Associate of Science

Aviation Science - Management

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Program Overview

Program Overview

In the aviation science program, you'll have the opportunity to develop a diverse set of interests that will support your quest for a fulfilling career in air traffic control, airport operations, airline management, maintenance and piloting an aircraft. You may discover that you are interested in the professional development aspects of the field, working with crews on the ground as well as in the air. You may enjoy a mechanically focused career that enables you to develop new aeronautical technology or improve aircraft designs. You may choose a niche field, such as aerial photography for cartographers or aerial firefighting. You could even find yourself piloting a spacecraft for NASA. From an employer's point of view, a degree from a certified aviation science program shows a high level of commitment to the field. Most commercial airlines prefer applicants with college degrees. If you are already a licensed pilot, flight time and certificates can be counted towards your degree, saving both time and money.

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  • Degree options include:
  • The Management Option will prepare career-oriented students for entry-level aviation careers in: airport operations, land-side/air-side management, aircraft manufacturing, commercial airlines, corporate flight departments, airport authorities, state and federal aviation regulatory agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
  • Transfer opportunities: Our program can also serve as the first two years of your bachelor’s degree if you're interested in pursuing: aviation management, air traffic control, aviation electronics, aviation maintenance, or aviation computer science.


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Quick Facts

Aviation Science Quick Facts

Career Forecast
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After completing an aviation science degree, you'll be eligible for a variety of jobs in aviation. Graduates can work as a pilot, aircraft maintenance technician, air traffic controller, flight crew member or airport operations manager.

Earning Potential
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The average salary for aviation science jobs is $67,321. (Simply Hired.com)

Career Path
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For those seeking aviation management careers without first attaining a graduate degree, jobs include: Airline Manager, Airport Manager, Airport Security Manager, Air Traffic Controller, Systems Management, Business Management, Freight and Cargo Management, Airfield Operator.

Additional Details

Thinking of a Career in Aviation? Jump-Start Your Career at NVCC.

If you're interested in the flexibility of an aviation management career, NVCC can help get you started. Our program can also serve as the first two years of your bachelor’s degree if you're interested in pursuing:


  • aviation management 
  • air traffic control
  • aviation electronics 
  • aviation maintenance 
  • aviation computer science

If you're interested in the flexibility of a aviation management career, NVCC can help get you started.

Our program can also serve as the first two years of your bachelor’s degree if you're interested in pursuing:

  • aviation management
  • air traffic control
  • aviation electronics
  • aviation maintenance
  • aviation computer science

The aviation science program includes 24 credit hours of specialty courses. 

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Program Requirements

Aviation Science Management option A.S.

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Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSA*H105 Introduction to Software Applications or CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H172 College Algebra 3
Scientific Knowledge PHY*H122 General Physics II 4
Scientific Reasoning PHY*H121 General Physics I 4
Social Phenomena PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements AVS*H120 Foundations of Aviation 3
AVS*H130 Air Transportation Systems 3
AVS*H140 Aerospace Safety 3
AVS*H150 Airport Management I 3
AVS*H151 Airport Management II 3
MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions 3
BMG*H202 Principles of Management 3
MET*H101 Meteorology 3
Business Elective: Any Business Course 3

Total Credits: 62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Communicate clearly using both oral and written communications.
  2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the National Airspace System Plan (NASP).
  3. Understand and interpret Federal Aviation Regulations (CFR 14) applicable to airport and air transport operations.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of aviation history and aviation law and the role of each in shaping the current aviation industry.
  5. Have a thorough understanding of airport management issues including financing, revenue/expense sources, safety, security, planning, design, and management of airports in the United States.
  6. Have a thorough understanding of air transportation and aerospace issues including air transportation/aerospace history, economics of airlines and general aviation, airline management and organization, forecasting methods, pricing/demand/output determination, airline scheduling, fleet planning, and labor relations.

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

Student Success



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Academic & Transfer

Transfer options are available for students who choose this course of study.  Talk with your advisor.

Career Paths

The management option will prepare career-oriented students for entry-level aviation careers in:

  • airport operations
  • land-side/air-side management
  • aircraft manufacturing
  • commercial airlines
  • corporate flight departments
  • commercial airlines
  • airport operations
  • airport Authorities
  • state and federal aviation regulatory agencies 
    -including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Our program can also serve as the first two years of your bachelor’s degree if you're interested in pursuing:

  • aviation management
  • air traffic control
  • aviation electronics
  • aviation maintenance
  • aviation computer science

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