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Aviation Technology - Aviation Management: BS

Aviation Technology - Aviation Management

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

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

Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University's admissions requirements, the aviation technology - aviation management 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 2.5 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.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Air Line Pilots Association: ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents pilots at 38 U.S. and Canadian airlines.

Women in Aviation, International: WAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers, and many others. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members, and young people nationally and internationally.

Alpha Eta Rho (USU Pilot Club): AHP is an international aviation fraternity. The purpose of AHP is to act as middle ground between students studying aviation at a university and the aviation industry.

DroneWorx: This USU club for anyone interested in drones from any major, helps students connect to industry, learn about all things in unmanned aerial systems technology and have fun flying with like-minded students.

Society of Aviation Maintenance Professionals: SAMP is a student-run club available for all students interested in airplanes and understanding how they work. The club meets monthly to participate in skill-building projects, learn from guest speakers, and to learn about internship opportunities.

Professional Aviation Club: PAC grew out of the motivation to attend the world's largest airshow in Osh Kosh, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association. They expanded their interest to visiting museums, airshows, exhibits and other professional events for any and all aviation majors. Anyone can join to connect in industry and prepare for careers in aviation.



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Marci Chidester
Office: AGRS 418
Phone: (435) 797-8434

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