Programs of Study


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.


Aviation Science Degree Requirements

  • Aviation Science - Flight Education
  • Aviation Science - Air Traffic Control
  • Aviation Science - Aviation Electronics (Avionics)
  • Aviation Science - Aviation Management