Aviation Science, AS

Technology and Health Division
Degree S0910

This curriculum meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). Under an educational partnership agreement with the FAA, this CTI program prepares students for broad-based aviation careers. Students completing this CTI program may be recommended by the college for hiring by the FAA as air traffic controllers. There are no prerequisites or enrollment limitations.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Core Courses
AERO 100Primary Pilot Ground School4
AERO 102Aviation Weather3
AERO 104Federal Aviation Regulations2
AERO 152Air Transportation3
AERO 200Aviation Safety and Human Factors3
AERO 250Navigation3
AERO 252Instrument Ground School3
AIRT 151Aircraft Recognition and Performance3
AIRT 201Terminal Air Traffic Control3
AIRT 203Enroute Air Traffic Control3
AIRT 251Air Traffic Control Team Skills1.5
Total Units31.5

Recommended Electives

AERO 150Commercial Pilot Ground School3
AERO 202Aircraft and Engines3
BUSM 60Human Relations in Business3

 Guided Pathway of Study

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The Guided Pathway of Study grid below offers a semester by semester plan for achieving the AS in Aviation Science Degree as recommended by content Faculty Members and Counselors. This Guided Pathway of Study assumes the student is able to take 12-15 units per semester.

If the number of units you are able to take are fewer than 12-15 per semester, or you are eligible for English other than English 1A,  and Math other than Math 71, please make an appointment with a counselor who will assist you with developing your personal Guided Pathway of Study for this degree. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Units
AERO 100 Primary Pilot Ground School 4
AERO 102 Aviation Weather 3
AERO 104 Federal Aviation Regulations 2
METO 3 Weather and the Atmospheric Environment 3
Intersession 1
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4
Semester 2
AERO 152 Air Transportation 3
AIRT 151 Aircraft Recognition and Performance 3
COUN 5 Career and Life Planning 3
MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra 5
Intersession 2
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4
Second Year
Semester 1
AERO 200 Aviation Safety and Human Factors 3
AIRT 201 Terminal Air Traffic Control 3
AIRT 203 Enroute Air Traffic Control 3
Recommend Area C Arts General Education course here. 1 3
Intersession 1
Recommend Area D History/Political Science General Education course here. 1 3
Semester 2
AERO 250 Navigation 3
AERO 252 Instrument Ground School 3
AIRT 251 Air Traffic Control Team Skills 1.5
Recommend Area C Humanities General Education course here. 1  
Recommend KIN Activity (PE) course here. 2 1
Intersession 2
Recommend Area D Social, Political and Economic Institutions General Education courses here. 1 3
 Total Units60.5

The AS Degree in Aviation Science requires the completion of General Education coursework. See GE Area course requirements.  


 Physical Well-Being Requirement: Complete at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX with a grade of “C” or better or “CR”. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Be familiar with how the National Airspace System has evolved into today’s complex airspace environment; understand current air traffic control separation standards and procedures for both terminal and en route operations; apply those separation standards, procedures, and techniques in a computer simulated environment while being aware of emerging air traffic control technologies and automation.
  • Recognize, identify, and remember a wide variety of aircraft including the manufacturer, Federal Aviation Administration identification code, aircraft performance characteristics, and how those characteristics are applied to meet en route and terminal separation standards in a computer driven simulated environment.
  • Understand the importance of teamwork among co-workers, the various stages of team development, coping and performing techniques and how to apply them in a scenario-based working environment; recognize a variety of personality types and team behaviors toward becoming a skilled team player as applied to today’s intense air traffic control working environment.

Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

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