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Aviation Science, A.A.S.


The A.A.S. degree prepares the student by concentrating on aviation courses. It is commonly referred to as the job-ready degree, preparing the student for entry level positions in the industry.

Total Program Credits: 63

General Education Requirements:  18 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  MAT 1010 Intermediate Algebra 4
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
or   Any other Humanities  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage 3
or HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
or   Any other Social Science  
    Any approved Biology or Physical Science Distribution Course 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (recommended) 2
Discipline Core Requirements:  45 Credits
  AVSC 1010 Survey of Aviation Science 2
  AVSC 1050 Introduction to Aviation Administration 3
  AVSC 1100 Ground Private Pilot 4
  AVSC 1110 Flight Private Pilot Certification 3
  AVSC 1230 Flight Cross Country 2
  AVSC 1240 Ground Instrument Pilot 4
  AVSC 1250 Flight Instrument Pilot 3
  AVSC 1260 21st Century Avionics and Instrumentation 1
  AVSC 2150 Air Transportation Management 3
  AVSC 2160 Aviation Law 3
  AVSC 2300 Ground Commercial Pilot 3
  AVSC 2310 Flight Commercial Pilot 3
  AVSC 2450 Flight Multi-Engine 1
  AVSC 2440 Ground Multi-Engine 1
Complete one of the following sets of courses: 9
    Certified Flight Instructor  
  AVSC 2400 Ground Certified Flight Instructor (4.0)  
  AVSC 2410 Flight Certified Flight Instructor (1.0)  
  AVSC 2420 Ground CFI Instrument (1.0)  
  AVSC 2430 Flight CFI Instrument  (1.0)  
  AVSC 2500 Ground Multi-Engine Instructor (1.0)  
  AVSC 2510 Flight Multi-Engine Instructor (1.0)  
    First Officer  
  AVSC 3300 Jet Transport Systems (3.0)  
  AVSC 3600 Crew Resource Management (3.0)  
  AVSC 4800 Professional Pilot Capstone (4.0)  
    Aviation Management (Choose 9 credits)  
  AVSC 3020 Aviation Insurance and Risk Management (3.0)  
  AVSC 3060 Airline Management (3.0)  
  AVSC 3090 Airline and Dispatch Operations (3.0)  
  AVSC 3120 Airport Management (3.0)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 63 or more semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. C- or above required for all aviation major classes.
  3. Residency hours--minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements
  5. Completion of Commercial Pilot Certificate.
  6. Students may count no more than 4 credit hours of total cooperative work experience (AVSC 281/285R) toward the degree requirements without department approval.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 1010 Survey of Aviation Science 2
AVSC 1100 Ground Private Pilot 4
AVSC 1110 Flight Private Pilot Certification 3
MATH 1010 Intermediate Algebra 4
  Semester total: 13
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 1050 Introduction to Aviation Administration 3
AVSC 1230 Flight Cross Country 2
AVSC 1240 Ground Instrument Pilot 4
AVSC 1260 21st Century Avionics and Instrumentation 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  Semester total: 13
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 1250 Flight Instrument Pilot 3
AVSC 2150 Air Transportation Management 3
AVSC 2160 Aviation Law 3
HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 2440 Ground Multi-engine 1
AVSC 2450 Flight Multi-engine 1
AVSC Electives - 9 credits 9
  Semester total: 17
Notes: PSY 1010 General Psychology Recommended for Social Science.
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 2300 Ground Commercial Pilot 3
AVSC 2310 Flight Commercial Pilot 3
*Due to the flight requirements a student needs an additional semester to complete ratings.
  Semester total: 6
Notes: COMM 1020 1010 Public Speaking Recommended for Humanities.
  Degree total: 63



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.



Cory Chamberlain(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: Aviation Science

A.A.S., Aviation Maintenance Technology, Utah Technical College; B.S., Psychology, University of Utah; Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Darrell Green(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Aviation Science

B.S., M.B.A., Business Administration, Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; J.D., Law, Texas Tech University

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Michael Hollister(2015)


Department: Aviation Science

B.S., Aviation Professional Pilot, Utah Valley University; M.C.A., Commercial Aviation, Delta State University.

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Ryan Leick(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Aviation Science

B.S., Aviation Business Administration, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Ph.D., Air Transport Management, Cranfield University.

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Stephen Ley(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Aviation Science
Department Chair, Faculty

B.S., Aviation Technology, Purdue University; M.A.S., Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Greg Schwab(2008)


Department: Aviation Science

B.A., Aeronautics, M.S., Aviation Management, M.B.A., Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University.

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Daniel Sutliff(2016)

Professional in Residence

Department: Aviation Science

B.S., Business/Aviation, State University of New York; M.A.S., Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Brice Williams(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Aviation Science

B.S., Engineering Science and Technology, Brigham Young University; Commercial, Instrument, Flight Instructor, and Ground Instructor Rating, Ross School of Aeronautics; M.Ed., Utah State University.

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Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science are qualified to become a commercial pilot or certified flight instructor. This degree transitions into the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science with an emphasis in Professional Pilot. Students must obtain a commercial pilot certificate with multi-engine and instrument rating to complete the degree. 

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