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Aviation Science



Aviation Science


Provo Airport


801-863-7830 or 801-863-7821


  Web Address:

  Interim Chair:

Stephen Ley


Mission Statement

The mission of the UVU School of Aviation Sciences is to provide a superior educational experience. A degree in Aviation Science prepares students for successful careers in aviation. Degrees are offered through technology-enhanced traditional classroom and innovative online delivery methods. Simulations and flight training are integrated with scholarly work to create a complete and well-balanced aeronautics program. The curriculum is developed through ties with industry to incorporate changing standards in technology and procedural advances. Our student-centered approach encourages leadership and engaged life-long learning. We emphasize public awareness and safety in aviation as our commitment to the community at large.


Aviation Science

  • Administrative Assistant: Ashley Hollister
  • Telephone: 801-863-7816
  • Email:


  • Marilyn Riddle
  • Office: Provo UVU airport, Hangar B
  • Telephone: 801-863-7852
  • Email:

The School of Aviation Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science with an emphasis in Professional Pilot or Aviation Administration. UVU Aviation Science offers an Associate in Applied Science in Aviation Science and a Associate in Science in Aviation Science Each associate degree requires the completion of a commercial pilot certificate. UVU also offers a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management with an emphasis in Aviation Science.

Students graduating with the associate degree in Aviation may transfer to any of the Bachelor of Science options.

Note: An overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above is required for graduation. A grade of C- or better must be achieved for credit in any aviation science course.

Note: All aviation science majors are required to purchase the Bedford Handbook in their first semester of study. This handbook will be utilized throughout the aviation curriculum as a standard reference to help students improve their written communications skills and ability to follow documentation and citation standards. Aviation Science students are expected to comply with APA standards in all upper-level aviation science courses


Admission to the on-campus professional pilot program is by competitive points based application and is contingent upon completion of required prerequisites. It is a very rigorous, time-intensive program and requires full commitment each semester from the first day of class until the last.

Students for whom English is a second language are conditionally admitted but must demonstrate acceptable level of English skills prior to beginning flight training. New students may be required to meet additional English language proficiency standards set by the school and determined through both oral and written testing.

New students must meet with an aviation academic advisor before registering for courses. A class II Medical from an FAA designated Medical Examiner is required. The Medical must be completed prior to entering the flight phase of the program.  Most airlines require a class I medical for employment as a pilot.


Students entering or transferring into any Aviation Sciences program and enrolled in on-campus courses must complete their flight training at the UVU flight training facility-using UVU owned aircraft.

UVU flight Students are eligible for an increased cost of attendance (COA) for private (alternative) loans. Students MUST be enrolled in the appropriate flight course section to qualify for a COA appeal for private student loan based on these flight costs, For more information regarding student loans, please visit the UVU Financial Aid & Scholarship Office located at OneStop at the main UVU campus

In addition to UVU tuition, students training at the UVU Aviation flight school will pay flight course fees. Each flight course fee has been estimated to cover costs associated with the required pilot training for a particular FAA certificate or rating. Students experiencing difficulties and fall behind may be required to pay additional flight training costs.

Students are required to contact the UVU flight records department once approved for enrollment in flight courses.


Professional Pilot: Worldwide growth of airlines and air traffic correlates highly with economic growth Pilots and aviation/aerospace personnel work in highly technical and practical scientific environments on a daily basis pilots have responsibility for operating single engine, multi-engine, turbo-prop, and jet aircraft in all weather conditions both day and night. Examples of jobs in the aviation field are:

  • Airline, charter, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, FAA safety inspectors, pipeline and transmission line patrol, recreation/sight-seeing pilot, police and traffic control, research and development, test flight, airplane sales/demonstration and generic commercial airline pilot.

UVU Aviation Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Science are qualified to become a commercial pilot or certified flight instructor. UVU Aviation AS and AAS are pathways into the UVU Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science with an emphasis in Professional Pilot. UVU Aviation graduates are employable as commercial pilots by an airline after obtaining adequate flight hours and experience. Graduates may also qualify to be corporate and military pilots..

Students who desire to obtain a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Professional Pilot or Tech Management, Associate in Science Aviation or Associate in Applied Science Aviation must obtain a commercial pilot certificate with multi-engine and instrument rating.

Aviation Administration: this emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers as professional leaders in aviation. The number of individuals who travel by air will continue to grow in the years to come. Airlines and airports are looking for dedicated, qualified personnel. The Federal Aviation Administration will need to employ increasing numbers of individuals to keep up with the demand. Courses include but are not limited to: airport management, security, transportation and corporate management, and cargo operations.

The Aviation Administration emphasis will develop practical management and leadership skills for students with career goals in the aviation industry. Classes are based on real world aviation needs and will prepare students for employment in a broad range of positions including airline, corporate aviation, fixed base operations, and airport management. The Bachelor of Science with an Aviation Administration emphasis does not require pilot certificates or any medical certificates.


Degrees & Programs