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Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 125 hours is needed for a Bachelor of Arts in Science in Aviation.
  • A minimum of 28 hours must be earned from the Department of Aviation.
  • A minimum of 40 hours must be earned from the University of Oklahoma.
  • A minimum of 40 hours must be upper-division coursework.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.25 is needed for graduation. 

General Requirements

  • 12 - 40 hours of coursework must be completed.
  • One upper division (3000/4000 level) Gen. Ed. course must be completed.
  • An Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.) from an accredited 2-year Oklahoma institution waives the lower-division general education requirements.
  • No more than 30 lower-division and upper-division hours can be waived with advanced standing credit.

Advisors

Aviation
Shelly Ainsworth
sainsworth@ou.edu
(405) 325-6033

Mary Aldridge
maldridge@ou.edu
(405) 325-1550

General Education Requirements

  • (For a list of all college requirements, please refer to the OU General Catalog.)

    Math Requirements

    Aviation majors are required to complete a math course every semester until the Math 1743 requirement is fulfilled. Failure to comply with this policy will lead to the student being stopped-out of the Aviation Department and thus having to change their major.

    Grade Point Averages

    To be eligible for graduation, aviation majors must have earned a minimum of 2.25 in all retention grade point averages. While 2.25 is the minimum GPA allowed for graduation, the Aviation Department urges students to strive for at least a 3.00 GPA to maximize their competitiveness within the aviation industry after their degree completion.

    NOTE: Students earning the general business minor must have a minimum minor GPA and an upper division business minor GPA of a 2.0.

    Stop-out Process

    All Aviation Majors are required to consistently:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.25 OU Retention GPA
  • Maintain a minimum 2.25 Combined Retention GPA
  • Comply with specific Aviation Department and FAA rules
  • Make progress each semester towards their major requirements and degree completion
  • Students who violate any of these mandatory academic and/or professional standards will be stopped-out of the department and must change their major. Stopped-Out students will not be allowed to return to the Aviation Department or enroll in aviation courses without first applying for readmission.

    Readmission into the program is unlikely until the student has:

  • Earned a 3.50 GPA (at least twelve credit hours) in the next semester
  • Earned two consecutive semesters of a 3.00 GPA (in at least twelve credit hours each semester)
  • Raised their OU GPA to a minimum of a 2.25 GPA
  • While stopped-out of the Aviation Department, students cannot have earned a “D” or “F” in any math, science or business course. It is strongly recommended students complete courses in these fields if they wish to be readmitted to the program.

    NOTE: Once a student has been stopped-out twice, they must wait three years to apply for readmission to the Aviation Department.

Academic Regulations

Prerequisite Sequence

All Aviation majors are required to complete the following prior to enrolling in any upper division business coursework:

  • ENGL 1113 and 1213
  • COMM 1113
  • Math 1743
  • All Basic Business Requirements
  • BAD 1001

NOTE: To remain on track for graduation, students must enroll in these courses every semester. 

Degree Residency

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree must meet degree residency in one of two ways.

  1. Complete the last 30 hours at OU in residence (no transfer or correspondence)
  2. Complete fifty-one of the last sixty hours at OU in residence

NOTE: It is highly recommended students consult their advisor prior to enrolling in any transfer coursework. Failure to meet degree residency can prevent a student from graduating. 

Transfer Credits

  • Students may not use more than sixty-five hours of transfer work from a two-year college toward their degree completion
  • Credit from a two-year college will be accepted to meet lower division requirements only
  • A maximum of twelve credit hours of transfer work will apply in the major area

Advanced Standing Examination

Students who complete a pilot certificate or additional rating outside of OU may be eligible to earn college credit. Students who feel they are eligible should contact their advisor and the Chief Flight Instructor in the Aviation Department.

NOTE:

  • There is a limit to the number of credit hours that can be obtained through advanced standing
  • Students who have earned a grade, besides W, in a course are not eligible for advanced standing
  • Advanced standing credit in certain aviation courses may affect a student’s PART 141 status with the FAA; please consult the Chief Flight Instructor prior to taking the exam

Graduation

Prior to being cleared for graduation, aviation majors must:

  • Obtain a graduation check before enrolling in their last semester
  • Complete an exit interview form
  • Have a current graduation application on file in the Aviation Advising Office

Students who earn an OU and combined retention grade point average of at least a 3.50 may graduate with Distinction. Those students earning an OU and combined retention GPA of at least 3.75 may graduate with Special Distinction.

NOTE: No student who has been subject to disciplinary action will be granted a degree with Distinction or Special Distinction.

Course Information

Aviation department courses meet requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 61 and Part 141 pilot training. Courses can be customized to meet your specific training needs. You must have permission prior to enrolling in any Aviation department course. The costs shown are in addition to tuition and other special fees.

Aviation Credit Courses
Primary Flying
AVIA 1222 -- 38 hours
Private Pilot's Certificate
$Call
Advanced Flying
AVIA 2231 -- 40 hours
Commercial maneuvers
$Call
Secondary Flying
AVIA 2341 -- 40 hours
Cross country time building
$Call
Advanced Flight Maneuvers
AVIA 3111 -- 5 hours
Unusual attitudes
$Call
Instrument Flying
AVIA 3572 -- 39 hours
Instrument rating
$Call
Multiengine Flying
AVIA 3581 -- 9 hours
Multiengine rating
$Call
Turbine Transition
AVIA 4313 -- 5 hours
Turbine systems
$Call
Commercial Flying
AVIA 4552 -- 40 hours
Commercial Pilot's Certificate
$Call
Flight Instructor
AVIA 4602 -- 25 hours
Certified Flight Instructor Certificate
$Call
Instrument Instructor
AVIA 4613 -- 15 hours
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
$Call
Multiengine Flight Instructor
AVIA 4622 -- 25 hours
Certified Flight Instructor Multiengine
$Call
 

Crew Resource Management(CRM)

AVIA 4423 -- 3 hours
This course covers the basics of a multiple crew-member cockpit. The latest techniques for cockpit organization, crew communication, and human factors, will be discussed. The course offers an in-depth examination of human factors as they relate to the aircrew and their interface with the aircraft, the passengers and other crew-members. Aspects of CRM in general aviation operations are also discussed.

Aviation Managements - Flying Concentration

The Aviation Management concentration trains students to become commercial or corporate pilots, while also including a strong foundation of business coursework to further diversify their skill set. Students can use their free electives to gain additional flight experience if they so desire. From cockpit to boardroom, the Aviation Management student's career horizons are significantly expanded!
 

Aviation Management - Non-Flying Concentration

This concentration prepares students who do not wish to enter the industry as a pilot, but who wish to meet the growing demands for management positions within the aviation industry.  The FAA states there are five non-flying aviation jobs for every one pilot in the sky. 

Aviation Management - Air Traffic Management Concentration

The Air Traffic Management concentration trains students for the exciting and lucrative career opportunities in the Air Traffic Control profession. In addition to the general education and business coursework, completion of this degree qualifies students for AT-CTI candidacy for Air Traffic Control positions with the FAA, Lockheed Martin AFSS and others. OU’s AT-CTI program consists of five traditional and one online course that constitute a significant portion of the major requirement’s area. This program is unique in that it provides training in every possible ATC venue:  Air Traffic Control Tower Operator, Enroute Non-Radar and Radar Training, Terminal Radar Training, Traffic Management and Flight Service. Once the Aviation Bachelor of Science degree has been completed, OU Aviation will recommend the student to the FAA for hiring as an Air Traffic Controller. To be eligible, one may not have reached his/her 31st birthday. OU has the distinct advantage of being located approximately 20 miles from the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.

Professional Pilot

When pursuing the Professional Pilot concentration, you are required to earn a private pilot through commercial pilot--multi engine certificate. You will also complete a Turbine Transition and a Crew Resource management course. Your course work will include a foundation of business and management courses and you may choose from a wide variety of electives.

Electives

Electives fulfill the remaining hours necessary for the completion of a B.S. degree after general education and B.S. major requirements have been met. Free electives may include any specialized aviation courses. A combined maximum of five hours of physical education activity courses may be used to meet degree requirements. 

Degree Planning Worksheet

Aviation Air Traffic Degree Planning Worksheet

Aviation Management (Non-Flying) Degree Planning Worksheet

Aviation Management (Flying) Degree Planning Worksheet

Aviation Professional Pilot Degree Planning Worksheet

Aviation Minor Options

We now offer minor options in Aviation. Options are available for Single-Engine Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot, Air Traffic Control, and Aviation Management. Get your pilot certificate and class credit! Air Traffic Control is the only Aviation minor option that an Aviation major may pursue. However, if a student is pursuing the Aviation Management Air Traffic concentration they can choose to complete the Single-Engine or Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Minor.

Single-Engine Commercial Pilot Minor (17 hours)

AVIA 1113Introduction to Aviation
AVIA 1222Primary Flying *
AVIA 2231Advanced Flying*
AVIA 2341Secondary Flying*
AVIA 3113Commercial Aviation
AVIA 3133Fundamentals of Instrument Flying
AVIA 3572Instrument Flying*
AVIA 4552Commercial Flying*
  • Students must complete 11 of the 17 minor hours in residence at the University of Oklahoma.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of transfer work may be applied towards the minor
  • A 2.25 OU and Cumulative GPA is required; not open to aviation majors.
  • Students under a 2007 catalog or later must earn a minimum grade of "C" to be considered passing and move to the next requirement

 

Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Minor (18 hours)

AVIA 1113Introduction to Aviation
AVIA 1222Primary Flying *
AVIA 2231Advanced Flying*
AVIA 2341Secondary Flying*
AVIA 3113Commercial Aviation
AVIA 3133Fundamentals of Instrument Flying
AVIA 3572Instrument Flying*
AVIA 3581Mukti-Engline Flying*
AVIA 4552Commercial Flying*
  • Students must complete 12 of the 18 minor hours in residence at the University of Oklahoma.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of transfer work may be applied towards the minor
  • A 2.25 OU and Cumulative GPA is required; not open to aviation majors.
  • Students under a 2007 catalog or later must earn a minimum grade of "C" to be considered passing and move to the next requirement

Aviation Management Minor (17 hours)

AVIA 1113Introduction to Aviation
AVIA 1222Primary Flying *
AVIA 2513History of Aviation
AVIA 4423Crew Resource Management
MGT 3013Principles of Management
  • Students must complete 11 of the 17 minor hours in residence at the University of Oklahoma.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of transfer work may be applied towards the minor
  • No correspondence work is allowed to count towards the minor.
  • A 2.25 OU and Cumulative GPA is required; not open to aviation majors.
  • Students under a 2007 catalog or later must earn a minimum grade of "C" to be considered passing and move to the next requirement

Air Traffic Control Minor (24 hours)

AVIA 1113Introduction to Aviation
AVIA 1213Basic Air Traffic Control Regulations
AVIA 2013General ATC Procedures
AVIA 3213Airport Traffic Procedures
AVIA 3313IFR Air Traffic Procedures*
AVIA 4004Air Traffic Control Tower Simulation*
AVIA 4015Air traffic Simulation*
  • Students must complete all 24 minor hours in residence at the University of Oklahoma.
  • No correspondence work or advanced standing is allowed to count towards the minor.
  • A 2.25 OU and Cumulative GPA is required; not open to aviation majors.
  • Students under a 2007 catalog or later must earn a minimum grade of "C" to be considered passing and move to the next requirement

* Note: Courses followed by an asterisk involve both classroom instruction and flight instruction. An additional flight fee is applied.

Non-Credit Courses

Aviation Department courses meet requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 61 and Part 141 pilot training. Courses can be customized to meet your specific training needs. You do not need to be enrolled at OU to take non-credit courses, but you must have permission to register for any Aviation Department course. Contact the Aviation Department at Max Westheimer Airport Terminal Building at (405) 325-7231 if you have any questions prior to registering for an Aviation non-credit course.

sUAS Remote Pilot License Test Prep Course

The sUAS Remote Pilot License Test Prep Course is an overview class designed to help you prepare for the test for Part 107, the small UAS Rule. Part 107 authorizes commercial drone use without a Section 333 exemption and without a manned aircraft pilots license. The course is taught by qualified instructors with experience in aviation and UAS training. This 15-hour course features pre-read materials, in-class lecture, and a practice exam at the end of the course. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded. Learn more about the sUAS program.

Private Pilot Course (Far Part 141)

AV169-2009-401
Prepares student for FAA Written and Practical Exam. 35 hours of ground school, 40 hours of flight instruction, and 22.5 hours of Lab.

Instrument Flying

AV169-2015-401
Course is devoted to skills related to flying an aircraft solely by reference to instruments. Includes 39 hours of instrument flight instruction, 30 hours of ground instruction, and 22.5 hours of lab.

 

Commercial/Instrument Pilot Certificate

The prerequisite is a Private Pilot Certificate. The course is divided into three stages: Advanced, Secondary, and Commercial.

Advanced Flying

AV169-2013-401
This course includes 40 flight hours in the following areas: instrument training, night flying, introduces commercial flight maneuvers and high performance airplane operations.

Secondary Flying

AV169-2014-401
Course provides 40 hours of cross-country flight experience and basic instruments toward the requisite of an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.

Commercial Flying

AV169-2016-401
Completes all remaining VFR/IFR requirements for an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate. Flight maneuvers and operations are performed to commercial standards. 40 flight hours and 35 hours of ground instruction.

 

Multi-Engine Flight Courses

Multi-Engine Certification

AV169-2019-401
Provides multi-engine aircraft experience for adding the multi-engine rating to a Commercial Pilot Certificate. 15.5 hours of ground instruction and 9 hours of flight time, two hours of simulator. 

Turbine Transition Course

AV169-2021-402
Ground school in turbine aircraft systems (26 hours). 5 flight hours in King Air C90B, to include a high-altitude sign-off, and 2 hours of simulator, 33 hours of ground instruction. Course restrictions apply; please contact the Aviation department for more information.

 

Flight Instructor Certifications

Certified Flight Instructor

AV169-2017-401
Gain the aeronautical experience required to take the FAA Certificated Flight Instructor Practical Examination. 25 hours flight instruction, 48 hours of ground instruction with emphasis on principles of instruction and student motivation.

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (Part 141)

AV169-2018-401
This course will emphasize instructing techniques for teaching instrument flying procedures and operations. 15 hours flight time and 15 hours of ground instruction.

Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (Part 61)

AV169-2018-402
This course will emphasize instructing techniques for teaching instrument flying procedures and operations. 3 hours flight instruction, 2 hours simulation and 3 hours ground instruction.

Multi-Engine Instructor Certification (Part 141)

AV169-2020-401
Provides Pilot-in-Command time required for multi-engine instructor. The student is required to have multi-engine and certified flight instructor ratings. 25 hours of flight and 20 hours of ground instruction.

Multi-Engine Instructor Certification (Part 61)

AV169-2020-402
Provides Pilot-in-Command time required for multi-engine instructor. The student is required to have multi-engine and certified flight instructor ratings. 15 hours of flight and 5 hours of ground instruction.

 

Other Flight Courses

Biennial Flight Review

AV169-2030-401
Provides the biennial flight review requirements as specified by AC No: 61-98A. Includes 3 hours of ground time consisting of a review of FAR Part 91 Operating and Flight Rules. 2 hrs. flight.

Instrument Simulator Course

AV169-2008-401
This course will provide 10 hours of instrument instruction on an FAA approved ground- training device.

Flying Companion Course - Warrior

AV169-2010-401
Learn the basics of flying and receive ground instruction on map reading, handling emergencies, and proper radio procedures. 5 hours ground instruction, 8 hours of Warrior dual flight.

Flying Companion Course - Cessna

AV169-2010-402
Learn the basics of flying and receive ground instruction on map reading, handling emergencies, and proper radio procedures. 5 hours ground instruction & 9 hours of Cessna dual flight.

Advance Flight Maneuvers

AV169-2025-401
Learn to recover the aircraft from an unusual attitude. The student is introduced to more advanced spin recovery. 5 hours of dual flight time and 11 hours of ground instruction.

Complex Proficiency

AV169-2024-401
10 hours of dual instruction in preparation for the commercial check ride. The flights are conducted in the PA28R-200.

*All prices for all hours included in each course syllabus. Any overflight accumulated beyond syllabus hours will be charged on a per-hour basis.