B.S. in Aeronautics

Worldwide Embry-Riddle Bachelors Aeronautics

~Program updated effective January 1, 2021

Full-Time/Part-Time taught at ERC Institute

Take 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 does not have to take long, either. You can earn more than a quarter of the required semester hours from prior life experience and receive your bachelor’s degree in as few as three years.

~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. The student will complete an internship as part of the AAOC requirements

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.


General Education Core
ENGL 123English Composition3
SPCH 219Speech3
ENGL 221Technical Report Writing3
HUMN 330Values and Ethics3
SOCI 210Introduction to Sociology3
CSCI 123Introduction to Computing for Data Analysis3
ECON 210Microeconomics3
ECON 211Macroeconomics3
WEAX 201Meteorology I3
PHYS 123Science of Flight3
MATH 111Pre-calculus for Aviation3
MATH 112Applied Calculus for Aviation3
Total Credits36
~Aviation Area of Concentration
SCTY 420General Aviation Security3
SFTY 435Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design3
MGMT 210Financial Accounting3
SFTY 320Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
COIN 496Co-Operative Education *1-4
*When taken as a part of the BSA degree, COIN 496 is a 3 credit hour course, and credit hours are approved by the Program Chair.
Total Credits15
~Program Support Core
ASCI 202Introduction to Aeronautical Science3
ASCI 254Aviation Legislation3
ASCI 404Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law3
STAT 211Statistics with Aviation Applications3
MGMT 201Principles of Management3
MGMT 221Introduction to Management Information Systems3
RSCH 202Introduction to Research Methods3
ASCI 309Aerodynamics3
Total Credits24
Professional Development Core
ASCI 491Operational Applications in Aeronautics3
MGMT 420Management of Production and Operations3
SFTY 409Aviation Safety3
Total Credits9


Electives/Minors Options36
Students must choose 18 elective credits and one minor or two minors from the options below:
Elective Options: Select from unduplicated courses in Aeronautical Science, Management, Economics, Safety, Security, Engineering, and Unmanned Systems

View Available Minors

Total Degree Requirements120