The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Fixed Wing) combines flight training with academic preparation in the technical and managerial aspects of aviation — the skills and knowledge demanded by today's aviation industry.  

Bachelor of Science in
Aeronautical Science (Fixed Wing)

A Prescott, AZ, Campus student taxis on the runway.

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Fixed Wing) combines flight training with academic preparation in the technical and managerial aspects of aviation — the skills and knowledge demanded by today's aviation industry.

About two-thirds of airline pilots will retire in the coming years, and other areas of the aviation industry are also undersupplied with qualified applicants. In today's airlines, one in four pilots is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate.

The advantage is clear: Entering the aviation job market with a degree from Embry-Riddle Prescott will ensure you are considered for the top jobs in the industry.

The program emphasizes the following skill sets in the education of its pilots:

  • Leadership ability as demanded by today's leading aviation companies
  • Decision-making aptitude to accurately and quickly assess situations and manage risk — skills that serve you well not just professionally, but in all aspects of life.
  • Knowledge of effective resource management, human factors, and safety awareness that can be applied to many endeavors
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills developed via computer simulations in aircraft performance, navigation, and aircraft systems operation

The program also offers options to enhance specific skills and customize your program through advanced flight training, including upset recovery; flight instructor and instrument flight instructor certificates; and familiarization training as a flight crew member in a jet transport aircraft.

You can also tailor your degree program to specific career goals by completing one of four specialties:

  • Airline Pilot Specialty — for students who are interested in taking upper-level classes that are related to jet-transport airplanes
  • Military Pilot Specialty — for students who are concurrently enrolled in ROTC
  • Commercial Pilot Specialty — for students who wish to complete a minor such as Applied Meteorology, Aviation Safety, or Unmanned Aerial Systems as part of their major course of study
  • Helicopter Pilot Specialty — for students whose goal is to fly a rotary-wing aircraft
The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science (Fixed Wing) degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation.
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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science may be attained in eight semesters. To earn the degree, successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours is required. The purpose of the Aeronautical Science degree program is to prepare the graduate for a productive career as a professional pilot and responsible citizenship in support of aviation and aerospace industries. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will possess an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating. Optional advanced flight training includes upset recovery training, certification as a flight instructor and instrument flight instructor, and training as a flight crew member in a jet transport aircraft.

Students pursuing the Aeronautical Science degree will select one of four specializations after matriculation. Students entering under this catalog may select from the Airline Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Helicopter Pilot, or Military Pilot specializations. Please see the section concerning the restrictions imposed by the Aviation Transportation and Security Act. All students must complete the general education courses, Aeronautical Science core courses, and the courses required to complete one specialization to earn the Aeronautical Science degree.

Course List

General Education 40
Select one of the following:
Aeronautical Science Core - Fixed Wing
50
Aeronautical Science Core - Helicopter
47

Flight Core Courses

4-11
Select one of the following: 19-29
Airline Pilot Specialty Courses
Commercial Pilot Specialty Courses
Helicopter Specialty Courses
Military Pilot Specialty Courses
Total Hours 120

General Education

Communication Theory and Skills *9
Lower-Level Humanities *3
Lower-Level Social Sciences *6
Computer Science Elective *3
BA 201Principles of Management3
HU 420Applied Cross-Cultural Communication3
MA 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MA 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 203LSurvey of Meteorology Laboratory1
Total Credits40

Aeronautical Science Core Courses - Fixed Wing

AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 121LPrivate Pilot Operations Lab0
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 221LInstrument Pilot Operations Laboratory1
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 311Aircraft Engines - Turbine3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
AS 321LCommercial Pilot Operations Laboratory1
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
AS 387Crew Resource Management3
AS 408Flight Safety3
AS 420Flight Technique Analysis3
AS 480Applied Aviation Research Methods3
UNIV 101College Success1
WX 301Aviation Weather3
WX 364Weather for Aircrews3
Total Credits50

Aeronautical Science Core Courses - Helicopter

AS 142Private Helicopter Operations3
AS 252Instrument Helicopter Operations3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 311Aircraft Engines - Turbine3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
AS 372Commercial Helicopter Operations3
AS 387Crew Resource Management3
AS 389Helicopter Operational Planning, Analysis, and Risk Management3
AS 408Flight Safety3
AS 442Flight Instructor Helicopter Operations4
AS 490Helicopter Specialty Capstone3
UNIV 101College Success1
WX 301Aviation Weather3
WX 364Weather for Aircrews3
Total Credits47

Flight Core Courses

Fixed Wing Professional Pilot Track

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 323Commercial Multi Add On1
Total Credits4

Fixed Wing Flight Education Pilot Track

AS 421Flight Instructor Ground Course4
FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 323Commercial Multi Add On1
FA 421Flight Instructor Rating1
FA 460Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Rating2
Total Credits11

Helicopter Professional Pilot Track

FH 142Helicopter Pilot Flight Private1
FH 252Helicoper Pilot Flight Instrument1
FH 372Helicopter Pilot Flight Commercial1
FH 442Helicopter Pilot Flight Instructor1
Total Credits4

Airline Pilot Specialty

AS 254Aviation Legislation3
or AS 405 Aviation Law
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
AS 402Airline Operations3
or AS 410 Airline Dispatch Operations
AS 411Jet Transport Systems3
AS 435Electronic Flight Management Systems3
FA 420Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures2
Electives11
Total Credits26

Commercial Pilot Specialty

AS 254Aviation Legislation3
or AS 405 Aviation Law
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
BA/SIS300/400 level Elective3
Minor9-18
Electives0-10
Total Hours26

Military Pilot Specialty

AS 435Electronic Flight Management Systems3
ROTC16-18
Electives0-7
Total Credits19-28

Helicopter Pilot Specialty

AS 254Aviation Legislation3
or AS 405 Aviation Law
AS 379Helicopter Human Factors, Physiology, Terrain Environments, and Night Vision Goggles3
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
AS 412Corporate and Business Aviation3
AS 429Multi Engine Helicopter Systesm and FMS Operations3
BA/SF 300-400 Level Electives3
Open Electives13
Total Credits29
Total Degree Credits120

Elective Flight Courses (Fixed Wing)

FA 122Private Multi Flight with Laboratory1
FA 215Upset Training1
FA 370Advanced Multi-Engine Instrument Flight1
FA 421Flight Instructor Rating1
FA 460Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Rating2

Suggested Program of Study

Airline Pilot Specialty

The Airline Pilot Specialty is designed for students whose goal is to fly for a scheduled airline. The academic and flight courses are designed to provide exposure to procedures and operations consistent with those found at air carriers. The upper-level AS courses are very technical and provide the foundation for the capstone flight courses that are designed to be consistent with current airline transport pilot requirements.

Freshman Year
Credits
Lower-Level Humanities * 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences * 3
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 121L Private Pilot Operations Lab 0
COM 122 English Composition 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal28
Sophomore Year
Lower-Level Social Sciences 3
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
AS 221L Instrument Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 356 Aircraft Systems and Components 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
or COM 222
Business Communication
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal30
Junior Year
Electives 9
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 311 Aircraft Engines - Turbine 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 321L Commercial Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
AS 380 Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques 1
AS 387 Crew Resource Management 3
FA 321 Commercial Single Flight 1
FA 323 Commercial Multi Add On 1
 Credits Subtotal31
Senior Year
AS 254 Aviation Legislation 3
or AS 405
Aviation Law
AS 402 Airline Operations 3
or AS 410
Airline Dispatch Operations
AS 408 Flight Safety 3
AS 411 Jet Transport Systems 3
AS 420 Flight Technique Analysis 3
AS 435 Electronic Flight Management Systems 3
AS 480 Applied Aviation Research Methods 3
FA 420 Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures 2
HU 420 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3
WX 364 Weather for Aircrews 3
Electives 2
 Credits Subtotal31
 Credits Total: 120

Commercial Pilot Specialty

The Commercial Pilot Specialty is designed for pilots with career interests requiring a more flexible degree program. The Aeronautical Science core course integrity is maintained, while allowing greater opportunity for the selection of courses to meet the needs of corporate and other segments of the aviation industry not specifically addressed by the Airline Pilot or Military Pilot specialties. One minor must be completed to meet the degree requirements of this specialization.

Freshman Year
Credits
Lower-Level Humanities * 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences * 3
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 121L Private Pilot Operations Lab 0
COM 122 English Composition 3
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal28
Sophomore Year
Lower-Level Social Sciences 3
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
AS 221L Instrument Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 356 Aircraft Systems and Components 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
or COM 222
Business Communication
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal30
Junior Year
Minor 3
Electives 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 311 Aircraft Engines - Turbine 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 321L Commercial Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
AS 380 Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques 1
AS 387 Crew Resource Management 3
FA 321 Commercial Single Flight 1
FA 323 Commercial Multi Add On 1
WX 364 Weather for Aircrews 3
 Credits Subtotal31
Senior Year
AS 254 Aviation Legislation 3
or AS 405
Aviation Law
AS 408 Flight Safety 3
AS 420 Flight Technique Analysis 3
AS 480 Applied Aviation Research Methods 3
HU 420 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3
BA/SIS 300/400 Level 3
Minor 9
Electives 4
 Credits Subtotal31
 Credits Total: 120

Military Pilot Specialty

The Military Pilot Specialty is designed for pilots with career interests in the military. This specialty contains the core Aeronautical Science courses and includes other courses optimized for a career as a pilot with the military. The Aeronautical Science degree, Military Pilot Specialty, is not a part of any ROTC program at Embry-Riddle but is designed for optimum use of the credit earned in ROTC.

Freshman Year
Credits
Lower-Level Humanities * 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences 3
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 121L Private Pilot Operations Lab 0
COM 122 English Composition 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
ROTC 2
 Credits Subtotal30
Sophomore Year
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
AS 221L Instrument Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 356 Aircraft Systems and Components 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
or COM 222
Business Communication
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
ROTC 2-4
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal29-31
Junior Year
Lower-Level Social Sciences 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 311 Aircraft Engines - Turbine 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 321L Commercial Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
AS 387 Crew Resource Management 3
FA 321 Commercial Single Flight 1
FA 323 Commercial Multi Add On 1
ROTC 6
 Credits Subtotal30
Senior Year
AS 408 Flight Safety 3
AS 420 Flight Technique Analysis 3
AS 435 Electronic Flight Management Systems 3
AS 480 Applied Aviation Research Methods 3
BA/SIS Upper-Level 3
HU 420 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3
Elective 5-7
ROTC 6
 Credits Subtotal29-31
 Credits Total: 120

Helicopter Pilot Specialty

The Helicopter Pilot Specialty program has been developed to provide the aeronautical knowledge necessary for a student to acquire the skills needed to operate in the field of helicopter aviation. The initial academic and flight courses are designed to provide the basic foundation in aerodynamics, regulations, weather, and flight planning. The upper-level Aeronautical Science courses offer managerial and critical thinking techniques needed for advanced helicopter operations. All helicopter flight activities must be completed with the approved University provider.

Freshman Year
Credits
Lower-Level Humanities * 3
AS 142 Private Helicopter Operations 3
AS 252 Instrument Helicopter Operations 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
FH 142 Helicopter Pilot Flight Private 1
FH 252 Helicoper Pilot Flight Instrument 1
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal30
Sophomore Year
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 311 Aircraft Engines - Turbine 3
AS 356 Aircraft Systems and Components 3
AS 372 Commercial Helicopter Operations 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
or COM 222
Business Communication
FH 372 Helicopter Pilot Flight Commercial 1
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal29
Junior Year
Electives 6
Lower-Level Social Sciences * 6
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
AS 379 Helicopter Human Factors, Physiology, Terrain Environments, and Night Vision Goggles 3
AS 380 Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques 1
AS 389 Helicopter Operational Planning, Analysis, and Risk Management 3
AS 442 Flight Instructor Helicopter Operations 4
FH 442 Helicopter Pilot Flight Instructor 1
WX 364 Weather for Aircrews 3
 Credits Subtotal30
Senior Year
Electives 7
Upper-Level BA/SF Elective 3
AS 254 Aviation Legislation 3
or AS 405
Aviation Law
AS 387 Crew Resource Management 3
AS 408 Flight Safety 3
AS 412 Corporate and Business Aviation 3
AS 429 Multi Engine Helicopter Systesm and FMS Operations 3
AS 490 Helicopter Specialty Capstone 3
HU 420 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3
 Credits Subtotal31
 Credits Total: 120

Aeronautical Science Notes

*

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Computer Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified in the Aeronautical Science vertical outline.

Communication Theory and Skills
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
Computer Science
IT 109Introduction to Computers and Applications3
or CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming
Humanities
Lower-Level
Any HU 14X series
Upper-Level
HU 3XX/4XX
Social Sciences
Lower-Level
PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology
EC 210
Microeconomics
or EC 211
Macroeconomics
SS 110
World History
SS 120
U.S. History
SS 130
History of Aviation in America
SS 204
Introduction to Geography
SS 210
Introduction to Sociology
Military Pilot Specialty must take PSY 101 and SS 110, SS 120, or SS 130
Upper-Level
SS 3XX/4XX or PSY 350

Flight education is a continuous process that normally begins sometime during the student’s first year of attendance and will progress until culminating in a multi-engine commercial certificate with an instrument rating. The curriculum is designed to allow students to meet core objectives in a reasonable amount of time.

Various factors influence student progress. These factors include student academic preparation, student availability, student determination and dedication, the availability of aircraft and instructor pilots, and the cooperation of the weather. Consequently, some students will finish before others. After completing the core curriculum, students may take an additional semester or more to acquire additional advanced certificates and ratings, including certified flight instructor airplane and instrument, and/or they may enroll in the Airline Flight Crew Simulation course.

After matriculating, all remaining FA courses required for the Aeronautical Science degree must be completed at Embry-Riddle or at another AABI-accredited college/university. Students who have begun training on an FAA certificate course prior to enrolling at Embry-Riddle may obtain written permission to complete that ONE course outside Embry-Riddle.

Courses for fixed wing and dispatch FAA certificates required for the Aeronautical Science degree must be completed at Embry-Riddle or at another AABI-accredited college or university.

All students enrolled in the Aeronautical Science degree program must complete at least one flight course successfully at Embry-Riddle. All Embry-Riddle students must obtain written permission in advance for any flight training outside Embry-Riddle.

See the Flight Department chair to obtain an Off Campus Flight Authorization Request form. All details regarding course and credit requirements and the approval process will be provided upon application. Students who have acquired FAA pilot certificates prior to enrolling at Embry-Riddle will receive credit for the appropriate courses and will be placed in the next sequential course in the degree program. See the Flight Department chair concerning exact credit.

Enrollment in flight courses requires proof of U.S. citizenship or a Department of Justice background check for international students. Please see the Aviation Transportation and Security Act under the Admissions section of this catalog.

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