Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology (BSAT) prepares individuals for professional positions within the aviation industry. Related career opportunities are found with airlines, airports, general aviation, government organizations, education and the aerospace industry.

Within the degree there are three emphasis areas: aviation management, professional piloting, and aeronautical studies. Each emphasis has discrete program description and outcomes. The specific interests and career goals of each student determine the emphasis area to pursue. The degree includes university General Education Requirements (GERs), a common set of core courses and courses relative to each individual emphasis.

Aviation Management Emphasis

The BSAT with the aviation management emphasis is designed to prepare graduates for management positions in all aspects of the aviation industry. The BSAT provides students not only with the organizational, human relations, and managerial skills required in aviation management, but also with the appropriate technical background.

Professional Piloting Emphasis

Professional pilots need knowledge of aerodynamics, aircraft engine and system operation, aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, as well as navigation and communication methods. This degree program prepares graduates for careers in professional flying and management. The special considerations and academic requirements contained in the Associate of Applied Science in Professional Piloting also apply to this emphasis area. The FAA has authorized UAA to certify its professional piloting graduates as eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with reduced aeronautical experience.

Aeronautical Studies

The BSAT with the aeronautical studies emphasis is designed to help students with some college education complete a bachelor degree and transition into the aviation industry. This degree is designed to have maximum flexibility in course electives. 

Admission Requirements
  • Complete the Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  • Complete any additional admission requirements for the emphasis areas of aviation management and professional piloting described below.
  • Complete any certification requirements established by applicable government agencies of applicable emphasis.

It is strongly recommended that all students meet with an Aviation Technology Division (ATD) academic advisor each semester to review their academic progress and plan future courses. This is especially true with piloting students, as a number of their courses have Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements as well. 

Special Considerations

Once enrolled in any flight training course (courses where the student is receiving flight training) at UAA, students are required to complete the course requirements within 12 months from the date of registration. Failure to do so will be considered unsatisfactory progress and will result in a failing (F) grade within that registered flight course. If a student receives a failing grade in a flight training course, the course may be repeated. 

Graduation Requirements
Core Courses
AMT A171Basic Aerodynamics3
ATA A102Introduction to Aviation Technology3
ATA A133Aviation Law and Regulations3
ATA A134Principles of Aviation Administration3
ATA A233Aviation Safety3
ATA A331Human Factors in Aviation3
ATA A337Airline Operations3
ATA A425Civil Aviation Security3
ATA A492 Air Transportation System Seminar3
ATC A143ATC Regulations3
or ATC A147 Air Traffic Communications
ATP A100Private Pilot Ground School3
ATP A235Elements of Weather3
ECON A102Principles of Macroeconomics3
PHIL A101Introduction to Logic3
or PHIL A201 Introduction to Philosophy
or PHIL A301 Ethics
or PHIL A305 Professional Ethics
PHYS A123College Physics I3
PHYS A123LCollege Physics I Laboratory1
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3

Select one of the following emphasis areas and complete the listed required courses.

Aviation Management Emphasis

The following applies to those students desiring to pursue an aviation management emphasis:

  1. Completion of prerequisite for or test placement into MATH A105 or higher and WRTG A111 or higher. For testing schedule, contact the Testing Center at (907) 786-4500.
ACCT A201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACCT A202Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ATA A335Airport Operations3
ATA A336Air Service Operations3
or ATC A440 Facility Operation and Administration
BA A241Business Law I3
BA A300Organizational Theory and Behavior3
BA A361Human Resource Management3
BA A388Globalization and Business Environment3
BA A461Negotiation and Conflict Management3
ECON A101Principles of Microeconomics3
STAT A200Elementary Statistics3
or any class for which STAT A200 is a prerequisite.
Choose a minimum of 18 credits of advisor-approved electives, 12 of which must be upper-division. The following are recommended elective support courses:18
ATA A490
Advanced Topics in Aviation Technology
ATC A325
Tools for Weather Briefing
BA A280
Managerial Communications
BA A347
International Marketing
BA A376
Management Information Systems
BA A381
Consumer Behavior and Relationship Management
BA A460
Marketing Management
PER A100
Fitness for Life *
PER elective *
PSY A380
Psychology of Stress and Coping

Maximum of 2 PER elective credits allowed.

Professional Piloting Emphasis

The following applies to those students desiring to pursue a professional piloting emphasis:

  1. Flight training costs are not included in university tuition and fees. Students must meet with the aviation academic advisor to obtain department approval to register for all flight courses. Flight training costs are based on hourly rates established for each aircraft type flown. Students will be provided with current hourly flight costs and program cost estimates when they meet with the department's academic advisor.
  2. Students must pass an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Class II medical examination before beginning any flight training.
  3. U.S. citizens must present verification of U.S. citizenship before beginning any flight or airplane simulator training. The following three methods are acceptable: an unexpired U.S. passport, an original or raised seal official copy of birth certificate, or an original or raised seal official copy of Certificate of Naturalization. Non-U.S. citizens must register and receive approval from the Transportation Security Agency before beginning any flight or simulator training. Please contact the ATD Office for information.
  4. Once formally admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology or registered for aviation classes at UAA, all subsequent required flight training must be completed in residence at UAA. Enrolled students who receive flight training outside UAA under specific curricula will not receive credit for the corresponding UAA courses.
  5. All students are required to complete a minimum of the FAA Instrument Airplane Pilot rating, the FAA Commercial Airplane Single-engine Land Pilot certificate, and the FAA Multi-engine Land Rating while in residence at UAA.
  6. Military pilots may petition to have appropriate curriculum requirements awarded based on FAA pilot certificates held on a case-by-case basis.
  7. Students in the professional piloting emphasis are expected to have an additional focus of study outside of aviation. This focus will include at least three courses in the outside emphasis beyond the General Education Requirements (GERs). A minor is encouraged but not required.
  8. Completion of prerequisite for or test placement into MATH A105 or higher and WRTG A111 or higher. For testing schedule, contact Testing Center at (907) 786-4500.
ATA A415Crew Resource Management3
ATC A325Tools for Weather Briefing3
ATP A101Pre-Professional Flying *2
ATP A116Instrument Ground School3
ATP A126Instrument Flying *2
ATP A200Commercial Ground School3
ATP A218Commercial Flying I *1.5
ATP A219Commercial Flying II *1.5
ATP A220Commercial Flying III *2
ATP A305Airplane Multiengine Land Rating *2
ATP A320Flight Dynamics3
ATP A332Transport Aircraft Systems3
MATH A152Trigonometry3
or any class for which MATH A152 is a prerequisite
Choose a minimum of 19 credits of advisor-approved electives, 10 of which must be upper-division. The following are recommended elective support courses:19
ATA A134
Principles of Aviation Administration
ATA A335
Airport Operations
ATA A336
Air Service Operations
ATA A490
Advanced Topics in Aviation Technology
ATP A104
Flying Alaska Bush
ATP A231
Search, Survival, and Rescue
ATP A300
CFI Ground School
ATP A301
CFI Flying *
ATP A405
Additional CFI Rating *
PER A100
Fitness for Life
PER elective (must be combined with PER A100)
PSY A380
Psychology of Stress and Coping

All flying courses require special documentation and department approval before registration.

Aeronautical Studies Emphasis

The following applies to those students desiring to pursue an aeronautical studies emphasis:

This curriculum is designed as a flexible option for those with previous college experience and looking to move into the aviation industry. 

ATP A433Aerospace Physiology3
ATA A431Aircraft Accident Investigation3
BA A166Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management3
ENGL A312Advanced Technical Writing3
MATH A152Trigonometry3
or STAT A200 Elementary Statistics
or any class for which MATH A152 or STAT A200 is a prerequisite
TECH A302Organizational Safety and Health3
33 credits of advisor-approved electives33

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, 39 of which must be upper-division. All elective courses must be approved by the academic advisor.