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Welcome to the Department of Aviation. The information found on our web site should answer many of your questions and possibly raise some new ones. After you formulate some opinions and ideas as to your choice of major, please write, or call us to discuss your decision. Satisfactory completion of this course of study will lead to a Bachelor of Science Degree in either Aviation Management or Professional Pilot.

General Program Information

Students must apply for acceptance into the Aviation Program after being accepted into CWU. Application information and forms are available on the Department of Aviation's website, from CWU admissions, or from the Department of Aviation office. Admission decisions are based on a number of factors including grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, financial capability and a written statement of purpose, as outlined in the Aviation application.  Click HERE for student forms.

Bachelor of Science  Professional Pilot

The Professional Pilot major prepares graduates for entry level careers and leadership roles in the aviation community. Students select one of two technical specializations leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Pilot. The Aviation curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation in the liberal arts as well as a thorough education and training in a technical discipline. All Aviation courses are by permission. Special program rules and procedures as stated in the CWU Department of Aviation Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) apply to the Flight Officer and Commercial Pilot.

* CWU Dept. of Aviation is offering an accelerated 3 year B.S. Professional Pilot degree. Students attend year-round. CWU has initiated this program in response to industry's identification of projected pilot shortages. Many students are expressing a desire to accelerate their school time to target industry vacancies. Consider getting a jump start on your career! Please contact CWU Aviation for more information.

Bachelor of Science Aviation Management

Coursework in the Aviation Management Degree will prepare students for a variety of administrative and management positions in the aviation community including maintenance management positions. Management career options related to aviation activities, such as airport manager, general operations manager, and air carrier management exist in the industry.

Aviation Minors

Professional Pilot Minor

A program designed for students who wish to earn a pilot's license (Private Pilot certificate). Private Pilot flight training is taken through CWU's designated contract operator at Bowers Field, Ellensburg, WA.

Required CoursesCredits
AVP 101, Private Pilot Flight Lab I
AVP 102, Private Pilot Flight Lab II
AVP 103, Private Pilot Flight Lab III
AVP 141, Principles of Flight I
AVP 142, Principles of Flight II
AVP 211, Meteorology for Pilots
AVP 221, Aircraft Systems I
Department approved AVP or AVM electives
Total Credits

Aviation Management Minor

An aviation management minor provides students with an introduction to several key areas of aviation management.

Required CoursesCredits
AVM 330, Aviation Law
AVM 334, Airport Management
AVM 335, Aviation Management
AVM 417, Aviation Safety Management
MGT 380, Organizational Management
Choose a minimum of two courses from the following:
AVM 333, Air Transportation
AVM 434, Airport Operations
AVM 438, Airport Planning and Design
Total Credits