The Aeronautics degree is designed specifically for students who work, have worked, or desire to work in aviation-related careers. If you are a student with existing aviation knowledge or skill, Embry-Riddle’s aeronautics degree acknowledges your valuable acquired experience by awarding prior-learning credit.  

Bachelor of Science in

Aeronautics Degree

The Aeronautics degree is designed specifically for students who work, have worked, or desire to work in aviation-related careers. If you are a student with existing aviation knowledge or skill, Embry-Riddle’s aeronautics degree acknowledges your valuable acquired experience by awarding prior-learning credit. The Aeronautics degree then continues to build on those skills and knowledge.

The Aeronautics degree program also provides an opportunity for students new to aviation to acquire specific knowledge through aviation-related coursework. This combination of aviation learning; aviation courses; along with courses in business, computer science, economics, humanities, communications, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences, professional development electives and a minor, will prepare you for an aeronautics job or career in the aviation-related field related to aeronautics.

Aviation Area of Concentration

The Aviation Area of Concentration is the degree component in which students can select courses from various aviation-related fields. In addition, the AOC portion of the degree is where credit for prior aviation learning is applied.

Forty credit hours are needed to satisfy the requirements of this portion of the Aeronautics degree. All or part of the credit needed for this degree requirement may be awarded based on prior aviation training or experience.

To complete the AOC, in addition to any prior learning credit, students may select from courses in Aeronautical Science, Flight, Air Traffic Management, Safety (aviation-related), or Applied Meteorology (aviation-related).

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics 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 degree in Aeronautics requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours (typically 8 semesters). A minimum of 40 credit hours must be upper-level. The curriculum to be followed by each student will vary depending on any AOC prior learning or transfer credits granted.

Aviation Area of Concentration
Students must complete 40 credits of advanced standing and/or non-duplicating credit from AMS/AMT/ AS/AT/CEA/FA/FH/HS/SF/SIM/SP/WX courses.40
AS 121
  & 121L
Private Pilot Operations
   and Private Pilot Operations Lab
or AS 120
Principles of Aeronautical Science
or AS 142
Private Helicopter Operations
AS 254
Aviation Legislation
AS 405
Aviation Law
AS 472
Operational Applications in Aeronautical Science
or AS 480
Applied Aviation Research Methods
General Education
COMCommunication Theory and Skills *9
CS/ITComputer Science Elective3
HULower-Level Humanities Elective3
SSLower-Level Social Sciences Elective (PSY 101 and/or Lower-Level SS)6
HU/SSUpper-Level HU or SS Elective3
MA 140College Algebra (or higher-level math)3
Select one of the following:3
MA 112
College Mathematics for Aviation II
MA 222
Business Statistics
Upper-Level Mathematics
PS/WXPhysical, Life, and Weather Sciences Elective (One course must include a laboratory)7
UNIV 101College Success1
Program Support
BA 201Principles of Management3
or BA 210 Financial Accounting
EC 210Microeconomics3
or EC 211 Macroeconomics
Professional Development Electives
Complete 21 credits of upper-division (300-400) courses in AMS/AS/AT/BA/EC/IT/SF/SIS/WX.21
Open Electives
Total Credits120

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Humanities, and Social Sciences 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 Aeronautics vertical outline. Other courses may also be used with permission of the undergraduate program coordinator.

Communication Theory and Skills
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
Lower Level
Any HU 14X series
Social Sciences
100-200 level
300-400 level
PSY 350
Social Psychology

Dependent on the amount of upper-level Aviation Area of Concentration credit applied, some of the open or Communications/Humanities/Social Sciences electives in the B.S. degree may have to be 300-400 level courses to satisfy the graduation requirement of 40 credits of upper-level courses.

Students need to ascertain Mathematics and Physical Sciences pre/corequisites that are required for other courses. For example, PS 113/PS 114 and MA 112 are required for many upper-division AS and WX courses.


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