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.
Embry-Riddle is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Aeronautics 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 Aeronautics program at Embry-Riddle Worldwide is housed in the College of Aeronautics' Undergraduate Studies department.
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 learning 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.
Graduates from the Worldwide Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics are not eligible to apply for a restricted privileges airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate.
Take your future to new heights!
Whether you want to launch into an aviation career, break away from the competition, or advance your current position and earnings potential, the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (BSA) opens the door to new opportunities in the dynamic aviation/aerospace industry.
Aeronautics curriculum is closely mapped to the needs and demands of the aviation/aerospace industry and to general education guidelines. The BSA is a multidisciplinary program with courses of study in human factors, security, aviation safety, occupational safety and health, air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, and aeronautical science. Within that broad base, electives and minors allow you to tailor your degree to your particular interests and career goals.
It doesn’t have to take long, either. You can receive transfer credit, advance standing, and FAA or military ratings and certifications, which may lead to receiving your degree in a shorter time.
Students are also eligible to engage in cooperative study/internships and may elect to seek out those enriching opportunities.
The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)
Graduates from the Worldwide BSA degree program are not eligible to apply for a restricted privileges airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate.
Minor Courses of Study
One key and essential element of this degree is the ability to enhance and strengthen your academic program by adding any Minor Course of Study. Students may use courses from a minor and place them into Aviation Area of Concentration, Professional Development Electives and/or Open Electives (all as appropriate). Students are strongly encouraged to add a Minor to their degree.
Aviation Area of Concentration
The Aviation Area of Concentration is the degree area where credit for prior aviation learning is housed or where students can take aeronautical science courses. Many students bring in all or part of this credit based on prior aviation training or experience or add a Minor Course of Study. However, shortages in the minimum credit required can be made up by taking courses in the following aviation-related disciplines: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Maintenance, Aviation History, and aviation/aerospace related coursework in Safety, Security, Transportation, Engineering, and Unmanned Systems.
Sources of prior learning credit include the following:
- Transfer credit earned at accredited degree-granting colleges and universities.
- The recommendations published by the American Council on Education for U.S. Military training and experience, as well as training conducted by other government agencies and private organizations.
- Prior-learning credit established by the University for certain aviation licenses and ratings as they relate to this degree.
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.
B.S. in Aeronautics students who wish to continue on to a master's degree may enroll in the BSA-MSA 4+1 program as outlined in this program.
|Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical and Life Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science may be chosen from this list, assuming prerequisites are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.|
|Communication Theory and Skills|
|ENGL 123||English Composition||3|
|HUMN 330||Values and Ethics||3|
|or ECON 211||Macroeconomics|
|Social Science elective||3|
|Physical and Life Science|
|PHYS 102||Explorations in Physics||3|
|WEAX 201||Meteorology I||3|
|MATH 111||Pre-calculus for Aviation||3|
|MATH 112||Applied Calculus for Aviation||3|
|Take one of the following courses to satisfy Computer Science requirements. The course used to satisfy the General Education Computer Science requirement cannot also be used to satisfy a Core/Major or Minor requirement.||3|
|Introduction to Computers and Applications|
|Introduction to Computing for Data Analysis|
|Computer and Network Technologies|
|Aviation Area of Concentration||18|
|Make up shortages with non-duplicating courses from the following disciplines: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Maintenance, and related aviation/aerospace coursework in Transportation, Safety, Security, History, Engineering, and Unmanned Systems..|
|ASCI 202||Introduction to Aeronautical Science||3|
|ASCI 254||Aviation Legislation||3|
|ASCI 404||Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law||3|
|STAT 211||Statistics with Aviation Applications||3|
|MGMT 201||Principles of Management||3|
|MGMT 210||Financial Accounting||3|
|MGMT 221||Introduction to Management Information Systems||3|
|RSCH 202||Introduction to Research Methods||3|
|Professional Development Core||12|
|ASCI 491||Operational Applications in Aeronautics||3|
|MGMT 420||Management of Production and Operations||3|
|SFTY 409||Aviation Safety||3|
|Professional Development Electives (Upper-Level)||21|
|Select from courses in available Minor Courses of Study or as accepted in these related disciplines, and Technology.|
|Open Electives (Upper or Lower-Level)||9|
|Total Degree Requirements||120|
BSA-MSA 4+1 Combined Pathway Program: Accelerated opportunity to earn an MSA
This program is for students who are committed to continuing their education through the Master’s degree. This fast-paced program allows qualifying students the opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (BSA) and the Master of Science in Aeronautics (MSA) in five academic years.
Students who are accepted in the BSA-MSA 4+1 combined pathway program, will spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study and then, during their senior year, will be allowed to take up to three graduate-level courses from the MSA to replace an equal number of elective courses in the BSA degree. Before selecting the 3 courses to be taken, students must confer with an advisor to ensure that the courses selected are suitable (a grade of B or better must be achieved). Upon completion of the BSA requirements, students will be enrolled in the MSA and can complete their degree in one year. In any graduate course taken by an undergraduate student, a grade of B or better must be earned. If a grade of C or F is earned in any of the courses taken in lieu of the elective courses in the BSA degree, the student will be removed from the program, have credit awarded to the BSA degree only, and may continue to complete the BSA degree.
As a minimum, the applicant must have at least a 3.00 GPA. Students initiate program acceptance through their Academic Advisor or Campus Advisor; to help ensure program criteria are met. Student Advisor will complete the request for processing into the 4+1 program.
Minnesota student residents refer to State of Minnesota Course Requirement statement for Humanities requirements.
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