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Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics



The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics is housed within the Aeronautical Science department. This 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 related aviation 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.

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Your Future

You have a vision of where you want to go. You have a passion for aviation and aeronautics, and you want to turn your enthusiasm into a career. As the largest and most prestigious aviation and aeronautical university in the world, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University can help you realize that goal. For students like you, our Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics program could be your ticket to the personal satisfaction and career opportunities that only a college degree can provide.

Your Plan

Today, most employers view a college degree as not merely desirable, but essential. In the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics program at Embry-Riddle, students can earn more than a quarter of the required semester hours from prior life experience and receive a bachelor's degree in as few as three years. Most important, an Aeronautics degree can open the door to new jobs and quicker promotions.

If you have experience as a pilot, air traffic controller, or aviation maintenance specialist, this is the program for you. The Aeronautics curriculum includes courses of study that complement and build on all types of aviation backgrounds. And newcomers with a commitment to aviation will find the Aeronautics degree to be an invaluable stepping-stone into this exciting and rewarding field.


View requirements for the B.S. in Aeronautics degree on the Catalog site.


What Can You Do With A Degree in Aeronautics?

This list of career areas, employers and career strategies is a sampling of the career paths Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduates have taken. Please be sure to look beyond the list to explore the endless opportunities in many diverse industries.

Career Areas

  • Accident Investigation/Prevention
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Aircraft Crew Member
  • Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Airport Management
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Aviation Safety
  • Avionics & Electronics
  • Consulting
  • Dispatch
  • Education/Instruction/Training
  • Ground Support Services
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Engineering/Human Factors
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Meteorology/Weather
  • Operations
  • Pilot
  • Research
  • Risk Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Spacecraft Operations
  • Technical Writing


  • Aerospace Industry
  • Air Services
  • Aircraft Manufacturers
  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Consulting Firms
  • Corporate Flight Departments
  • Defense Contractors
  • Education
  • Federal Research Labs
  • Fixed Base Operators
  • Flight Schools
  • Insurance Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Military
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Simulation
  • Transportation Industry
  • U.S. Government Agencies

Career Development Strategies/Skills

  • Ability to Work in a Team Environment
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Build on Previous Experience
  • Computer Skills
  • Co-op/Internship Experience
  • Identify and Collaborate with Mentors
  • Leadership Skills
  • Management/Supervisory Skills
  • Organization Skills
  • Project Management
  • Verbal & Written Communication Skills