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Professional Pilot - B.S.

Take flight with Kent State's Professional Pilot program. Our Bachelor of Science in Professional Pilot program prepares you for a successful career in the aviation industry. With a comprehensive curriculum, hands-on training and experienced faculty, you'll gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a skilled pilot.

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Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Pilot is designed for students who aspire to become professional pilots. This program stresses subjects associated with flight systems, propulsion, structures and electronics. Students entering this program should have a strong desire for excellence in aviation as well as the flying skills required of a professional pilot.

Students may apply early to the M.S. degree in Aviation Management and Logistics and double count 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward both degree programs. See the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program policy in the University Catalog for more information.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Admission to the Professional Pilot major is selective.

New Students: Students must complete a pre-admission evaluation to be considered for admission. Inquiries may be directed to the College of Aeronautics and Engineering.

Transfer Students: Students must have a minimum 2.250 overall GPA in all college-level coursework for admission to the Professional Pilot major.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Flight Training Courses: Transfer students and students admitted to the Professional Pilot major with credits completed through College Credit Plus or other means may be allowed to enroll in flight training courses only with special permission.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of math, science and the applied sciences to aviation-related disciplines.
  2. Analyze and interpret data.
  3. Understand and master the fundamental concepts and skills of airplane flight.
  4. Communicate effectively through written and oral means.
  5. Recognize the need and develop the cognitive abilities to engage in life-long learning by successfully contending with changing technologies, regulatory policies and procedures, market forces and the highly dynamic operational environment of commercial flight and professional aviation.
  6. Understand contemporary issues that affect aviation.
  7. Use the techniques, skills and modern technology necessary for professional practice.
  8. Understand the national and international aviation environment.
  9. Apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems.
  10. Know and understand the technical details involved in the effective management of employees and operational systems in professional aviation.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
AERN 15000INTRODUCTION TO AERONAUTICS 3
AERN 15740ELEMENTS OF FLIGHT THEORY 5
or AERN 15750
AERN 15752
ELEMENTS OF FLIGHT THEORY I
and ELEMENTS OF FLIGHT THEORY II
AERN 15751PRIVATE PILOT FLIGHT I 2
AERN 15753PRIVATE PILOT FLIGHT II 3
AERN 25100INTRODUCTION TO AVIATION MANAGEMENT 3
AERN 25250ELEMENTS OF AVIATION WEATHER 3
AERN 25252THUNDERSTORMS AND SEVERE WEATHER 3
AERN 25350FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL 2
AERN 25351FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL LABORATORY 1
AERN 30000PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN AERONAUTICS 1
AERN 35020AIRCRAFT PROPULSION SYSTEMS 3
AERN 35040AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS I 3
AERN 35150AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES 3
or AERN 45730 APPLIED TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
or AERN 45740 FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
AERN 35660INSTRUMENT FLIGHT THEORY 3
AERN 35661INSTRUMENT PILOT FLIGHT 3
AERN 35665COMMERCIAL PILOT FLIGHT: NAVIGATION 3
AERN 35760COMMERCIAL PILOT THEORY 2
AERN 35761COMMERCIAL PILOT FLIGHT 3
AERN 45030AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS II 3
AERN 45130PHYSIOLOGY AND HUMAN FACTORS OF FLIGHT 3
AERN 45135AVIATION SAFETY THEORY 3
AERN 45150APPLIED FLIGHT DYNAMICS I 3
AERN 45250AVIATION LAW 3
AERN 45648THEORY OF FLIGHT INSTRUCTION (ELR) 3
AERN 45649FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR - AIRPLANES 2
AERN 45651FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR - INSTRUMENTS 2
AERN 45653MULTI-ENGINE PILOT FLIGHT 1
AERN 45710TURBINE ENGINE THEORY AND OPERATION 2
AERN 45720CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 2
AERN 45791AVIATION SECURITY AND POLICY SEMINAR (WIC) 13
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
MATH 11022TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13012COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 2
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PHY 13022GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
General Elective (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Progression Requirements

Students must pass all required flight training and associated flight theory courses with a minimum 70 grade. Failure to complete all requirements may result in students being deemed not being permitted to continue in the Professional Pilot major; those students will be advised to change their program to the Aeronautical Studies major with the Professional Pilot minor.

Flight Training Courses: Beyond AERN 15751, all students are required to have and maintain a minimum 2.500 overall GPA to continue in flight courses. Students must complete all flight courses by the end of the semester following that in which they enrolled. In other words, if a student enrolls in a flight course in the fall, they must complete the course no later than the end of the following spring semester. This requirement is subject to waiver by the academic program director. In the absence of an authorized waiver, students who fail to complete any flight course by the end of the subsequent semester after course enrollment will receive a failing grade (F) and a complete forfeiture of the balance of the flight fees. Students who wish a refund of flight fees are required to withdraw from their flight course by the withdrawal deadlines established by the Office of the University Registrar. Flight fees will be refunded in accordance with the University policy regarding student fee refunds, policy number 3342-7-06. Students must complete the commercial certificate and instrument rating at Kent State to be eligible for the FAA's R-ATP certificate.

Students in Flight Training Courses must comply with the University Code of Student Conduct, Federal Aviation Regulations and policies outlined in the Kent State University Flight Operations Manual. Failure to comply may result in punitive actions, issuance of a failing course grade and/or dismissal from the Professional Pilot major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.500
  • Flight courses may be repeated once with permission.
Roadmap

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
AERN 15000 INTRODUCTION TO AERONAUTICS 3
AERN 15740
or AERN 15750
ELEMENTS OF FLIGHT THEORY
or ELEMENTS OF FLIGHT THEORY I
3-5
AERN 15751 PRIVATE PILOT FLIGHT I 2
!MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
Requirement: Student must have a 2.500 overall GPA prior to taking flight training courses.  
AERN 15752 ELEMENTS OF FLIGHT THEORY II (required for students who took AERN 15750) 2
AERN 15753 PRIVATE PILOT FLIGHT II 3
!AERN 25250 ELEMENTS OF AVIATION WEATHER 3
AERN 25350 FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL 2
AERN 25351 FUNDAMENTALS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL LABORATORY 1
!MATH 11022 TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
AERN 25100 INTRODUCTION TO AVIATION MANAGEMENT 3
AERN 35660 INSTRUMENT FLIGHT THEORY 3
AERN 35661 INSTRUMENT PILOT FLIGHT 3
!PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
!PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
 Credit Hours14
Semester Four
AERN 25252 THUNDERSTORMS AND SEVERE WEATHER 3
!AERN 35020 AIRCRAFT PROPULSION SYSTEMS 3
AERN 35665 COMMERCIAL PILOT FLIGHT: NAVIGATION 3
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
!PHY 13012 COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 2
!PHY 13022 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
AERN 30000 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN AERONAUTICS 1
!AERN 35040 AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS I 3
AERN 35760 COMMERCIAL PILOT THEORY 2
AERN 35761 COMMERCIAL PILOT FLIGHT 3
!AERN 45150 APPLIED FLIGHT DYNAMICS I 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!AERN 45030 AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS II 3
!AERN 45130 PHYSIOLOGY AND HUMAN FACTORS OF FLIGHT 3
!AERN 45648 THEORY OF FLIGHT INSTRUCTION (ELR) 3
!AERN 45649 FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR - AIRPLANES 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Seven
!AERN 45250 AVIATION LAW 3
!AERN 45651 FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR - INSTRUMENTS 2
!AERN 45653 MULTI-ENGINE PILOT FLIGHT 1
!AERN 45720 CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Eight
AERN 35150
or AERN 45730
or AERN 45740
AIRCRAFT STRUCTURES
or APPLIED TRANSPORT CATEGORY AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
or FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
3
AERN 45135 AVIATION SAFETY THEORY 3
!AERN 45710 TURBINE ENGINE THEORY AND OPERATION 2
!AERN 45791 AVIATION SECURITY AND POLICY SEMINAR (WIC) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 2
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Accreditation

The B.S. degree in Professional Pilot is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International, Federal Aviation Administration.

Student Achievement Data

Program Educational Goals

With the guidance of both the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Kent State University and the College of Aeronautics and Engineering assesses our program’s educational goals each academic year. Our Program Educational Goals are as follows:

  • Graduates will exhibit the qualities of excellence, integrity, leadership, management, and professionalism within their area of professional specialization in aviation.

  • Graduates will demonstrate a professional commitment to safety and contribute to the safety culture within their area of professional specialization in aviation.

  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to improve aerospace for generations to come through experiential learning, creativity, and innovation within their area of professional specialization in aviation.

  • Graduates will manifest the college’s core values in the areas of collaboration, compassion, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity, respect, and perseverance within their area of professional specialization in aviation.

Several methods to gather both direct and indirect assessment data over the course of each academic year are utilized. Data is gathered to improve student's learning and strengthen our relationships with industry. Some methods used include:

  • Surveys (Graduating Senior, Alumni, and Employer Surveys)

  • Capstone Projects

  • Aeronautics Advisory Committee Feedback

  • Degree Program Review

  • Faculty Assessment and Discussion of Student Learning Outcomes

The assessment of our goals starts with the University’s vision to Promote academic excellence and enhance student learning through a culture of evidence-based decision-making. The valuable data we collect from our assessment activities is analyzed and discussed amongst our Faculty to ensure we are making value added improvements to our programs.

Program Enrollment and Graduation Data

Professional Pilot; Enrolled

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

216 264 119 257 310 381

Professional Pilot; Graduated

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

25 18 14 32 17 TBA

Student Retention Rates

Term

Freshman Cohort

Retention

SO-JR

JR-SR

After 4 Yrs

After 5 Yrs

After 6 Yrs

2018 58 87% 71% 74% 64% 59%  
2019 89 87% 78% 73% 52% 26%  
2020 101 87% 81% 77% 5% 5%  
2021 110 73% 67%        
2022 88 85%          
2023 104            

PROSPECTIVE B.S. IN PROFESSIONAL PILOT ADMISSION INFORMATION

Restricted ATP Certificate

Special Course Fees

Graduates of this program have found employment with the following types of companies:

  • Regional Airlines
  • Charter Airlines

 

Accreditation

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Pathway Programs

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United Aviate logo
Southwest D225
jetBlue Gateways logo
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