Aviation Major

7105
Bachelor of Science
Classroom, Flight
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7105 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom, flight Location/s: main campus

The aviation meteorology with flight major prepares the student for a career as a professional pilot with a strong meteorological and physical science background. Graduates will achieve at least commercial pilot, instrument, multiengine ratings. A student completing the program also meets the requirements of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for employment by the federal government as a meteorologist. Students are afforded significant flexibility in career choices on graduation.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • AVF 1001 Flight 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Provides initial flight instruction for private pilot candidates through the first solo cross-country flight.
    Requirement(s):
    FAA student pilot certificate, class III or higher medical certificate
  • AVS 1201 Aviation Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Initial course in meteorology for flight students and aviation professionals. Includes meteorological codes, charts and aviation bulletins, and identification of potentially hazardous in-flight weather conditions. Also addresses atmospheric circulation, stability, convection, moisture, air masses and fronts.
  • AVT 1001 Aeronautics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides basic aeronautics instruction for all students. Prepares flight students for the FAA private pilot written examination. Includes aircraft components, basic aerodynamics, airports, air traffic control, airspace, regulations, performance, weight and balance, aeromedical factors, aviation weather and air navigation.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Private Pilot Written Exam
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVF 1002 Flight 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Provides continuing flight instruction to prepare students for the FAA private pilot practical test. FAA private pilot certificate awarded on successful completion of the FAA private pilot written examination, all prerequisites and corequisites, and stage one of this course. Includes cross-country flight training for added experience.
    Requirement(s):
    FAA Private Pilot Certificate, Class II or higher medical certificate
  • AVT 1002 Aeronautics 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides advanced instruction for private pilot candidates in visual flight rules, flight planning and navigation in a complex airspace system. Also provides initial ground instruction in FAA commercial pilot written examination topics such as advanced aerodynamics and advanced avionics, including the global positioning system (GPS).
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Private Pilot Flight Test
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVF 2001 Flight 3
    Credit Hours: 2
    Provides instrument flight instruction in aircraft and flight training devices to prepare the student for the FAA instrument rating practical test. FAA instrument rating awarded on successful completion of the FAA instrument rating written examination, all prerequisites and corequisites, and this course.
    Requirement(s):
    FAA Private Pilot Certificate, Class II or higher medical certificate
  • AVT 2001 Aeronautics 3
    Credit Hours: 3
    Prepares flight students for the FAA instrument rating written examination. Includes flight instruments, attitude instrument flying, navigation systems, regulations, air traffic control, airspace, aviation weather, flight planning, and departure, en route, and approach charts and procedures.
  • CSE 1503 Introduction to Software Development With FORTRAN
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using Fortran. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Instrument Rating Written Examination
Instrument Rating Flight Test
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVS 1202 Introduction to Aviation Physiology
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces the effects of flight on human functional capability. Explores hypoxia, hyperventilation, self-imposed stress, disorientation and other physical consequences of flight.
  • AVS 2102 Aerodynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents basic aeronautical factors affecting aircraft design and performance. Major topics include atmospheric properties, lift, drag, thrust, aircraft performance, stability and control, high-speed aerodynamics, operating strength limitations, and aerodynamics of specific flying problems.
  • COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acquaints students with a variety of library services, sources and systems. Emphasizes research strategies and tools useful in each student's field of study, as well as the use of print, Internet and other electronic resources.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces meteorological phenomena and principles, including descriptive weather elements, general atmospheric circulation, air-sea interaction and the physical mechanisms that create atmospheric motions, mixing and transfer of momentum, mass and heat.
Junior Year
Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVF 2102 Flight 4 Commercial Pilot-Airplane Multiengine Land
    Credit Hours: 2
    Provides advanced flight instruction in single-engine and multiengine land aircraft to prepare students for the FAA commercial pilot practical test. FAA commercial pilot-airplane multiengine land certificate awarded on successful completion of the FAA commercial pilot written examination, all prerequisites and corequisites, and this course.
    Requirement(s):
    FAA private pilot ASEL certificate with instrument rating, FAA class II or higher medical certificate
  • AVT 2002 Aeronautics 4
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides continuing academic instruction to prepare flight students for the FAA commercial pilot written examination. Also includes technically advanced aircraft systems and multiengine ground instruction.
  • MET 3401 Synoptic Meteorology 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Standard meteorological observational practice; data presentation; data analysis and display; data product transmission by facsimile and computer; and Internet connectivity; weather map discussions.
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Random variables, expectations, sampling and estimation of parameters, normal and other distributions and central-limit theorem, tests of hypothesis, linear regression and design experiments.
  • OCN 3430 Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluids
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the basic properties of Earth's fluids; statics and kinematics; integral expressions for the conservation of mass, momentum, angular momentum and energy; dynamic similitude, dimensional analysis and boundary-layer principles; applications to meteorology, oceanography and geophysics.
  • PHY 3060 Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes temperature, heat and heat engines, work, internal energy, entropy, laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials, equations of state, phase changes, viscosity, thermal conductivity, diffusion, Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics and partition functions.
Commercial Pilot Written Examination
Multiengine Commercial Pilot Flight Test
Spring (12 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVS 3201 Aviation Meteorology 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced course in meteorology for flight students and aviation professionals. Addresses hazardous weather conditions associated with synoptic weather systems and basic prediction techniques for flight planning. Also addresses seasonal weather patterns and associated hazardous flying conditions.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • MET 3402 Synoptic Meteorology 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Basic analysis techniques, scalar and vector fields, thermodynamic diagrams, synoptic calculations, 4-dimensional atmospheric structure, weather map discussions.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVT 4201 Advanced Aircraft Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers theory and operating characteristics of modern transport aircraft systems, including engine, fuel, electric, hydraulic, pneumatic, flight control, environmental and computer systems and displays.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite
  • AVT 4301 Aviation Safety
    Credit Hours: 3
    Explores the historical roots of modern safety organizations and the safety responsibilities and operations of the FAA and the NTSB. Closely examines aviation safety planning, icing and human-centered accidents.
    Requirement(s):
    Multiengine Certificate with Instrument Rating
  • MET 4233 Remote Sensing for Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies geostationary (GOES) and low-Earth polar orbiting (NOAA) weather satellites and the sensors system. Presents operational atmospheric data and applications to numerical weather prediction. Also covers ground-based meteorological radar systems and applications.
  • MET 4305 Atmospheric Dynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies coordinate systems, balance of forces, equations of motion, continuity and energy, barotropic and baroclinic disturbances, geostrophy, atmospheric transport of energy.
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVM 4302 Aviation Law
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the fundamentals of aviation law. Emphasizes factors guiding operational decision making by aviation managers and professional pilots to minimize exposure to legal liability.
  • AVT 4202 Advanced Aircraft Operations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an understanding of advanced aircraft performance, systems integrations and crew management.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite
  • MET 4306 Atmospheric Dynamics 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies circulation and vorticity, scale analysis, friction and turbulence, sound, gravity and Rossby waves, instability, numerical weather prediction.
  • SPS 4030 Physics of the Atmosphere
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the behavior of Earth's lower atmosphere, including an introduction to comparative planetology, atmospheric evolution, thermodynamics, dynamics, waves and turbulence, clouds, hurricanes, global circulation and global change.
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 125