Aviation Management


Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management (BSAM) program will prepare graduates for employment in the aviation industry with emphasis on positions at regional airlines, including line pilots, instructor pilots, check airmen, and managerial roles. The degree allows students to obtain rigorous flight training in conjunction with the personal and intellectual growth afforded by a college program. These outcomes are achieved through successful completion of a solid foundation in business and management classes, in-depth aviation coursework, and the university's comprehensive general education foundation (GEF).

Airline hiring standards and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require professional pilots to have significant flight experience prior to employment. The BSAM program allows students to receive flight training early in the program and subsequently build additional flight experience as instructor pilots while completing the remainder of the flight degree online. It is possible for BSAM students to complete 1500 flight hours by graduation.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)30
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the following major courses.
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
MANG 330Human Resource Management Fundamentals3
MANG 350Leadership In Business3
MANG 422The Individual and the Organization3
AVIA 101Private Pilot3
AVIA 181Professional Field Experience3
AVIA 201Instrument Rating4
AVIA 231Commercial Pilot4
AVIA 241Multi-Engine Rating2
AVIA 281Professional Field Experience 28
AVIA 380Aviation Weather3
AVIA 382Aerodynamic and Aircraft Performance3
AVIA 383Aircraft Systems3
AVIA 385Air Traffic Control and Airspace3
AVIA 480Human Factors in Flight3
AVIA 484Aviation Safety3
AVIA 486Aviation Management and Leadership3
AVIA 489Aviation Law3
Restricted AVIA Electives12
Principles of Aviation Instruction
Initial Flight Instructor
Instrument Flight Instructor
Advanced Flight Instructor
Crew Resource Management
ATP/Turbine Aircraft Operations
Professional Field Experience 3
Air Transportation
Aviation Economics
Aviation Security
Aviation Stories: Aviation and the Humanities
Restricted Electives (ACCT, AVIA, BCOR, ECON, MANG, MKTG at 300-400 level)6
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
AVIA 1013AVIA 2014
AVIA 1813AVIA 2314
AVIA 2412AVIA 2813
AVIA 2811AVIA 3853
AVIA 3833ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3 
 15 17
Second Year
AVIA 2814AVIA 3803
AVIA 3823AVIA 4843
Restricted AVIA Elective6Restricted AVIA Elective3
 GEF 23
 13 15
Third Year
AVIA 4803BCOR 3503
BCOR 3703Restricted Elective3
GEF 23GEF 53
GEF 33GEF 63
GEF 43GEF 73
 15 15
Fourth Year
AVIA 4893AVIA 4863
MANG 3303MANG 4223
MANG 3503Restricted AVIA Elective3
GEF 83Restricted Elective3
GEF 83GEF 83
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Outcomes

Aviation management

  • Graduates will obtain the FAA certifications as outlines in the program in a timely manner.
  • Graduates will have a cumulative pass rate on FAA practical tests (flight tests) of 80% or above. Individual students will repeat no more than two FAA practical tests during the course of the program.
  • Graduates will develop a thorough knowledge of aeronautical theories, practices, regulations, and procedures.
  • Graduates will develop the ability to think critically and communicate effectively.


Adjunct professor

  • John Sabel - Juris Doctor, American Airways Airbus Captain
    AVIA 484 - Aviation Safety, AVIA 489 - Aviation Law



  • Frank Robbins
    Program Coordinator