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Aviation Science - Professional Pilot Emphasis, B.S.


This degree prepares the student to enter the work force as a professional pilot at an intermediate to advanced level. The degree builds on the foundation in the A.S. and A.A.S. degrees. Students can obtain additional advanced ratings and deepen their knowledge of the pilot profession through an impressive range of course subject matter. Specific courses are designed to help the student pilot receive the training necessary to qualify for employment with a commuter airline.

Online Degree Plan

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:
  1. Medical Requirement: Class 1 FAA medical exam  
  2. Completion of 25 aviation credits and a 2.5 GPA.
General Education Requirements:  35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended for Social Science majors)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business, Education,Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
    Biology 3
    Physical Science (PHYS 1010 recommended) 3
    Additional Biology or Physical Science (METO 1010 recommended) 3
    Humanities Distribution (COMM 1020 recommended) 3
    Fine Arts Distribution 3
    Social/Behavioral Science (PSY 1010 recommended) 3
Discipline Core Requirements:  33 Credits
  AVSC 1010 Survey of Aviation Science 2
  AVSC 1050 Introduction to Aviation Administration 3
  AVSC 1100 Ground Private Pilot 4
  AVSC 2120 Personal Finance for Aviation Professionals 3
  AVSC 2150 Air Transportation Management 3
  AVSC 2160 Aviation Law 3
  AVSC 3030 Air Traffic Management 3
  AVSC 3110 Aviation Security 3
  AVSC 3600 Crew Resource Management 3
  AVSC 410G Global Ethical and Professional Issues in Aviation 3
  AVSC 4700 Safety and Professional Seminars 3
Emphasis Requirements:  40 Credits
  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 2300 Ground Commercial Pilot 3
  AVSC 2310 Flight Commercial Pilot 3
  AVSC 2440 Ground Multi-Engine 1
  AVSC 2450 Flight Multi-Engine 1
  AVSC 3010 Flight Environment 3
  AVSC 3200 Flight Physiology 3
  AVSC 3300 Jet Transport Systems 3
  AVSC 3400 High Altitude Navigation/International Flight Operations 3
  AVSC 3530 Advanced Aerodynamics 3
  AVSC 4800 Professional Pilot Capstone 4
Emphasis Elective Requirements:  12 Credits
Must complete 12 credits from the following courses, including 6 hours of upper division. 12
  AVSC 1120 Basic Aircraft Systems (1.0)  
  AVSC 2130 Aviation Safety (3.0)  
  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)  
  AVSC 2710 Aviation Marketing and Customer Service (3.0)  
  AVSC 2750 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (3.0)  
  AVSC 3060 Airline Management (3.0)  
  AVSC 3090 Airline and Dispatch Operations (3.0)  
  AVSC 3120 Airport Management (3.0)  
  AVSC 3210 Aircraft Incident and Emergency Management (3.0)  
  AVSC 475R Current Topics in Aviation (1.0)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 or more semester credits, with a minimum of 40 upper division semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. Aviation courses require a C- or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of Commercial Pilot Certificate for the Professional Pilot emphasis.
  5. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements unique to the area of emphasis. Students in the Professional Pilot emphasis should obtain an FAA Class I or II Medical Certificate prior to beginning flight training.
  6. Students may count no more than 8 credit hours of total cooperative work experience (AVSC 281R/285R/481R/485R) toward the degree requirements without department approval.
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

NOTE: If student chooses HIST 2700 and 2710, the additional hours may be used towards a social science distribution requirement.

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
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
MAT 1030 Quantitative Literacy 3
METO 1010 Introduction to Meteorology 3
American Institutions distribution 3
Social Science distribution 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
Fine Arts distribution 3
AVSC 1010 Survey of Aviation 2
AVSC 1050 Intro to Aviation Admin 3
AVSC 1100 Ground Private Pilot 4
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Humanities distributions 3
BIOL 1010 Introduction to Biology 3
AVSC 1110 Private Pilot 3
AVSC 2150 Air Transportation Mgmt. 3
AVSC 2120 Personal Finance 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
HLTH 1100 or
PES 1097
Personal Health and Wellness or
Fitness for life
AVSC 1230 Cross country Instrument I 2
AVSC 1240 Instrument 4
AVSC 1260 Glass cockpit 1
AVSC 2160 Aviation Law 3
AVSC 3010 Flight Environment 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
PHYS 1010 Intro to Physics 3
AVSC 1250 Instrument II 3
AVSC 3110 Aviation security 3
AVSC 3030 Air Traffic Management 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 2450 Multi-Engine 1
AVSC 2440 Commercial 1
AVSC 2300 Commercial 3
AVSC 3200 Flight Physiology 3
AVSC 3300 Jet Transport Systems 3
AVSC 3090 Airline Dispatch Operations 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 2310 Commercial 3
AVSC 2400 CFI 4
AVSC 3400 High Altitude Navigations 3
AVSC 3600 Crew Resource Mgmt. 3
AVSC 3530 Advanced Aerodynamics 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 2410 Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) 1
AVSC 4800 Pilot Capstone 4
AVSC 410G Global Ethics and Values 3
AVSC 4700 Safety Seminars 3
  Upper Division Aviation elective 4
  Semester total: 15
  Degree Total 120



Aviation Science


Provo Airport




 Web Address:


Randall Johnson


Mission Statement

UVU School of Aviation Sciences provides 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

The Aviation Science department is located at the Provo Airport in Hangar B (HB).  The address for the Provo Airport is 1185 Mike Jense Parkway, Provo, UT 84601.

  • Department Chair: Randall Johnson
  • Office: HB 202a
  • Telephone: 801-863-7819
  • Email:
  • Mail Stop: MS 114
  • Administrative Assistant: Ashley Hollister
  • Office: HB 202
  • Telephone: 801-863-7816
  • Email:


  • Marilyn Riddle
  • Office: HB 201c
  • Telephone: 801-863-7852
  • Email:
  • Student Support Center (Out -of-State and Online students only)
  • Telephone: 888-901-7192
  • 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 an 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 use the Bedford Handbook in their first semester of study. 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 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 covers the costs associated with the required pilot training. Students who fall behind may be required to pay additional flight training costs.


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. Careers as a professional pilot include:

  • Airline, charter, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, and firefighting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, FAA safety inspectors, pipeline and transmission line patrol, recreation/sight-seeing pilot, police, research and development, test flight, and airplane sales/demonstration.
  • UVU Aviation graduates earn a commercial pilot certificate. UVU Aviation AS and AAS are pathways into the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science with an emphasis in Professional Pilot.

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. Careers in aviation administration include:

  • 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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Michael Hollister(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Aviation Science

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

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Randall Johnson(2018)

Professional In Residence

Department: Aviation Science

B.P.A., Professional Aeronautics, M.B.A, Business Administration, Embry-Riddle-Aeronautical University; Ph.D., Aeronautical Communication, Ohio University.

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Ryan Leick(2011)

Associate 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)

Associate 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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Alan Martinez(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Aviation Science

B.A., University of Southern Mississippi; M.S., Instructional Systems Design, University of South Alabama; Ph.D., Human Capital Development, University of Southern Mississippi.

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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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Jack Troutt(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Aviation Science

B.S., Aviation Management, M.S., Ed.D., Aviation Sciences, Oklahoma State University.

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Brice Williams(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Aviation Science

B.S., Engineering Science and Technology, Brigham Young University; M.Ed., Utah State University.

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Examples of jobs in the aviation field are: airline, charter and air taxi pilot, flight instructor, aerial photography and 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 commercial airline pilot. 

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