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Aviation Sciences Major - Professional Pilot Concentration
Information for Professional Pilot Students
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The Aviation Sciences - Professional Pilot concentration of the BSAS degree is for students wanting a career as a pilot. Each student graduating with a Professional Pilot Concentration of the Aviation Sciences major will have flying qualifications to the Commercial Pilot level (including an instrument rating), along with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate. This program is offered in conjunction with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco.


BSAS Degree - Aviation Sciences Major - Professional Pilot Concentration.........130 hrs total

I. Basic Requirements............................................................................................46 to 51 hrs

A. English Requirements (ENG) - 12 hrs

  • ENG 1302 Thinking & Writing or FAS 1302 Freshman Academic Seminar
  • ENG 3300 Technical and Professional Writing (Prereq: ENG/FAS 1302)
  • ENG 2301 British Literature (Prereq: ENG/FAS 1302 and ENG 1304/3300)
  • ENG 2306 World Literature (or 3 hours of "2000" level or above Great Texts (GTX)) (Prereq: ENG/FAS 1302 and ENG 1304/3300)

B. Foreign Language - 3 to 8 hrs

  • Any foreign language through two semesters or above. A placement test may be taken to place out of one semester, with only the second 4 hr course needing to be taken OR a proficiency exam may be taken for a fee to place out of both semesters. The proficiency exam will count as a 3 hr credit.

C. Political Science (PSC) - 3 hrs

  • PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

D. Religion (REL) - 6 hrs

  • REL 1310 Christian Scriptures
  • REL 1350 Christian Heritage or FAS 1308 Freshman Academic Seminar: Religion
  • OR
  • REL 1211, 1221, and 1231 Exploring Christian Narratives I - III

E. Psychology (PSY) or Sociology (SOC) - 3 hrs

  • PSY 1305 Introductory Psychology
  • OR
  • SOC 1305 Introduction to Sociology

F. History (HIS) - 6 hrs (choose two courses)

  • HIS 1305 World History to 1500
  • HIS 1307 World History since 1500
  • HIS 2365 History of the United States to 1877
  • HIS 2366 History of the United States since 1877

G. Communication Studies (CSS) - 3 hrs

  • CSS 1301 Public Communication
  • OR
  • CSS 1302 Speech for Business/Professional Students

H. Human Performance (HP) - 4 hrs

  • Any four activity courses

I. Chapel (CHA)

  • Two semesters of CHA 1088 (required, but worth no credits)

J. Advanced Electives (any discipline) - 6 hrs


II. Air Pilot and Aviation Science courses.....................................................................62 hrs

A. Air Pilot (AIRP) courses from TSTC - 35 hrs

  • AIRP 1215 Private Pilot Flight
  • AIRP 1255 Intermediate Flight
  • AIRP 1301 Air Navigation
  • AIRP 1417 Private Pilot Ground
  • AIRP 1451 Instrument Ground School
  • AIRP 2236 Certified Flight Instructor
  • AIRP 2239 Commercial Flight
  • AIRP 2251 Multi-engine flight
  • AIRP 2250 Instrument Flight
  • AIRP 2331 Advanced Aviation Meteorology
  • AIRP 2333 Aircraft Systems
  • AIRP 2337 Commercial Ground School
  • AIRP 2349 Instructor Ground School

B. Aviation Science (AVS) courses from Baylor - 27 hrs

  • Required Courses
    • AVS 1300 Introduction to Aviation
    • AVS 3310 Aviation Law
    • AVS 3311 Aircraft Accident Investigation and Prevention
    • AVS 3315 Aviation Meteorology
    • AVS 4314 Advanced Aircraft Systems
    • AVS 4315 Aerodynamics

  • Elective Courses (Choose 3)
    • AVS 3320 Aviation Operations
    • AVS 3350 Introduction to Space Weather
    • AVS 4305 Special Topics in Aviation
    • AVS 4310 Aviation Management
    • AVS 4311 Meteorology (GEOG 4314)
    • AVS 4318 Avionics Systems Design (ELC 4318)
    • AVS 4323 The Environment and Economic Analysis (ENV 4323)
    • AVS 4386 Remote Sensing (GEO 4386)
    • AVS 4390 Internship in Aviation
    • AVS 4485 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 4485)
    • AVS 4487 Advanced GIS Analysis (GEOG 4487)

III. Required courses in other fields..............................................................................17 hrs

  • Computer Science (CSI) 3303 Information Technology
  • Math (MTH) 1321 Calculus I (prereq: Grade of C or better in MTH 1304 (Pre-calculus) or satisfactory performance on departmental placement exam)
  • MTH 1322 Calculus II OR Statistics (STA) 2381 Introductory Statistical Methods (Prereqs: C or better in MTH 1321)
  • Physics (PHY) 1408 General Physics for Natural Sciences I (Algebra Based) OR 1420 General Physics I (Calculus-based)
  • Choose one of the following:

    • Chemistry (CHE) 1301 Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry and CHE 1101 (Lab)
    • or

    • Physics (PHY) 1409 General Physics for Natural Sciences II (prereq: PHY 1408 or 1420)
    • or

    • Physics (PHY) 1430 General Physics II (prereq: PHY 1408 or 1420, MTH 1322)



For additional information on the AIRP courses at TSTC, go here.


For additional information on the Aviation Science courses at Baylor, go here.