Flight Operations - Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Flight Operations is centered on a Pilot Training School certified under FAA 14 CFR Part 141, and prepares students for FAA certification (licensing) and ratings. A flight training program is available to majors and non-majors. 

The Flight Operations Program includes courses from primary flight through multi-engine, commercial pilot with instrument rating, and certified flight instructor ratings, each supported by the appropriate ground school.

The learning outcomes for the Flight Operations program are:

  • an understanding of the impact of aviation and technology in a global/societal context,
  • an ability to apply the techniques, skills, and modern aviation tools to perform aviation related tasks,
  • an ability to function on a multi-disciplinary team and operate as a crew member in an aircraft cockpit,
  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and aerodynamic principles to ensure safe and efficient flight operations,
  • an ability to accurately analyze and interpret data from a variety of sources,
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
  • an abiltiy to communicate with agency representatives, superiors, subordinates, and peers with precision and clarity,
  • recognition of the need for the ability to engage in lifelong learning, and
  • knowledge of contemporary aviation industry issues.

Required Flight Operations (Professional Aeronautics) courses are:
AVI 131  Basic Ground School 
AVI 145  Safety and Ethics in Aviation 
AVI 231  Instrument Ground School 
AVI 232  Advanced Ground School 
AVI 233  Air Transportation 
AVI 349  Aviation Safety and Accident Investigation 
AVI 401  Applied Aerodynamics 
AVI 434  Human Factors 
AVI 435  Ground School - Multi-Engine 
AVI 447 Crew Resource Management and Advanced Systems 
ESC 214  Meteorology 
FLI 131  Flight Training I 
FLI 132  Flight Training - Cross Country 
FLI 231  Flight Training - Instrument 
FLI 232  Flight Training - Commercial Maneuvers 
FLI 334  Flight Training - Complex/High Performance Aircraft 
FLI 435  Flight Training - Multi-Engine 
UDMA 150     Analysis of Functions and Trigonometry 

The core courses result in a minimum of 52 credits.  Additionally, students must also complete one of two areas of concentration:  Corporate Pilot or Airline Operations.


Corporate Pilot
AVI 344  Corporate Aviation 
AVI 348  Fixed-Base Operations 

The above concentration and the core courses result in a total of 58 credits.


Airline Operations
PHY 115  Conceptual Physics and Lab or 
PHY 151  General Physics and Lab 
AVI 332   Ground School - ATP/Airline Dispatcher/Flight Engineer 
AVI 346  Airline Management 

The above concentration and the core courses result in a total of 62 credits.


The Flight Operations minor will result in a private pilot certificate with instrument rating.
These 20 credits include:
AVI 131  Basic Ground School 
AVI 145  Safety and Ethics in Aviation 
AVI 231  Ground School - Instrument 
FLI 131  Flight Training I 
FLI 231  Flight Training - Instrument 
AVI 233  Air Transportation 

Flight Operation internship opportunities with aviation companies are available in the Dubuque area and nationally for majors with Junior or Senior standing.  A maximum of 12 credit hours can be used toward graduation.

Course Descriptions

Four Year Paradigm, Air Traffic Management Focus

Four Year Paradigm Airline Focus