Aviation, BS Curriculum

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Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
Academic Affairs

(A collaborative program with the University of North Dakota Aviation Foundation)

The aviation program trains students to excel in the increasingly sophisticated and competitive profession of aviation. Extensive coursework in aviation, liberal education, and other disciplines provides the graduate with the skills for success. The University of North Dakota (UND AEROSPACE), an internationally recognized collegiate flight training center, provides aircraft, simulators, flight instructors, and aviation course materials under contract.

Only full-time students (taking 12 credits or more) may enroll in flight training courses; others must obtain consent from the aviation program manager. Pilot certification courses include private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, certified flight instructor, instrument flight instructor, multi-engine rating, and multi-engine flight instructor. Non-certificate courses include conventional gear (tail wheel) operations, advanced conventional gear operations, and natural resources/law enforcement applications. Students enrolling with previous flight training or experience may receive college credit after a practical test is administered by the aviation program manager or an appointed check pilot. Aviation students attend all classes on the UMC campus. Flight training is conducted at the UMC flight training center located at the Crookston Municipal Airport, three miles north of the University.

The aviation program includes flight courses for which students incur costs over and above regular tuition rates. These costs vary and depend on the courses taken, as well as the aircraft and flight instructor time used. Call the aviation program manager (218-281-8114).

Depending upon career interest, students may choose from two areas of emphasis: agricultural or law enforcement aviation. Another option available is the natural resources major with a natural resources aviation emphasis.

Admission Requirement: No medical or physical limitation that would prevent the student from holding a F.A.A. second class medical certificate.

Program Delivery

This program is available:

Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.

General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits.

Aviation Program Requirements
Required courses - 29 credits
AVIA 1103 - Introduction to Aviation (4.0 cr)
AVIA 1104 - Introduction to Aviation Flight Lab (1.0 cr)
AVIA 1396 - Conventional Aircraft Operations (1.0 cr)
AVIA 2220 - Basic Attitude Instrument Flying (2.0 cr)
AVIA 2221 - Basic Attitude Instrument Flying Lab (1.0 cr)
AVIA 2222 - IFR Regulations and Procedures (2.0 cr)
AVIA 2223 - IFR Regulations and Procedures Flight Lab (1.0 cr)
AVIA 3320 - Airplane Aerodynamics (2.0 cr)
AVIA 3321 - Airplane Aerodynamics Flight lab (1.0 cr)
AVIA 3324 - Aircraft Systems and Instruments (3.0 cr)
AVIA 3396 - Advanced Conventional Aircraft Operations (1.0 cr)
COMM 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
NATR 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
NATR 3900 - Internship (0.5-4.0 cr)
NATR 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
NATR 4652 - Seminar (1.0 cr)
SWM 3103 - Meteorology and Climatology (3.0 cr) 


Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits are required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1001 - Introductory Chemistry [PHYS SCI] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
PHYS 1012 - Introductory Physics [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)


Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx


Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Agricultural AviationAgricultural Aviation

This emphasis leads to careers in aerial application, aerial firefighting, aerial photography, charter pilot, or pilot representative for an agricultural business.

Program outcomes: graduates will

Agricultural Aviation Emphasis Requirements
Required courses - 31 credits
AGRO 1030 - Crop and Weed Identification(3.0 cr)
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
AGRO 2573 - Entomology (3.0 cr)
AGRO 2640 - Applied Agriculture Chemicals (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3230 - Introduction to Plant Pathology (3.0 cr)
AGRO 3444 - Crop Production (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
ENTR 2200 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3.0 cr)
MKTG 2200 - Personal Selling (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)


Agriculture/Natural Resources Electives
Students should take 7 credits.


Open Electives
Students must take enough open electives credits to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement. Approximately 9 credits are needed.


Law Enforcement AviationLaw Enforcement Aviation

This emphasis provides training in aviation, law enforcement, and liberal education. It leads to careers as law enforcement pilots employed by local, state, and federal agencies such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, state/federal conservation offices, and state/county/local law enforcement agencies.

Program outcomes: graduates will

After completing all required coursework, students may attend a skills session and take the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) certification examination, as coordinated by Bemidji State University.

Law Enforcement Aviation Emphasis Requirements
Required Courses - 40 credits
AVIA 3602 - Natural Resources and Enforcement Applications (2.0 cr)
CRJS 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [HI/BEH/SSC, ETH/CIV RE] (4.0 cr)
CRJS 2500 - Introduction to Policing (3.0 cr)
CRJS 2550 - Traffic Law (2.0 cr)
CRJS 2560 - First Responder (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3505 - Judicial Process (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3525 - Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3530 - Criminal Justice Diversity (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3550 - Criminal Investigation (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3575 - Critical Issues in Policing (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4510 - Victimology (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4540 - Criminal Law (4.0 cr)
CRJS 4550 - Criminal Procedure (4.0 cr)


Agriculture/Natural Resources/Business Electives
Students must take 6 credits.


Open Electives
Students must take enough Open Electives credits to meet the 120 credit requirement for graduation.


Natural Resources Aviation Emphasis Curriculum >>>
*This emphasis is part of the Natural Resources Degree program at U of M, Crookston. You will be redirected to that site.