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B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Science

At the heart of every flight carried out by every commercial, private, or military aircraft is the work of the professional aviation maintenance expert. Without the devotion of these very special people, the air travel system would cease to function. The demand for degreed aircraft maintenance technicians in the aviation/aerospace world has never been greater than it is today. The Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University produces these aviation professionals, which are regarded as the best in the world.

The Aviation Maintenance Science Bachelor’s degree is made up of general education courses, technical courses, and laboratories, which lead to the attainment of the coveted FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic’s certification.The degree is composed of 126 or 127 total credit hours, which breakdown as follows: 36 hours of general education coursework, 48 hours of airframe and powerplant technical courses, 6 hours of upper-level open elective coursework, and 36 or 37 hours of area of concentration (AOC) coursework. There are four AOC choices:

  • Maintenance Management
  • Flight
  • Safety Science
  • Avionics Cybertechnology and Security

The Maintenance Management AOC is optimized for those students who wish to use their maintenance skills as a platform for advancing into a management position in one of the many aviation maintenance environments. The Flight AOC is for those students who wish to combine a maintenance background with the qualifications of a commercial pilot. The Safety Science AOC combines both occupational and aviation-specific safety courses, which cater to students who want to pursue a career in safety. Finally, the Avionics Cybertechnology and Security AOC prepare students to attain several other certifications related to avionics systems troubleshooting and repair and empowers them to meet the challenges of securing these systems from outside interferences, which  can cripple an aircraft. 

The BSAMS program is a STEM degree accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI, formerly Council on Aviation Accreditation), 3410 Skyway Drive, Auburn, AL 86830, telephone: (334) 844-2431. Credit will be granted to any student who enters the university already in possession of their A&P certification. International certifications, which may be equivalent to the Airframe and Powerplant certification, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and, if approved, may be used for academic credit only.

  Flight Maintenance Management Safety Science Avionics Cybertechnology and Security
General Education Core 36 36 36 36
Area of Concentration 36* 36 36 37
A&P Technical Courses1 48 48 48 48
Upper Level Open Electives 6 6 6 6
Total 126 126 126 127
 

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 (COM 122, COM 219, COM 221)9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science (CS 120)3
Mathematics *6
Physical Sciences **6
Total Credits36
 

Aviation Maintenance Science Courses (leading to A&P certification)

AMS 115Aviation Mathematics and Physics2
AMS 116Fundamentals of Electricity4
AMS 117Tools, Materials and Processes4
AMS 118Aircraft Familiarization and Regulations2
AMS 261Aircraft Metallic Structures3
AMS 262Aircraft Composite Structures3
AMS 263General Aviation Aircraft Systems3
AMS 264General Aviation Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems3
AMS 271Aircraft Reciprocating Powerplant and Systems3
AMS 272Powerplant Electrical and Instrument Systems3
AMS 273Propeller Systems2
AMS 274Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems4
AMS 365Transport Category Aircraft Systems3
AMS 366Transport Category Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems3
AMS 375Repair Station Operations3
AMS 376Powerplant Line Maintenance3
Total Credits48

Tuition for the AMS courses is less than for the other courses in the degree, and is billed separately from the University block tuition. Contact the AMS program coordinator for additional information.

Suggested Plan of Study - Common Year One and Year Two

See specific area of concentration for Year Three and Year Four suggested plan of study.

Year One
Credits
AMS 115 Aviation Mathematics and Physics 2
AMS 116 Fundamentals of Electricity 4
AMS 117 Tools, Materials and Processes 4
AMS 118 Aircraft Familiarization and Regulations 2
COM 122 English Composition 3
COM 219 Speech 3
CS 120 Introduction to Computing in Aviation 3
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Lower-Level Humanities Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Year Two
AMS 261 Aircraft Metallic Structures 3
AMS 262 Aircraft Composite Structures 3
AMS 263 General Aviation Aircraft Systems 3
AMS 264 General Aviation Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems 3
AMS 365 Transport Category Aircraft Systems 3
AMS 366 Transport Category Aircraft Electrical and Instrument Systems 3
AMS 271 Aircraft Reciprocating Powerplant and Systems 3
AMS 272 Powerplant Electrical and Instrument Systems 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 60.0

Avionics Cybertechnology & Security Area of Concentration 

AMSA 490Aviation Technical Operations3
AMS 380Radio Communication Theory & Application2
AMS 384General Aviation Avionics Systems Integration4
AMS 388Air Transport Avionics Systems Line Maintenance6
CS 223Scientific Programming in C3
CS 225Computer Science II4
CS 303Network Security3
CS 344C Programming and UNIX3
CS 427System Exploitation and Penetration Testing3
CYB 155Foundations of Information Security3
CYB 474Issues in Aviation Cybersecurity3
Total Credits37

Suggested Plan of Study – Avionics Cybertechnology and Security Area of Concentration

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
CS 223 Scientific Programming in C 3
CS 225 Computer Science II 4
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3
Physics and Life Science Lower Level Elective 3
Social Science Lower Level (SS 110, SS 120 or SS 130) 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
AMS 380 Radio Communication Theory & Application 2
AMS 384 General Aviation Avionics Systems Integration 4
AMS 388 Air Transport Avionics Systems Line Maintenance 6
CS 303 Network Security 3
CS 344 C Programming and UNIX 3
CS 427 System Exploitation and Penetration Testing 3
CYB 474 Issues in Aviation Cybersecurity 3
Physics and Life Science Lower Level Elective 3
Humanities or Social Science Upper Level Elective 3
Upper Level Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal39.0
 Credits Total: 70.0

Flight Area of Concentration 

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 323Commercial Multi Add On1
AMSA 490Aviation Technical Operations3
AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
Total Credits36

Suggested Plan of Study - Flight Area of Concentration

Flight Track

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
PS 117 Introductory Physics II 3
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
Lower-Level Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
FA 321 Commercial Single Flight 1
FA 323 Commercial Multi Add On 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Maintenance Management Area of Concentration

ACC 210Financial Accounting3
AMSA 490Aviation Technical Operations3
BA 201Principles of Management3
BA 220Marketing3
BA 225Business Law3
BA 230Advanced Computer Based Systems3
BA 314Human Resource Management3
BA 320Business Information Systems3
BA 324Aviation Labor Relations3
BA 325Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management3
BA 411Logistics Management for Aviation/Aerospace3
FIN 332Corporate Finance I3
Total Credits36

Suggested Plan of Study - Maintenance Management Area of Concentration

Year Three
Credits
ACC 210 Financial Accounting 3
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
BA 220 Marketing 3
BA 230 Advanced Computer Based Systems 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
PS 117 Introductory Physics II 3
Lower-Level Social Science (SS 110, 120 or 130) 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
BA 225 Business Law 3
BA 314 Human Resource Management 3
BA 320 Business Information Systems 3
BA 324 Aviation Labor Relations 3
BA 325 Social Responsibility and Ethics in Management 3
BA 411 Logistics Management for Aviation/Aerospace 3
FIN 332 Corporate Finance I 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal33.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Safety Science Area of Concentration

AMSA 490Aviation Technical Operations3
SF 201Introduction to Safety and Health3
or SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety
SF 205Principles of Accident Investigation3
SF 315Environmental Compliance and Safety3
SF 316Workers Compensation, Insurance, and Risk Management3
SF 320Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
SF 345Safety Program Management3
SF 365Fire Protection3
SF 462Health, Safety, and Aviation Law3
Choose one focus from the options below:9
Aviation Focus Course List:
Aircraft Accident Investigation
Propulsion Plant Investigation
Mechanical and Structural Factors in Aviation Safety
Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design
Occupational Safety Focus Course List:
Introduction to Industrial Security
Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology
Design of Engineering Hazard Controls
Design of Engineering Hazard Controls II
Total Credits36

Suggested Plan of Study - Aviation Focus

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
PS 117 Introductory Physics II 3
SF 201 Introduction to Safety and Health 3
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
SF 205 Principles of Accident Investigation 3
SF 315 Environmental Compliance and Safety 3
SF 330 Aircraft Accident Investigation 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (SS 110, 120, 130) 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
SF 316 Workers Compensation, Insurance, and Risk Management 3
SF 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 3
SF 335 Mechanical and Structural Factors in Aviation Safety 3
Aircraft Crash Survival Analysis and Design
SF 345 Safety Program Management 3
SF 365 Fire Protection 3
SF 375 Propulsion Plant Investigation 3
SF 462 Health, Safety, and Aviation Law 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal33.0
 Credits Total: 66.0

Suggested Plan of Study - Occupational Safety Focus

Year Three
Credits
AMS 273 Propeller Systems 2
AMS 274 Aircraft Turbines Powerplants and Systems 4
AMS 375 Repair Station Operations 3
AMS 376 Powerplant Line Maintenance 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
HS 215 Introduction to Industrial Security 3
PS 117 Introductory Physics II 3
SF 201 Introduction to Safety and Health 3
Introduction to Aerospace Safety
SF 205 Principles of Accident Investigation 3
SF 315 Environmental Compliance and Safety 3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (SS 110, 120, 130) 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Year Four
AMSA 490 Aviation Technical Operations 3
SF 316 Workers Compensation, Insurance, and Risk Management 3
SF 320 Human Factors in Aviation Safety 3
SF 345 Safety Program Management 3
SF 355 Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology 3
SF 365 Fire Protection 3
SF 410 Design of Engineering Hazard Controls 3
Design of Engineering Hazard Controls II
SF 462 Health, Safety, and Aviation Law 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
Upper-Level Open Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal33.0
 Credits Total: 66.0