BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AERONAUTICS
You’re passionate about aviation and you want it all – we get that!
The Bachelors in Aeronautics degree 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.
In our Aeronautics degree program you’ll learn flight fundamentals from experienced instructors and valuable communication and career building skills that enhance your employment potential. We know you’re ready to fly, and with up to 4 days a week of actual flying, you’ll gain enough aviation training in both ground and flight instruction to earn six certificates and ratings upon graduation.
The six certificates and ratings earned in our Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics Degree program (private pilot, instrument rated pilot, certified flight instructor, certified flight instructor instrument and commercial pilot-single and multi-engine) gives you a wider range of employment options to choose from upon graduation. You may also receive a 500-hour reduction towards your 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.
BACHELORS IN AERONAUTICS DEGREE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Fly in the First Term
Aviation students receive flight instruction during their first term.
FAA Part 141 Approval
CAU is FAA Part 141 approved*. 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 aviation students, many of which include a direct pathway to the airline’s cadet program.
Since classes are offered year-round, students can earn their Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree in just over three years.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AERONAUTICS DEGREE -
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree and passing of related exams, you will be well-equipped as an Airline Pilot, Co-pilot or Flight Engineer. You will have a good foundation 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.
*CAU has Part 141 approval for its main campus in Bakersfield and its Flight Centers in Ventura and San Diego Counties. CAU is in the process of seeking Part 141 approval for its campus in Arizona.