Bachelor of Science

Aeronautical Sciences

124 Credits
  • Explore career opportunities in aviation while incorporating flight qualifications with academic studies
  • Obtain a strong foundation in flight, flight dispatch, air traffic control and airfield operations
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The Future of Aeronautical Sciences

The aeronautical sciences bachelor’s degree program provides students with the flexibility to incorporate flight training with academic studies. Does this interest you as a possible career? You can explore career opportunities in the aviation, management and technology fields with the education and experience you will gain in the aeronautical sciences degree program. At Vaughn, you will build a foundation in flight dispatch, air traffic control, and airfield operations―making you prepared for any number of professional positions.

Our forward-thinking approach to the aeronautical sciences bachelor’s program will train you in areas relevant to achieving success in a variety of professions. Graduates gain the technical knowledge to pursue a career as a commercial pilot, along with the opportunity to complete the Air Traffic Control Program (under the FAA CTI Program) or flight dispatch certification. Vaughn’s location, adjacent to the world-class LaGuardia Airport provides a learning environment unsurpassed in terms of activities, resources and personnel in aviation. You can obtain two or more Federal Aviation Administration certificates as a flight dispatcher and as a ground instructor for basic flight and instrument pilots.

This degree program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).

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The employment data is available here.

88% of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed or continue their education within one year.*
75% of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
of Vaughn grads are employed in their field or continue their education within one year.*
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Our aeronautical sciences degree will expose you to a wide variety of courses, preparing you for a successful aviation career. You will have access to diverse areas of aeronautical technology, air traffic control, human factors, accidental investigation, airline procedures, aviation, safety, and crew resource management―all with hands-on practice and methodical and technical focuses.

An overview of aviation allows students to appreciate the complexities of aeronautics. This includes the history, technology, social and economical impacts of aerospace and its future developments, in addition to government regulation. During your flight training, you will learn the procedures and maneuvers that are needed for pilot competency. You must demonstrate your flight operations proficiency as per FAA results and the standards of the College.

  • Advanced Aircraft Systems
  • Aeronautics and Simulator Lab
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Aviation Safety
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Multi-Engine Operations


Graduates of the aeronautical sciences bachelor’s degree program have become commercial pilots, military pilots, unmanned aerial systems pilot, airline dispatchers, accident investigation and safety management systems managers and instructor pilots.

The career focus of our aeronautics degree curriculum allows students to pursue both internships during their coursework as well as full-time roles shortly after graduating. Students gain the broad knowledge and training in aviation to be successful in a wide range of careers and fields after graduating.

Career Insights


  • Air Fleet Training Systems
  • Airborn Flight Services, Inc
  • Eastar Jet
  • ExpressJet Airlines
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Global Aviation
  • Heritage Flight Academy
  • jetBlue Airways
  • Legacy Aviation
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Northeastern Aviation
  • Reliant Aviation
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Tradewind Aviation
  • United States Air Force


  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Navair (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport


*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 237 graduates in 2020. 178 reported an outcome for an 75% response rate. The 2020 graduate class includes September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 graduates.