Bachelor of Science in

Boeing forecasts 558,000 new pilot jobs worldwide by the year 2034. Along with the increased pilot hiring, the company anticipates a need for 609,000 maintenance technicians*.

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (BSA) 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 those students new to aviation to acquire aviation-specific knowledge through aviation-related coursework.

The aviation industry knows about and respects Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and our graduates, whether for positions as pilots, air traffic management, meteorology, safety, business, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment categories in support of air transportation are expected to grow by 25 percent through 2022.

Students pursue a variety of co-ops and internships with airline, aviation, and air transportation companies focused on safety, training, operations, dispatch, and transportation. Learn more about our Career Services Resources.

According to, the median salary for Aeronautical Engineers is $79,000 per year, with a top end of approximately $142,000 per year.

Embry-Riddle is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

BSA students can minor in a range of specialties, depending on their campus affiliation like Unmanned Aircraft System, Aviation Maintenance and Air traffic Control.  See our list of Minors according to campus. 

*Read more about Boeing’s predictions in the article “Demand unprecedented for pilots and technicians" on the company’s website.


About Aeronautics at the Worldwide & Online Campus

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics is a multidisciplinary online or on-campus degree program that combines previous work experience with courses of study in human factors, security, aviation safety, occupational safety and health, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, and aeronautical science. The BSA at Worldwide & Online is housed in the College of Aeronautics Undergraduate Studies.

Electives allow students to tailor degrees to particular interests and career goals, and is closely mapped to the career needs of the student and the demands of the industries they serve. 

Students can earn more than a quarter of the required semester hours from prior life experience and receive your bachelor’s degree in as few as three years.

At the Worldwide & Online Campus you can structure your education around your lifestyle, taking classes where you want and when you want.

For students who choose to pursue their master’s degree, a 4+1 degree option is available.

Students can strengthen their aviation knowledge, credentials and experience base by adding several minor courses of study.

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120 Credits

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