B.S. in Aeronautics

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Bachelors Aeronautics

Full-Time/Part-Time taught at ERC Institute

Take your future to new heights!

Whether you want to launch into an aviation career, break away from the competition, or advance your current position and earnings potential, the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics opens the door to new opportunities in the dynamic aviation/aerospace industry.

Aeronautics curriculum is closely mapped to the needs and demands of the aviation/aerospace industry and to general education guidelines. The BSA is a multidisciplinary program with courses of study in human factors, security, aviation safety, occupational safety and health, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, and aeronautical science. Within that broad base, electives and minors allow you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career goals.

It does not have to take long, either. You can earn more than a quarter of the required semester hours from prior life experience and receive your bachelor’s degree in as few as three years.

Aviation Area of Concentration

The Aviation Area of Concentration is the degree area where credit for prior aviation learning is housed or where students can take aeronautical science courses. Many students bring in all or part of this credit based on prior aviation training or experience or add a Minor Course of Study. However, shortages in the minimum credit required can be made up by taking courses in the following aviation-related disciplines: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Maintenance, Aviation History, and aviation/aerospace related coursework in Safety, Security, Transportation, Engineering, and Unmanned Systems.

Sources of prior learning credit include the following:

  1. Transfer credit earned at accredited degree-granting colleges and universities.
  2. The recommendations published by the American Council on Education for U.S. Military training and experience, as well as training conducted by other government agencies and private organizations.
  3. Prior-learning credit established by the University for certain aviation licenses and ratings as they relate to this degree.

Duplicate Credit

Many Embry-Riddle courses are designed to teach the same skills and knowledge that Aeronautics students have acquired through experience and training. Students who complete courses in the same aviation specialty for which they were granted Aviation Area of Concentration credit would be duplicating coverage of the same subject matter. Credit for completion of such courses will not be applied to degree requirements.


General Education Core
ENGL 123English Composition3
SPCH 219Speech3
ENGL 221Technical Report Writing3
HUMN 330Values and Ethics3
HUMN 400Science and Aviation/Aerospace Technology in Society3
CSCI 109Introduction to Computers and Applications3
PHYS 102Explorations in Physics3
WEAX 201Meteorology I3
MATH 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MATH 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
ECON 210Microeconomics3
ECON 211Macroeconomics3
Total Credits36
Aviation Area of Concentration
ASCI 401Airport Development and Operations3
SFTY 435Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design3
BSAB 410Management of Air Cargo3
SFTY 320Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
Total Credits12
Program Support Core
ASCI 202Introduction to Aeronautical Science3
ASCI 254Aviation Legislation3
ASCI 404Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law3
MATH 222Business Statistics3
MGMT 201Principles of Management3
MGMT 221Introduction to Management Information Systems3
RSCH 202Introduction to Research Methods3
SFTY 335Mechanical and Structural Factors in Aviation Safety3
or COIN 496 Co-Operative Education
When taken as a part of the BSA degree, COIN 496 is a 3 credit hour course, and credit hours are approved by the Program Chair.
Total Credits24
Professional Development Core
ASCI 309Aerodynamics3
ASCI 490Aeronautical Science Capstone Course3
MGMT 420Management of Production and Operations3
SFTY 409Aviation Safety3
Total Credits12


Students must choose 18 elective credits and one minor or two minors from the options below:
Electives Options
Select from unduplicated courses in Aeronautical Science, Management, Economics, Safety, Security, Transportation, Engineering, and Unmanned Systems18
Minor Options
Choose Minor(s) from the list below: 18
Unmanned Aerial Systems Minor (Online)
ASCI 315Unmanned Aerial Systems and Operations3
ASCI 316Operational and Business Aspects of Unmanned Aerial Systems3
ASCI 318Unmanned Aerial Systems Robotics3
ASCI 410Unmanned Systems Sensing Technology3
SFTY 410Design of Engineering Hazard Controls3
SFTY 440System Safety Management3
Helicopter Operations and Safety Minor (Online)
ASCI 317Rotorcraft3
ASCI 378Helicopter Flight Environments3
ASCI 388Helicopter Flight Planning3
ASCI 428Advanced Helicopter Systems and Functions3
ASCI 438Advanced Helicopter Operations3
SFTY 345Aviation Safety Program Management3
Security and Intelligence Minor (Online)
SCTY 315Studies in Intelligence I3
SCTY 385Intelligence Collection and Analysis3
SCTY 488National Security Issues and Terrorism3
SCTY 400Airport Security3
SCTY 415Studies in Intelligence II3
SCTY 485Corporate Security3
Transportation Minor (Online)
TRAN 331Road & Highway Transportation3
TRAN 341Railroad Operations3
TRAN 351Urban Transportation and City Planning3
TRAN 361Marine Transportation3
TRAN 371Pipelines, Land Use, and the Environment3
TRAN 401Transportation and the Environment3
Aviation Maintenance Operations Minor (Online)
ASCI 322Aircraft Inspection and Scheduled Maintenance Programs3
ASCI 327Aviation Work Force Management in a Global Environment3
ASCI 416Aviation Maintenance Management: A Global Perspective3
ASCI 424Maintenance Repair and Overhaul in Aviation3
ASCI 429Advanced Technologies in Design and Production of Aircraft Structures & Systems3
ASCI 433Aviation Logistics and Supply Chain Management3
Aviation Safety Minor (Online)
SFTY 365Fire Protection3
SFTY 375Propulsion Plant Investigation3
SFTY 350Aircraft Crash and Emergency Management3
SFTY 330Aircraft Accident Investigation3
SFTY 345Aviation Safety Program Management3
SFTY 440System Safety Management3
Occupational Safety and Health Minor (Online)
SFTY 311Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health3
SFTY 321Ergonomics3
SFTY 355Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology3
SFTY 341Occupational Safety and Health Program Management3
SFTY 470Advanced Occupational Safety and Health Technology3
SFTY 410Design of Engineering Hazard Controls3
Total Degree Requirements120