Aviation Technology - Aviation Management - BS

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

The Aviation Technology - Aviation Management degree is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in airport management and unmanned aerial systems.

What You Will Learn

Students will learn the discipline's latest technology with hands-on and research-based courses.

First- and second-year students will complete courses in aviation subjects such as aviation history, weather, flight principles, airport management, and start to take emphasis courses. During junior and senior years, students focus on deeper topics in their emphasis area, and prepare for careers with courses in airline management, aviation law, national airspace and more.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems:

This emphasis introduces the rules, regulations and certification to become a Commercial Remote Pilot, with practical design, build and flight labs. Students will learn to fly course drones and gain experience in aerial photography, mapping and data collection/analysis.

Aviation Operations:

This emphasis prepares students for a variety of aviation careers, including airport management, finance, Fixed Based Operator staff and working for business and corporate aviation.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

After completing the Aviation Management Degree, graduates can pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Remote (UAS) Pilot
  • Airport Manager
  • FBO owner
  • Aviation Dispatcher
  • Aviation Marketing
  • Airport Staff
  • Airport Finance
  • Aviation Safety Manager
  • Airport Security Manager
  • Airline manager
  • Air traffic controller
  • Systems management
  • Business management
  • Freight and cargo management
  • Airfield operator
  • UAS Sensor Operator
  • UAS Flight Test Engineer
  • UAS Maintenance Technician
  • UAS Project Manager
  • UAS Program Lead - (for company, public entity, etc)
  • UAS Public Facing Educator
  • UAS Community Liaison
  • UAS Test Pilot
  • Aerial Photographer/Videographer

Job Outlook



We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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*This degree is available at various USU locations.


Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University's admissions requirements, the aviation technology - aviation management program has additional requirements:

  • First-Year students: First-Year students admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Students transferring from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

All seniors are required to propose and complete a service learning or research project dealing with a practical application of a problem encountered in aviation technology.

In addition to regular tuition and fees, lab fees are required for drone build, design and flight lab courses. Please see the current listing on the general catalog, or the academic advisor for specific details.

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