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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aviation and Aerospace Management (AAM) Major, B.S.

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Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science  

College of Health and Applied Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): Online, In-Person, Hybrid  

About the Program

The AAM program is designed for those seeking career opportunities in airport management, airline management, corporate aviation, or general aviation. This degree also supports careers that integrate the business venues of aerospace and space commercialization with many areas of management in aeronautics. This degree program integrates coursework from the aviation curriculum with a business minor to prepare the graduate for aviation and aerospace business-administration related professions.

All students must complete 33 semester hours of General Studies. Some General Studies courses are required by the major, so students would benefit from taking those courses for their General Studies courses. The Aviation and Aerospace Science curriculum guide, available in the AVS Department office, SS 102, lists recommended General Studies courses, each degree program with a recommended course sequence, and AVS policies and procedures. Students should schedule an advising session with an AVS faculty member early in their first semester in the department and each semester thereafter.

Student Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the flight environment. 
  • Apply airport management and planning principles including regulatory and grant assurance compliance, and airport safety inspections; distinguish airport layout plans and airport master plans; apply airport and airfield planning processes related to the design aircraft, terminal expansion and overall airport development; construct an air service development strategy.  
  • Develop comprehensive safety programs utilizing the principles of Safety Management Systems and demonstrate how to implement incident command within the airport or airline environment.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and critical thinking abilities on current topics related to aviation and aerospace science, including analytical and interpretive abilities related to the airport management knowledge-base.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of D- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is required for this program. Minor selected from College of Business  offerings. 
  • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all upper division courses listed as part of the major, whether or not they are AES prefixed courses, including electives. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. This requirement does not apply to General Studies classes.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**) 


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Senior Experience: 3 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Required Courses 58 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Required College of Business Major and Unrestricted Electives 23-26 credits
Total for the Aviation and Aerospace Management Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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