Aeronautical Science Major

7102
Bachelor of Science
Classroom, Flight
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7102 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom, flight Location/s: main campus

The curriculum for the aeronautical science with flight major prepares the graduate for a professional pilot career in the global air commerce industry and government regulatory agencies. Graduates will achieve at least commercial pilot, instrument and multiengine ratings. They are provided a strong foundation in aeronautical science and technology, and the regulated international aviation industry.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • AVF 1001 Flight 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Provides initial flight instruction for private pilot candidates through the first solo cross-country flight.
    Requirement(s):
    FAA student pilot certificate, class III or higher medical certificate
  • AVS 1201 Aviation Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Initial course in meteorology for flight students and aviation professionals. Includes meteorological codes, charts and aviation bulletins, and identification of potentially hazardous in-flight weather conditions. Also addresses atmospheric circulation, stability, convection, moisture, air masses and fronts.
  • AVT 1001 Aeronautics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides basic aeronautics instruction for all students. Prepares flight students for the FAA private pilot written examination. Includes aircraft components, basic aerodynamics, airports, air traffic control, airspace, regulations, performance, weight and balance, aeromedical factors, aviation weather and air navigation.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1000 Precalculus
    Credit Hours: 4
    Algebra and trigonometry that are used to develop the skills needed in calculus. Required for students who have minimal algebra and/or trigonometry preparation, or whose placement test indicated such a need.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing score on placement exam or prerequisite course
Private Pilot Written Examination
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVF 1002 Flight 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Provides continuing flight instruction to prepare students for the FAA private pilot practical test. FAA private pilot certificate awarded on successful completion of the FAA private pilot written examination, all prerequisites and corequisites, and stage one of this course. Includes cross-country flight training for added experience.
    Requirement(s):
    FAA Private Pilot Certificate, Class II or higher medical certificate
  • AVS 1102 Introduction to Aviation Chemical Science
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces chemistry fundamentals as applied to aviation activities and aeronautical studies. Includes discussion of corrosion, batteries, fuels, lubricants, deicing chemicals, oxygen generation, aircraft coatings and the environmental footprint of aviation activities.
  • AVS 1202 Introduction to Aviation Physiology
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces the effects of flight on human functional capability. Explores hypoxia, hyperventilation, self-imposed stress, disorientation and other physical consequences of flight.
  • AVT 1002 Aeronautics 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides advanced instruction for private pilot candidates in visual flight rules, flight planning and navigation in a complex airspace system. Also provides initial ground instruction in FAA commercial pilot written examination topics such as advanced aerodynamics and advanced avionics, including the global positioning system (GPS).
  • AVT 1303 Aviation History
    Credit Hours: 1
    Surveys the significant technological, political and historical events and the people who shaped the international aviation industry. Focuses on aviation development in the United States.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • CSE 1301 Introduction to Computer Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews computers and terminology. Identifies appropriate problems and solution design using specific applications packages. Introduces the use of word processors, data managers, spreadsheets and the Internet (email and Web browsers).
    Requirement(s):
    College of Engineering majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • MTH 1603 Applied Calculus and Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes derivatives and integrals, and their applications, and probability and statistics, and their applications.
    Requirement(s):
    Credit cannot be applied toward any Florida Tech degree that requires .
Private Pilot Flight Test
Sophomore Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVF 2001 Flight 3
    Credit Hours: 2
    Provides instrument flight instruction in aircraft and flight training devices to prepare the student for the FAA instrument rating practical test. FAA instrument rating awarded on successful completion of the FAA instrument rating written examination, all prerequisites and corequisites, and this course.
    Requirement(s):
    FAA Private Pilot Certificate, Class II or higher medical certificate
  • AVS 2101 Aviation Physical Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the basic principles of physics directly applicable to aviation including properties of matter, mechanics, vibration, wave motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism and optics.
  • AVT 2001 Aeronautics 3
    Credit Hours: 3
    Prepares flight students for the FAA instrument rating written examination. Includes flight instruments, attitude instrument flying, navigation systems, regulations, air traffic control, airspace, aviation weather, flight planning, and departure, en route, and approach charts and procedures.
  • AVT 2303 Aviation Career Planning
    Credit Hours: 1
    Surveys flying and non-flying aviation careers. Includes general aspects of various careers, professional development and certification, professional organizations and requirements for success.
  • COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acquaints students with a variety of library services, sources and systems. Emphasizes research strategies and tools useful in each student's field of study, as well as the use of print, Internet and other electronic resources.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
Instrument Rating Written Examination
Instrument Rating Flight Test
Spring (12 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVM 2401 Aviation Fiscal Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces basic financial management principles in an aviation industry context. Topics include financial document analysis, forecasting, financing, asset management and mergers. Uses spreadsheet, presentation, word processing and Internet search software tools to prepare and analyze financial reports and solve financial problems.
  • AVS 2102 Aerodynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents basic aeronautical factors affecting aircraft design and performance. Major topics include atmospheric properties, lift, drag, thrust, aircraft performance, stability and control, high-speed aerodynamics, operating strength limitations, and aerodynamics of specific flying problems.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (14 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AHF 3101 Introduction to Human Factors
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the field of engineering psychology (ergonomics) that examines the interaction of humans and machines. Analyzes aircraft accidents and industrial safety concepts, and the design of aircraft, computers and other products.
  • AVF 2102 Flight 4 Commercial Pilot-Airplane Multiengine Land
    Credit Hours: 2
    Provides advanced flight instruction in single-engine and multiengine land aircraft to prepare students for the FAA commercial pilot practical test. FAA commercial pilot-airplane multiengine land certificate awarded on successful completion of the FAA commercial pilot written examination, all prerequisites and corequisites, and this course.
    Requirement(s):
    FAA private pilot ASEL certificate with instrument rating, FAA class II or higher medical certificate
  • AVT 2002 Aeronautics 4
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides continuing academic instruction to prepare flight students for the FAA commercial pilot written examination. Also includes technically advanced aircraft systems and multiengine ground instruction.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Commercial Pilot Written Examination
Multiengine Commercial Pilot Flight Test
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVM 4301 Aviation Labor Law and Employment Standards
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies government regulation of aviation employment standards and labor-management practices in negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements. Examines private and public sector labor relations with specific application of labor law to the varied aspects of the aviation industry.
  • AVS 3201 Aviation Meteorology 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced course in meteorology for flight students and aviation professionals. Addresses hazardous weather conditions associated with synoptic weather systems and basic prediction techniques for flight planning. Also addresses seasonal weather patterns and associated hazardous flying conditions.
  • AVT 4301 Aviation Safety
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the historical roots of modern safety organizations and the safety responsibilities and operations of the FAA and the NTSB. Closely examines aviation safety planning, icing and human-centered accidents.
    Requirement(s):
    Multiengine Certificate with Instrument Rating
  • COM 3070 Professional Communication for Executives
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers interpersonal and group communication in the professions for future executives. Students prepare and deliver a variety of career-related presentations.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVM 4303 General Aviation Operations and Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents operational and managerial aspects of general aviation. Emphasizes corporate aviation. Includes fixed base operations (FBO), flight training, corporate aviation, general aviation aircraft, business aircraft ownership and management methods, and regulations associated with general aviation operations such as 14 CFR Parts 91 and 135.
  • AVM 4501 Air Transportation Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the development of the air transportation system leading to the modern organization and functions of airlines and general aviation business. Studies the route structure, scheduling, pricing and fleet selection strategies in the solution of typical operational problems.
  • AVS 4304 Aviation Security
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents civil aviation security measures required of all airports and airlines engaged in international civil aviation operations. Includes international and U.S. regulatory requirements, current security issues, threat analysis and technological developments. Introduces maritime, trucking, rail and mass transit security.
  • AVT 4201 Advanced Aircraft Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers theory and operating characteristics of modern transport aircraft systems, including engine, fuel, electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, flight control, environmental and computer systems and displays.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite
Select one course:
  • AVT 3101 Instructional Techniques
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides academic training for a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. Includes the principles of learning and communication, instructional methods, techniques and media. Emphasizes oral communication skills. Requires a score of 70 percent or higher on the FAA course completion examination.
  • Restricted Elective (Aviation) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVM 4302 Aviation Law
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the fundamentals of aviation law. Emphasizes factors guiding operational decision making by aviation managers and professional pilots to minimize exposure to legal liability.
  • AVT 4202 Advanced Aircraft Operations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an understanding of advanced aircraft performance, systems integrations and crew management.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite
  • AVT 4203 Airline Operations
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers federal U.S. air carrier regulation. Includes functions and relationships between the various major divisions of a typical air carrier. Prepares the student to take the FAA written exam for aircraft dispatcher and the FAA practical exam to receive an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite
  • Restricted Elective (Aviation) (Q) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Aviation) Credit Hours: 2
Total Credits Required: 120