B.S. in Aeronautics

Students will:

  • Use digitally-enabled technology and analysis techniques to interpret data, draw valid conclusions, and solve related problems.
  • Analyze scientific evidence related to the physical world and its interrelationship with human values and interests.
  • Communicate concepts in written, digital, and oral forms for technical and non-technical information.
  • Show evidence of basic concepts in aviation safety related to the aviation, aerospace, and aeronautics industry.
  • Conduct meaningful research, gathering information from primary and secondary sources, and incorporating and documenting source material in their writing.
  • Show evidence of the skills needed to enrich the quality of life through activities, which enhance and promote lifetime learning.
  • Reflect knowledge of contemporary issues affecting the aviation industry through their actions and attitudes.
  • Show evidence of the basic concepts in national and international legislation and law as they pertain to the aviation, aerospace, and aeronautics industries.
  • Define and solve problems within professional and personal environments.
  • Show evidence of sound, ethical, management principles within standard aviation, aerospace, and aeronautics operations.
  • Analyze historical events, cultures, cultural artifacts, social issues, and philosophical concepts.

Aeronautics Curriculum

The curriculum to be followed by each student will vary depending on any AOC prior learning or transfer credits granted. 

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.

General Education
Communication Theory and Skills *9
Lower-Level Humanities *3
Lower-Level Social Sciences *3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences *3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science *3
Computer Science3
Mathematics (College Algebra or Higher, and MA 112 or MA 222) **6
Physical and Life Sciences. One course must include a laboratory. **6
Total Credits36

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences may be chosen from approved list of General Education courses, assuming prerequisite requirements are met and with the permission of the advisor. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Aeronautics vertical outline. Other courses may also be used with the permission of a department chair.


Students need to ascertain Mathematics and Physical Sciences pre/corequisites that are required for other courses. For example, PS 113 and MA 112 are required for many upper-division AS courses.


General Education36
Aviation Area of Concentration30
Select from (100-400) courses in AMS, AS, AT, CEA, CSO, CYB, FA, GEO, HSI, SF, SIM, SP, UA, WX
Principles of Aeronautical Science
Private Pilot Operations
Aviation Legislation
Aviation Law
Operational Applications in Aeronautics
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
Program Support7
Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar
College Success
Principles of Management
Financial Accounting
Select one of the following:
An Economic Survey
Professional Development Electives33
Select from upper-level (300-400) courses in ACC, AMS, AS, AT, BA, CEA, CSO, CYB, EC, FA, FIN, GEO, HSI, MK, SF, SIM, SP, UA, WX
Open Electives14
Total Credits120

Suggested Plan of Study 

Due to the requirement for one minor and the inherent flexibility of this degree, it is imperative to work closely with your academic advisor to ensure degree requirements are met.

Year One
AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science 3-5
Private Pilot Operations
UNIV 101 College Success 1
Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar
Aviation Area of Concentration* (Only if taking AS 120) 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
Financial Accounting
COM 122 English Composition 3
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3
Business Statistics
EC 200 An Economic Survey 3
HU 14X Humanities Lower Level 3
Social Science Lower Level 3
SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0-33.0
Year Two
AS 254 Aviation Legislation 3
CS Elective 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
HU/SS Lower or Upper Level Elective 3
PS Elective 6
PS Lab ** (Lab may count as Open Elective credit) 0-1
Aviation Area of Concentration 3
Professional Development Elective 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0-31.0
Year Three
AS 405 3
HU/SS Upper Level Elective 3
Aviation Area of Concentration 6
Professional Development Electives 15
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Four
AS 474 3
Aviation Area of Concentration 1
Professional Development Electives 15
Open Elective 10-11
 Credits Subtotal29.0-30.0
 Credits Total: 120