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2011-2012 General Catalog 
2011-2012 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Aviation Technology - Professional Pilot, BS

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College of Engineering

Department of Engineering and Technology Education

Effective for students beginning degree Summer Sem. 2011 thru Spring Sem. 2012

Admission Requirements For This Major

1. New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.

2. Transfer students from other institutions need a 2.5 total GPA for admission to this major in good standing.

3. Students transferring from other USU majors need a total GPA of 2.4 in major courses for admission to this major in good standing. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained.

The Program

Students choosing this major may ultimately work for a major airline. Most major airlines require applicants to have accumulated 1,500-2,000 hours of flight time. These can be earned by instructing or flying for charter, commuter, or corporate airlines. During the freshman and sophomore years, students in this major will be completing courses that provide general technological backgrounds and skills. The junior and senior years are reserved for concentrated study in flight technology. Students may also choose from a specific list of required upper-division elective courses. These courses can be used to broaden educational backgrounds and enhance career opportunities. Students should work closely with their advisor when choosing electives and filling out the necessary matriculation forms. The advisor can be a useful source of information and assistance, but it is the student's responsibility to seek an advisor's aid and meet the necessary graduation requirements.


Students attendingUSUfor the first time are admitted on the basis of an index score, which is a reflection of high school grades and ACT or SAT scores. USU will accept students from other institutions provided they have a good academic standing. Students wishing to enter the Aviation Technology—Professional Pilot major must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in order to be admitted into the College of Engineering. To qualify for enrollment in Huntsman School of Business courses, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.67 or higher.

Transfer credit from accredited U.S. institutions is automatically posted. Posting of credit from U.S. institutions does not imply acceptance as credits toward a degree.

A transfer student and a college academic advisor initiate a petition for acceptance of transfer credits to meet degree requirements (department head and dean must approve). If transfer credit is not from a Utah school, it is the student's responsibility to provide a catalog or copies of catalog materials (usually available online) to show the content of courses taken.

D grades are not accepted as transfer credit, except from Utah schools where USU is required to do so for general education coursework. The repeat policy applies to transfer courses as well as courses taken at USU.

Transfer credit from foreign and nonaccredited institutions may be used for meeting degree requirements only if posted on the USU record of the student. Courses from accredited institutions having similar content can be transferred and substituted for USU courses shown in the curriculum. Upper-division coursework cannot be transferred from a two-year institution. Flight courses taken in a program other than for college credit cannot automatically be transferred for university credit. If students feel that they already have an understanding of the material taught in the flight classes, theymaychallenge the courses. See advisor for details.

U.S. FAR 141.77 Limitations C1 and C2 govern the transfer of previous pilot experience to theUSUflight program.Astudent participating in a part 141-approved training course may be given 50 percent of the flight hours previously completed.Astudentwhois enrolled in a part 61-approved training course may transfer up to 25 percent of the previous pilot experience.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements  and the University Studies Depth Requirements .

Aviation Technology—Professional Pilot graduates are trained to be commercial pilots. The degree requirements include completion of the following FAA licenses: private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, and Multi-Engine.


In addition to regular tuition and fees, a special fee will be assessed all flight certification classes listed below. When a student enrolls in each flight certification, the fee is due with tuition payment. Course costs are based on average costs of ratings, and include stage check and FAA check ride fees. All fees are subject to change. For current fee structure, see website at:

AV 2350 - Private Pilot Certification  $8,006
AV 2510 - Intermediate Flight  8,830
AV 2540 - Instrument Pilot Certification I  5,100
AV 2550 - Instrument Pilot Certification II  5,234
AV 2660 - Commercial Pilot Certification  9,768
AV 2740 - CFI Certification  5,824
AV 2860 - CFII Certification  1,584
AV 2880 - Multi-Engine Certification  3,372
Total $47,718

Elective Certification

ETE 5910 ST: Multi-Engine (MEI) Certification  $5,000

Medical Certificates

In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14, Part 61.3, all professional pilot students are required to obtain an FAA Medical Certificate. There are three classes of medical certificates which students may obtain: First Class, Second Class, and Third Class. Although only a Third Class Medical Certificate is required for student pilot operations at Utah State University, it is highly recommended that students obtain a First Class Certificate, in order to ensure that no medical conditions exist which would disqualify him or her from obtaining one at a later date. Many pilot jobs require a First Class Medical Certificate.

A medical certificate may be obtained from a certified Aviation Medical Examinar (AME). Although the cost varies according to the examiner and the type of physical sought (First, Second, or Third), the cost is approximately $70 to $100. Detailed requirements for each medical class and durations are explained in CFR Title 14, part 67. For further information, contact Flight Operations at (435) 787-1346.

Graduation Requirements for Aviation Technology Major (Professional Pilot)

A student can repeat no more than six of the required courses in order to satisfy the graduation requirements. Multiple repeats of the same course are included in the total of six repeats. Audits count as a time taking a class unless prior written approval is obtained from a college academic advisor.

Although transfer credit accepted by the department and the college may be applied toward graduation requirements, the grades received will not be used in the USU GPA calculation.

For all aviation technology majors, the following academic regulations apply in addition to University regulations:

1. A minimum GPA of 2.4 must be maintained in technology/math/ science/business courses required for, or used as technical electives in, the chosen major. University Studies courses are not included in this GPA calculation.

2. No more than 6 credits of D or D+ credit may be applied toward meeting graduation requirements in technology/math/science/business classes.

3. College of Engineering courses may be repeated only once. Audits count as a time taking a class unless prior written approval is obtained from the department head. A maximum of six required or elective courses can be repeated in order to meet graduation requirements.

4. The P-D-F grading option may not be used in required or elective courses. (The P-D-F grading option is approved for University Studies courses.)

5. The academic regulations listed above (1-4) apply to required coursework and any technology/math/science/business course which could be used to satisfy graduation requirements for the chosen degree. That is, once a student completes a particular technical elective, it becomes a required course for that student.

6. Students in violation of departmental or college academic regulations, no longer eligible for graduation, or not making satisfactory progress toward a degree will have a registration hold placed on their record.

  1. a. Students will be placed on probation (registration hold) if they
           i.have more than 6 credits of D credit (see item 2 above); or
  2.       ii.have a GPA of less than 2.4 (see item 1 above)
  3. b. The hold remains until they improve their standing by repeating classes to reduce the number of D credits to 6 or less, and/or by raising their GPA above 2.4. Students must meet with their advisor to have the hold removed.

The student must meet with a college academic advisor at least once each semester to work out a schedule having the primary goal of correcting the existing academic problems.



Juniors and seniors in the major have the opportunity to compete for an internship with Sky West Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, and others. Interns are selected by the airlines and spend one semester working off campus in a designated facility. They may be given the opportunity to fly jumpseat with current airline captains, fly training simulators, and have first-hand experience with airline operations.

Career Opportunities

Depending upon the national economy, the airline industry experiences surges and lulls in the demand for properly trained personnel. Job opportunities are presently limited with major airlines; however, regional airlines have been hiring on a regular basis. This is an excellent time to begin aviation training in anticipation of the increased demand for pilots as the economy improves.


A major component of the undergraduate upper-division curriculum is applied aerospace research. All seniors are required to propose and complete a research project dealing with a practical application of a problem encountered in Flight Technology. Many other departments of the University have willingly made available sophisticated equipment that allows research to be done in a competent manner. 

Departmental Honors in Aviation Technology—Professional Pilot (15 credits required)

To receive departmental honors in Aviation Technology—Professional Pilot, students must complete 3 credits of AV 4660 . Also, students must select 12 credits of AV or ETE Honors coursework, numbered 3000 or above. A cumulative GPA of 3.30, as well as a GPA of 3.50 in upper-division major requirements and Honors coursework, are required for departmental honors. Students must also complete and present in a public forum an Honors thesis/project (e.g., a senior project presentation or student showcase). For more information about departmental honors, contact the Honors Program, (435) 797-2715.

Suggested Semester Schedule

The suggested semester schedule for this degree is as follows:

Freshman Year (30 credits)

Sophomore Year (31 credits)

Junior Year (31 credits)

Senior Year (34 credits)

Fall Semester (17 credits)

Spring Semester (17 credits)


Students must complete a total of 40 credits of stipulated upperdivision coursework.

1 Approved upper-division electives are: AV 4250 , AV 4300 ; INST 5205 , INST 5230 MGT 3250 , MGT 3510 , MGT 3520 , MGT 3710 , MGT 3820 ; MIS 4350 , MIS 4550 ; PHIL 3520 ; PSY 4240 ; SOC 3320 , SOC 3500 . For Dual Majors in Business only, the following upper-division electives are approved: FIN 3400 ; MGT 3500 , MGT 3700 . For information about ROTC classes which may apply, students should contact their advisor.

2 Depending on weather and other factors, flying courses may be taken during semesters other than those indicated. It is imperative that students work with their advisors and flight instructor to determine the best arrangement for these courses.



Requirement Changes

Graduation requirements shown on this sheet are subject to change. Students should check with their assigned advisor concerning possible changes. 

For information contact

Engineering and Technology Education Department; Industrial Science 112; Utah State University; 6000 Old Main Hill; Logan UT 84322-6000; tel. (435) 797-1795;; 

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (10 of last 40 must be USU credits)


Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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