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Aviation Science Program

The Seven Aviation Minor Programs

All aviation student majors at Elizabeth City State University are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science degree program. In addition to the general education requirements, each aviation student must complete a core set of aviation courses, as well as the required courses in their selected minor program. Below is a description of the seven aviation minor programs, and the Air Traffic Control Program that is currently being developed.

Aviation ScienceAviation Management (previously Business Administration)

Every operational unit in the aviation industry requires a manager, administrator, or supervisor. The industry needs and requires managers who are well educated in the principles of management, and who are knowledgeable of aviation. Students who select this program will receive a strong education in business and management courses. The program prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions in the aviation industry, including airport management, airline management, general aviation management, and airline and general aviation operations.

Computer Science

Every aspect of aviation and aerospace is impacted by computers. In addition to receiving training and education as a computer scientist, students who select this minor will learn about the application of computers in the aviation industry. This program prepares students for computer programming and other computer science career positions for a wide range of aviation and aerospace organizations.


This minor program contains a mix of aviation and electronics courses that prepare students to design and develop electronic systems hardware for navigation, communication, and systems operations, and for the control of aircraft in flight and from the ground. The Electronics program prepares students for careers in manufacturing, engineering, and electronic maintenance within the aviation and aerospace industries.

Aviation ScienceAvionics

Over the years, avionics has had an increasingly important role in the field of aviation and aerospace. With today's technologies, avionics has continued to be important, especially to the many thousands of aviators who rely upon avionics for their safe flights. This is true, of course, for the most sophisticated aircraft but, increasingly, it is true for the most basic of training aircraft. ECSU has designed a viable avionics program that will educate and train students who will be directly employable by aviation and aerospace companies. Students will have the basic knowledge to analyze, repair, and maintain the sophisticated communications, navigations, and cockpit instrument systems on today's technically advanced aircraft.

Flight Education

Forecasts indicate that airline passenger growth will continue for a significant number of years into the future. New airlines and partnerships are commonplace, and a promising new segment of the industry (very light jets) is well underway. Also, large numbers of baby boomer flight personnel are expected to leave the aviation industry as they begin their retirements, and indications are that the demand for pilots will continue. ECSU stands ready to be a major participant in educating pilots who will be flight officers and leaders in the aviation industry. This high visibility program trains and educates students to become flight instructors and professional pilots for the nation's airlines, corporate aviation, and military services.

Public Administration

Public Administration prepares students to pursue important aviation public policy positions with local, state, and federal agencies, and private businesses. Aviation is a dynamic industry and public policy makers with aviation backgrounds will continue to be in demand. Public administration students will prepare for policymaking careers with the FAA, NTSB, NASA, state aviation agencies, and private companies who have vested interests in aviation policy.

Aviation ScienceSpace Science

The industries of aviation and aerospace are closer in purpose and function today than ever before. While aerospace has long represented the future, aviation has now crossed the boundaries that were once the domain of the aerospace industry. As with the aviation industry, the aerospace industry is anticipating a large turnover of employees because of retirements and because of the growth of the industry. The minor program in Space Science will prepare students for the many non-engineering career opportunities in the aerospace industry. Moreover, this program places ECSU among the few institutions in the nation that has a non-engineering program in Space Science.

Air Traffic Control (to be proposed)

The FAA has indicated that it expects to hire some 17,000 air traffic controllers over the next ten years. ECSU expects to be a partner with the FAA in educating and preparing students for the responsible positions of air traffic controllers for the National Airspace System. ATC simulation equipment is currently being acquired. The anticipated start of the ATC Program is fall 2009.