B.S. in Aeronautical Science (Professional Pilot)

Specialties: Airline Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Military Pilot

The Aeronautical Science degree program blends flight training with rigorous academic study in a unique manner that provides a strong foundation for a career as a leader in the aviation industry, including airlines, corporate and commercial aviation, or the military. This approach to aviation education gives the student added value over traditional flight training programs by focusing on the skills, knowledge, and professionalism required by today’s industry. The curriculum provides skills in mathematics, physics, communications, business, and aeronautics, including FAA certification as a multi-engine instrument-rated commercial pilot. The last two years of matriculation include extensive professional-level Aeronautical Science and flight courses that prepare the graduate for a career as a professional pilot, including airline flight crew operations in multi-crewmember jet transport aircraft. Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are developed via computer simulations in aircraft performance, navigation, and aircraft systems operation. Effective resource management, human factors, teamwork, and safety awareness are constantly emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science may be attained in eight semesters. To earn the degree, successful completion of a minimum of 121 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 for responsible citizenship in support of aviation and aerospace industries. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will possess an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Optional advanced flight training includes upset training, certification as a flight instructor and instrument flight instructor, and training as a flight crewmember in a jet  aircraft simulator.

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

FAA Exemption for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

Upon graduation, the Daytona Beach Aeronautical Science degree can qualify a graduate for the Restricted Airline Transport (R-ATP) certificate under FAR Part 61.160. Note that satisfying the AS degree requirements alone may not qualify the graduate for the R-ATP. This is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption to the regulations and subject to change. For detailed information, please contact the Aeronautical Science Program Coordinator.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science

General Education37
Management Elective3
Aeronautical Science Core51
Flight Core4
Specialty Courses26
Total Credits121

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences *3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science Elective3
Mathematics (MA 111, MA 112)6
Physical and Life Sciences (PS 103, PS 104, PS 115L)7
Total Credits37

Management Elective

Management Elective3
Total Credits3

Aeronautical Science Core Courses

ASC 101Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar1
AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 311Aircraft Engines - Turbine3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
FA 417Flight Instructor Rating **3
or AS 340 Instructional Design in Aviation
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
AS 387Crew Resource Management3
AS 408Flight Safety3
AS 435Electronic Flight Management Systems3
AS 472Operational Applications in Aeronautical Science3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
Total Credits51

Flight Core Courses**

Single-Engine Flight Track

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

Blended Flight Track

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 324Commercial Multi Instrument Flight1
FA 326Commercial Single Add On Flight1
Total Credits4

Multi- Engine Flight Track

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 122Private Multi Flight with Laboratory1
FA 222Instrument Multi Flight1
FA 322Commercial Multi Flight1
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 420Flight Technique Analysis3
BA 315Airline Management3
FA 420Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures2
Total Credits26

Commercial Pilot Specialty

AS 254Aviation Legislation3
or AS 405 Aviation Law
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
AS 412Corporate and Business Aviation (OR Upper-Level BA course)3
Total Hours26

Military Pilot Specialty

AS 220
AS 220L
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
and Basic UAS Application
or AS 420 Flight Technique Analysis
Select one of the following:3
U.S Military History 1775-1900
U.S. Military History 1900-Present
Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
Total Degree Credits121

Military Pilot Specialty may take only PSY 101 and any lower level ERAU SS course.



Students have a choice of either the Single-Engine, Blended or Multi-Engine Flight Track. All result in certification as a Commercial Pilot with Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings. 

The Single-Engine Flight Track is selected by most students. In this track, single-engine aircraft and flight training devices are used for the majority of training. Students who select this track do so primarily because it will allow certification as a flight instructor sooner, allowing for the opportunity to flight instruct part-time while completing their degree.

The Blended Flight Track is the next most popular track with students. After single-engine private and instrument flight training students do multi-engine commercial instrument flight training followed by commercial single-engine add-on. This track results in slightly more multi-engine flight time but slightly less total flight time overall compared to the Single-Engine Track.  Students who are in the Blended Track who wish to attain their Certified Flight Instructor certificate must complete their single-engine add-on to their commercial multi certificate before they can be certified to instruct in single-engine aircraft.

The Multi-Engine Flight Track emphasizes multi-engine aircraft operations.This track is selected by students who prefer to complete their flight education with more multi-engine flight time. Students who are in the Multi-Engine Flight Track who wish to attain their Certified Flight Instructor certificate must complete their single-engine add-on to their commercial multi certificate before they can be certified to instruct in single-engine aircraft.

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 students’ 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.

Refer to the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Procedures section for academic credit for flight training at other institutions. After matriculation to Embry-Riddle, all flight training must be completed on-campus to earn the Aeronautical Science degree.

Cooperative Education credits may be used as open electives.