Saint Louis University

Major in Flight Science

Offered by the Saint Louis University Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate flight science degree. 

Saint Louis University Flight Science Degree Overview 

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in aeronautics with a concentration in flight science is the only degree of its kind offered at a Jesuit university. At SLU, students learn to fly in some of the world's most advanced light aircraft - the Diamond DA-20, the Piper Arrow with Avidyne Entegra integrated flight deck, the Piper Seminole, the Cirrus SR20 with Garmin Perspective - and further their studies in a state-of-the-art Canadair Regional Jet-200 simulator.

The flight portion of SLU's B.S. in aeronautics curriculum is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration under Part 141, FAA-approved certificate NI1S349K. Graduates of the program earn a private pilot certificate, instrument rating and a commercial pilot certificate with single and multi-engine ratings from the FAA.

Students who also minor in flight education, with courses offered under FAA Part 61, can earn Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine certificates. In addition to the University's general admission and graduation requirements, SLU's flight science programs have additional academic requirements. (Please see the flight science fact sheet for additional details.)

What You'll Learn in SLU's Flight Science Program

Flight science courses at SLU include a stipulated number of flight or simulator hours using Parks College's varied fleet of aircraft. If you choose to major in aeronautics with a concentration in flight science at SLU, you'll learn to fly at SLU's Center for Aviation Science at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in nearby Cahokia, Illinois. You'll receive primary and instrument training using the Diamond Eclipses, Piper Arrows for commercial training, and a Piper Seminole for multi-engine training.

SLU's flight science students also take advantage of a repertoire of Frasca flight training devices (fixed simulators) for simulation training and take their capstone course in a state of the art Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200 simulator, conducting flights as if operating as a 50-seat airliner. This additional training prepares you for initial training at a regional airline.

SLU's aviation science department also provides opportunities at highly competitive internships with Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Jet Blue and other carriers.

What Can You Do With a Degree in Aeronautics, With a Concentration in Flight Science from SLU?

Students who graduate with a concentration in flight science from Saint Louis University are prepared to enter the aviation industry as an airline, corporate or military pilot.

SLU graduates are eligible for a transcript endorsement leading to a restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with either 1,000 or 1,250 hours of flight experience depending on the number of approved credit hours completed. To learn more, visit

After earning their flight instructor certificates, graduates who do not enter a military career track typically seek a flight instructor position to develop their experience for one to three years, at which time they are qualified for a position with a regional airline or corporate flight department.

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