Your Future in Aeronautics

Are you interested in an exciting career in aviation and aerospace? With rapid growth in aviation and aerospace business in and near South Carolina, to include major aircraft manufacturers Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Gulfstream (GA), and the rise of commercial space travel, advanced air mobility and unmanned aerial systems, the opportunities to participate, lead, and work in the industry are endless.

Aviation and Aerospace companies and related businesses do over $30 billion in revenue each year; aviation and aerospace account for almost 7% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S. alone!

As a graduate of CSU’s Aeronautics – Aerospace Management (BS) degree program, you’ll double-major in both aeronautics and business, and learn invaluable leadership and management skills that will not only get you on the right track, but keep you there as you progress, learn, and grow in one of the most exciting and dynamic industries.

Program Information:

  • Foundational aeronautics instruction, including aviation training, safety, meteorology, business and law
  • Opportunity to take part in private pilot and instrument flight training
  • Opportunities to participate in leadership seminars
  • Internship opportunities

Graduates of the Aerospace Management program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills for small business ownership and leadership or work as mid-level management with a major aviation or aerospace company.


CSU hosts many airline recruiters and industry partners at career events during the semester, though there are no formal flow-through agreements at this time. Through our aeronautics career events, many of our students have interviewed with and been accepted into cadet/apprenticeship programs at various regional airlines, and the aviation industry is booming (see this article from Boeing

The Aeronautics course catalog lists all the courses with descriptions here:  The example curriculum roadmap is published on the CSU website, click on “View Program Overview”:

Click on the “Transfer Equivalency Guide” on this link to see the current Liberal Art Core requirements:

See Policy R-18 at this link:

There is no minimum flight experience requirement to apply.

Yes, if you have passed your FAA Written Examination for Private Pilot Airplane, you will get credit for AERN 160 (3 credit hours).  If you have your Private Pilot Airplane Certificate, you will also receive credit for AERN 161L (2 credit hours) and AERN 162L (2 credit hours).

Due to the high volume of applicants, there is no guarantee of acceptance into the Professional Pilot program.

There is no sequential queue for acceptance into the Professional Pilot program.  The acceptance method is merit-based and draws from the pool of current applicants and those waitlisted.

Increased grade point average, SAT, ACT, previous flight experience (up to Private Pilot certificate), and current enrollment at CSU contribute to increased chances of being selected.

As of the Fall 2023, there are 102 students enrolled in Aeronautics.

Normally, aeronautics classes have 15-30 students.


Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

Begin Your Aerospace Career

The State of South Carolina's only Aerospace Management program, designed to provide opportunities in one of the regions premier aviation, aerospace, or manufacturing companies.

As an Aerospace Management major, you’ll take courses like…

  • FAA Ground and Flight Training
  • Aviation Safety & Safety Management Systems
  • Airport Management
  • Global Navigation 
  • Aviation Regulation & Law
  • Aerodynamics

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Aviation or Aerospace Management
  • Business Leadership
  • Pedigree for Master’s or Law Degree in Aviation
  • Commercial or Military Pilot
  • General Business Management
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