Aviation Computer Science Degree
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Bachelor of Aviation Computer Science
An aviation computer science degree combines skills from the aeronautical and computer science fields to help solve problems in the aviation industry. Graduates are prepared to enter fields such as aircraft/aviation systems, information technology or airport design and planning, where they can apply computer technology to aviation problems and applications.
Specialize in Air Traffic Control
Aviation computer science degree students may opt to specialize in air traffic control so they can graduate ready to apply to the challenging FAA Academy. The Florida Tech College of Aeronautics offers Air Traffic Control (ATC) specialization in conjunction with all of its seven bachelor's degree programs.
The ATC specialization meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program and is FAA-approved. Graduates of the AT-CTI program are 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. To achieve an ATC specialization in conjunction with a bachelor's of science degree, seven named courses (21 credit hours) must be completed either as required courses within the aviation computer science degree, as electives or as a combination of required and elective courses.
Whether you want to be an air traffic controller, airspace manager or information support expert, an aviation computer science degree from Florida Tech develops a strong background in aviation with experience in modern aeronautical technology and industry best practices.
Gain Practical Experience
Students have access to several state-of-the-art computing laboratories, as well as the Air Traffic Control Lab. Florida Tech is recognized by industry professionals and employers as one of the largest and most respected collegiate aviation programs in the nation.
Students in the aviation computer science degree program are immediately immersed in the study of aviation computer science including courses such as Aviation Meteorology and Fundamentals of Software Development. This prepares you for later high-level software and programming instruction.
Students are mentored by expert professors in both aviation and computer science. Florida Tech also offers aviation computer science degree majors a chance to study in a small, close-knit environment with low faculty-student ratios. The professors are experienced pilots, as well as experts in airport design and management.
As a senior, you'll complete advanced course work in aviation advanced computer applications and CAD for airport environments and meet recruiters from major airlines at university career fairs. As a result, you get practical experience, an expanded professional network and perhaps even a pre-graduation job offer.
Build Professional Relationships
Beyond the classroom, aviation computer science degree students build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation 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 and over 100 other student organizations.
Get Recruited By a Top Airline
Employers seek out graduates with an aviation computer science degree from Florida Tech. Organizations that have recruited Florida Tech students for internships and careers include top airlines like AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue Airways and US Airways, and employers such as Flight Safety International, Garrett Aviation, the Department of Homeland Security and various international airports.
Earn an Advanced Degree
After receiving their 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.