B.S. in Aeronautics

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Bachelors AeronauticsTake your future to new heights!

Whether you want to launch into an aviation career, break away from the competition, or advance your current position and earnings potential, the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics opens the door to new opportunities in the dynamic aviation/aerospace industry.

Aeronautics curriculum is closely mapped to the needs and demands of the aviation/aerospace industry and to general education guidelines. The BSA is a multidisciplinary program with courses of study in human factors, security, aviation safety, occupational safety and health, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, and aeronautical science. Within that broad base, electives and minors allow you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career goals.

It doesn’t have to take long, either. You can receive transfer credit, advance standing, and FAA or military ratings and certifications, which may lead to receiving your degree in a shorter time.

Students are also eligible to engage in cooperative study/internships and may elect to seek out those enriching opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)

Minor Courses of Study

One key and essential element of this degree is the ability to enhance and strengthen your academic program by adding any Minor Course of Study. Students may use courses from a minor and place them into Aviation Area of Concentration, Professional Development Electives and/or Open Electives (all as appropriate). Students are strongly encouraged to add a Minor to their degree. 

Available Minors

Aviation Area of Concentration

The Aviation Area of Concentration is the degree area where credit for prior aviation learning is housed or where students can take aeronautical science courses. Many students bring in all or part of this credit based on prior aviation training or experience or add a Minor Course of Study. However, shortages in the minimum credit required can be made up by taking courses in the following aviation-related disciplines: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Maintenance, Aviation History, and aviation/aerospace related coursework in Safety, Security, Transportation, Engineering, and Unmanned Systems.

Sources of prior learning credit include the following:

  1. Transfer credit earned at accredited degree-granting colleges and universities.
  2. The recommendations published by the American Council on Education for U.S. Military training and experience, as well as training conducted by other government agencies and private organizations.
  3. Prior-learning credit established by the University for certain aviation licenses and ratings as they relate to this degree.

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.

B.S. in Aeronautics students who wish to continue on to a master's degree may enroll in the BSA-MSA 4+1 program as outlined in this program.


General Education

General Education
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical and Life Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science may be chosen from this list, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.
Communication Theory and Skills
ENGL 123English Composition3
HUMN 330Values and Ethics3
Humanities elective3
Social Sciences
ECON 210Microeconomics3
or ECON 211 Macroeconomics
Social Science elective3
Physical and Life Science
PHYS 102Explorations in Physics3
WEAX 201Meteorology I3
MATH 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MATH 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
Computer Science
CSCI 109Introduction to Computers and Applications3
Total Hours36


Aviation Area of Concentration18
Make up shortages with non-duplicating courses from the following disciplines: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Maintenance, and related aviation/aerospace coursework in Transportation, Safety, Security, History, Engineering, and Unmanned Systems..
Program Support24
ASCI 202Introduction to Aeronautical Science3
ASCI 254Aviation Legislation3
ASCI 404Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law3
MATH 211Statistics with Aviation Applications3
MGMT 201Principles of Management3
MGMT 210Financial Accounting3
MGMT 221Introduction to Management Information Systems3
RSCH 202Introduction to Research Methods3
Professional Development Core12
ASCI 309Aerodynamics3
ASCI 490Aeronautical Science Capstone Course3
MGMT 420Management of Production and Operations3
SFTY 409Aviation Safety3


Professional Development Electives (Upper-Level)21
Select from courses in available Minor Courses of Study or as accepted in these related disciplines, and Technology.
Open Electives (Upper or Lower-Level)9
Total Degree Requirements120

BSA-MSA 4+1 Program: A Unique Opportunity

This program is for exceptional students who are committed to continuing their education through the Master’s degree. This fast-paced program allows qualifying students the opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (BSA) and the Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) in five academic years.

Students who are accepted in the BSA-MSA 4+1 program, will spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study and then, during their senior year, will be allowed to take up to three graduate-level courses from their selected MSA specialization to replace an equal number of elective courses in the BSA degree.  MSA core courses cannot be selected as one of the three (3) MSA courses selected. Before selecting the 3 courses to be taken, students must confer with an advisor to ensure that the courses selected are suitable and align with their selected MSA specialization (a grade of B or better must be achieved). Upon completion of the BSA requirements, students will be enrolled in the MSA and can complete their degree in one year. In any graduate course taken by an undergraduate student, a grade of B or better must be earned. If a grade of C or F is earned in any of the courses taken in lieu of the elective courses in the BSA degree, the student will be removed from the program and may continue to complete the BSA degree only.

This special program will challenge students and develop their knowledge and understanding of concepts in aeronautical science while integrating their skills in aviation and aerospace applications. As a minimum, the applicant must have at least a 3.00 GPA and have demonstrated superior academic capability.

Students will use the virtual forms application site to work through the application, recommendation, and approval process.


Minnesota student residents refer to State of Minnesota Course Requirement statement for Humanities requirements.