Aerospace Sciences (BS)
Aerospace Sciences Degree Program at Polk State
The Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace sciences from Polk State adds more than just a tremendously valuable education to your resume. Earning this degree will allow career advancement opportunities well beyond that of the Associate of Science degree. This degree program emphasizes operational theory and real-world practice through two concentrations —aerospace administration and professional pilot. Mid-level administration positions within the aerospace industry require a bachelor’s degree, while pilots will need a bachelor’s degree to be hired in flying positions by major airlines and most corporations.
The Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace sciences requires a total of 60 credits. The program is flexible and allows entry by prospective students who already hold an associate’s degree from an accredited collegiate program, including non-aviation degree programs. The program consists of 18 credits of general education or technical education courses, depending on the student’s prior academic background, and a combined upper-level academic core of 21 credits. Then, each student chooses a degree concentration — either professional pilot or aerospace administration —and completes 12 credits of concentration-specific coursework to specialize and further direct his or her study of the aerospace industry. Students will round out their academic study by selecting six elective credits from various topics, including aerospace industry internship opportunities. Finally, all program students will complete an undergraduate capstone course to provide a comprehensive review and holistic application of the program academic content and ensure graduates will be fully prepared to enter the aerospace workforce after graduation.