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College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College

Aeronautical Science-Operations Concentration AS

Aeronautical Science - Operations Concentration  (AS 2172)

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS SUSPENDED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS. (In May 2015 this program changed from FAA CFR 61 to 141. In January, 2016 the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Education and Training ruled that private pilot training included in this program would continue to be listed in the program but the courses were to be discontinued and students will no longer be allowed to enroll or continue in the affected courses by the established deadline of August 16, 2016. All students currently in the Aeronautical Science degree programs must maintain continuous enrollment in the program during fall and spring semesters to maintain continued VA eligibility in the program.)  

ADDENDUM June 14, 2014
Program revision effective July 31, 2016 per Veterans Administration (VA) IHL Advisory requiring all AS Degree programs in Aeronautical Science with VA funded students remove Private Pilot courses from the degree course listing by August 1, 2016.

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This program is designed to train the student for a career in aviation management. There are two options that the student can choose from: Operations or Maintenance.

The Maintenance Option is designed to allow the individual who currently holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license (A&P) to pursue a two-year degree that will provide management skills and knowledge for advancement within the aviation maintenance industry. Students pursuing the Maintenance Concentration must possess an A&P license prior to being admitted into this program.

The Operations Option is designed to prepare the student to become proficient in planning, organizing, directing and controlling an aviation-related business. This course of study includes the following topics: the organizational and human aspects of business management, application of the principles of business, economic resource management and decision making.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements
To be admitted into this program the student must:
- Complete a college application;
- Have a high school diplomas or equivalent GED;
- For the Maintenance Management Concentration, possess an FAA A&P license.

Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length
Total program credits: 64. Approximate program length: two years.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Judy Maxwell,, (561) 868-3474

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
General Education Credits: 18
ENC1101 College Composition 1 3
  Any MAC prefix course from Mathematics - Area III 3
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
PHY1001 Applied Physics 3
  Any course from Humanities - Area II 3
  Any course from Social Science - Area V 3
Required Courses Credits: 22
ACG2022 Financial Accounting 4
ASC1210 Aero-Meteorology 3
ASC1310 Aero-Safety and Regulations 2
EGN1002C Introduction to Engineering 3
MAR2011 Principles of Marketing 3
BUL2241 Business Law I 3
CGS1100 Microcomputer Applications 3
Maintenance Operations Courses Credits: 24
  Choose one of the following options:  
  Maintenance Operations  
AMT1933 Airframe and Power Plant Certification 24
-OR- Credits:
Flight Operations Courses Credits: 24
  Flight Operations  
ECO2013 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEB1011 Introduction to Business 3
MAN2021 Principles of Management 3
MNA2100 Human Relations in Business 3
GEB2214 Business Communications 3
POS1001 Introduction to Political Science 3
ENT1000 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
Total Program Credits: 64

For individualized course sequence

Career Path Notes
Palm Beach State currently has a Transfer Agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University which will allow the student who successfully completes this program to transfer the credits to ERAU toward a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics, Technical Management and/or Aviation Maintenance Management.

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