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Aviation Science Program

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Aviation Science program at Elizabeth City State University is the only four-year aviation education program offered in the State of North Carolina. The Aviation Science Program seeks to become a model aviation education program for institutions in North Carolina and the nation. The program will be a significant provider of aviation- and aerospace-educated employees and entrepreneurs for the local areas of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County, North Carolina, and the nation. As the State of North Carolina was the "first in flight", the Aviation Science Program is the first in aviation and space education for the University of North Carolina System and for the State of North Carolina.

For students interested in careers as professional pilots, the weather and temperatures of northeastern North Carolina are near perfect for maximizing the number of days available for flight training activities.

The aviation programs at Elizabeth City State University offer students a comprehensive education in their chosen aviation area of study. Moreover, the curriculum offers general education and liberal arts courses that are intended to help students to broaden their perspectives about themselves and their careers while, at the same time, giving them the knowledge and confidence to be successful in the competitive fields of aviation and aerospace.

Aviation students have a range of aviation program options from which to choose. The program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Science with minors in the areas of Aviation Management, Electronics, Aviation Computer Science, Avionics, Public Administration, Flight Education, and Space Science.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Aviation Science Program is to provide quality aviation education to a diverse student body by offering specializations in areas relevant to the highly competitive aerospace/aviation industry.

The Four Program Options under Aviation Science

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 area of specialization. Below is a description of the four Aviation Science specializations:

Flight Education/Professional Pilot

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.

Air Traffic Control

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 lab is well equipped. The ATC program minor started course offering in fall 2009.

Aviation Management

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.

Avionics - Aviation Electronics

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. apply mathematics, science, and applied sciences to aviation related disciplines;
  2. analyze and interpret data;
  3. work effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams;
  4. make professional and ethical decisions;
  5. communicate effectively, using both written and oral communication skills;
  6. engage in and recognize the need for life-long learning;
  7. assess contemporary issues;
  8. use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice;
  9. assess the national and international aviation environment;
  10. apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems;
  11. apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues.

Aviation Science Degree Requirements