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Aviation Science

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.

Earn an Associate Degree or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

Courses


AVS*H101
Private Pilot Lecture
3 Credits

Corequisite: AVS*H201. This ground school course includes coverage of basic flight concepts, principles of meteorology, aeronautical charts and publications, pre-flight planning, flight computer and plotter, basic radio navigation, Federal Aviation Regulations, basic aerodynamics, aircraft avionics, and emergency procedures. This course prepares students for the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test.

AVS*H103
Instrument Lecture
3 Credits

Prerequisite: AVS*H101, AVS*H201. This ground school course includes coverage of human factors and aviation physiology, the construction, use and interpretation of aircraft instruments used in instrument flight, Federal Aviation Regulations, instrument navigation, the ATC system, aeronautical charts and publications related to instrument flight, instrument approaches, weather analysis for instrument operations, and instrument emergency procedures. This course prepares students for the FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Test.

AVS*H104
Commercial Pilot Lecture
3 Credits

Prerequisite: AVS*H103, AVS*H203. This ground school course includes coverage of advanced human factors and aeronautical decision making for commercial operations, advanced navigation, advanced aircraft systems, advanced aerodynamics and commercial maneuvers, and emergency procedures for commercial operations. This course prepares students for the FAA Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test.

AVS*H120
Foundations of Aviation
3 Credits

This course explores the events that have shaped the development of aviation from the earliest attempts at flight up to the present day. The historical foundation of aviation is used to develop an understanding of the economic, social, and political impact of aviation on society.

AVS*H130
Air Transportation System
3 Credits

This course provides a historical background and an overview of the major segments of the air transportation industry. Current state and federal agencies and the regulations influencing air transportation, as well as the basis for their establishment, are also discussed. Requirements of the past, present and future with respect to aircraft and engine design, airports and supporting facilities are reviewed and evaluated. Students are introduced to the economics of airline operations and maintenance, and the general factors that influence an airline’s survival and profitability.

AVS*H140
Aerospace Safety
3 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the role of government agencies in ensuring aerospace safety. The ways in which airlines and airports ensure public safety and security will also be discussed. Emphasis will be on critical analysis of case studies involving investigations and prevention of aircraft accidents.

AVS*H150
Airport Management I
3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the operational requirements needed for airports and airport terminals with an emphasis on the facilities that comprise an airport system, including airspace, airfield, terminal, and ground access operations. The financial aspects of airport planning as well as airport capacity considerations are also discussed.

AVS*H151
Airport Management II
3 Credits

Prerequisite: AVS*H150. This course is a continuation of AVS*H150. Emphasis is on managing daily airport operations, airport organization and administration, and financial management of the airport facility. Airport improvements and the relationship of airports with tenants and the general public are also discussed.

AVS*H201
Private Pilot Flight Training Lab
3 Credits

Corequisite: AVS*H101. ALL FLIGHT TRAINING COSTS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT. Students will receive approximately 50 hours of flight instruction covering topics that include pre-flight operations, aircraft systems, ground operations, basic flight maneuvers, ground reference maneuvers, normal and emergency procedures, cross-country operations, and flight by reference to instruments. Co-op instruction is designed to augment students’ flight training and includes the use of a flight simulator as well as classroom discussion of selected topics. This course prepares students for the FAA Private Pilot Practical Test (ASEL).

AVS*H203
Instrument Flight Training Lab
3 Credits

Corequisite: AVS*H103. ALL FLIGHT TRAINING COSTS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT. Students will receive approximately 50 hours of flight instruction covering topics that include pre-flight operations, full and partial panel procedures, systems and equipment malfunction, instrument navigation techniques, holding and approach procedures, and emergency procedures for instrument flight. Co-op instruction is designed to augment students’ flight training and includes the use of a flight simulator as well as classroom discussion of selected topics. This course prepares students for the FAA Instrument Rating Practical Test (ASEL).

AVS*H204
Commercial Flight Training Lab
3 Credits

Corequisite: AVS*H104. ALL FLIGHT TRAINING COSTS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT. Students will receive approximately 120 hours of flight instruction covering topics that include pre-flight operations, aircraft systems, advanced ground operations, advanced flight maneuvers, normal and emergency procedures, commercial cross-country operations, and complex aircraft operations. Co-op instruction is designed to augment students’ flight training and includes the use of a flight simulator as well as classroom discussion of selected topics. This course prepares students for the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test (ASEL).

AVS*H255
Human Factors in Aviation
3 Credits

This course explores physiological and cognitive factors such as hypoxia, disorientation, stress, fatigue, anxiety and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on critical judgment and decision making processes of operational personnel in aviation. Investigation of our unique human capabilities and limitations is used to develop strategies to improve the performance of flight crews, air traffic controllers, flight management and other operational personnel as they identify and respond to critical, time-sensitive situations in aviation operations.

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