Aviation Technology - Professional Pilot - BS

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Degree

The aviation technology - professional pilot degree is designed for students who intend to pursue a career as an airline pilot, plan to fly for charter, commuter, or corporate airlines, or who wish to operate their own aviation-related business.

What You Will Learn

During freshman and sophomore years, students complete courses that develop general flying skills and provide a background in aviation. During junior and senior years, students spend the majority of time focused on improving flight skills and preparing for careers by taking courses in commercial certification, airline management, aviation law, and more. Over the course of their studies, students will complete approximately 250 to 300 hours of flight time.


Fixed Wing:

This emphasis focuses on receiving flight training in fixed wing aircraft. Students will train in Diamond DA-40’s and DA-42’s, Piper Arrows, and a Cessna 152. Students will also spend time training in a Red Bird simulator, and a CRJ-700 simulator.


This emphasis focuses on receiving flight training in rotorcraft. Students will train in R22 Beta II, R44 Raven II, and a flight training simulator. Possible career paths could include scenic tours, EMS, aerial firefighting, wildlife study, and more.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in aviation technology - professional pilot, students can pursue careers as pilots in the following areas:

  • Charter and regional airlines
  • Commuter airlines
  • Corporate flight departments
  • Agricultural spray operations
  • Military aviation
  • Scenic tours
  • EMS
  • Aerial firefighting
  • Wildlife study

The Career and Design Center provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Job Outlook



Kaylee Roholt

Academic Advisor
Email: kaylee.roholt@usu.edu
Office: IS 106A
Phone: 435-797-1795

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Lisa Hunsaker

Email: lisa.hunsaker@usu.edu
Office: IS 106B
Phone: 435-797-0851

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the aviation technology - professional pilot program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen 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 2.75 to be accepted into the major.
  • Proof of USA citizenship or TSA clearance is required prior to flight training.
  • A medical examination conducted by an FAA-designated physician is required.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Program Requirements

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

All USU flight students are required to purchase and wear uniforms. Contact the program for more information on uniform requirements.

In addition to regular tuition and fees, flight fees are required for flight certification classes. Please see the current listing on the general catalog, or the academic advisor for specific details.

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