Undergraduate Requirements

Basic Skills Requirement

Embry-Riddle recognizes the importance of communication and quantitative skills in all areas of aerospace. Successful pilots, engineers, airport managers, aviation maintenance technicians, and other aviation professionals must possess these skills to perform their jobs effectively. Embry-Riddle, therefore, requires all students, including transfer students, to demonstrate proficiency in writing, reading, and mathematics before they are permitted to complete registration during their first term at the University. Proficiency may be demonstrated by earning qualifying scores on SAT/ACT tests, or by transferring credit for college-level English and mathematics courses.

If they cannot demonstrate proficiency in these basic skills, students must enroll in COM 20, a reading, writing, and critical thinking skills course. Quantitative skills courses (MA 4, MA 6) help students prepare for introductory mathematics courses required in the various degree programs.

Students whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate advanced English proficiency by achieving a satisfactory score on a placement test. Students unable to demonstrate such proficiency must enroll in appropriate basic skills courses in their first term at the University. These courses are COM 8 and COM 18.

Although basic skills courses are computed into the student’s term grade point average (GPA) and cumulative grade point average (CGPA), credits earned in basic skills courses do not apply to minimum degree requirements in any degree program.

General Education Program

Recognizing its general and special missions in education, Embry-Riddle embraces a General Education Program. Comprising nearly one-third of every degree program, this course of study ensures that students possess the attributes expected of all university graduates. Encouraging intellectual self-reliance and ability, the General Education Program enables students, regardless of their degree program, to acquire a broad range of knowledge.

By completing the General Education Program, students gain and enhance competence in written and oral communication. They practice reasoning and critical thinking skills and demonstrate computer proficiency. As students engage in this course of study, they familiarize themselves with and investigate ideas and methodologies from several disciplines. These include the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and mathematics. The program also helps students recognize interrelationships among the disciplines. All students participate in a laboratory experience.

Promoting the appreciation of varied perspectives, the General Education Program provides intellectual stimulation, ensuring that students are broadly educated. This course of study empowers students to make informed value judgments, to expand their knowledge and understanding of themselves, and to lead meaningful, responsible, and satisfying lives as individuals, professionals, and concerned members of their society and the world.

University General Education Competencies

While taking General Education required courses, students develop a basic set of General Education skills based on course learning outcomes. These skills are instrumental to student success in upper-level courses within their degree program; in these courses, students practice these skills, eventually demonstrating mastery before graduation. As a result, students graduate with a set of General Education competencies that will provide the basis for success in life and on the job. The following skills are the competencies that all University students will develop, practice, and master in preparation for graduate school or the workplace.

Critical Thinking

The student will apply knowledge at the synthesis level to define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.

Quantitative Reasoning

The student will demonstrate the use of digitally-enabled technology (including concepts, techniques and tools of computing), mathematics proficiency & analysis techniques to interpret data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions and solving associated problems.

Information Literacy

The student will conduct meaningful research, including gathering information from primary and secondary sources and incorporating and documenting source material in his or her writing.


The student will communicate concepts in written, digital and oral forms to present technical and non-technical information.

Scientific Literacy

The student will be able to analyze scientific evidence as it relates to the physical world and its interrelationship with human values and interests.

Cultural Literacy

The student will be able to analyze historical events, cultural artifacts, and philosophical concepts.

General Education Program Requirements (a minimum of 36 credit hours)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s General Education Program encourages effective learning and provides a coherent base for students to pursue their academic specializations. In specific support of the goals of general education, candidates for bachelor degrees must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of course work in the following areas.  If a general education requirement is fulfilled through placement rather than credit, students will make up the credit in the following areas in order to meet the minimum of 36 credit hours.

Communication Theory and Skills

9 hours
In order to lead meaningful and responsible lives in complex societies, students produce, evaluate, articulate, and interpret information and meanings in oral and written communications.


6 hours
In order to develop quantitative reasoning skills and to use and understand the language of science and technology, students must demonstrate mathematical proficiency. Three hours may be satisfied by placement, examination, or course completion. The other three hours must be completed by taking a course that has college algebra as a prerequisite or co-requisites.

Computer Science/Information Technology

3 hours
In order to use computers and to understand and evaluate their significance in the solution of problems, students study the concepts, techniques, and tools of computing.

Physical and Life Sciences

6 hours
In order to appreciate current understandings of the natural world, students study the concepts and methods of the physical and life sciences, applying the techniques of scientific inquiry to problem solving. One course must include a laboratory.

Humanities and Social Sciences

In these two areas, students are required to complete 12 hours:

3 hours of lower-level Humanities
3 hours of lower-level Social Sciences
3 hours of lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Sciences
3 hours of upper-level Humanities or Social Sciences (300-400, not including HU 475)


In order to participate in the complexity of human experiences that arise in a framework of historical and social contexts, students are exposed to the Humanities. Areas of study may include cultural, esthetic, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions of the human condition.

Social Sciences

In order to understand interrelationships between the individual and society and connections between historical memory and the future, students examine the social sciences, including history, government, economics, psychology, or sociology.

General Education Program Courses

General Education courses may be chosen from the list below, assuming prerequisites are met. See degree programs for recommended courses in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physical/Life Sciences.

Communication Theory and Skills (9)
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
Mathematics (6)
MA 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MA 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
MA 120Quantitative Methods I3
MA 140College Algebra3
MA 143Precalculus Essentials3
MA 220Quantitative Methods II3
MA 222Business Statistics3
MA 241Calculus and Analytical Geometry I4
MA 242Calculus and Analytical Geometry II4
MA 243Calculus and Analytical Geometry III4
Computer Science/Information Technology (3)
BA 120Introduction to Computer Based Systems3
CS 118Fundamentals of Computer Programming3
CS 120Introduction to Computing in Aviation3
CS 223Scientific Programming in C3
CS 225Computer Science II4
EGR 115Introduction to Computing for Engineers3
EGR 120Graphical Communications3
HS 235Computer and Network Technologies3
Physical and Life Sciences (6)
One course must include a laboratory.
BIO 104Foundations of Biology I4
BIO 104LFoundations of Biology I Lab0
BIO 105Foundations of Biology II4
BIO 105LFoundations of Biology II Lab0
BIO 200Genetics4
BIO 200LGenetics Laboratory0
BIO 201Microbiology4
BIO 201LMicrobiology Lab0
BIO 301Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIO 301LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Lab0
BIO 303Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 303LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab0
BIO 321Behavioral Neuroscience I3
BIO 322Behavioral Neuroscience II3
BIO 400Molecular and Cell Biology4
BIO 400LMolecular & Cell Biology Lab0
CHM 105General Chemistry I4
CHM 105LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory0
CHM 106General Chemistry II4
CHM 106LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory0
CHM 200Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 200LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory0
CHM 201Organic Chemistry II4
CHM 201LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory0
CHM 300Biochemistry4
CHM 300LBiochemistry Laboratory0
PS 101Basic Chemistry (Laboratory Required: PS 101L)3
PS 103Technical Physics I (Laboratory Option: PS 115L)3
PS 104Technical Physics II (Laboratory Option: PS 115L)3
PS 107Elements of Biological Science (Laboratory Option: PS 107L)3
PS 116The Joy of Science3
PS 139Principles of Chemistry (Laboratory Required: PS 141)3
PS 140Chemistry for Engineers (Laboratory Required: PS 141)4
PS 142Introduction to Environmental Science3
PS 150Physics for Engineers I3
PS 160Physics for Engineers II3
PS 224Astronomy (Laboratory Option: PS 224L)3
PS 226Physics I3
PS 227Physics II3
PS 228Physics III3
PS 250Physics for Engineers III (Laboratory Option: PS 253)3
PS 302Evolution of Scientific Thought3
PS 303Modern Physics (Laboratory Option: PS 305)3
PS 320Classical Mechanics3
Humanities and Social Sciences (12)
HU 140Western Humanities I: Antiquity and the Middle Ages3
HU 141Western Humanities II: Renaissance to Postmodern3
HU 142Studies in Literature3
HU 143Introduction to Rhetoric3
HU 144Studies in Art3
HU 145Themes in the Humanities3
HU 146Music Appreciation and Criticism3
HU 300World Literature3
HU 302Contemporary Issues in Science3
HU 305Modern Literature3
HU 310American Literature3
HU 325Exploring Film3
HU 330Values and Ethics3
HU 335Technology and Modern Civilization3
HU 338Traversing the Borders: Interdisciplinary Explorations3
HU 341World Philosophy3
HU 345Comparative Religions3
HU 363Communication and Society3
HU 375The Nature of Language3
HU 415Nonverbal Communication3
HU 420Applied Cross-Cultural Communication3
HU 399/499Special Topics in Humanities6
HON 150Honors Seminar I3
HON 250Honors Seminar II3
HON 350Honors Seminar III3
Social Sciences
EC 200An Economic Survey (EC 200 is not acceptable together with EC 210, EC 211, or their equivalent.)3
EC 210Microeconomics3
EC 211Macroeconomics3
GCS 201Introduction to Global Conflict Studies3
GCS 300International Conflict Resolution3
GCS 302Gender Security3
GCS 304Political Violence3
GCS 306Theories of Nations and Nationalism3
GCS 308Transnational Crime3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 310Sensation and Perception3
PSY 315Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 340Industrial-Organizational Psychology3
PSY 350Social Psychology3
PSY 365Abnormal Psychology3
SS 110World History3
SS 115Introduction to International Relations3
SS 120U.S. History3
SS 130History of Aviation in America3
SS 140Introduction to Middle East Mediterranean World3
SS 210Introduction to Sociology3
SS 302Evolution of Scientific Thought3
SS 310
SS 311U.S Military History 1775-19003
SS 320Government of the U.S.3
SS 321U.S. Military History 1900-Present3
SS 322Modern Russian History3
SS 325International Studies3
SS 326Russian-U.S. Relations3
SS 328History of U.S. Intelligence3
SS 331Current Issues in America3
SS 333U.S. - Asian Relations3
SS 334Contemporary Africa and the World3
SS 336The Modern Middle East in World Affairs3
SS 337Globalization and World Politics3
SS 340Modern U.S. Foreign Policy3
SS 353Early U.S. Foreign Policy3
SS 363Inter-American Relations3
SS 399/499Special Topics in Social Science6