Aviation (AVIT) Undergraduate Programs
Admission to all Aviation programs is closed.
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Also see College of Science and Engineering description and requirements.
Programs at a Glance
- BS – Aviation; emphases in
- Professional Flight
- Minor – Aviation
- Minor (BES) – Aviation
Program admission and performance requirements
Admission – Department (also meets COSE requirements)
- completion of pre-major core: AVIT 100, 101, 103 (complete in first two semesters); MATH 112, 211; CMST 192, and ENGL 191
- 2.50 GPA or higher n the pre-major core
- grade of “C-“ or better in each pre-major course
- 2.50 GPA or higher overall in all SCSU course work
Graduation – Department
- 2.50 GPA or higher overall in all SCSU course work
University minimum requirements for bachelor’s degrees
- 120 credits
- 40 credits in Liberal Education
- 45 credits in upper-division (300-400) courses
- 30 credits in residence at SCSU
- 2.00 GPA overall, in major, and in minor (departments may set higher standards)
(See this section and the section on the College of Science and Engineering for more information.)
Chairperson: Tara L. Harl
Faculty: Aceves, Anderson, Ferguson, Harl, Johnson, Olson
The Aviation Department offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Aviation with emphases in Professional Flight, Management, and Operations. This degree program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). The Aviation Minor provides for optional study in Flight, Operations, or Management when combined with another university major.
The aviation programs are designed to prepare individuals for professional positions in the aviation industry. Excellent opportunities exist in flight, management, training, research, development, operations, and other areas. The curricula are based upon recommendations by industry boards, accrediting agencies, Federal Aviation Administration, University Aviation Association, and universities having similar degree programs.
The Department of Aviation recognizes Junior status as 60 credits from graduation and Senior status as 30 credits from graduation as indicated on the approved major program form. (Only students admitted to a university major program may enroll in 400 level courses.) Transfer students with adviser approval may take upper-division classes during their first year in attendance. Students are advised to have access to a personal computer, and may be required to purchase some software packages.
A GPA of 2.50 on SCSU course work is required for graduation with an aviation major.
Admission to Major
- B.S. Aviation Professional Flight and Operations Emphases: Complete AVIT 100, 101, 103 (complete in first two semesters); MATH 112, 113; CMST 192, and ENGL 191. Management Emphasis: Complete AVIT 100, 101, 103 (complete in first two semesters); MATH 112; ECON 195 or 201; CMST 192, and ENGL 191. Transfer students who have completed the pre- major courses at another regionally accredited college or university will have alternative pre-major courses assigned by the aviation faculty.
- Attain a minimum GPA of 2.50 both in the pre-major core (C- or better required in each pre-major course) and all SCSU course work.
- Obtain an Application for Major from the dean's office and complete it with the assistance of the major adviser.
- All major/minor program elective credits must be approved by an aviation adviser. Internship and cooperative education opportunities are available for Junior/Senior students.
- New students holding flight ratings must consult with an aviation adviser for procedures to obtain credit for AVIT flight courses. Once a student enrolls at SCSU, flight classes must be completed through the approved contractor in St. Cloud.
- Application does not insure admission to major program. Acceptance may depend upon the number of majors currently enrolled. Admission to major program will be complete when the form is on file in the dean's office and on record in the Office of Records and Registration.
AT-CTI Qualification Information
SCSU imposes no restrictions on age or physical condition of students entering the program. However, students desiring employment with the Federal Aviation Administration should be aware of FAA employment requirements, such as the air traffic control specialist medical and security exams and a maximum age restriction for candidates anticipating employment in terminal or enroute options. Neither the FAA, SCSU nor their employees imply that the student is guaranteed a job or consideration for employment as a result of the student completing the AT-CTI requirements.
Students must satisfy all criteria listed below and complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science Aviation Operations (120 credits) with specific ATC-related classes. Recommendation by the faculty of the SCSU AT-CTI program to the FAA is contingent on the student satisfying the following requirements: (completion of 1 and 3-a to initially qualify for inclusion in the SCSU AT-CTI database and have their name forwarded to the FAA).
1. Complete Introduction to Aviation class and a personal interview with the designated SCSU AT-CTI coordinator.
2. Be admitted to the B.S. Aviation Operations major; maintain overall 2.50 GPA and complete the following classes: AVIT 203 or 345, 309,
311, 313, and 409.
3. In addition to normal curriculum requirements take and pass three exams:
a. Department specified entrance exam with a score of 80 or higher (material in AVIT 100, 101, 103 and 215)
b. AT-SAT aptitude exam with a score of 70 or better (about 30-45 credits from graduation). Students must wait one year before attempting
a re-take of the AT-SAT exam and no more than two attempts are allowed; the most recent score counts. The FAA determines when
and where the exam is scheduled.
c. End of program qualifying exam, as part of AVIT 419, with a score of 80 or higher; this exam is based on the FAA ATC Basics
curriculum covered in AVIT 215, 309, 311 and 313.
Complete an interview with the SCSU AT-CTI coordinator at the beginning of your last semester prior to graduation.
Ground School/Flight Rating Policy - Credits in Transfer
Students with pilot certificates and ratings earned without college credit through training at private flight schools, fixed base operations, or other schools not accredited by a regional educational accrediting agency and who wish to receive college credit for these ratings must register for credit- by-examination (ground school courses) and assessment of prior learning (flight courses). The student must arrange with Aviation faculty for the appropriate ground and/or flight proficiency examination(s). Credit by exam and assessment of prior learning is valid only for flight ratings earned prior to enrolling at SCSU. Credit by exam and assessment of prior learning credit must be completed by the end of the first year of enrollment.
Students with pilot certificates and ratings earned with college credit through another regionally accredited college or university may transfer those credits to satisfy Aviation curriculum requirements without demonstration of proficiency. The college or university which grants credit for flight training under this provision affirms that the resident aviation faculty directly supervises and/or provides oversight of the flight training process.
In either case, students desiring to major in Professional Flight must complete AVIT 354 and two of the following classes: AVIT 102, 204, 210, 356, 362, 364, 366 at SCSU.
Flight Training and FAA Certification
Flight training for university credit must be completed through the SCSU approved flight training provider(s). Students are required to obtain the appropriate FAA pilot certificate or rating for all flight courses/labs (AVIT 102, 204, 210, 356, 462, 263, 464, 465, 466). Students may take FAA Practical Tests for pilot certifications or ratings from any FAA Designated Pilot Examiner they choose. All flight training and certification related fees are to be paid by the student.
Adding a Minor or Double Major
Students wishing to add the Aviation major or minor are required to discuss their plans with an Aviation adviser. Students majoring in Aviation will not be able to add another major or a minor in Aviation. The only exception to this policy is that an Aviation Management major may add a Flight minor with adviser approval. Elective credits in the minor and/or major cannot be double counted.
Bachelor of Science
Aviation Major (73-77)
Aviation core (22 credits): AVIT 100, 101, 103, 215, 307, 317, 325; MGMT 301.
Professional Flight Emphasis (55)
AVIT 102, 203, 204, 205, 210, 353, 354, 355, 356, 379, 413, 421, 423, 461, 462, 444 or 497; MATH 112, 113; AHS 104, 360; PHYS 231.
Operations Emphasis (52)
AVIT 203 or 345, 309 or 311 or 313 or 379, 423, 409 or 411 or 413 or 429, 444 or 497; MATH 112, 113; AHS 104, 360; PHYS 231; CMST 341; MGMT 365. Elective credits in focus area approved by adviser: (15).
Management Emphasis (51)
AVIT 409, 411, 413, 423, 429 (3 of 5); 345, 444 or 497; MATH 196; STAT 229; ACCT 291, 292; CMST 341; MGMT 352, 365; BLAW 235; ECON 195 or 201; PHYS 103 or 231. Elective credits approved by adviser (5-6).
- Major Prerequisites: B.S. Aviation Professional Flight and Operations Emphases complete AVIT 101, 103 (complete in first two semesters); MATH 112, 113; CMST 192 and ENGL 191; Management Emphasis complete AVIT 101, 103 (complete in first two semesters); MATH 112; ECON 195 or 201; CMST 192, and ENGL 191.
- B.S. Aviation - Management majors focusing on Airport Management need to complete AVIT 409, 413 and 429. Students focusing on Airline Management need to complete AVIT 411, 413 and 423.
- B.S. Aviation Operations majors focusing on Air Traffic - Collegiate Training Initiative (Air Traffic Control) need to complete AVIT 203 or 345, 215, 309, 311, 313, and 409.
- AVIT 444 or 497 must relate to focus area.
- To satisfy the university upper division writing requirement, aviation major students may choose between AVIT 444 or 497; however, if 444 is chosen, prior approval by internship coordinator will be required.
Aviation Minor (24-25)
The Aviation Minor is designed to complement major concentrations in business, earth science, biology, education, etc. It is a unique program that provides several concentration options to fit the diverse needs of students. Electives must be approved by an Aviation adviser.
AVIT 101, 102, 103, 203, 204, 325, 353, 354, 355, 356
AVIT 101, 103, 203 or 215, 317, 325; Electives: (9)
AVIT 101, 103, 307, 317, MGMT 301; ACCT 291; AVIT 409 or 411 or 413; Electives: (3)
Bachelor of Elective Studies
Area/credits to be determined by department.