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 Mission Statement

The purpose of the Aeronautical Science degree is to maintain status as the international center of excellence for professional pilot education. The degree blends flight training with rigorous academic study in a unique manner. The degree provides a strong foundation for graduates to assume leadership roles as airline pilots, commercial pilots, or military pilots. The philosophy of the Aeronautical Science degree is that ethical and responsible behavior, within a culture of safety and professionalism, is imperative for the success of its graduates. The goal of the degree is to maintain global leadership in pilot education through a technologically enriched, student-centered environment enabling learning through collaboration and teamwork.

The intent of the degree is to accomplish its mission by:

  • serving the student body, the department and college, and external community in support of the university’s overall mission
  • utilizing top quality faculty and instructional staff to educate students
  • developing skills in mathematics, physics, communications and aeronautics
  • including FAA certification to become a professional pilot in a multi-crewmember jet transport aircraft
  • providing innovative directions in aviation education
  • infusing state-of-the-art flight simulation into the curriculum
  • employing advanced laboratories, equipment, and other facilities
  • collaborating with industry leaders and aviation experts worldwide
  • advancing knowledge through leading-edge research in aviation.
Aeronautical Science Degree Program Educational Goals

AS PEG 1. Graduates will be able to describe the industry’s expectations for professionalism to include certification, the attributes of an aviation professional, successful career planning, and other requirements of future aviation leaders.

AS PEG 2. Graduates will be able to describe and apply the principles of aerodynamics, aircraft performance, aircraft systems and design, aircraft propulsion, automation, and the regulations applicable to the maintenance of aircraft and associated systems as it relates to the duties of a pilot.

AS PEG 3. Graduates will be able to evaluate and discuss current issues related to aviation safety, including the effects of human factors.

AS PEG 4. Graduates will be able to explain the impact on their careers of national and international aviation laws, regulations, political, economic and labor elements that effect safe, legal, and efficient aviation operations in the global environment.

AS PEG 5. Graduates will be able to discuss the impact of meteorology on aviation operations and other environmental factors as they relate to the aviation industry.

AS PEG 6. Graduates will be able to explain how to effectively operate in domestic and international airspace systems as governed by the Federal Aviation Administration and ICAO to include but not limited to airports, airspace, and air traffic management systems throughout the world.

AS PEG 7. Graduates will attain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to operate high performance aircraft safely and efficiently in global aviation environment.

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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