required to have one “A” technical elective.
  • “B” technical electives (Technical/Engineering Electives) are 300+ courses in the College of Engineering, or certain 300+ level MATH/PHYSICS/ASTRO courses. Students are required to have one “B” technical elective. (“A” technical elective courses can be accepted as “B” technical electives)
  • “C” technical electives (Career Electives) are 300+ courses in the ISU catalog as approved by AerE department pertinent t the student’s career objectives. Students are required to have two “C” technical electives. (“A” or “B” technical electives are also accepted as “C” technical electives)

See your academic adviser for more info.

If you are interested in getting hands-on research experience, check out our faculty directory by research area. Find a professor whose research you’re interested in, and contact them to see if they have any opportunities.

Post-Doctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Phase Transitions and Plasticity Under High Pressure

Post-doctoral position at Iowa State University is available starting Summer/Fall 2019 to perform experimental research on coupled plastic flow, phase transformations, and other structural changes under high pressure and torsion of a sample in rotational diamond anvil cell. Experience with in situ high pressure experimentation and/or x-ray characterization of stresses and structural changes in materials at the micron scale is desired. Close collaboration with theoretical / computational collaborators and with Ames Laboratory of DoE is expected. Please email your application to Prof. Valery Levitas

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946