Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science at Baylor University?
2. Why do I want an Aviation Science degree?
3. What kind of career(s) can I pursue with a degree in aviation science?
4. Is this degree intended for those who only wish to be pilots?
5. How soon can I start flying?
6. What pilot licenses and flight ratings will I earn as part of the degree?
7. I have applied and been accepted to Baylor, why do I also need to apply at TSTC?
8. What will I need to apply at TSTC?
9. Is there transportation provided to the TSTC campus?
10. Is TSTC the only flight training provider?
11. How much will the program cost?
12. Are there any scholarship opportunities?
13. Can I use my GI Bill towards this degree?
14. Wow, this sounds like exactly what I'm looking for! How may I contact you?




1. What is the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science at Baylor University?
The Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science is a four-year technical degree that combines mathematics and science with a strong liberal arts education anchored in Christian heritage. Additionally, Professional Pilot students will complete multiple phases of flight training which will prepare you for a very successful career in aviation. Air Traffic Control and Aircraft Dispatch students will have their own specialized curricula as well.

2. Why do I want an Aviation Science degree?
Anyone can go to a flight school on their own and progress through the training as far as they want. However, by studying at Baylor under the Aviation Science program, you can graduate with your commercial and flight instructor ratings in addition to your Bachelor's degree - making you immediately employable upon graduation. The training is also combined with a variety of other aviation courses, providing a diverse and thorough education giving a keen insight into the aviation industry. Coupled with the fundamental Baylor University education, you are receiving an unparalled learning experience that will catapult you above and beyond. We also now have Air Traffic Control and Dispatch concentrations, so you can receive certified training in addition to a four-year degree from Baylor.

3. What kind of career(s) can I pursue with a degree in aviation science?
The majority of our graduates are pursuing a professional pilot career. There are a wide variety of options upon graduation, ranging from flight instruction, charter flying, bush piloting, and crop dusting to airline, corporate, and military aviation - and everything in between. There are also non-pilot aviation jobs, such as Air Traffic Control, Aircraft Dispatch, aircraft accident investigation, FBO and airport management, or employment with aviation advocacy groups.

4. Is this degree intended for those who only wish to be pilots?
No. Although flight training remains an integral part of the curriculum, the degree is also tailored for those students who are interested in non-flying aviation careers such as logistics, management, safety, operations, and research. Aviation Science now offers, in conjunction with TSTC, Air Traffic Control and Aircraft Dispatch concentrations. Baylor graduates have gone on to very successful careers with highly reputable firms such as AOPA, FAA, Federal Express, NetJets, and NASA.

5. How soon can I start flying?
Immediately. Once you have decided on a flight training provider, you can start as soon as you're ready. Many students choose to wait a couple weeks to adjust to college life before going up. If you are coming in with previous flight training, we recommend that you finish whatever rating you are currently working on. While you can receive credit for licenses and ratings you have already earned, hours towards a rating are not 100% transferrable due to Federal Regulations.

6. What pilot licenses and flight ratings will I earn as part of the degree?
The Professional Pilot concentration will take you through Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, Multi-engine rating, and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). If you progress in a timely manner, you may also add on ratings to the CFI ticket such as Instrument Instructor or Multi-Engine Instructor (CFI-I and MEI).

7. I have applied and been accepted to Baylor, why do I also need to apply at TSTC?
The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science is a joint program between Baylor University and Texas State Technical College (TSTC). You will receive Baylor credits for completing FAA ground and flight training, air traffic control, and dispatch courses through TSTC.

8. What will I need to apply at TSTC?
You will need the following: An original High School transcript, Class II medical (or higher), evidence of all previously completed pilot ratings or certificates, and you must meet minimum SAT and ACT standards.

9. Is there transportation provided to the TSTC campus?
TSTC is located approximately 6 miles (about 10 minutes on I-35) north of Baylor. Baylor does not provide transportation, but the City of Waco does have bus routes to and from TSTC. Also, our students are very accommodating in car pooling.

10. Is TSTC the only flight training provider?
No: you are free to choose which flight school best meets your needs. While TSTC is the primary flight training provider, Waco has two other flight schools. Waco Flying Service is located at Waco Regional Airport (KACT) (15 minute drive) and Aurora Aviation (KPWG) located at McGregor Executive Airport (20 minute drive) are also approved flight training providers. You also don't even have to use the local flight schools; some students have been known to receive instruction from family!

11. How much will the program cost?
The cost for the degree, including flight training is about $188,000 (tuition and fees, not including room and board, books, etc.). Compare this to flight training independently (about $57,000 from Private to Instructor) combined with completing any other degree at Baylor (roughly $180,000 over four years, which makes for a total of just under $240,000) and you'll see that there is an advantage to completing the BS in Aviation Science at Baylor. (NOTE: Air Traffic Control and Aircraft Dispatch costs will be substantially cheaper, and exact figures are pending.)

12. Are there any scholarship opportunities?
Yes. The university offers many merit and need based scholarships, loan, and grant programs. Also, throughout the semester, the department receives and posts outside internships, scholarships and job opportunities. We are a member institution of the University Aviation Association, which works diligently to provide scholarship opportunities to students pursuing degrees in aviation.

13. Can I use my GI Bill towards this degree?
Yes. For more information about veteran affairs contact Melody Moon in the Registrar's Office at 254-710-8241 or Melody_Moon@baylor.edu.

14. Wow, this sounds like exactly what I'm looking for! How may I contact you?
Call us anytime Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm at (254) 710-3563 or you may email BIAS_Office@baylor.edu with any questions you have.

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science at Baylor University?
2. Why do I want an Aviation Science degree?
3. What kind of career(s) can I pursue with a degree in aviation science?
4. Is this degree intended for those who only wish to be pilots?
5. How soon can I start flying?
6. What pilot licenses and flight ratings will I earn as part of the degree?
7. I have applied and been accepted to Baylor, why do I also need to apply at TSTC?
8. What will I need to apply at TSTC?
9. Is there transportation provided to the TSTC campus?
10. Is TSTC the only flight training provider?
11. How much will the program cost?
12. Are there any scholarship opportunities?
13. Can I use my GI Bill towards this degree?
14. Wow, this sounds like exactly what I'm looking for! How may I contact you?




1. What is the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science at Baylor University?
The Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science is a four-year technical degree that combines mathematics and science with a strong liberal arts education anchored in Christian heritage. Additionally, Professional Pilot students will complete multiple phases of flight training which will prepare you for a very successful career in aviation. Air Traffic Control and Aircraft Dispatch students will have their own specialized curricula as well.

2. Why do I want an Aviation Science degree?
Anyone can go to a flight school on their own and progress through the training as far as they want. However, by studying at Baylor under the Aviation Science program, you can graduate with your commercial and flight instructor ratings in addition to your Bachelor's degree - making you immediately employable upon graduation. The training is also combined with a variety of other aviation courses, providing a diverse and thorough education giving a keen insight into the aviation industry. Coupled with the fundamental Baylor University education, you are receiving an unparalled learning experience that will catapult you above and beyond. We also now have Air Traffic Control and Dispatch concentrations, so you can receive certified training in addition to a four-year degree from Baylor.

3. What kind of career(s) can I pursue with a degree in aviation science?
The majority of our graduates are pursuing a professional pilot career. There are a wide variety of options upon graduation, ranging from flight instruction, charter flying, bush piloting, and crop dusting to airline, corporate, and military aviation - and everything in between. There are also non-pilot aviation jobs, such as Air Traffic Control, Aircraft Dispatch, aircraft accident investigation, FBO and airport management, or employment with aviation advocacy groups.

4. Is this degree intended for those who only wish to be pilots?
No. Although flight training remains an integral part of the curriculum, the degree is also tailored for those students who are interested in non-flying aviation careers such as logistics, management, safety, operations, and research. Aviation Science now offers, in conjunction with TSTC, Air Traffic Control and Aircraft Dispatch concentrations. Baylor graduates have gone on to very successful careers with highly reputable firms such as AOPA, FAA, Federal Express, NetJets, and NASA.

5. How soon can I start flying?
Immediately. Once you have decided on a flight training provider, you can start as soon as you're ready. Many students choose to wait a couple weeks to adjust to college life before going up. If you are coming in with previous flight training, we recommend that you finish whatever rating you are currently working on. While you can receive credit for licenses and ratings you have already earned, hours towards a rating are not 100% transferrable due to Federal Regulations.

6. What pilot licenses and flight ratings will I earn as part of the degree?
The Professional Pilot concentration will take you through Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, Multi-engine rating, and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). If you progress in a timely manner, you may also add on ratings to the CFI ticket such as Instrument Instructor or Multi-Engine Instructor (CFI-I and MEI).

7. I have applied and been accepted to Baylor, why do I also need to apply at TSTC?
The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science is a joint program between Baylor University and Texas State Technical College (TSTC). You will receive Baylor credits for completing FAA ground and flight training, air traffic control, and dispatch courses through TSTC.

8. What will I need to apply at TSTC?
You will need the following: An original High School transcript, Class II medical (or higher), evidence of all previously completed pilot ratings or certificates, and you must meet minimum SAT and ACT standards.

9. Is there transportation provided to the TSTC campus?
TSTC is located approximately 6 miles (about 10 minutes on I-35) north of Baylor. Baylor does not provide transportation, but the City of Waco does have bus routes to and from TSTC. Also, our students are very accommodating in car pooling.

10. Is TSTC the only flight training provider?
No: you are free to choose which flight school best meets your needs. While TSTC is the primary flight training provider, Waco has two other flight schools. Waco Flying Service is located at Waco Regional Airport (KACT) (15 minute drive) and Aurora Aviation (KPWG) located at McGregor Executive Airport (20 minute drive) are also approved flight training providers. You also don't even have to use the local flight schools; some students have been known to receive instruction from family!

11. How much will the program cost?
The cost for the degree, including flight training is about $188,000 (tuition and fees, not including room and board, books, etc.). Compare this to flight training independently (about $57,000 from Private to Instructor) combined with completing any other degree at Baylor (roughly $180,000 over four years, which makes for a total of just under $240,000) and you'll see that there is an advantage to completing the BS in Aviation Science at Baylor. (NOTE: Air Traffic Control and Aircraft Dispatch costs will be substantially cheaper, and exact figures are pending.)

12. Are there any scholarship opportunities?
Yes. The university offers many merit and need based scholarships, loan, and grant programs. Also, throughout the semester, the department receives and posts outside internships, scholarships and job opportunities. We are a member institution of the University Aviation Association, which works diligently to provide scholarship opportunities to students pursuing degrees in aviation.

13. Can I use my GI Bill towards this degree?
Yes. For more information about veteran affairs contact Melody Moon in the Registrar's Office at 254-710-8241 or Melody_Moon@baylor.edu.

14. Wow, this sounds like exactly what I'm looking for! How may I contact you?
Call us anytime Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm at (254) 710-3563 or you may email BIAS_Office@baylor.edu with any questions you have.

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