Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
(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.
This program is available:
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Students must complete 40 upper division credits.
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.)
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
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.
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*This emphasis is part of the Natural Resources Degree program at U of M, Crookston. You will be redirected to that site.
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