B.S. in Aeronautics

The Aeronautics degree is designed specifically for students who work, have worked, or desire to work in aviation-related careers. For students with existing aviation-related knowledge and skills, this degree acknowledges a student’s valuable acquired experience through the award of advanced standing prior-learning credit. The curriculum then builds on those skills and knowledge. The program also provides an opportunity for students new to aviation to acquire aviation-specific knowledge through aviation-related coursework. This combination of a student’s aviation learning, aviation courses, courses in business, computer science, economics, humanities, communications, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences, along with professional development elective courses and a minor course of study, will prepare graduates for a career in an aviation-related field.

Aviation Area of Concentration

The Aviation Area of Concentration is the degree component where students can select courses from various aviation-related fields. In addition, the AOC portion of the degree is where credit for prior aviation learning is applied. Forty credit hours are needed to satisfy the requirements of this portion of the Aeronautics degree. All or part of the credit needed for this degree requirement may be awarded based on prior aviation training or experience. To complete the AOC, in addition to any prior learning credit, students may select from courses in Aeronautical Science, Flight, Air Traffic Management, Safety (aviation-related), or Meteorology (aviation-related).

Evidence of Prior Aviation Learning

Applicants who qualify for admission to and matriculate in the degree program may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Applicants must be able to prove competence in an aviation occupation with authentic documentary evidence. Training and experience in closely related occupations can be combined.

Just as official transcripts are required to transfer credit from one university to another, original or authenticated documentation of prior learning from professional training and experience must be presented to qualify for Aviation Area of Concentration credit. Documentary evidence must be from objective third-party sources and clearly describe the applicant’s professional training, duties, and achievements in detail. Advanced standing credit will be awarded in accordance with the applicable Embry-Riddle Curriculum Manual.

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.


Students must select and complete one minor field of study. Total credits within the minor will vary depending on which minor is chosen. Students typically select a minor that will enhance their aviation career. Courses required for the minor field of study may be used to fill Area of Concentration, Professional Development, or Open Elective degree requirements. See Minor Courses of Study in this catalog.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours (typically 8 semesters). A minimum of 40 credit hours must be upper-level. The curriculum to be followed by each student will vary depending on any AOC prior learning or transfer credits granted.

Students must select one of the following primary capstone course options: AS480 (aviation research) or AS490 (helicopter specialty). Secondary options include AS410 (dispatch certification) or AS420/FA420 (Airline Transport Pilot Certificate Training Program—ATP CTP) IF the student has the required pre-requisites.  For each of these options, each student must complete the required courses prior to enrolling in his/her selected capstone course.

Aviation Area of Concentration
Students must complete 40 credits of advanced standing and/or non-duplicating credit from AMS/AMT/ AS/AT/CEA/FA/FH/HS/SF/SIM/SP/WX courses.26-28
AS 121Private Pilot Operations3-5
or AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science
or AS 143 Private Helicopter Operations
AS 207Introduction to Aviation Research Methods3
AS 405Aviation Law3
AS 480Applied Aviation Research Methods (*)3
or AS 490 Helicopter Specialty Capstone
General Education (**)
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
CS or IT elective3
Humanities Lower-Level Elective3
Humanities or Social Science or PSY 350 Upper-Level Elective3
MA 111Pre-Calculus for Aviation3
or MA 140 College Algebra
MA 112Applied Calculus for Aviation3
or MA 222 Business Statistics
Social Science Lower-Level Elective (PSY 101 and/or Lower-level SS)6
Physical, Life, and Weather Sciences Elective (One course must include a laboratory)7
UNIV 101College Success1
Program Support
BA 201Principles of Management3
or ACC 210 Financial Accounting
EC 200An Economic Survey3
or EC 210 Microeconomics
Professional Development Electives
Complete 21 credits of upper-division (300-400) courses in ACC/AMS/AS/AT/BA/EC/IT/SF/SIS/WX.21
Open Electives
Open Electives15
Communication Theory and Skills
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
Humanities Lower-Level Elective3
Social Sciences
Social Science Lower-Level Elective3
Social Science or PSY 350 Upper-Level Elective3

Dependent on the amount of upper-level Aviation Area of Concentration credit applied, some of the open or Communications/Humanities/Social Sciences electives in the B.S. degree may have to be 300-400 level courses to satisfy the graduation requirement of 40 credits of upper-level courses.

Students need to complete Mathematics and Physical Sciences pre/corequisites that are required for other courses. For example, PS 113, PS 117 and MA 112 are required for many upper-division AS and WX courses.