B.S. in Aeronautical Science (Professional Pilot)

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, corporate and commercial aviation, or the military. This approach to aviation education gives the student added value over traditional flight training programs by focusing on the skills, knowledge, and professionalism required by today’s industry. The curriculum provides skills in mathematics, physics, communications, business, and aeronautics, including FAA certification as a multi-engine instrument-rated commercial pilot. 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 airline flight crew operations. Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are developed via computer simulations in aircraft performance, navigation, and aircraft systems operation. Effective resource management, human factors, teamwork, and safety awareness are constantly emphasized throughout the curriculum.

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 for responsible citizenship in support of aviation and aerospace industries. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will possess an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Optional advanced flight training includes upset training, certification as a flight instructor and instrument flight instructor, and training as a flight crewmember in a jet  aircraft simulator.

FAA Exemption for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

Upon graduation, the Daytona Beach Aeronautical Science degree can qualify a graduate for the Restricted Airline Transport (R-ATP) certificate under FAR Part 61.160. Note that satisfying the AS degree requirements alone may not qualify the graduate for the R-ATP. This is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption to the regulations and subject to change. For detailed information, please contact the Aeronautical Science Program Coordinator or the Flight Department.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science

General Education37
Aeronautical Science Core57
Flight Core4
Open Electives - Upper Level 300-40012
Open Electives 10
Total Credits120

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.

Communication Theory and Skills 9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences *3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science Elective3
Mathematics (MA 111, MA 112)6
Physical and Life Sciences (PS 113, PS 113L, WX 201)7
Total Credits37

Aeronautical Science Core

ASC 101Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar1
AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 254Aviation Legislation3
or AS 405 Aviation Law
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 311Aircraft Engines - Turbine3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
AS 387Crew Resource Management3
AS 408Flight Safety3
AS 411Jet Transport Systems3
AS 420Flight Technique Analysis3
AS 435Electronic Flight Management Systems3
AS 472Operational Applications in Aeronautical Science3
BA 201Principles of Management3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
Total Credits57

Flight Core Courses

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 323Commercial Multi Add On1
Total Credits4

Open Electives

Upper Level Open Electives - 300-40012
Open Electives - Any Level10
Total Credits22
Total Credit Hours120

Airbus Track 

Students who are selected to participate in this track will complete the final twelve credits (eighth semester) of the BSAS degree at an Airbus Americas Training facility in Miami, FL.  Students will also have the potential to complete Airbus jet transition training and receive an A320 a type rating.  Students in this track will take/receive credit for the following courses while training at the Airbus Training Facility. See Aeronautical Science Department for program requirements and application procedure.

AS 411Jet Transport Systems3
AS 420Flight Technique Analysis3
AS 435Electronic Flight Management Systems3
FA 420Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures2
FA 418Airline Transport Pilot Proficiency Development1
Total Credits12

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 students’ 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.

Refer to the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Procedures section for academic credit for flight training at other institutions. After matriculation to Embry-Riddle, all flight training must be completed on-campus to earn the Aeronautical Science degree.

Cooperative Education credits may only be used as open electives.

Suggested Plan of Study

Year One
ASC 101 Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar 1
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3
HU 14x Lower Level Humanities 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Year Two
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
CS Elective 3
FA 321 Commercial Single Flight 1
HU/SS Lower or Upper Level Elective 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PS 113L Introductory Physics I Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Year Three
AS 254 Aviation Legislation 3
Aviation Law
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 311 Aircraft Engines - Turbine 3
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 356 Aircraft Systems and Components 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
AS 387 Crew Resource Management 3
AS 435 Electronic Flight Management Systems 3
FA 323 Commercial Multi Add On 1
Open Elective - Upper Level 3
Open Elective - Any Level 4
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Year Four
AS 408 Flight Safety 3
AS 411 Jet Transport Systems 3
AS 420 Flight Technique Analysis 3
AS 472 Operational Applications in Aeronautical Science 3
HU/SS Upper Level Elective 3
Open Electives - Upper Level 9
Open Electives - Any Level 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 120.0