Submitted by Dr. Paul Becht

Starting in 2014-15 school year, a dual-enrollment program with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) that is on-site at Seminole High School will begin. This program can lead toward a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautics or Astronautics.  Students can earn up to twelve credit hours in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses for a degree program at ERAU or any college or university of their choice.  The program with ERAU can lead to a career path in aeronautics or astronautics that could earn a six-digit salary upon graduation!

Sign-up for the first year of the program begins with the first semester Aeronautical Science course for three dual-enrollment credits and the second semester Unmanned Aerial Systems course, also for three dual-enrollment credits.  Students can earn up to a total of six college credits and one high school credit each year.

Upon graduation from Seminole High School, students, under the guidance of ERAU Guidance Counselors, can earn their AA Degree from the college of their choice and transfer 60 college credits plus 12 ERAU course credits taken at Seminole High School directly into an ERAU degree program.  That is up to 72 credits that could put students in the first or second semester junior year at ERAU with a $2000/year scholarship and opportunity for a work-study program which would decrease tuition and pay for some room and board.

Look at the course information and tables on the following pages to get a better idea of what this program can do for you.  Students enrolled in the ERAU Aerospace Institute at Seminole High School will automatically be enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and enjoy privileges of students on the ERAU campus, including an ERAU ID, e-mail and library privileges.

We are looking forward to seeing you in class next school year for an exciting year of hands-on activities involving aviation, aerospace and unmanned aerial vehicles!!

Embry-Riddle Aerospace Institute Dual-Enrollment Program*  

Seminole High School

The first year program will consist of two three credit-hour one-semester Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University courses for students in the 11th and 12th grades.  First semester will be AS 120, Principles of Aeronautical Science and the second semester will be AS 220, Unmanned Aerial Systems.  Pre-requisites are Honors Algebra 2 and Honors Physics 1.

The second year program will also consist of two three credit-hour one-semester Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University courses for students in the 12th grade.  First semester will be SP 110, Introduction to Space Flight and the second semester will be SP 200, Planetary and Space Exploration.  Pre-requisites will be AS 120 and AS 220.

The Embry-Riddle Aerospace Institute Dual-Enrollment Program will provide students with an Embry-Riddle transcript with up to 12 credit hours that can be used at Embry-Riddle or any college or university.

 Year One:

AS 120  (FL SCNS # ASC 1000) Principles of Aeronautical Science  3 Credits

An introductory course in Aeronautical Science designed to provide the student with a broad-based aviation orientation in flight-related areas appropriate to all non-Aeronautical Science degree programs. Subjects include historical developments in aviation and the airline industry; theory of flight; airport operations; aircraft systems and performance; elements of air navigation; basic meteorology theory; air traffic principles; flight physiology; and aviation regulations and safety.  Hands-on activities and field trips to Embry-Riddle and airports will complement the course.

AS 220  (FL SCNS # ASC 2560)  Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems  3 Credits

This course is a survey of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), emphasizing the military and commercial history, growth, and application of UASs. The course will include basic acquisition, use, and operation of UASs with an emphasis on operations. Hands-on operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will be an integral part of the course.

Year Two:

SP 110  (FL SCNS # ASC 1051)  Introduction to Space Flight  3 Credits

This course provides the student with a background in the major aspects of space flight. Topics covered include the history of space flight; propulsion theory; orbital mechanics fundamentals; Space Shuttle operations; U.S. space policy; and present and future commercial, industrial, and military applications in space.

SP 200  (FL SCNS # ASC 2053)  Planetary and Space Exploration  3 Credits

This is a survey course of U.S. and international space programs. The student will be introduced to the Earth and its space environment; to methods of scientific exploration; and to spacecraft and payload criteria at the introductory physics level.

* Updated course descriptors from page 19 of the 2014-15 Seminole High School Curriculum Guide.