Aeronautical science degree
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Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science with Flight Program
Florida Tech's aeronautical science degree prepares students for technical jobs in the aviation industry. We've 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 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.
- Choosing 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. Now, you can do it as an undergraduate at Florida Tech and graduate with the high-altitude, high-speed experience that gives you a distinct advantage over graduates of other collegiate aviation programs.
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.
Students at Florida Tech complete advanced course work in aviation security and advanced aircraft systems, and meet recruiters from major airlines at university career fairs. Students can gain experience in 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.
A Degree and Type Rating in Four Years
To address the impending worldwide pilot shortage* and better position our pilots for immediate success following graduation, Florida Tech provides undergraduate flight students the opportunity to complete a three-course, six-credit sequence leading to an A320 or B737 turbine jet type rating as part of their degree program. Florida Tech's Type Rating Curriculum includes Flight Observation, Jet Transition and the Commercial Type Rating.
Build Professional Relationships
Beyond the classroom, aeronautical science degree majors build leadership and professional experience through internships and participate in academic organizations like Collegiate Aviation Business Executives, a student chapter of American Association of Airport Executives, the Falcons Intercollegiate Flight Team, Women in Aviation (WIA), Student Government and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations.
Get Recruited By a Top Airline
Employers seek out graduates with an aeronautical science degree from Florida Tech. Airlines and aviation organizations who have recruited our students include:
- American Airlines
- United Continental
- JetBlue Airways
- US Airways
- National Transportation Safety Board
- Garrett Aviation
- Department of Homeland Security
- International Airports
Earn an Advanced Degree
After receiving their aeronautical science degree, many of our students go to graduate school, often at Florida Tech, for advanced degrees in aviation human factors, airport development and aviation law.
*Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.