Explore Academic Programs - Aviation


If all you need to fly a plane is a pilot's license, why pursue a degree in aviation science? Although the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is all the Federal Aviation Administration requires for the operation of any aircraft, a specialized degree in this field provides you with a broader and more thorough understanding of aeronautics than you will learn in flight school. As a result, you can qualify for a range of rewarding and exciting positions in this dynamic industry.

Apart from piloting aircraft, the study of aviation science encompasses air traffic control, maintenance of aircrafts and related facilities, flight operations, dispatch operations and communications. Professionally-trained pilots often enroll in aviation science degree programs to refresh or deepen their understanding of aeronautics. During a degree program in aviation, you can develop a set of diverse interests that will support your quest for a fulfilling career.


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Commercial Pilot

Potential earnings: (2014) $77,200 annually

Projected growth (2014-2024) Faster than average (nine to 13 percent)


Airline Pilot*

Median wages (2016) $127,820 annual

Projected growth rate  (2014-2024): Little or no change (-1 to one percent)

Co-pilot*

Median wages (2016) $127,820 annual

Projected growth rate  (2014-2024): Little or no change (-1 to one percent)

 * Further study (bachelor's degree) required | ** Study beyond bachelor's degree required


Degrees and Certificates

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Associate of Applied Science

Aviation Science

60 credit hours; two years full time
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