Explore Academic Programs - Aviation

If all you need to fly a plane is a pilot's license, why pursue a degree in aviation science? Though the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is all that the Federal Aviation Administration requires for the operation of any aircraft, a specialized degree in this field will provide 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 (9% to 13%)

Airline Pilot*

Median wages (2016) $127,820 annual

Projected Growth Rate  (2014-2024): Little or no change (-1% to 1%)


Median wages (2016) $127,820 annual

Projected Growth Rate  (2014-2024): Little or no change (-1% to 1%)

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

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Associate of Applied Science

Aviation Science

60 credit hours; two years full time
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