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 PayScale.com, 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.
This B.S. in Aeronautics degree program at the Daytona Beach Campus combines a student’s aviation work experience with aviation courses, and general and professional development courses. This degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the Daytona Beach Campus College of Aviation.
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 those students new to aviation to acquire aviation-specific knowledge through aviation-related coursework. This combination of a student’s aviation learning, aviation courses, 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.
The Aviation Area of Concentration is the degree component that lets students select courses from various aviation-related fields. In addition, the AOC portion of the degree is where credit for prior aviation learning is applied. Thirty hours of credit 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, Air Traffic Management, Applied Meteorology (aviation-related), Aviation Maintenance Science, Commercial Space Operations, Cooperative Education, Flight, Homeland Security, Safety (aviation-related), Simulation, Space Studies or Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science.
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 award of Aviation Area of Concentration credit. Documentary evidence must be from objective third-party sources and must 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 Aeronautical University Curriculum Manual.
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. Credit for prior learning granted in the Aeronautics degree program may not be transferable to any other Embry-Riddle degree program.
Students must select and complete one minor field of study. Total credits in 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.
The curriculum to be followed by each student will vary depending on any AOC prior learning or transfer credits granted.
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 *||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|
|Mathematics (College Algebra or Higher, and MA 112 or MA 222) **||6|
|Physical and Life Sciences. One course must include a laboratory. **||6|
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 Aviation Business Administration 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 103, PS 104 and MA 112 are required for many upper-division AS and WX courses.
|Aviation Area of Concentration||30|
|Select from (100-400) courses in AMS, AS, AT, CEA, CSO, CYB, FA, HS, SF, SIM, SP, WX|
|Principles of Aeronautical Science|
or AS 121
|Private Pilot Operations|
|Operational Applications in Aeronautics|
|Introduction to Aerospace Safety|
|Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar|
or UNIV 101
|Principles of Management|
or BA 210
|Select one of the following:|
|An Economic Survey|
|Professional Development Electives||33|
Select from upper-level (300-400) courses in AMS, AS, AT, BA, CSO, CYB, EC, FA, HS, SF, SIM, SP, WX
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