The Aeronautical Science degree program at the Daytona Beach Campus blends flight training with academic study to provide a firm foundation in airline, corporate, and commercial or military aviation. 

Bachelor of Science in
Aeronautical Science

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science

The Aeronautical Science degree program at the Daytona Beach Campus blends flight training with academic study to provide a firm foundation in airline, corporate, and commercial or military aviation. The curriculum includes FAA certification as a multi-engine, instrument-rated commercial pilot. Students also get to learn about and fly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and develop problem-solving skills with computer simulations while preparing for a career as a professional pilot. Housed in the Aeronautical Science department, this program prepares students for a career as a professional pilot. Students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using computer simulations while becoming skilled in mathematics, physics, communication, business, and aeronautics.

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation.

Degree Details

This program may be completed in eight semesters. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 121 credit hours. Students select one of three specializations: Airline Pilot, Commercial Pilot, or Military Pilot. All students must complete the General Education courses, Aeronautical Science core courses, Flight core courses, and the courses required to complete one specialization.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science may be attained in eight semesters. To earn the degree, successful completion of a minimum of 121 credit hours is required. The purpose of the Aeronautical Science degree program is to prepare the graduate for a productive career as a professional pilot and for responsible citizenship in support of aviation and aerospace industries. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will possess an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings. Optional advanced flight training includes upset training, certification as a flight instructor and instrument flight instructor, and training as a flight crewmember in a jet transport aircraft.

Students pursuing the Aeronautical Science degree will select one of three specializations after matriculation. Students entering under this catalog may select from the Airline Pilot, Commercial Pilot, or Military Pilot specialization. Please see the section concerning the restrictions imposed by the Aviation Transportation and Security Act. All students must complete the general education courses, the Aeronautical Science core courses, the flight core courses, and the courses required to complete one specialization in order to complete the requirements for the Aeronautical Science degree.

FAA Exemption for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

Upon graduation, the Daytona Beach Aeronautical Science degree can qualify a graduate for the Restricted Airline Transport (R-ATP) certificate under FAR Part 61.160. Note that satisfying the AS degree requirements alone may not qualify the graduate for the R-ATP. This is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption to the regulations and subject to change. For detailed information, please contact the Aeronautical Science Program Coordinator.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science

General Education40
Aeronautical Science Core51
Flight Core4
Specialty Courses26
Total Credits121

General Education Requirements

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 Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
Lower- or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences *3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science Elective3
Mathematics (MA 111, MA 112)6
Physical and Life Sciences (PS 103, PS 104, PS 115L)7
Management Elective3
Total Credits40

Aeronautical Science Core Courses

ASC 101Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar1
AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 311Aircraft Engines — Turbine3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
FA 417Flight Instructor Rating **3
or AS 340 Instructional Design in Aviation
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
AS 356Aircraft Systems and Components3
AS 357Flight Physiology3
AS 387Crew Resource Management3
AS 408Flight Safety3
AS 435Electronic Flight Management Systems3
AS 472Operational Applications in Aeronautical Science3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
Total Credits51

Flight Core Courses**

Single-Engine Flight Track

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
FA 323Commercial Multi Add On1
Total Credits4

Multi-Engine Flight Track

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 122Private Multi Flight with Laboratory1
FA 222Instrument Multi Flight1
FA 322Commercial Multi Flight1
Total Credits4

Airline Pilot Specialty

AS 254Aviation Legislation3
or AS 405 Aviation Law
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
AS 402Airline Operations3
or AS 410 Airline Dispatch Operations
AS 411Jet Transport Systems3
AS 420Flight Technique Analysis3
BA 315Airline Management3
FA 420Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures2
Electives8
Total Credits26

Commercial Pilot Specialty

AS 254Aviation Legislation3
or AS 405 Aviation Law
AS 380Pilot Career Planning and Interviewing Techniques1
AS 412Corporate and Business Aviation (OR Upper-Level BA course)3
Minor9-18
Electives1-10
Total Hours26

Military Pilot Specialty

AS 220Unmanned Aircraft Systems3
or AS 420 Flight Technique Analysis
Select one of the following:3
SS 311
U.S Military History 1775-1900
SS 321
U.S. Military History 1900-Present
SS 340
U.S. Foreign Policy
ROTC16
Electives4
Total Credits26
Total Credits121
*

Military Pilot Specialty may take only PSY 101 and SS 110, SS 120, or SS 130.

**

Flight:

Students have a choice of either the Single-Engine Flight Track or Multi-Engine Flight Track. Both result in certification as a Commercial Pilot with Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings. The Single-Engine Flight Track is selected by most students. In this track, single-engine aircraft and flight training devices are used for the majority of training. Students who select this track do so primarily because it will allow certification as a flight instructor sooner, allowing for the opportunity to flight instruct part-time while completing their degree.

The Multi-Engine Flight Track emphasizes multi-engine aircraft operations. This track is selected by students who prefer to complete their flight education with more multi-engine flight time. Students who are in the Multi-Engine Flight Track who wish to attain their Certified Flight Instructor certificate must complete their single-engine add-on to their commercial multi certificate before they can be certified to instruct in single-engine aircraft.

Flight education is a continuous process that normally begins sometime during the student’s first year of attendance and will progress until culminating in a multi-engine commercial certificate with an instrument rating. The curriculum is designed to allow students to meet core objectives in a reasonable amount of time.

Various factors influence students’ progress. These factors include student academic preparation, student availability, student determination and dedication, the availability of aircraft and instructor pilots, and the cooperation of the weather. Consequently, some students will finish before others. After completing the core curriculum, students may take an additional semester or more to acquire additional advanced certificates and ratings.

Refer to the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Procedures section for academic credit for flight training at other institutions. After matriculation to Embry-Riddle, all flight training must be completed on-campus to earn the Aeronautical Science degree.

 Cooperative Education credits may be used as open electives.

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