September 23, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
Florida’s Polk State College announced Sept. 18 that it will offer a new bachelor of science in aerospace sciences degree in fall 2014. The college, with campuses in Bartow, Lake Wales, Lakeland, and Winter Haven, says it is the first public college or university in the state to offer that degree.
The Florida State Board of Education approved the degree on Sept. 17. The latest announcement represents an expansion of the college’s fledgling aerospace department, which launched in January with an associate of science in professional pilot science degree, followed in August by an associate of science in aerospace administration—termed a “business degree with an aviation focus.” The professional pilot science program has produced two private pilots.
Aerospace program director Eric Crump said the approval “is a state-wide validation that there’s a need in this industry that’s not currently being met. We’re thrilled to be approved to offer a program in this high-growth field to people who may never have been able to pursue the opportunity without the advantages of affordability and quality we offer.”
The new degree will include concentrations in both professional pilot science and aerospace administration. It will be open to anyone with at least a two-year degree from a regionally accredited school or college, and at least a 2.0 grade point average.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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