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Aerospace Sciences (Aerospace Administration), BS

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Program: S6210

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 Criteria:

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.

General Education Requirements (36 Credits Required)

Note: Students who have completed an AA degree at a public Florida college have met the General Education requirements. Students who have completed an AA degree outside of Florida, or those who have earned an AS or AAS degree, but have General Education courses that vary from the requirements below, should consult with an academic advisor to determine if acceptable substitutions may satisfy some or all of Polk State’s General Education requirements.

Pursuant to Florida Statute Section 1007.25(3) and SBE Rule 6A.14.0303, students must complete at least one course from a list of courses that are common to all state colleges and universities for each of the General Education subject areas: Communications, Mathematics, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. The options outlined below ensure that students who earn a degree at Polk State meet this statewide requirement.

Mathematics (Two Courses)(6 Credits Required)

Natural Sciences (9 Credits Required)

Program Requirements

AS Students

Technical Credits from AS Degree* 42
General Education Credits from most AS Degrees 18
Additional General Education Credits 18

AA Students

Elective Credits from AA Degree 24
General Education Credits from AA Degree 36
Additional Technical Credits in Related Field* 18


Total Credits for BS Degree: 120

Graduation Requirements for the BS Degree Program

  • Complete 120 credits as outlined above.
  • Earn an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through any of the following means: completion of two years of high school instruction in the same foreign language, completion of a college-level course at the Elementary-2 level (or higher) in a foreign language or in American Sign Language (ASL) (e.g., SPN 1131 First-Year Spanish II, FRE 1131 First Year French II, or ASL 1150 American Sign Language II), achievement of minimum scores on a foreign language proficiency exam approved by the Registrar’s Office, achievement of a score of three (3) or higher on the Advanced Placement exam in a foreign language, or completion of a high school diploma from a foreign country where the student studied in a language other than English.
  • Complete at least 25 percent (30 credit hours) of the program courses at Polk State College.
  • Complete at least 25 percent of the upper-division courses required for the BS program at Polk State College, including the capstone course.

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