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B.S. in Aeronautics

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You’re passionate about aviation and you want it all – we get that!

The Bachelors in Aeronautics program is the most comprehensive pilot degree program in CAU’s School of Aviation. Students learn the fundamentals of meteorology, aerodynamics, flight safety, aircraft performance, aviation weather, aircraft maintenance, aeronautical science and aviation management.

With up to four days a week of actual flying, students gain enough ground and flight instruction to earn six different aviation licenses/ratings upon graduation. The variety of licenses earned in the bachelors in aeronautics program (private pilot, instrument rated pilot, certified flight instructor, certified flight instructor instrument and commercial pilot-single and multi-engine) gives graduates a wider range of employment options to choose from.

Graduates of the bachelors of Science in aeronautics program may be eligible to receive a 500- hour reduction in their FAA-mandated Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) flight hour requirement (normally 1500 hours) and the opportunity to interview for a flight instructor position. Learn more about ATP requirements and how CAU graduates qualify for a R-ATP.

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Fly in the First Term

Professional pilot students can receive flight instruction during their first term of school.

FAA Part 141 Approval

Graduates of the bachelor’s degree program may benefit by a 500 flight-hour reduction when seeking their ATP certificate.

Direct Pathway to Airline Cadet Programs

CAU has partnered with several regional airlines to create opportunities for their professional pilot students, many of which include a direct pathway to the airline’s cadet program.

Accelerated Program

Since classes are offered year-round, students can earn their bachelor’s degree in in just over three years.


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Bachelors in Aeronautics Course List

    • Aviation Concepts
    • Private Pilot
    • Advance Aviation
    • Aviation Law
    • Aerodynamics
    • Commercial Pilot Flight
    • Certified Flight Instructor
    • Flight Safety
    • Aviation Management

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Aviation Concepts and Aircraft Systems

Your exciting journey into the world of piloting begins with gaining confidence in the fundamentals. Here, you will obtain knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and gain exposure to the information contained in the Airman’s Information Manual (AIM).

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Private and Commercial Flight

This action-packed section of your studies provides you with the knowledge necessary to pass both the private and commercial pilot practical examinations, and to obtain the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Airplane, Single-Engine, Land rating. Radio communications, airport signs and lighting, and traffic sequencing knowledge will be acquired.

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Aviation Aerodynamics and Technology

These courses entice physicists and tech enthusiasts, alike. Here, you will be exposed to the latest advances in avionics technology, while gaining an understanding of the physical principles of flight.

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Operations Management

During these courses, your management skills take flight as you learn about the various aspects of airline operations. Major areas of the industry, such as ground, technical, flight, and economics are covered.

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Crew Instructor and Crew Management

A commercial pilot wouldn’t get far without a crew, and the world will always need new pilots. This course section provides a dual focus of preparing you to both manage a crew, and to instruct others in the art of piloting.

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Upon successful completion of the bachelors in aeronautics degree and passing of related exams, you will be well-equipped as an Airline Pilot, Copilot or Flight Engineer. You will be able to enter this field ahead of the game, based on the extensive knowledge that you have obtained during your Bachelor of Science degree studies. Graduates of this program may work for airlines, cargo carriers, tour and charter operators, flight schools, and in a variety of other agencies as professional pilots.

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Program Offered

*hybrid program including online courses

Bakersfield, CA Oxnard, CA* San Diego, CA*