Aviation Science

College of Arts and Sciences

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Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight

The Aviation Flight major at CBU is designed for students who desire to fly commercially for a living. All flight training is conducted in-house by CBU using our own flight instructors and fleet of university-owned aircraft.  All flight training is based out of the Flight Operations Center at the Riverside Municipal Airport, which is less than three miles from the CBU campus. Riverside Municipal Airport offers a safe flight training environment, with two paved runways (Runway 9-27 is 5,401 feet by 100 feet and Runway 16-35 is 2,850 feet by 50 feet), numerous instrument approaches, an Air Traffic Control Tower, and local FAA Flight Standards District Office on-site. Flight training costs are in addition to CBU tuition and fees.

The Aviation Flight major has been developed to bring students in with no flight experience and allow them to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Flight and with a Private Pilot Certificate, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, and Certified Flight Instructor designation. If desired, students may also achieve the Certified Flight Instrument Instructor and Multi-Engine Instructor designations.

Graduates of the Aviation Flight major will be qualified to fly single engine and multi-engine aircraft for hire. However, to act as pilot-in-command of a scheduled air carrier's aircraft having a maximum gross weight over 12,500 pounds or having over 9 passenger seats without a type rating, the pilot will need an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. To obtain an ATP, the pilot must be 23 years of age and have accumulated 1,500 hours total time as pilot (as well meeting some additional criteria). Generally, you can expect to graduate from CBU’s Aviation Science program as a Professional Pilot major with around 200-230 total hours of flight time. Often, graduates flight instruct for several years while they build hours to earn their ATP, and then apply for a flight slot with a regional carrier. Of course, there are flight careers that do not require an ATP, such as Business/Corporate Pilot, Missionary Pilot, Law Enforcement, etc. Each Aviation Flight major will determine the direction they would like their career to take and pursue the ratings, certificates, and hours to make that happen.

In addition to the flight training and the ground courses that complement that training, Aviation Flight majors will develop an in-depth knowledge of meteorology, avionics and navigational aids, human factors, aircraft systems (including turbine), and crew resource management. In essence, you’ll learn everything you need to know to function as a commercial pilot in the aviation industry. The Aviation Flight major requires 62 units of General Education and 54 units of major courses to total at least 124 units for the degree.

Potential career paths for Aviation Flight students include:

  • Airline Pilot 
  • Air Cargo Pilot 
  • Military Pilot 
  • Missionary Pilot 
  • Law Enforcement Pilot 
  • State Aviation Department Pilot 
  • Air Taxi/Charter Pilot 
  • Business/Corporate Pilot 
  • Flight Instructor

Program Requirements

Complete sixty-one (61) units to satisfy the traditional requirements:

General Education

MAT145 Mathematical Methods Nat Science

MAT145 Mathematical Methods Nat Science

A calculus-based course including an introduction to derivatives and integrals, dimensional analysis, analytical geometry, trigonometry, vectors, experimental error and other topics to provide a mathematical foundation for natural science majors. Prerequisite: MAT 115, 135 or sufficient SAT, ACT or math placement exam scores and appropriate high school mathematics background. (4 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 MAT145-C C Cordero, Ricardo J. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30 AM - 8:20 AM The Village at CBU
300
Spring 2014 MAT145-A A Cordero, Ricardo J. 01/08/2014 Thursday 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Sch Business Building
123
Spring 2014 MAT145-B B Cordero, Ricardo J. 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM The Village at CBU
300
Summer 2014 MAT145-A A Cordero, Ricardo J. 06/30/2014 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM James Complex
356
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PHY114 General Physics I with Lab

PHY114 General Physics I with Lab

This is an introductory course in physics covering the areas of mechanics, waves, fluids, and thermodynamics. It is predominately an algebra-based course with a minor amount of calculus introduced from a historical basis. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: MAT 145 with a minimum grade of B- or passing score on a math assessment exam. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHY114-A A Stewart, Kyle R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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Fall 2014 PHY114-B B Stewart, Kyle R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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Lower Division

AVN110 Introduction to Aviation

AVN110 Introduction to Aviation

A survey of the U.S. aviation industry, including the history of aviation, attributes of an aviation professional, career planning, certification, airports, airspace, air traffic control, and navigational aids. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 AVN110-A A Kirk, Robert F. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
116
Fall 2014 AVN110-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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AVN210 Aviation Meteorology

AVN210 Aviation Meteorology

An in-depth study of aviation weather, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind and moisture, stability, turbulence, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, and icing. A study of weather charts, weather reports, and forecasts. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 AVN210-A A Kirk, Robert F. 01/08/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
116
Fall 2014 AVN210-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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FLT205 Instrument Pilot Lab II

FLT205 Instrument Pilot Lab II

Flight instruction leading to completion of instrument rating. Includes basic flight maneuvers, instrument failures, unusual attitude recovery, enroute, holds, approaches, departures, and emergency procedures. *Lab fee (1 unit; Fall, Spring, Summer)

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Upper Division Requirements

AVN300 Avtn Resrch, Wrtng & Communictn

AVN300 Avtn Resrch, Wrtng & Communictn

A review of techniques necessary to complete a research project on an aviation topic, including data collection techniques, literature review procedures, data analysis, proper structure of reports, American Psychological Association (APA) formatting, and the manuscript submission process. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 AVN300-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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AVN310 Aviation Law and Regulations

AVN310 Aviation Law and Regulations

An in-depth study of various U.S. federal aviation regulations and legislation affecting the aviation industry, including 14 CFR Parts 1, 25, 61, 67, 91, 121, 139, 175, and NTSB Part 830. An examination of the international aviation environment, such as standards and recommended practices promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organization. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2014 AVN310-A A Prather, Charles Daniel 01/08/2014 Monday, Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport
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