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.
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: