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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aviation Management, BS (43-570) - Flight Operations Management Option (AM01) (120 hours) [ Also available as an accelerated program]

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Major, Bachelor of Science Degree

The mission of the Aviation Management (Flight Operations Management Option) B.S. program is to prepare students for ready advancement into flight operations management professions by developing sound and advanced student skills including critical thinking and teamwork, attainment of aviation knowledge and awareness of current aviation management issues in flight operations, infused with safety practices and practical applications in real world environments.

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management will be able to:

  • Express oneself clearly and concisely in writing and speech.
  • Complete and present projects based on research, data interpretation, and analysis.
  • Complete work utilizing inputs and outputs from other members in team projects including simulated work environments.
  • Define solutions to challenges that require critical thinking.
  • Explain aviation terminology and list relevant key literature references in the student’s subject field.
  • Recognize and solve typical practical and theoretical real life problems in the student’s aviation field.
  • Discuss safety, economic, and political issues that affect aviation activities in the student’s career area.
  • Define the key issues affecting leadership and management in the aviation industry.
  • Define further career options, academic learning opportunities, and professional training and certification opportunities upon graduation.
  • Apply for next-step career opportunities using qualifications, experience, and interview skills gained in the course of the student’s study program.

Aviation Management, BS (43-570) - Flight Operations Management Option (AM01) (4 Year Guide)  

Major Requirements: 78 Semester Hours


The Professional Pilot degree option is FAA approved for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (R-ATP). Schedule a meeting with the Chief Flight instructor for additional information and guidance on the R-ATP as soon as possible after admittance into the degree program. 

All incoming students intending to major in Aviation Management-Flight Operations Management will be classified as pre-aviation students for their first semester and are required to take AVIA 1020 - Aeronautics (2)  (or another course as specified) and AVIA 1310 - Private Ground School (4)  . These courses must be completed with a final grade of “B” or higher, and all other academic coursework must be completed with no Failing grades or any academic-related issues. Once these requirements are met and the FAA Private Knowledge Test is passed, the student will be allowed to enroll in the appropriate flight lab.  After successfully completing the requirements of the Pre-Aviation semester, the student will be allowed to declare their major as Aviation Management-Flight Operations.  After the Pre-Aviation Semester, students are required to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 to maintain flight status for FLYA courses.

Flight training scheduling (flight time) is competitive and is based on academic performance and other metrics. Incoming aviation program students with an FAA Private Pilot Certificate will have a mandatory skills evaluation with the Chief Flight Instructor, consisting of both ground and flight components. Costs associated with this evaluation are the responsibility of the student. The student’s performance during the requisite evaluation will determine placement in ground and flight courses; additional coursework or remedial flight training may be required. Students entering the aviation program with their Private Pilot Certificate can receive 6 credit hours (equivalency for AVIA 1310 /FLYA 1320 /FLYA 1321 ) after completing the Instrument Rating End of Course Examination (EOC).

Although students are expected to complete the pre-aviation requirements before being placed on the flight schedule, UCM Aviation may grant provisional flight status to students who are making exemplary academic progress during the pre-aviation semester. The number of students who may be granted this special status is based on the number of flight slots available for primary flight training and other factors. Any student granted provisional flight status will be required meet the performance expectations of the pre-aviation courses and pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test in order to continue flying in the following semester.

Free Choice Electives: 5 Semester Hours

  • Free Choice Electives (5)

General Education Requirements: 42 Hours

All students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education. See The General Education Program Requirements  for full listing of requirements. The following general education classes are required by this major:

Minimum Total: 120 Semester Hours

Accelerated Program Notes:

The Accelerated model for this program is designed for the MS Aviation Safety.

UCM students with a major GPA of at least 2.70 may consult with their faculty advisor and complete a school application to declare the accelerated BS Aviation Management - Flight Operations Management - MS Aviation Safety option. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, students in the accelerated program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BS/MS program.

Accelerated student may be eligible to include the following courses as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs.  They would be taken at the Graduate level (5XXX):

AVIA 5550 Aviation Safety (AVIA 4500 )

AVIA 5590 Aviation Law (AVIA 4090 )

AVIA 5610 Physiological Human Factors (AVIA 4610 )


AVIA 5420 Air Transportation (AVIA 4420 )


AVIA 5430 Corporate Aviation Management (AVIA 4430 )

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