Bachelor of Science in Aviation

Bachelor of Science in Aviation

Flight Class Path: Private - Commercial Ratings 
Freshman Year: Private Pilot Rating 
 Sophomore Year: Instrument Rating 
 Junior year: Commercial Pilot Rating 
 Senior Year: Flight Instructor Rating (CFI) 
 Multi Engine Land Airplane Rating 
The flight curriculum at SDCC follows a path of interrelated ground and flight courses. Each flowchart shows the path of the ground-school course and associated flight lessons - leading to the FAA Knowledge Test for that rating.  

The flight curriculum at SDCC follows a path of interrelated ground and flight courses primarily from the Jeppesen system. Each flowchart shows a path including the ground-school course leading to the FAA Knowledge Test for that rating. Concurrent with the ground school, the flight students will enroll in flight classes. Flight training is divided equally between semesters so the course ends with the FAA rating by the end of the academic year. SDCC typically does not hold flight courses over the summer. 

The flowcharts are listed first with an overall view of the flight curriculum showing pathway from private pilot to commercial pilot ratings. Charts show the path for each course from the ground school to the flight course. Generally students will plan to complete the private pilot rating in their freshman year, instrument rating their sophomore year, commercial rating their junior year and CFI (flight instructor) their senior year. Although highly recommended,CFI is not required for the degree. Students may choose to replace CFI with an additional rating such as multi-engine or turbine transition, but we strongly suggest obtaining fight instructor ratings for most students.

Course Requirements for Aviation Majors

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation will require a minimum of 124 credit hours:
  • 62 - General Education credit hours
  • 47 -Credit hours in the Aviation Program
  • 15 -General Elective credit hours 

Required program specific Courses: Credits

Courses for Aviation Majors 

AVT 101 Introduction to Aviation 3
AVT 115 Primary Ground Instruction 3
AVT 117A Primary Flight Instruction 1
AVT 117B Primary Flight Instruction II 1
AVT 121 History of Aviation 3
AVT 201 Introduction to Missionary Aviation 3
AVT 215 Instrument Ground Instruction 3
AVT 217A Instrument Flight Instruction 1 1
AVT 217B Instrument Flight Instruction 2 1
AVT 220 Aircraft Systems and Performance 3
AVT 221 Aviation Safety & Physiology 3
AVT 223 Cross Country Flight 1 1
AVT 315 Commercial Ground Instruction 3
AVT 317A Commercial Flight Maneuvers 1
AVT 317B Commercial Flight Complex Aircraft 1
AVT 320 Aerodynamics 3
AVT 321 Flight Physiology 3
AVT 323 Cross-Country Flight 2 1
AVT 405 Aviation Law 3
AVT 410 Advanced Rating 5
AVT 415 CFI Ground Instruction 3
AVT 417 Flight Instructor Flight Training 3
AVT 419 Multi-Engine Rating*   3
AVT 423 Multi-Engine Time Building - Part 135*   3
AVT 450 Professional Pilot/Human Factors/CRM 3
AVT 499 Aviation Internship*   1-3

* Optional courses or electives 

Required General Education Courses 

  • Christian Worldview – 18 credits
  • Critical Thinking, Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning – 11 credits
  • Global Awareness & Appreciation for Diversity – 15 credits
  • Communication and Collaboration – 12 credits
  • Habits of Mind, Body & Heart – 6/7 credits

Additional Missionary Pilot track requirements 

  • BI 214 Romans: 3 credits
  • BI ELT Bible Elective: 3 credits
  • ICS 101 Intro to the World Christian Movement: 3 credits
  • ICS 305 Intercultural Communication: 3 credits
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