B.S. in Aeronautical Science

Students will:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences at various levels of education.
  • Analyze and interpret data provided from various sources.
  • Make positive contributions and function on multi-disciplinary teams in a crew type environment.
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility as it applies to the aviation industry.
  • Communicate effectively using technical writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Recognize the need for, and be able to engage in, lifelong learning.
  • Reflect knowledge of contemporary issues affecting the aviation industry through their actions and attitudes.
  • Use the techniques, skill, and modern technology necessary for professional practice.
  • Possess an understanding of the national and international aviation environment.
  • Apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems.
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of business sustainability as it applies to aviation industry issues.

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 responsible citizenship in support of the aviation and aerospace industries. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will possess an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (Professional Pilot Track) with multi-engine rating or FAA Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificate (Flight Education Pilot Track). Optional advanced flight training includes upset recovery training, certification as a flight instructor and instrument flight instructor, and training as a flight crew member in a jet transport aircraft.

Students pursuing the Aeronautical Science degree will choose either the Professional Pilot or Flight Education. All students must complete the general education courses, Professional Pilot core courses, and the courses required to complete one specialization to earn the Aeronautical Science degree.

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 student 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 flight core curriculum, students may take an additional semester or more to acquire additional advanced certificates and ratings, including certified flight instructor airplane and instrument, and/or they may enroll in the Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures or the Airline Dispatch Operations course.

After matriculation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, all flight training for credit must be completed at Embry-Riddle. Only under extreme extenuating circumstances will ERAU students be allowed to complete any off-campus training for credit after matriculation. Students desiring to do so must obtain written approval in advance from the Flight Department Chair. The credit will be awarded as advanced standing, and the procedures for requesting credit when training is completed will be specified in the written approval (Off Campus Authorization Form).

Aeronautical Science students will be awarded credit for FAA certificates held prior to matriculation to Embry-Riddle and may be approved to complete partial training towards a certificate or rating if flight training from an appropriately rated instructor was logged prior to matriculation. If FAA certificates are held, this training must have occurred after the attainment of the most recent certificate for which credit is granted. Except as provided above, after a student matriculates, all flight training must be completed at Embry-Riddle. In all cases, students must satisfactorily complete at least one flight course on campus after advanced standing is awarded. See the Flight Department chair as appropriate concerning exact credit.

Enrollment in flight courses requires proof of U.S. citizenship or a Department of Justice background check for international students. Please see the Aviation Transportation and Security Act (ATSA) under the Admissions section of this catalog.

Program Requirements

General Education

Embry-Riddle degree programs require students to complete a minimum of 36 hours of General Education coursework. For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog.

Students may choose other classes outside of their requirements, but doing so can result in the student having to complete more than the degree's 120 credit hours.  This will result in additional time and cost to the student.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science/Information Technology Elective3
Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Sciences)6
Humanities and Social Sciences12
3 hours of Lower-Level Humanities
3 hours of Lower-Level Social Science
3 hours of Lower-Level or Upper-Level Humanities Social Science
3 hours of Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science
Total Credits36

Aeronautical Science Core (91 Credits)

The following course of study outlines the quickest and most cost-efficient route for students to earn their B.S. in Aeronautical Science. Students are encouraged to follow the course of study to ensure they complete all program-required courses and their prerequisites within four years.

Courses in the core with a # will satisfy your general education requirements.

Aeronautical Science, Air Traffic, Safety Science, or Weather Upper-Level Elective3
AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 221LInstrument Pilot Operations Laboratory1
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 311Aircraft Engines - Turbine3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
AS 321LCommercial Pilot Operations Laboratory1
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
AS 387Crew Resource Management3
AS 402Airline Operations3
or AS 410 Airline Dispatch Operations
AS 405Aviation Law3
AS 408Flight Safety3
BA 201Principles of Management3
General Education - Communication Theory and Skills #9
General Education - Computer Science/Information Technology Elective #3
General Education - Humanities Lower-Level Elective #3
General Education - Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective #3
General Education - Social Science Lower-Level Elective #3
MA 111Pre-Calculus for Aviation #3
MA 112Applied Calculus for Aviation #3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology #3
or PSY 222 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PS 113Introductory Physics I #3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology #3
WX 203LSurvey of Meteorology Laboratory1
WX 301Aviation Weather3
UNIV 101College Success1

Capstone Requirements (9 Credits)

AS 411Jet Transport Systems3
AS 420Flight Technique Analysis3
AS 435Electronic Flight Management Systems3

Choose one Flight Track - Professional Pilot or Flight Education

Professional Pilot Flight Track (20 Credits)

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 323Commercial Multi Add On1
Open Electives16

Flight Education Track (20 Credits)

AS 421Flight Instructor Ground Course4
FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 421Flight Instructor Rating1
Open Electives12
Total Credits120

PSY 222 Fall Run Only


Offered in Spring Only


If a student possesses an FAA Commercial Certificate in a category or class other than Airplane, Single Engine Land, the student will be enrolled in FA 399 in lieu of FA 321. 


General Education Courses

All Army ROTC students are required to complete SS 321 - U.S. Military History 1900-Present (3 credits) in order to commission.

Freshman Year
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
COM 122 English Composition 3
FA 121 Private Single Flight 1
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal13.0
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
Introduction to Computers and Applications
Humanities Lower-Level Elective 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
Social Science Lower-Level Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Sophomore Year
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
AS 221L Instrument Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 357 Flight Physiology 3
FA 221 Instrument Single Flight 1
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal15.0
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
Communications Elective 3
Open Electives 6
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Junior Year
AS 321 Commercial Pilot Operations 3
AS 321L Commercial Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AS 356 Aircraft Systems and Components 3
Communications Elective 3
FA 321 Commercial Single Flight 1
Open Elective 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits Subtotal17.0
AS 311 Aircraft Engines - Turbine 3
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 380 Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques 1
AS 387 Crew Resource Management 3
AS 411 Jet Transport Systems 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
FA 323 Commercial Multi Add On 1
 Credits Subtotal17.0
Senior Year
Aeronautical Science, Air Traffic, Safety Science, or Weather Upper-Level Elective 3
AS 405 Aviation Law 3
AS 435 Electronic Flight Management Systems 3
Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal12.0
AS 402 Airline Operations 3
Airline Dispatch Operations
AS 408 Flight Safety 3
AS 420 Flight Technique Analysis 3
Open Electives 7
 Credits Subtotal16.0
 Credits Total: 120.0