Aviation Science, A.S.

This is an Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Science program. The program’s goal is to prepare students for a career as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). The program’s objectives are to prepare each student to meet the Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) requirements for flight training and aeronautical knowledge for a Certified Flight Instructor.  


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 MSJC General Education Option A

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
AVIA-700 Aviation Orientation 1
AVIA-503 Private Pilot 4.5
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
CSCR-116 Integrative Career/Life Planning (formerly GUID-116) 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
Spring Semester 1
AVIA-500 Aviation Weather 3
AVIA-505 Instrument Rating 4.5
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
GEOG-111 Geography of California 3
Fall Semester 2
AVIA-507 Commercial Pilot 6
GEOG-101 Physical Geography 3
COMM-103 Interpersonal Communication 3
GEOG-104 Physical Geography Lab 1
BADM-103 Introduction to Business 3
Spring Semester 2
AVIA-710 Certified Flight Instructor 4.5
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
Legal Environment of Business
or Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis
PHIL-105 Introduction to Ethics 3
 Total Units61.5

Note: Flight hours and cost to be factored in when considering this program. Please see a counselor.  

An Associate Degree in this program requires students to follow MSJC's General Education, Option A and complete all general education areas, all major requirements, and complete an overall total of 60 degree applicable units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required Aviation Courses23.5
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
AVIA-503Private Pilot4.5
AVIA-505Instrument Rating4.5
AVIA-500Aviation Weather3
AVIA-507Commercial Pilot6
AVIA-700Aviation Orientation1
AVIA-710Certified Flight Instructor4.5
Total Units23.5

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