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Aeronautical Science (Professional Pilot) Major

This major combines pilot certification under Federal Aviation Regulation Part 141 with studies of the aviation industry, aircraft systems, and flight.

Graduates will hold a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings. The flight instructor certificate and instrument instructor ratings are available as electives and are completed by most of our graduates.

Course requirements for aeronautical science major:

The following are required as part of the core curriculum courses: 

  • MAT 131: Trigonometry and Applied Calculus
  • PSY 101: General Psychology

Choose one of the following:

  • PHS 101: Fundamental Physics
  • PHS 105: Principles of Physics
  • PHS 201: General Physics I

A minimum of 51 semester hours is required, including:

  • AVS 100: Introduction to Professional Aviation
  • AVS 101: Private Pilot Ground School
  • AVS 150: Aviation Meteorology
  • AVS 153: Private Pilot Flight Lab
  • AVS 201: Instrument Rating Ground School
  • AVS 202: Commercial Pilot Ground School
  • AVS 203: Introduction to Air Traffic Control
  • AVS 205: Global Positioning System and Glass Cockpit Lab
  • AVS 253: Instrument Rating Flight Lab
  • AVS 272: Commercial Pilot Flight Lab
  • AVS 273: Commercial Pilot Flight Lab II
  • AVS 274: Commercial Pilot Flight Lab III
  • AVS 306: Multi-Engine Rating Ground School
  • AVS 308: Aviation Safety
  • AVS 312: Aviation Law
  • AVS 317: Aircraft Power Plants
  • AVS 318: Advanced Aircraft Systems
  • AVS 376: Multi-Engine Rating Flight Lab
  • AVS 400: Aviation Professional Development
  • AVS 404: Crew Resource Management with Lab
  • AVS 405: Air Transportation Management
  • AVS 419: Air Carrier Operations

Three semester hours of upper-division aviation electives are also required. No internship is required, but is recommended. The first three credits of an internship will be graded. Additional credits up to a maximum of nine will be graded pass/fail.

Aviation Management Major

This major combines studies in aviation and air transportation with courses in business and economics. Graduates will be prepared for management positions in airports, airlines, air cargo, general aviation, or other segments of the air transportation industry. Although pilot certification is not required, many students do complete private pilot certification.

This major is also attractive for individuals holding a two-year associate's degree in aviation maintenance technology who wish to complete a four-year baccalaureate degree in preparation for management-level responsibilities in aviation maintenance. In addition, this major is also a good choice for a student who wants a career in aviation and would like to do some flying, but doesn't want to be committed to all the flying required of the aeronautical science major. Such a student could complete flight ratings as electives, but stop flying at any point or complete flight ratings after graduation.

Course requirements for aviation management major:

The following are required as part of the core curriculum courses: 

  • MAT 131: Trigonometry and Applied Calculus
  • MAT 210: Probability and Statistics
  • PSY 101: General Psychology

Choose one of the following:

  • PHS 101: Fundamentals of Physics
  • PHS 105: Principles of Physics
  • PHS 201: General Physics I

A minimum of 52 semester hours is required, including:

  • ACC 210: Foundations of Accounting
  • AVS 100: Introduction to Professional Aviation
  • AVS 101: Private Pilot Ground School
  • AVS 150: Aviation Meteorology
  • AVS 170: Flight Training Observation Lab
  • AVS 307: FBO and General Aviation Operations
  • AVS 308: Aviation Safety
  • AVS 310: Airport Planning and Administration
  • AVS 312: Aviation Law
  • AVS 400: Aviation Professional Development
  • AVS 405: Air Transportation Management
  • AVS 450: Internship
  • BSA 101: Introduction to Business
  • BSA 303: Principles of Management
  • BSA 304: Principles of Marketing
  • BSA 311: Principles of Finance
  • ECO 205: Principles of Economics

Six semester hours of upper-division aviation or business electives are also required. Three credits of internship are required and will be graded. Additional credits up to a maximum of nine will be graded pass/fail. Internship credits may not be used for any part of the required six semester hours of upper-division electives.

Regional Jet Training

We are particularly proud of the optional courses available to train students in Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) systems and procedures. We have a CRJ Flight Management System (FMS) simulator (the interface between the pilot and the computerized flight systems), which is exactly the same hardware and software that is used by numerous regional airlines. In addition, students train with computer-based training software on CRJ aircraft systems - again, using the save software as many airlines use. Regional airlines universally state that FMS training is a plus when they consider hiring new pilots.

We also offer an elective course in Boeing 737 computer-based training software for learning aircraft systems.


"I've spoken in a couple of classes at the RMC aviation program, and I've seen their great facilities. Some people might have a hard time defining professionalism, but I sure know it when I see it. This is a professional program. Anyone looking for a great collegiate aviation education need look no further."

Robert "Doc" Foglesong
Retired 4-star general and fighter pilot
Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force
Former Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
President of Mississippi State University

 
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