Aviation Technology - Professional Pilot: BS

Department: Aviation and Technical Education
College: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

The aviation technology - professional pilot degree is designed for students who intend to pursue a career as an airline pilot, plan to fly for charter, commuter, or corporate airlines, or who wish to operate their own aviation-related business.

During freshman and sophomore years, students complete courses that develop general flying skills and provide a background in aviation. During junior and senior years, students spend the majority of time focused on improving flight skills and preparing for careers by taking courses in commercial certification, airline management, aviation law, and more. Over the course of their studies, students will complete approximately 250 to 300 hours of flight time.

Emphases (students must choose an emphasis)

  • Fixed Wing - Train to fly fixed wing aircraft.
  • Rotorcraft - Train to fly rotorcraft.

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With a degree in aviation technology - professional pilot, students can pursue careers as pilots in the following areas:

  • Charter and regional airlines
  • Commuter airlines
  • Corporate flight departments
  • Agricultural spray operations
  • Military aviation
  • Scenic tours
  • EMS
  • Aerial firefighting
  • Wildlife study

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

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International Students

Online classes are not available to USU F-1 and J-1 sponsored students. International students sponsored by USU on a F-1 visa can study at Logan or Price campus and must register for face-to-face classes. International students sponsored by USU on a J-1 visa can study at Logan campus and must register for face-to-face classes.