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- Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics with a concentration in Flight Science
Overview: The Professional Pilot degree program prepares the student for a career in professional piloting. Most students pursue a career with the airlines; however, pilots enjoy many other career options, including positions with the military, police, forestry, and government.
Curriculum: The Aviation Science department has recently revised the curriculum. We are now engaged in building a team-based, learner-centric pedagogy that will prepare our students as outstanding team members and global citizens.
A full breakdown of the courses you will take in the flight science program is available here. The courses include a stipulated number of flight or simulator hours and lead to the Private and Commercial Certificates and the Instrument and Multi-engine ratings.
To support its instructional efforts, the Aviation Science department maintains a varied fleet of aircraft, including nine Diamond DA-20 for primary training, two Piper Arrow's for advanced single engine training, and two Seminole PA44 for multi-engine training. Students also take advantage of a repertoire of Frasca flight training devices (fixed simulators) for simulation training.
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Faculty: The Aviation Science faculty has experience in many aspects of aviation and aviation education. The department regularly employs airline pilots to teach air carrier-related courses.
The faculty also actively pursues research. Two major research projects are currently underway: one in Aviation Safety Action Programs in Maintenance and the other in Safety Culture in the Technical Operations of Air Traffic. Active research is essential for continued success of all the university's academic programs, so if you are interested in exploring research ideas, feel free to contact our faculty..
Internship Opportunities: The Aviation Science department provides valuable internship opportunities with Alaska Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, UPS, Trans States Airlines, and other carriers. Other corporate internships are also available. These internships are highly competitive and are always very rewarding.
Careers: After earning their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificates, graduates of the program usually take positions as CFI's for reputable flight schools. This job will usually last from one to three years, at which point graduates will be qualified to take positions with a regional airline. After acquiring several years of experience at the regional level, pilots are qualified for positions with a major airline.