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B.S. in Aeronautical Science

Mission

The Aeronautical Science Degree Program of the Prescott Campus shall prepare students to become productive members of the Aviation Industry. 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, as well as corporate, commercial or military aviation. This approach to aviation education gives the student an added value over traditional flight training programs by focusing on the knowledge and skills required by today’s aviation industry. The curriculum provides knowledge and skills in mathematics, physics, meteorology, communications, and aeronautics, including FAA certification. 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 flight crew operations in multi-crew helicopter, turboprop, and jet transport aircraft. Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are developed via computer simulations in aircraft performance, navigation, and aircraft systems operation. Effective decision-making, resource management, human factors, and safety awareness are constantly emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Educational Goals

The Aeronautical Science degree emphasizes the following goals in the education of its students:

  1. Leadership required by today's aviation professionals
  2. Decision-making aptitude to assess situations and manage risk
  3. Aeronautical knowledge required as an aviation professional
  4. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary in aviation and related fields

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 120 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 responsible citizenship in support of aviation and aerospace industries. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will possess an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate  (Professional Pilot Track) or FAA Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificate (Flight Education Pilot Track). Optional advanced flight training includes upset recovery training, certification as a flight instructor and instrument flight instructor, and training as a flight crewmember in a jet transport aircraft.

Students pursuing the Aeronautical Science degree will choose either the Professional Pilot - Fixed Wing or Professional Pilot - Helicopter specialty. All students must complete the general education courses, Professional Pilot core courses, and the courses required to complete one specialization to earn the Aeronautical Science degree.

The Aeronautical Science degree requires the completion of a capstone sequence (Fixed Wing specialization) or a capstone course (Helicopter specialization). The capstone sequence for Fixed Wing includes AS 411, AS 435, and culminates in AS 420. The capstone course for Helicopter is AS 490. The culminating capstone course (AS 420 or AS 490) is to be taken as a last semester senior year degree requirement for graduation.

Please see the section concerning the restrictions imposed by the Aviation Transportation and Security Act.

General Education40
Select one of the following speciailities60 - 61
Professional Pilot - Fixed wing
Professional Pilot - Helicopter
Select one of the following:19 - 20
Fixed wing professional pilot track
Fixed wing flight education track
Helicopter professional pilot track
Helicopter flight education track
TOTAL HOURS120
 

General Education

Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X)3
Lower level SS or EC elective3
BA 201Principles of Management3
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
HU 420Applied Cross-Cultural Communication3
IT 109Introduction to Computers and Applications3
or CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming
MA 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MA 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology Students in the "Professional Pilot Helicopter" specialty may take PSY 222 instead of PSY 1013
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 203LSurvey of Meteorology Laboratory1
Total Credits40

Aeronautical Science Core Courses - Professional Pilot Fixed Wing

AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 221LInstrument Pilot Operations Laboratory1
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 311Aircraft Engines - Turbine3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
AS 321LCommercial Pilot Operations Laboratory1
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
AS 387Crew Resource Management3
AS 402Airline Operations3
or AS 410 Airline Dispatch Operations
AS 405Aviation Law3
AS 408Flight Safety3
AS 411Jet Transport Systems3
AS 435Electronic Flight Management Systems3
AS 420Flight Technique Analysis3
UNIV 101College Success1
WX 301Aviation Weather3
WX 364Weather for Aircrews3
Total Credits60

Aeronautical Science Core Courses - Professional Pilot Helicopter

AS 143Private Helicopter Operations5
AS 252Instrument Helicopter Operations3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 311Aircraft Engines - Turbine3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
AS 372Commercial Helicopter Operations3
AS 379Helicopter Operational Environments3
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
AS 387Crew Resource Management3
AS 389Helicopter Operational Planning3
AS 405Aviation Law3
AS 429Advanced Helicopter Systems3
AS 490Helicopter Specialty Capstone3
SF 210Introduction to Aerospace Safety3
SF 320Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
UNIV 101College Success1
Upper-level AS, BA, SF, WX elective3
Upper-level SF elective3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
WX 364Weather for Aircrews3
Total Credits61

Flight Core Courses

Fixed Wing Professional Pilot Track

Open Electives16
FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 323Commercial Multi Add On1
Total Credits20

Fixed Wing Flight Education Pilot Track

Open Electives9
AS 421Flight Instructor Ground Course4
FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 323Commercial Multi Add On1
FA 421Flight Instructor Rating1
FA 460Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Rating2
Total Credits20

Helicopter Professional Pilot Track

Open Electives16
FH 142Helicopter Pilot Flight Private1
FH 252Helicoper Pilot Flight Instrument1
FH 372Helicopter Pilot Flight Commercial1
Total Credits19

Helicopter Flight Education Track

AS 442Flight Instructor Helicopter Operations4
FH 142Helicopter Pilot Flight Private1
FH 252Helicoper Pilot Flight Instrument1
FH 372Helicopter Pilot Flight Commercial1
FH 442Helicopter Pilot Flight Instructor1
Open electives11
Total Credits19

Elective Flight Courses (Fixed Wing)

FA 122Private Multi Flight with Laboratory1
FA 215Upset Training1
FA 370Advanced Multi-Engine Instrument Flight1
FA 420Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures2
FA 421Flight Instructor Rating1
FA 460Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Rating2

Suggested Program of Study

Fixed-wing Professional Pilot Track

Freshman Year
Credits
Lower-level HU 14X series 3
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
COM 122 English Composition 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Sophomore Year
Lower-level EC or SS elective 3
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
AS 221L Instrument Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 356 Aircraft Systems and Components 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Junior Year
Open Electives 9
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 311 Aircraft Engines - Turbine 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 321L Commercial Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
AS 380 Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques 1
AS 387 Crew Resource Management 3
FA 321 Commercial Single Flight 1
FA 323 Commercial Multi Add On 1
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Senior Year
Open Electives 7
AS 402 Airline Operations 3
Airline Dispatch Operations
AS 405 Aviation Law 3
AS 408 Flight Safety 3
AS 411 Jet Transport Systems 3
AS 420 Flight Technique Analysis 3
AS 435 Electronic Flight Management Systems 3
HU 420 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3
WX 364 Weather for Aircrews 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

Helicopter Professional Pilot Track

Freshman Year
Credits
Lower-level HU 14X series 3
AS 143 Private Helicopter Operations 5
AS 252 Instrument Helicopter Operations 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
FH 142 Helicopter Pilot Flight Private 1
FH 252 Helicoper Pilot Flight Instrument 1
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Sophomore Year
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 311 Aircraft Engines - Turbine 3
AS 356 Aircraft Systems and Components 3
AS 372 Commercial Helicopter Operations 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
FH 372 Helicopter Pilot Flight Commercial 1
SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety 3
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Junior Year
Lower-level EC or SS elective 3
Open electives 7
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
AS 379 Helicopter Operational Environments 3
AS 380 Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques 1
AS 389 Helicopter Operational Planning 3
SF 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 3
Upper-level SF elective 3
WX 364 Weather for Aircrews 3
Lower-level SS elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Senior Year
Open electives 9
AS 387 Crew Resource Management 3
Upper-level AS/BA/SF/WX elective 3
AS 405 Aviation Law 3
AS 429 Advanced Helicopter Systems 3
AS 490 Helicopter Specialty Capstone 3
HU 420 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3
 Credits Subtotal27.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

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 student 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, including certified flight instructor airplane and instrument, and/or they may enroll in the Airline Flight Crew Simulation course.

After matriculating, all remaining FA courses required for the Aeronautical Science degree must be completed at Embry Riddle or at another AABI-accredited college/university. Students who have begun training on an FAA certificate course prior to enrolling at Embry Riddle may obtain written permission to complete that ONE course outside Embry Riddle.

Courses for fixed wing and dispatch FAA certificates required for the Aeronautical Science degree must be completed at Embry Riddle or at another AABI-accredited college or university.

All students enrolled in the Aeronautical Science degree program must complete at least one flight course successfully at Embry Riddle. All Embry Riddle students must obtain written permission in advance for any flight training outside Embry Riddle.

See the Flight Department chair to obtain an "Off-Campus Flight Authorization Request" form. All details regarding course and credit requirements and the approval process will be provided upon application. Students who have acquired FAA pilot certificates prior to enrolling at Embry Riddle will receive credit for the appropriate courses and will be placed in the next sequential course in the degree program. See the Flight Department chair concerning exact credit.

Enrollment in flight courses requires proof of U.S. citizenship or a Department of Justice background check for international students. Please see the Aviation Transportation and Security Act (ATSA) under the Admissions section of this catalog.