B.S. in Aeronautics

The Aeronautics degree is designed specifically for students who work, have worked, or desire to work in aviation-related careers. For students with existing aviation-related knowledge and skills, this degree acknowledges a student’s valuable acquired experience through the award of advanced standing prior-learning credit. The curriculum then builds on those skills and knowledge. The program also provides an opportunity for those students new to aviation to acquire aviation-specific knowledge through aviation-related coursework. This combination of a student’s aviation learning, aviation courses, business, computer science, economics, humanities, communications, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences, along with professional development elective courses and a minor course of study, will prepare graduates for a career in an aviation-related field.

Aviation Area of Concentration

The Aviation Area of Concentration is the degree component that lets students select courses from various aviation-related fields. In addition, the AOC portion of the degree is where credit for prior aviation learning is applied. Thirty hours of credit 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, Air Traffic Management, Applied Meteorology (aviation-related), Aviation Maintenance Science, Commercial Space Operations, Cooperative Education, Flight, Homeland Security, Safety (aviation-related), Simulation, Space Studies or Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science.

Evidence of Prior Aviation Learning

Applicants who qualify for admission to and matriculate in the degree program may be eligible for credit for prior learning. Applicants must be able to prove competence in an aviation occupation with authentic documentary evidence. Training and experience in closely related occupations can be combined.

Just as official transcripts are required to transfer credit from one university to another, original or authenticated documentation of prior learning from professional training and experience must be presented to qualify for award of Aviation Area of Concentration credit. Documentary evidence must be from objective third-party sources and must clearly describe the applicant’s professional training, duties, and achievements in detail. Advanced standing credit will be awarded in accordance with the applicable Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Curriculum Manual.

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. Credit for prior learning granted in the Aeronautics degree program may not be transferable to any other Embry-Riddle degree program.


Students must select and complete one minor field of study. Total credits in the minor will vary depending on which minor is chosen. Students typically select a minor that will enhance their aviation career. Courses required for the minor field of study may be used to fill Area of Concentration, Professional Development, or Open Elective degree requirements. See Minor Courses of Study in this catalog.

Aeronautics Curriculum

The curriculum to be followed by each student will vary depending on any AOC prior learning or transfer credits granted. 

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.

General Education
Communication Theory and Skills *9
Lower-Level Humanities *3
Lower-Level Social Sciences *3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences *3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science *3
Computer Science3
Mathematics (College Algebra or Higher, and MA 112 or MA 222) **6
Physical and Life Sciences. One course must include a laboratory. **6
Total Credits36

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences may be chosen from approved list of General Education courses, assuming prerequisite requirements are met and with the permission of the advisor. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Aviation Business Administration vertical outline. Other courses may also be used with the permission of a department chair.


Students need to ascertain Mathematics and Physical Sciences pre/corequisites that are required for other courses. For example, PS 103, PS 104 and MA 112 are required for many upper-division AS and WX courses.


General Education36
Aviation Area of Concentration30
Select from (100-400) courses in AMS, AS, AT, CEA, CSO, FA, HS, SF, SIM, SP, WX
Principles of Aeronautical Science
Private Pilot Operations
Aviation Legislation
Aviation Law
Operational Applications in Aeronautics
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
Program Support7
Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar
College Success
Principles of Management
Financial Accounting
Select one of the following:
An Economic Survey
Professional Development Electives33
Select from upper-level (300-400) courses in AMS, AS, AT, BA, CSO, EC, FA, HS, SF, SIM, SP, WX
Open Electives14
Total Credits120