The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Sciences program at Polk State College is designed to provide students with a holistic, operational study of the U.S. and international aerospace systems. Students use advanced skills and information gained through this program to prepare them for professional careers in commercial aviation and aerospace administration. The degree incorporates Safety Management Systems (SMS) concepts into each course, allowing for the development and application of information regarding safety factors and risks that are naturally present in the aerospace environment. All students participate in a common program core before specializing in either a Professional Pilot or Aerospace Administration concentration, both of which culminate in a capstone course, which encourages students to implement their theoretical mastery of the degree content in an operational context.
Admission to this program requires an AS or AA degree (or the equivalent) from a regionally accredited school or college, and at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale. If the student's associate's degree is from a non-regionally accredited institution, but is nationally accredited, the degree qualifies for admission, but a course-by-course evaluation is done according to Polk State College's transfer practices and policies.
Students who elect the Professional Pilot concentration must also have earned the following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ratings:
- US FAA Private Pilot (Airplane Single Engine Land)
- Instrument Rating (Single Engine or Multi-Engine)
- Commercial Pilot (Single Engine Land or Multi-Engine Land)
These ratings can be earned in the Polk State College Associate in Science in Professional Pilot Science degree program. Alternatively, students may have earned these ratings through any FAA approved provider.