College of Aviation
Dr. Brent Bowen, Dean
The College of Aviation is composed of the departments of Aeronautical Science, Applied Aviation Sciences,and the Flight Department, which serves as the flight laboratory component for the Aeronautical Science degree.
The College offers undergraduate degree programs in Aeronautical Science, Applied Meteorology, Aeronautics, Air Traffic Management, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
The Aeronautical Science Program combines flight training with academic preparation in the technical and managerial aspects of aviation. This approach to aviation education provides students an added value over traditional flight training programs by focusing on the skills and knowledge required in today’s industry. Foundational skills in mathematics, physics, communications, and aeronautics, including FAA certification as a Commercial, Instrument-Rated pilot, make up the core of the Aeronautical Science degree. Professional-level aeronautical science and flight courses prepare the graduate for a career as a professional civil or military pilot.
Students in the Aeronautical Science degree program are highly encouraged to complete a minor during the course of their studies. A minor increases the depth of a student's education and can help them be more competitive in a highly competitive job market. The Prescott Campus offers more than 20 minors. For students in the Aeronautical Science degree program, the Applied Meteorology (AMET) minor is the most efficient minor to complete. The AMET minor requires only two additional courses and can be completed without exceeding the 120 credits that are required for the major.
The Prescott Campus also offers a B.S. in Aeronautics, in which the curriculum is designed to build on the aviation knowledge and skills students bring with them to campus.
The B.S. in Applied Meteorology prepares students for careers in meteorology, including weather forecasting, research, the military, and aviation, including dispatching. The program is housed in a well-equipped, modern facility. The program meets all the requirements for undergraduate study in meteorology recommended by the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Air Force. Graduates also meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for the position of meteorologist. The department offers state-of-the-art rooftop weather-observing equipment and a computer-equipped Weather Center.
Students enrolled in the Flight program fly a mix of aircraft, many with advanced avionics, and several state-of-the-art Flight Training devices. Embry-Riddle has positioned the College of Aviation to serve its students with distinction while investigating and developing new education and programs for pilots, meteorologists, and safety and security professionals.
The Air Traffic Management program is a hands-on degree program at the forefront of the industry. Students will actively participate in the curriculum within our state of the art Air Traffic Control lab. The knowledge and education that they gain will give them an unrivaled experience as they work with faculty and fellow students who have pioneered advancements in ATM technology. The current recommended path to becoming an air traffic control specialist with the FAA is to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Air Traffic Management.
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program will focus on civilian operations with special emphasis placed on the business and security applications of UASs. The major will give students a broad overview of UAS operations as well as the basic technical knowledge they will need to be successful. The integration of UAS into the national airspace system is expected to create 70,000 high-paying jobs in the United States within the next 2-3 years. Graduates of the UAS program will be perfectly positioned to become leaders in this burgeoning industry.