Programs of Study

Program Options under Aviation Science

All students enrolled in in the Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science degree program, in addition to the general education requirements must complete a core set of aviation courses, as well as the required courses in their selected area of specialization. Below is a brief 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. The flight training program at ECSU leads students through a structured, airline style course of instruction using modern aircraft and advanced flight training devices and enables students to obtain the following FAA certificates and ratings:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Multiengine Rating

Note: ECSU Aviation Science also offers a Missionary Pilot Training program in partnership with Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU)

Air Traffic Control

Catering to the growing demand for air traffic controllers, ECSU Aviation Science offers a specialization in Air Traffic Control (ATC). 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. The ATC specialization provides students with fundamental industry knowledge and technical competency through a mix of classroom instruction from practicing professional air traffic controllers, computer-based instruction and air traffic control laboratory simulation. Students take courses in air traffic control tower and radar operations and procedures. Students gain hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art Air Traffic Control Lab which simulates the air traffic control tower environment, radar facilities and communication with pilots.

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. The FAA was mandated to establish Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) by 2020. Movement to the next generation of aviation will lead to modernization with satellite-based technology; aircrafts will be equipped with this new technology such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance — Broadcast (ADS-B), Data Communications and National Airspace System Voice System. There will be a greater need and demand for avionics technologists/technicians who possess experience maintaining avionics systems, and the technical skills to solve the problems on current and future advanced aircraft. The workforce need is reflected in the higher salaries that many companies are willing to offer aviation technicians with advanced avionics training and qualifications.

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.