Florida Tech's aeronautical science degree prepares students for technical jobs in the aviation industry. Our College of Aeronautics has been consistently recognized for offering one of the best university-based aviation programs in the country.
The aeronautical science degree is available as either a flight or a non-flight major. Choosing aeronautical science without flight provides a strong foundation in applied math and science for a career in a technical aspect of aviation, while Aeronautical Science—Flight prepares you for a career as a professional pilot. Traditionally, graduates pursue a type rating as a new hire, and in most cases only then after building flight time as an instructor.
In addition, you have two other degree options:
Prepare for a career in military aviation and participate in Army ROTC.
Specialize in air traffic control and be ready to apply to the FAA Academy upon graduation.
The air traffic control (ATC) specialization meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program and is FAA-approved.
Gain Practical Experience
Whether you want to be an aeronautic designer, airport manager, or aviation safety expert, an aeronautical science degree from Florida Tech develops a strong background in aviation through hands-on experience in modern aeronautical technology and industry best practices. First-year students get started right away, taking core courses like Introduction to Aviation Physiology and Aviation Meteorology.
Seniors complete advanced aviation security and advanced course work in aviation security and advanced aircraft systems and meet recruiters from major airlines at university career fairs. Students also gain valuable experience through internships and are encouraged to participate in those opportunities. Aeronautical science degree students have access to first-rate computer labs and the Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) for hands-on learning.
The Only Program In The US To Offer Type-Rating As A Degree Option
Florida Tech's aeronautics program is currently the only one in the US that offers a turbojet type rating as an option in its regular curriculum and an FAA-approved Air Traffic Control program, in conjunction with any of our bachelor of science degrees. Additionally, graduates of the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative program may be eligible to bypass the Air Traffic Basics Course, which is usually covered during the first five weeks of qualification training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.
Other aeronautical science university benefits include:
Flight students fly within their first week of study.
Aviation master's and accelerated MBA programs are available to graduates.
Strong alumni and employer network.
ExpressJet Pathway Program leads to a job with ExpressJet and Delta Airlines.
Stay and instruct to gain the experience needed for a job as a pilot at a regional airline.
Flight students graduate with an average of 250–300 flight hours.
Flight-option majors can obtain an FAA Dispatcher Certificate and work as an airline or corporate dispatcher without taking any extra courses.
A Faculty Of Renowned Aviation Experts—And Personalized Attention
Studying aviation at an aeronautical university like Florida Tech gives you the benefits of a larger school (such as world-class faculty members and a high-quality curriculum) in a close-knit academic community offering small class sizes and one-on-one time with professors. The campus atmosphere is relaxed, and studying here is a very personal experience, making us a unique aeronautical university.
Florida Tech’s faculty members have established experts in all aspects of aviation. The faculty is largely comprised not only of pilots, but are also experts in at least one other area, such as aviation law, safety, avionics, and environmental science. Other professors are experts in airport consulting; design and management; airline or general aviation management; as well as aviation human factors, meteorology, and air traffic control.
High-Tech Lab Facilities
As an aeronautical university, we know that cutting-edge technology and facilities are an important part of what makes a program successful. Aeronautical science majors at Florida Tech primarily attend class and work in the College of Aeronautics’ Skurla Hall, which includes classrooms, computer labs for airport design and planning, and the Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) Lab. The BATD Lab enables all students to fly desktop simulators under the supervision of a flight instructor. Skurla Hall is home to a first-rate computer lab with many different applications and networking capabilities that allow hands-on learning of many aviation topics.
The tools students have at their disposal at Florida Tech are vital to any aeronautical science university. FIT Aviation manages the flight training facilities, which are conveniently located in the nearby Melbourne Airport. FIT Aviation has 52 new and refurbished aircraft, both Cessnas and Pipers. There is a human factors lab, where some experiments can be conducted; it also houses CADCAM, a computer classroom used by students to design airports.
Located In The Heart Of Florida’s High-Tech Corridor
Florida Tech is the perfect place for a BS in Aeronautical Science. The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us), minutes away from the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America. We have ideal weather conditions for flying year-round.
The area also has the fifth largest high-tech workforce in the country, with more than 5,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations located nearby. This workforce also provides an abundance of internship and employment opportunities.
Florida Tech is just over the causeway from the Atlantic Ocean with its 72 miles of beautiful beaches, and a short trip to the Florida Keys or the Orlando theme parks. We also have a rich campus life that includes a wide range of intramural and collegiate sports, clubs, and social activities.
Build Lasting Professional Relationships Through Campus Organizations
Beyond the classroom, aeronautical science degree majors participate in academic organizations like Collegiate Aviation Business Executives (CABE), a student chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, the Falcons Intercollegiate Flight Team, Women in Aviation (WIW), student government, and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations.
CABE focuses on aviation jobs outside of the cockpit, helping students grow by facilitating a networking relationship with students and the aviation business world. Members of CABE have the unique opportunity to travel to many events including professional conferences, seminars, airport tours, networking events, and airshows.
WIA is an organization made up of women and men dedicated to the advancement of women in aeronautics. WIA takes part in networking activities and lectures to promoting women in all fields and helping them obtain aeronautical college internship positions and career opportunities.
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) Accredited
Florida Tech's Aeronautical Science and Aeronautical Science - Flight programs are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) until 2022.
Candidates for the degree must successfully complete the following curriculum.
Fall (16 credit hours)
AVF 1001 Flight 1
AVS 1201 Aviation Meteorology
AVT 1001 Aeronautics 1
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
FYE 1000 University Experience
MTH 1000 Precalculus
Private Pilot Written Examination
Spring (17 credit hours)
AVF 1002 Flight 2
AVT 1002 Aeronautics 2
AVT 1200 Introduction to Aircraft Systems
COM 1102 Writing About Literature
CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications
MTH 1603 Applied Calculus and Statistics
Private Pilot Flight Test
Fall (16 credit hours)
AVF 2001 Flight 3
AVS 2101 Aviation Physical Science
AVT 2001 Aeronautics 3
AVT 2303 Aviation Career Planning
COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
Social Science (SS) Elective Credit Hours: 3
Select first HUM Core Course:
HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
HUM 2053 Introduction to Asian Civilization
HUM 2141 World Art History 1: Pre-History to Early Global Awareness
HUM 2211 British Literature and Culture
HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1
HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era
HUM 2551 Survey of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
Instrument Rating Written Examination
Instrument Rating Flight Test
Spring (12 credit hours)
AVM 2401 Aviation Fiscal Management
AVS 2102 Aerodynamics
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
Select second HUM Corse Course:
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern
HUM 2054 Introduction to Asian Civilization 2
HUM 2142 World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial
HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1 (may not be repeated for credit)
HUM 2213 British and American Literature 2
HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present
HUM 2552 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
Fall (14 credit hours)
AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
AVF 2102 Flight 4 Commercial Pilot-Airplane Multiengine Land
AVT 2002 Aeronautics 4
Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
Humanities Elective (HU) 3000-level or higher recommended Credit Hours: 3
Commercial Pilot Written Examination
Multiengine Commercial Pilot Flight Test
Spring (15 credit hours)
AVS 3201 Aviation Meteorology 2
AVT 3101 Instructional Techniques or Restricted Elective (Aviation) Credit Hours: 3
AVT 4301 Aviation Safety
COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
Fall (15 credit hours)
AVM 4302 Aviation Law
AVM 4303 General Aviation Operations and Management
AVM 4501 Air Transportation Management
AVS 4304 Aviation Security
AVT 4201 Advanced Aircraft Systems
Spring (17 credit hours)
AVM 4502 Aviation Business Simulation (Q)
AVT 4002 Aviation Research (Q)
AVS 4999 Aviation Systems Safety
AVT 4202 Advanced Aircraft Operations
AVT 4203 Airline Operations
Restricted Electives (Aviation) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 122
A degree in aeronautical science means the graduate has a set of skills applicable to many professions that place a premium on technical competencies. Potential for careers in aeronautics, specifically as airline and commercial pilots, is projected to grow 11% through 2020, as projections for growth in world travel increases and pilots retire in the coming decade. Job opportunities will be spread among passenger and cargo airline companies.
Jobs in air traffic control will be in good supply as a result of today’s air traffic control workforce retiring over the next decade. While there will be an increasing number of job openings, competition for entrance into the FAA Academy will remain high. Job opportunities will demand that applicants obtain an air traffic control degree from an FAA-certified school.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides more information about jobs, including median annual pay, working conditions, and job outlook, among other things.