The Aeronautics degree is designed specifically for students who work, have worked, or desire to work in aviation-related careers. If you are a student with existing aviation knowledge or skill, Embry-Riddle’s aeronautics degree acknowledges your valuable acquired experience by awarding prior-learning credit.  

Bachelor of Science in
Aeronautics

Aeronautics Degree

The Aeronautics degree is designed specifically for students who work, have worked, or desire to work in aviation-related careers. If you are a student with existing aviation knowledge or skill, Embry-Riddle’s aeronautics degree acknowledges your valuable acquired experience by awarding prior-learning credit. The Aeronautics degree then continues to build on those skills and knowledge.

The Aeronautics degree program also provides an opportunity for students new to aviation to acquire specific knowledge through aviation-related coursework. This combination of aviation learning; aviation courses; along with courses in business, computer science, economics, humanities, communications, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences, professional development electives and a minor, will prepare you for an aeronautics job or career in the aviation-related field related to aeronautics.

Aviation Area of Concentration

The Aviation Area of Concentration is the degree component in which students can select courses from various aviation-related fields. In addition, the AOC portion of the degree is where credit for prior aviation learning is applied.

Forty credit hours are needed to satisfy the requirements of this portion of the Aeronautics degree. All or part of the credit needed for this degree requirement may be awarded based on prior aviation training or experience.

To complete the AOC, in addition to any prior learning credit, students may select from courses in Aeronautical Science, Flight, Air Traffic Management, Safety (aviation-related), or Applied Meteorology (aviation-related).

The Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.


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FAA Memo clarifying UAS in education

The May 4, 2016, essentially lifts the ban of flying UAS outdoors when the UAS is part of curriculum not leading to flight certification and further clarifies section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA). 


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Degree Requirements

Go to our Online Course Catalog to view the complete list of Degree Requirements for this program.

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