Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology (BSAT) prepares individuals for professional positions within the aviation industry. Related career opportunities are found with airlines, airports, general aviation, government organizations, education and the aerospace industry.

Within the degree there are two emphasis areas: Aviation Management and Professional Piloting. Each emphasis has discrete program description and outcomes. The specific interests and career goals of each student determine the emphasis area to pursue. The degree includes university General Education Requirements (GERs), a common set of core courses and courses relative to each individual emphasis.

Aviation Management Emphasis

The BSAT with the Aviation Management emphasis is designed to prepare graduates for management positions in all aspects of the aviation industry. The BSAT provides students not only with the organizational, human relations and managerial skills required in aviation management, but also with the appropriate technical background.

Professional Piloting Emphasis

Professional pilots need knowledge of aerodynamics, aircraft engine and system operation, aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, as well as navigation and communication methods. This degree program prepares graduates for careers in professional flying and management. The Special Considerations and Academic Requirements contained in the Associate of Applied Science in Professional Piloting also apply to this emphasis area. The FAA has authorized UAA to certify its professional piloting graduates as eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.

Admission Requirements

  • Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.
  • Satisfy any additional admission requirements for the emphasis areas of aviation management and professional piloting described below.
  • Satisfy any certification requirements established by applicable government agencies of applicable emphasis.

Advising

All students must meet with an Aviation Technology Division (ATD) academic advisor prior to beginning this program of study and are encouraged to meet each semester to review their academic progress and plan future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise. Degree check sheets are available in the ATD Office, and students may also access UAA DegreeWorks for verification of degree requirements.

See the ATD advisor for appropriate sequence of courses. A strong background in science, math and reading skills is highly recommended.

It should be noted that it is possible to take several of the GER courses online. However, there is a very limited selection of aviation courses taught online. 

Academic Requirements

Once enrolled in any flight training course at UAA, students are required to complete the course requirements within 12 months from the date of registration. Failure to do so will be considered unsatisfactory progress and will result in a failing (F) grade within that registered flight course.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Core Courses
AMT A171Basic Aerodynamics3
ATA A102Introduction to Aviation Technology3
ATA A133Aviation Law and Regulations3
ATA A134Principles of Aviation Administration3
ATA A233Aviation Safety3
ATA A331Human Factors in Aviation3
ATA A337Airline Operations3
ATA A415Company Resource Management3
ATA A425Civil Aviation Security3
ATA A431Aircraft Accident Investigation3
ATA A492Air Transportation System Seminar3
ATC A143ATC Regulations3
or ATC A147 Air Traffic Communications
ATP A100Private Pilot Ground School3
ATP A235Elements of Weather3
ECON A201Principles of Macroeconomics3
PHIL A101Introduction to Logic3
or PHIL A201 Introduction to Philosophy
or PHIL A301 Ethics
or PHIL A305 Professional Ethics
PHYS A123College Physics I3
PHYS A123LCollege Physics I Laboratory1
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
Total Credits55

Select one of the following emphasis areas and complete the listed required courses.

Aviation Management Emphasis

Special Considerations

The following applies for those students desiring to pursue an aviation management emphasis:

  1. Completion of prerequisite for or test placement into MATH A121 or higher and WRTG A111 or higher. For testing schedule, contact Testing Center at (907) 786-4500.
ACCT A201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT A202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ATA A335Airport Operations3
ATA A336Air Service Operations3
or ATC A440 Facility Operation and Administration
BA/JUST A241Business Law I3
BA A300Organizational Theory and Behavior3
BA A343Principles of Marketing3
or BA A388 Globalization and Business Environment
BA A361Human Resource Management3
BA A461Negotiation and Conflict Management3
ECON A202Principles of Microeconomics3
STAT A200Elementary Statistics3
or any class for which STAT A200 is a prerequisite.
Choose a minimum of 15 credits of advisor-approved electives, 9 of which must be upper-division. The following are recommended elective support courses:15
Advanced Topics in Aviation Technology
Tools for Weather Briefing
International Marketing
Consumer Behavior and Relationship Management
Marketing Management
Managerial Communications
Management Information Systems
Fitness for Life *
PER elective *
Psychology of Stress and Coping
Total Credits48
*

Maximum of 2 PER elective credits allowed.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, 42 of which must be upper-division.

Professional Piloting Emphasis

Special Considerations

The following applies for those students desiring to pursue a professional piloting emphasis:

  1. Flight training costs are not included in university tuition and fees. Students must meet with the aviation academic advisor to obtain departmental approval to register for all flight courses. Flight training costs are based on hourly rates established for each aircraft type flown. Students will be provided with current hourly flight costs and program cost estimates when they meet with the department’s academic advisor.
  2. Students must pass an FAA Class II medical examination before beginning any flight training.
  3. U.S. citizens must present verification of U.S. citizenship before beginning any flight or airplane simulator training. The following three methods are acceptable: an unexpired U.S. passport, an original or raised seal official copy of birth certificate, or an original or raised seal official copy of Certificate of Naturalization. Non-U.S. citizens must register and receive approval from the Transportation Security Agency before beginning any flight or simulator training. Please contact the ATD Office for information.
  4. Once formally admitted to the BS in Aviation Technology program or registered for aviation classes at UAA, all subsequent required flight training must be completed in residence at UAA. Enrolled students who receive flight training outside UAA under specific curricula will not receive credit for the corresponding UAA courses.
  5. All students are required to complete a minimum of the FAA Instrument Airplane Pilot rating, the FAA Commercial Airplane Single-engine Land Pilot certificate, and the FAA Multi-engine Land Rating while in residence at UAA.
  6. Military pilots may petition to have appropriate curriculum requirements awarded based on FAA pilot certificates held on a case-by-case basis.
  7. Completion of prerequisite for or test placement into MATH A121 or higher and WRTG A111 or higher. For testing schedule, contact Testing Center at (907) 786-4500.
ATC A325Tools for Weather Briefing3
ATP A101Pre-Professional Flying2
ATP A116Instrument Ground School3
ATP A126Instrument Flying2
ATP A200Commercial Ground School3
ATP A218Commercial Flying I1.5
ATP A219Commercial Flying II1.5
ATP A220Commercial Flying III2
ATP A305Airplane Multiengine Land Rating ***2
ATP A320Flight Dynamics3
ATP A332Transport Aircraft Systems3
BA A300Organizational Theory and Behavior3
BA A361Human Resource Management3
BA A461Negotiation and Conflict Management3
MATH A152Trigonometry3
or any class for which MATH A152 is a prerequisite
Choose a minimum of 10 credits of advisor-approved electives, 4 of which must be upper-division. The following are recommended elective support courses:10
Principles of Aviation Administration
Airport Operations
Air Service Operations
Advanced Topics in Aviation Technology
Flying Alaska Bush
Search, Survival, and Rescue
CFI Ground School
CFI Flying
Additional CFI Rating
Fitness for Life
PER elective (must be combined with PER A100)
Psychology of Stress and Coping
Total Credits48
*

All flying courses require special documentation and departmental approval before registration.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, 42 of which must be upper-division.

Aeronautical Studies Emphasis

Special Consideration

The following applies for those students desiring to pursue an aeronautical studies emphasis:

  1. This curriculum is designed as a flexible option for those with previous aviation or aviation education experience. As such those enrolling in the Aeronautical Studies emphasis must either be co-enrolled in an associate level aviation degree program or have previously completed an associate level aviation degree. 
ATP A433Aerospace Physiology3
BA A166Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management3
ENGL A312Advanced Technical Writing3
MATH A152Trigonometry3
or STAT A200 Elementary Statistics
or any class for which MATH A152 or STAT A200 is a prerequisite
TECH A302Organizational Safety and Health 3
TECH A305Applied Leadership for Technicians3
30 credits of advisor-approved electives, minimum of 24 must be Aviation-related (ATA, ATP, ATC, AMT, AT).30
Total Credits48

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, 42 of which must be upper-division. All elective courses must be approved by the academic advisor.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Aviation Management Emphasis

At the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical knowledge of aircraft operating limitations and performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aviation law and regulations, and of the legal issues affecting the aviation industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the issues affecting aviation safety and safety management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic business management skills and supervisory techniques.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the aviation industry.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of aviation management functions and techniques.

Professional Piloting Emphasis

At the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in instrument pilot, commercial pilot knowledge, and flight skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aviation law and regulations, and the legal issues affecting the aviation industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the issues affecting aviation safety and safety management.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aviation weather and of aviation weather services.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the aviation industry.

Aeronautical Studies Emphasis

At the completion of this program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • technical knowledge of aircraft operating limitations and performance.
  • knowledge of aviation law and regulations, and the legal issues affecting the aviation industry.
  • knowledge of the issues affecting aviation safety and safety management.
  • a broad knowledge of the aviation industry.