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 Daytona Beach, FL Campus

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.

  • Students can simultaneously earn a high-quality, industry-recognized, four-year degree and their flight ratings.
  • The degree program with flight minor is approved for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate program. The FAA-approved ATP-CTP course is available to B.S. in Aeronautics students.
  • To complete the Area of Concentration (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.
  • Attend classes in dynamic, aviation-related labs and facilities.
  • The Daytona Beach Campus maintains a modern fleet of aircraft and a host of advanced flight simulation devices with advanced visual systems. Learn more about the Daytona Beach Fleet and simulators.
  • The Campus is adjacent to the Daytona Beach International Airport, and is close to NASA and Kennedy Space Center.
  • Students are eligible to participate in study abroad programs

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Degree Summary

120 Credits

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