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Aerospace Sciences (Professional Pilot), BS

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Program: S6200

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Sciences program at Polk State College is designed to provide a holistic, operational study of the U.S. and international aerospace systems. The advanced skills and information gained through this program prepare the student for a professional career in commercial aviation or 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. Each student participates in a common program core before specializing in either a Professional Pilot or Aerospace Administration concentration, both of which culminate in a Capstone Course that encourages implementation of theoretical mastery of the degree content in an operational context.

More information about flight training requirements and costs is located on the Aerospace website. Flight training costs are paid directly to the College.

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 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.

A student who elects to pursue 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, the student may have earned these ratings through any FAA-approved provider.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is able to:
Required Program Core
PLO 1: Integrate professionalism in all aspects of their involvement in the aerospace environment.
PLO 2: Demonstrate effective communications in written, digital, and oral forms.
PLO 3: Employ critical-thinking skills in their professional and academic activities.
PLO 4: Evaluate and implement safety management system concepts in all aspects of the aerospace environment.
PLO 5: Formulate and execute a safety plan of action in the workplace.
PLO 6: Facilitate team-process skills in their work with others.
PLO 7: Integrate and apply pertinent national and international rules, regulations, and guidance to the aerospace industry.
Professional Pilot Concentration
PLO 8: Integrate basic and advanced concepts of aircraft operations to manage risk.
PLO 9: Operate aircraft systems in various categories of transport aircraft.
PLO 10: Compare traditional and modern avionics systems and procedures.

General Education Requirements (36 Credits Required)

Note: A student who has completed an AA degree at a public Florida college has met the General Education requirements. A student who has completed an AA degree outside of Florida, or who has earned an AS or AAS degree but has 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, a student 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 each student who earns a degree at Polk State meets this statewide requirement.

Mathematics (Two Courses) (6 Credits Required)

Natural Sciences (9 Credits Required)

Program Requirements

AS Student

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



AA Student

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

Civic Literacy Competency

Pursuant to Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code, effective Fall 2021 competency in civic literacy is a requirement for all students receiving an Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degree. Competency in civic literacy must be demonstrated in the following ways:

AND Florida Civic Literacy Examination (Score of 60% or better)


  • Or completing one of the following assessments with the score indicated:
    • AP Government and Politics: United States (Score of 3 or better)
    • AP United States History (Score of 4 or better)
    • CLEP: American Government (Score of 50 or better)
    • Florida Civic Literacy Examination (Score of 60% or better)

Note: All approved accelerated credit is listed in the Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies. The Credit-by-Exam section of the Florida State Articulation Committee website provides further details.

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.
  • Hold an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings.
  • 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 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 (i.e., 30 credit hours) of the program courses at Polk State College.
  • Complete at least 25 percent of the upper-division courses required for the baccalaureate program at Polk State College, including the Capstone Course.

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