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Professional Pilot, B.S.


The Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot prepares students to enter the work force as a certified flight instructor and commercial, multi-engine rated pilot. Students receive specific training under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 14 CFR Part 141 and Restricted Air Transport Pilot (R-ATP) regulations to qualify for specialized employment requirements with a regional airline. Delivery focuses on technical training and applied exercises providing the knowledge and skills required for several licenses and ratings. 

Online Degree Plan

Total Program Credits: 120

Matriculation Requirements:

Students seeking admission to the program will be required to meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Hold a second class FAA medical certificate from an FAA designated Medical.
  2. An overall GPA of at least 2.5.
  3. Due to limited availability of flight training resources, flight student admission into the on-campus AVSC 1110 Flight I - Private Pilot course, when necessary, may required selection through a competitive point based application.
General Education Requirements:  35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
 or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 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)  
  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)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0) 1  
  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 2 3
    Additional Biology or Physical Science 3 3
    Humanities Distribution 4 3
    Fine Arts Distribution 3
    Social/Behavioral Science 5 3
Discipline Core Requirements:  33 Credits
  AVSC 1010 Survey of Aviation Science 3
  AVSC 1100 Ground I - Private 3
  AVSC 1110 Flight I - Private 3
  AVSC 1230 Flight II - Instrument I 2
  AVSC 1240 Ground II - Instrument 3
  AVSC 1250 Flight II - Instrument II 3
  AVSC 2070 Communications for Aviation Professionals 3
  AVSC 2110 Aviation Weather 3
  AVSC 2130 Aviation Safety  3
  AVSC 2150 Air Transportation Management 3
  AVSC 2300 Ground IV - Commercial 3
  AVSC 2310 Flight IV - Commercial 3
  AVSC 2440 Ground III - Multi Engine 1
  AVSC 2450 Flight III - Multi Engine 1
  AVSC 3030 Air Traffic Control I 3
  AVSC 3090 Airline and Dispatch Operation  3
  AVSC 3200 Flight Physiology 3
  AVSC 3300 Jet Transport Systems 3
  AVSC 3400 International Flight Operations 3
  AVSC 3530 Flight Aerodynamic 3
  AVSC 3600 Multi-piloted Operations 3
  AVSC 410G Global Ethical and Professional Issues in Aviation 3
  AVSC 4160 Aviation Law  3
  AVSC 4800 Professional Pilot Capstone  3
Elective Requirements: 15 15 Credits
Upper division elective credits 7
  1000+ Electives 8

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.
  5. Students in the Professional Pilot degree 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.
1- If student chooses HIST 2700 and HIST 2710, the additional hours may be used towards a social science distribution requirement.
2-  PHYS 1010  recommended
3-  METO 1010  recommended
4-  COMM 1020  recommended
5-  PSY 1010  recommended

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 1030/1035   3
AVSC 1010 Survey of Aviation 3
Humanities see catalog 3
Social Science see catalog 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010   Intermediate Writing 3
Biology  see catalog 3
Fine Arts see catalog 3
METO 1010 Introduction to Meterology 3
American Institutions see catalog 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Third Science see catalog 3
AVSC 2150 Air Transport Mgmt 3
AVSC 2070 Communication for Aviation 3
AVSC 1100 Private Pilot Ground 3
AVSC 1110 Flight 1-Private Pilot 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
AVSC 2130 Aviation Safety 3
AVSC 2110 Aviation Weather 3
AVSC 1240 Instrument Ground 3
AVSC 1250 Flight II Instrument II 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Upper Elective see catalog 3
AVSC 3030 Air Traffic Control I 3
AVSC 3090 Airline and Dispatch Ops 3
AVSC 2300 Commercial Ground 3
AVSC 2310 Filght IV Commerical II 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 3200 Flight Physiology 3
AVSC 3400 International Flight Ops 3
AVSC 3530 Advance Aerodynamics 3
AVSC 2440 Mulit-Engine Ground 1
AVSC 2450 Flight III Commerical I 1
lower elective lower elective  4
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 3300 Jet Transport Systems 3
AVSC 3600 Multi-Pilot Ops 3
AVSC 410G Global Ethics and Issues in Aviation 3
AVSC 2400 Certified Flight Instructor Ground (Elective) 4
AVSC 2410 Certified Flight Instructor Flight (elective) 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
AVSC 4160 Aviation Law 3
AVSC 4700 Aviation Prof Seminars 3
AVSC 4800 Prof Pilot Capstone 4
AVSC 4710 Pilot Prep (elective) 1
Upper Elective Upper electve 3
  Semester total: 14
  Degree total: 120



Aviation Science


Provo Airport




 Web Address:


Randall Johnson


Mission Statement

A degree in Aviation Science prepares students for successful careers in aviation. Courses are offered through online delivery methods or face to face. 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 3338 West 1150 South, 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 in Professional Pilot, Aviation Management, and Aerospace Technology Management. 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.

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

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.

Bachelor of Science, Aviation Management

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management degree is designed to produce graduates with a combination of industry knowledge and general management skills applicable in any segment of the aerospace field. In addition, they can obtain direct experience and certifications that will propel them toward their chosen career path. 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.

Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Technology Management

The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Technology Management degree prepares certified Airframe & Powerplant technicians for career progression into leadership and managerial roles needed in a wide variety of areas not only in aviation, but the entire aerospace industry. This emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers as professionals with air carriers, business aviation, general aviation, defense, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and space. Specific career pathway tracks can be found on the UVU aviation website. 


The UVU flight program is a demanding program and requires full commitment each semester. There are no requirements to enter the professional pilot Bachelor of Science degree, but due to the current demand in aviation we are not able to accommodate all new students wanting to start flight training until their 2nd or 3rd semester.

The on-campus professional pilot flight program is by competitive points-based application and is contingent upon completion of required prerequisites. New aviation students must meet with an aviation academic advisor before registering for courses. A class II Medical from a FAA designated Medical Examiner is required and must be completed prior to applying to the flight training program.

In addition to UVU tuition, students training at the UVU flight school will pay flight course fees to cover costs associated with the required flight training. UVU local flight students are eligible for an increased budget with the 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 contact the UVU financial aid & scholarship office located at the main UVU campus.

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.



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
Department Chair

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

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 Alabama, 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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