May 17, 2022
The Department of Aviation Sciences at Southern Utah University offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Aviation with three specializations: Rotor-Wing (helicopter) Pilot, Fixed Wing (airplane) Pilot, and Unmanned Aircraft Operator. These specialized tracks share a common core of General Education courses. The two Pilot specializations share a common core of general aviation courses. The Unmanned Aircraft Operator specialization allows many of the same general aviation courses but it has its own list of core required courses. Students who desire to operate large-scale Unmanned Aircraft should obtain their Private Pilot Certificate/License and Instrument Rating. Specialized flight labs for the two Pilot specializations involve simulators and various aircraft which are housed at the Cedar City Airport. Unmanned Aircraft Operator flight labs include flying a simulator and a variety of unmanned aircraft systems at various locations both on campus and off campus. For further information, please visit www.suu.edu/aviation.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate an increased recognition and respect for aviation safety between the time they join the program and the time they complete the program.
- At conclusion of the program graduating students will demonstrate pilot skills and knowledge deemed critical by industry. Students will possess desirable attributes of professional pilots.
- Students will show evidence that they have acquired skills or knowledge directly related to piloting aircraft within the first year of participation in the program.
- Students will satisfy the FAA knowledge and skill requirements for Commercial Pilot Certification, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and various endorsements in aircraft type and operation.
- Students must complete at least four (4) flight labs at Southern Utah University to qualify for any manned pilot degree offered by Southern Utah University. Tutor labs do not count towards this requirement. Flight instructors working for Southern Utah University may request exemption from this requirement.
- Courses marked with an asterisk (*) can be applied to either the Fixed-Wing Pilot or Rotor-Wing Pilot specializations.
- Students who wish to complete both Pilot specializations will likely require total credits above those listed here.
Associate of Applied Science General Education Requirement (15-18 Credits)
For an Associate of Applied Science degree, 15-18 credit hours are required in the following areas:
- One course in the English core (ENGL 1010 , ENGL 1010E , or ENGL 2010 )
- One course in the Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics) core
- One course in American Institutions
- One course from either the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge area (minimum of 3 credits)
- One course from one of the remaining five Knowledge Areas (minimum of 3 credits)
Aviation - Rotor-Wing Pilot Curriculum (54-55 Credits)
Required Aviation Core (29 Credits)
Rotor-Wing Pilot Emphasis (24-25 Credits)
Rotor-Wing Required Courses (16 Credits)
Rotor-Wing Electives (8-9 Credits)
Select 8-9 credits from the following:
Total Credits, A.A.S. Degree: 69-72