Aerospace Engineering


Academic Advising

Each student in the ARO program is assigned an academic advisor. The assignment is based on the initial letter of your last name. Find your advisor in the FAQ section of this page. Although advising is not mandatory in our program, you are encouraged to meet your advisor at least once each semester. Your advisor guides you throughout your undergraduate years at Cal Poly Pomona and can give you suggestions and guidelines for your career after graduating from the program.

ARO advisor is the best resource to ask questions about technical core and elective courses. For lower-division core courses and GE, you may consider consulting with the Engineering Advising Center and Bronco Advising Center. The advising centers provide excellent resources to assist you with planning your education at Cal Poly Pomona. 

This page provides answers to common advising questions. However, you should always consult your advisor before making a curriculum decision. Check this page regularly for the latest information on the ARO curriculum.


The academic advisor is assigned based on your last name initial. You can find your advisor, their office hours, and the instruction to join their office hours at this link

If you entered the program in Fall 2019 or later, you need a minimum of 6 units (2 courses) of ARO electives. You can find the list of ARO elective courses here.

Not all electives are offered every year. Check with the Department about the schedule of offering for each class.

If you entered the program under the quarter system and would like to stay with the quarter curriculum for graduation, you are required to take an equivalent of 13 quarter units of elective courses. Please note that the 1-semester unit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter units. Consult with your advisor to make sure you have enough credit to cover the requirements for the ARO technical electives. 

The ARO flowcharts provide a suggested 4-year plan to take all required courses. We highly encourage all students to follow the flowcharts as carefully as possible. Depending on the courses you have completed, your plan may deviate from the flowchart. Talk to your advisor before enrolling for classes if your plan varies from the flowcharts to make sure that you are not missing important pre- and co-requisites. 

Check the University Catalog Aerospace Engineering section:

AY 2021-2022 Catalog

If you entered the program in Fall 2019 or later, the semester conversion does not affect your courses. 

If you entered the program before Fall 2019, you need to sit with your academic advisor to review your plan for graduation. You have the option to graduate with the quarter or semester requirements. However, choosing the system that is right for you requires reviewing your course history and plan to cover the deficiency of each curriculum requirements. 

Check ARO Quarter to Semester conversion guide to understand how courses have changed in this process. 

The courses in aeronautics emphasis area target air vehicles and courses in astronautics emphasis area focus on launch and space vehicles. The difference between the two emphasis areas is in 4 core courses and your choice for technical elective courses. You can choose your path by selecting the first course in the emphasis are which is ARO 4050, Aircraft Stability and Control, for aeronautics path, and ARO 4090, Space Dynamics and Control, for astronautics path. If you choose either course, you need to take courses in the same emphasis area which includes the following:

Table for emphasis courses in aero/astro paths
Aeronautics Path Astronautics Path
ARO 4050 ARO 4090
ARO 3120 ARO 4140
ARO 4911L ARO 4711L or ARO 4811L
ARO 4921L ARO 4721L or ARO 4821L
Aeronautics Emphasis ARO Elective  Astronautics Emphasis ARO Elective 
Aeronautics Emphasis ARO Elective  Astronautics Emphasis ARO Elective 

If you are interested in a Minor program, we suggest considering one of the following:

  • Mathematics Minor (see the requirements here)
  • Physics Minor (see the requirements here)
  • Astronomy Minor (see the requirements here)
  • Materials Engineering Minor (see the requirements here)

We recommend that you discuss this decision with your advisor to create a reasonable graduation plan that includes the additional courses required for the Minor Program.