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Bachelor of Science in Transportation

For a world that moves fast - and a career that moves even faster

Today's world is on the move. People. Products. All the materials, goods, and services that we rely on in our day-to-day lives must criss-cross the globe on a regular basis. The ability to transport them is the cornerstone of our modern economy. Domestically and worldwide, individuals who can design, operate, and manage efficient transportation systems are needed now more than ever. You can become one of these sought-after professionals with the new Bachelor of Science in Transportation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Worldwide.

This specialized degree is designed for individuals seeking a rewarding career in the fast-paced transportation field. Research indicates a significant and growing demand for professionals in this field, with outstanding opportunities in the business, commercial, and military sectors. With the advanced knowledge and skill set developed through the program, you will distinguish yourself as an outstanding candidate for these positions.

The comprehensive curriculum was developed by industry professionals and addresses all major modes of transport: air, highway, rail, and marine. Students will explore critical areas in the science of transportation, including the important role transportation plays in the larger field of logistics.

Key issues are explored in-depth, including:

  • Physical characteristics of the air, highway, rail, and marine transportation systems, including carrier vessel design
  • Economics, pricing, and the impacting factors for all transportation modes
  • Physical distribution, materials management, and analysis
  • Systems engineering, integrated logistics support, and business logistics theories and their integration in a practical framework
  • Safety and security in transportation networks, vehicles, and facilities
  • International business and the role of transportation
  • Strategic business management principles
  • Current transportation industry issues and challenges

Successful program graduates will be eligible for positions in transportation and logistics analysis, management, research, and planning, and will be prepared to lead the field into the future.

Take the fast track to a career in transportation.

Developed by transportation industry professionals, the Bachelor of Science in Transportation from Embry-Riddle Worldwide will give you the knowledge, skills and credentials to succeed in the field that moves the world.

Degree Requirements
General Education
Course / TitleCredits
ENGL 123 English Composition3
HUMN 330 Values & Ethics3
Humanities elective3
Social Sciences: 
ECON 210 Microeconomics -OR- 
ECON 211 Macroeconomics3
Social Science elective3
MATH 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MATH 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II3
MATH 140 College Algebra3
MATH 142 Trigonometry3
Physical and Life Sciences: 
PHYS 102 Explorations in Physics3
Physical Science elective3
Computer Science: 
CSCI 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications3
Total Credits36
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical and Life Science, Mathematics and Computer Science may be chosen from as listed, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified.

Area of Concentration

The Transportation Area of Concentration (TAOC) is the degree area where credit for prior transportation learning and experience is placed.

Maximum credit that can be awarded in the TAOC for the Bachelor Degree is 15 semester hours.

Many students bring in all or part of this credit based on prior transportation training or experience. However, shortages in the credit required can be made up by taking courses from a list of specified electives.

Sources of prior learning credit include the following:

  1. Transfer credit in transportation earned at accredited degree granting colleges and universities.
  2. The recommendations published by the American Council on Education for U.S. Military training and experience as well as training conducted by other government agencies and private organizations.
  3. Prior-learning credit established by the University for certain Transportation Licenses and ratings as they relate to this degree.
  4. Validated Advanced Placement (VAP) process.

Make up any shortages in this area from specified electives.


Duplicate Credit

Many Embry-Riddle courses are designed to teach the same skills and knowledge that Transportation students have acquired through experience and training. Students who complete courses in the same transportation specialty for which they were granted Transportation Area of Concentration credit would be duplicating coverage of the same subject matter. Credit for completion of such courses will not be applied to degree requirements.

Total Credits15

Program Support
Course / TitleCredits
MATH 211 Statistics with Aviation Applications -OR- 
MATH 222 Business Statistics3
MGMT 201 Principles of Management3
RSCH 202 Introduction to Research Methods*3
Total Credits9

Transportation Topics
Course / TitleCredits
TRAN 274 Transportation Science3
TRAN 301 Transportation Legislation3
TRAN 321 Air Transportation Systems3
TRAN 331 Road and Highway Transportation3
TRAN 341 Railroad Operations3
TRAN 351 Urban Transportation and City Planning3
TRAN 361 Marine Transportation3
TRAN 371 Pipelines, Land Use, and the Environment3
TRAN 401 Transportation and the Environment3
TRAN 411 Strategic Intermodal Alliances3
TRAN 421 Transportation Safety and Security3
Total Credits33

Transportation Support Topics
Course / TitleCredits
MGMT 210 Financial Accounting3
MGMT 221 Advanced Computer Based Systems3
MGMT 314 Human Resources Management3
MGMT 390 Business Law3
Total Credits12

Transportation Specified Electives
Course / TitleCredits
Any 300-400 Level ASCI, SCTY, SFTY courses -OR- any of the following courses: 
ECON 420 Economics of Air Transportation3
MGMT 415 Airline Management3
WEAX 201 Meteorology3
Total Credits12
Transportation Related Academic Credit.
Technical academic courses from regionally accredited colleges/universities, professional and/or military experience/training related to transportation military training must be recognized by the American Council on Education [ACE]), and specific professional training including technical credit recommended from transportation related occupations.

Transportation Capstone Course
Course / TitleCredits
TRAN 490 Transportation Science Capstone Course3
*RSCH 202 available July 2013 


Total Degree Requirements120

Career Areas:

  • Consulting
  • Customer Service
  • Distribution
  • Education
  • Enforcement
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Planning
  • Operations
  • Regulation
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Transportation


  • Airlines
  • Bus Companies (charter, intercity, and school)
  • Consulting Firms
  • Educational Institutions
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Government Agencies (local, state, federal, international)
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Marine Transportation Firms
  • Oil and Gas Companies
  • Public Transit Agencies
  • Railroads
  • Third-Party Logistics Providers
  • Transportation Equipment Manufacturers
  • Trucking Firms

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