Liberty University Bachelor Of Science In Aeronautics BS In Aeronautics Flight Degrees Unmanned Aerial Systems UAS

Stand Out for All the Right Reasons with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics

Do you dream of flying around the globe as a commercial airline pilot or joining the next generation of drone operators? Look no further! Our bachelor’s degrees in aeronautics allow you to pursue a variety of flight licenses, from private pilot to flight instructor rating.

Partner with our nonprofit, Christian university so we can help you ignite your passions and surpass your goals. However far you feel called to go with aviation, we are committed to providing a degree program that fits your educational needs. Why limit yourself?

Your collegiate aeronautics courses will train you to be a problem solver and innovator in the field. Stand out to prospective employers by getting a degree rooted in Christian principles, championing professionalism and integrity in all you learn and do. Get a degree that takes you further with Liberty University!

Award-Winning Campus

At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics Degree Program?

Throughout your B.S. in Aeronautics degree pursuit, you will use state of the art equipment and flight simulators to prepare you for the ever-evolving aviation industry! Join our residential student body as they compete in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) flight competitions, the Women’s Air Race Classic, and the National Aviation Maintenance Competition.

Study at Liberty University to become a part of our award-winning program and pursue the following benefits and opportunities:

Credit for Life and Work Experience.

Another great plus at Liberty is the ability to take your experience and have it count towards class credits. You’ve worked hard, and we offer numerous opportunities for you to gain credit hours for the experience or licenses you have.

Already Have Your Pilot’s License? (Aviation Experience Plus

Aviation PLA Credit


What Will You Learn in Our Aeronautics Bachelor’s Degree?

Earning a degree from our aeronautics program will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of the aviation industry, equipping you for a variety of careers in flight. Several graduates from our UAS program work at Textron Systems as instructors and managers due to the education and training they received from Liberty.

You can pursue one of the following opportunities to earn licenses and certifications:

  • Private Pilot
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Multiengine
  • Flight Instructor Rating
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Featured Courses

AVIA 220: Private Flight I

Primary flight training in fundamental pilot operations, including ground reference maneuvers, traffic patterns, emergency procedures and takeoffs and landings. Approximately 20 flight hours.

AVIA 305: Airplane Aerodynamics

A study of the physical principles of airplane aerodynamics, thereby fostering an appreciation of the factors affecting aircraft performance, stability and control, and special flight conditions often experienced by commercial pilots of fixed-wing aircraft.

AVIA 400: Aviation Human Factors

This course is divided into three parts. The first will cover the scope of all regulations concerning aviation and how they impact the pilot. The second part will provide the basic understanding of the human factors concepts including psychological and physiological limitations of humans operating in complex environments. The third part will provide an in-depth study of Crew Resource Management, which involves having a complete understanding of the flight deck environment and the proper utilization of all resources available to an aviator.

AVIA 410: Flight & Ground Instructor Theory

Provides the student with a detailed study of the responsibilities and teaching concerns of a flight instructor. The course is divided into two major sections: fundamentals of teaching and learning, including effective teaching methods, learning process, consideration of flight training syllabi, effective evaluations, and flight instructor responsibilities; the second section is concerned with the analysis of the flight maneuvers involved with Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates. The course will also provide practical teaching experiences.

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Highlights of Our Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics

From top of the line flight simulators to award winning flight teams, our Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics is designed to prepare you for success!

Since its founding, Liberty’s aviation degree programs have grown from just 4 students to hundreds of residential students. No matter how far we may have come, we will never stop pushing our program to make it the best it can be for students like you!

Other noteworthy aspects of our Aeronautics bachelor’s degree include:

  • State of the art training devices, simulators, and planes.
  • A current fleet of 27 Aircraft, 13 flight training devices, and 6 unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics is a 3-time recipient of the Loening Trophy — one of the rarest and oldest collegiate aviation awards — for being the nation’s most outstanding college aviation program.
  • Our students have also won the prestigious American Airlines Safety Award for 3 years.
  • Our aviation program is now one of the largest faith-based collegiate aviation programs in North America.

Aeronautics Bachelor’s Degree Information

  • Residential format
  • Total hours will vary depending on the degree
    • Commercial/Corporate: 134-143 credits
    • Global Studies: 131-140 credits
    • Military: 125-134 credits
    • Unmanned Aerial Systems: 126-135
  • Transfer in up to 75% of your total degree
  • Program falls under Liberty’s School of Aeronautics
  • Review our School of Aeronautics Academic Catalog

Career Opportunities for Liberty’s B.S. in Aeronautics Graduates

Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics prepares you for the following occupations:

  • Air traffic controller
  • Aviation security manager
  • Commercial pilot
  • Flight instructor
  • Government and military pilot
  • Private pilot

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.