B.S. in Air Traffic Management

The Air Traffic Management (ATM) program is a degree designed for students whose goal is to become an air traffic controller or seek employment in a related industry. In addition to ATM courses, the curriculum provides skills in mathematics, physics, communications, safety, meteorology, and aeronautics. The academic courses are designed to provide exposure to procedures and operations consistent with those found in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Air Traffic Management requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours, normally completed in eight semesters. A minimum of 40 semester hours must be upper-level. Students are required to complete MA 111 and MA 112.

Students must select and complete one minor field of study, as approved by the Applied Aviation Sciences Department. Total credits within the minor will vary depending on which minor is chosen. Students typically select a minor that will enhance their aviation career. See Minor Courses of Study in this catalog.

A minimum of 7 semesters is required to complete the Air Traffic Management degree program.

Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year might have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Please check the course descriptions in this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
COM 122 English Composition 3
HU 14x Humanities 3
Physical Science Elective 3
AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science 3 - 5
Private Pilot Operations
AT 200 Air Traffic Basics I 3
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
Lower/Upper-Level BA/COM/HU/MA/PS/SS Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0-33.0
Sophomore Year
COM 219 Speech 3
Lower-Level Humanities Elective 3
AT 302 Air Traffic Basics II 3
AT 305 Introduction to Terminal Radar Operations 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
SF 201 Introduction to Health, Occupational, and Transportation Safety 3
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
Minor Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Junior Year
AT 315 Introduction to Air Traffic Control Tower 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Business Communication
AT 401 Advanced Terminal Radar Operations 3
SF 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 3
Crew Resource Management
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
Upper-Level BA/EC Elective 3
Upper-Level HU/SS Elective 3
Upper-Level Open Elective 3
Minor Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Senior Year
AT 405 En route Radar Operations 3
AT 406 En route Non-Radar Operations 3
SF 462 Health, Safety, and Aviation Law 3
Minor 6
Upper-Level Open Elective 3
Open Electives ** 11-13
 Credits Subtotal29.0-31.0
 Credits Total: 120

 Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Computer Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Science may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified in the Air Traffic Management vertical outline.


Open Elective credits required will be calculated, based upon selection of the minor, to complete the minimum of 120 credits requirement for the degree. A student MUST ALSO complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-level courses. Open elective courses can count toward this total.

Humanities or Social Sciences
Any 100-200 level
Any 300-400 level
Physical Science
CHM 105General Chemistry I4
CHM 140Chemistry for Engineers4
PS 102Explorations in Physics3
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
PS 107Elements of Biological Science3

Students enrolled in the Army, or Air Force ROTC programs may substitute MSL or AF courses for open elective courses.

Air traffic controllers are required to possess a current FAA 2nd Class or higher medical certificate to receive and exercise the privileges of their FAA Air Traffic Controller certificates. Students should verify their eligibility status for this level medical certificate with an FAA designated medical examiner prior to enrolling in this degree program. The medical certificate is not required for ATM courses or degree enrollment.

Prospective air traffic controllers must be able to complete their university education and have entered the FAA Air Traffic Control Academy prior to reaching their 31st birthday.

FAA air traffic controllers must be U.S. citizens.