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Curriculum Information Guide

Aeronautical Science - Professional Pilot

Dr. Jeanne Radigan, Chair
Aviation Dept.

School of Engineering Technology


Bachelor of Science Degree

Farmingdale State College’s Department of Aviation offers the premier collegiate aviation program on Long Island, and in the region.  The professional pilot program is currently accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International through February, 2023.  The degree program provides training for entry-level pilot positions within the air transportation industry. Opportunities also exist in Federal/State Government, Corporate/ Business Aviation sectors and the United States Military.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all AVN courses (including electives) for graduation from the Professional Pilot Program. Students who are unable to obtain a minimum grade of “C” after the second attempt in any AVN classes must obtain permission from the Chairperson of the department to remain in the program. This will apply for each course that needs to be retaken for the third time.

Flight training students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and must be in Good Academic standing at the completion of each semester or they may be removed from their flight training schedule.

Please refer to the Safety and Technical Standards in the front section of the College catalog.

Aeronautical Science-Professional Pilot (BS) Program Outcomes:

Graduates will possess the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to competently and ethically function as professional pilots in the aviation industry.

Specifically, the graduate of the Aeronautical Science-Processional Pilot degree program will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences as a professional pilot
  • analyze and interpret data relating to aviation
  • function on multi-disciplinary teams as a professional pilot
  • exhibit an understanding of ethical and professional responsibility of aviation professionals
  • communicate effectively, including both written and verbal forms
  • recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  • exhibit knowledge of contemporary issues relating to professionals in the aviation field
  • demonstrate an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional aviators
  • analyze the national and international aviation environment
  • apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems confronting professional pilots

The Pro-Pilot Program prepares the student with the following Certificates and Ratings:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate

In addition, the student will have the option to complete the following Certificates and Ratings:

  • Multi Engine Land
  • Multi Engine Instrument Land
  • Multi Engine Instructor
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) Certificate

Students pursuing flight training in their program must hold a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class FAA medical Certificate prior to starting flight training. The Department of Aviation strongly recommends students obtain a First Class Medical prior to enrolling in the Professional-Pilot Program. A listing of FAA medical examiners can be obtained by contacting the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) at Republic Airport (631-755-1300).

Students may elect to fly during the summer. 

Flight Training Costs: Flight training fees and related equipment and publications are in addition to college tuition and fees. Flight fees must be paid each semester regardless of scheduled flight time.


Fall 2019 - Subject to Revision
Liberal Arts and Sciences (61 credits)
EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing (GE) 3
EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
ECO 156 Principles of Economics (Macro) (GE) 3
ECO 157 Principles of Economics (Micro) (GE) 3
Basic Communication - 200 level or higher (GE) 3
American/Western/Other World Civilizations (GE) 3
MTH 129 Precalculus (GE) 4
MTH 130 Calculus I with Applications 4
Foreign Language (GE) 3
Humanities (GE) 3
The Arts (GE) 3
PHY 135 College Physics I (GE) 4
PHY 136 College Physics II 4
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology 3
PSY 331 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3
Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives 12
Required: Aeronautical Science - Lecture (55-57 credits)
AVN 101 Aviation Industry: A History Perspective 3
AVN 104 Private Pilot Ground 3
AVN 201 Safety Ethics 3
AVN 202 Aviation Meteorology 3
AVN 208 Instrument Pilot Ground 3
AVN 211 Commercial Pilot Ground 3
AVN 300 Government in Aviation 3
AVN 309 Certified Flight Instructor-Ground 3
AVN 320 Air Carrier Flight Operations 3
AVN 321 Physiology of Flight 3
AVN 322 Advanced Aircraft Systems 3
AVN 400 Aviation Law 3
AVN 421 Gas Turbine Engines 3
AVN 422 Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance 3
AVN 423 Crew Resource Management 3
AVN 424 Advanced Avionics and Cockpit Automation 3
AVN 425 Safety of Flight 3
AVN 447 Capstone Professional Pilot Seminar 3
AVN Aviation Electives* (RATP students see advisor for approved course listing) 1-3
Required: Aeronautical Science - Flight Training (5 credits)
AVN 105 Private Pilot – Flight to Solo 1
AVN 106 Private Pilot – Flight to Certificate 1
AVN 209 Instrument Pilot – Flight 1
AVN 212 Commercial Pilot – Flight 1
AVN 310 Certified Flight Instructor or   
AVN 410 Commercial Multi Engine Pilot Rating


Total Credits:


Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 121-123 

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.


1. Students entering the program with a Private Pilot’s certificate must enroll in AVN 112 Private Pilot Proficiency. Students with any flight experience may also be required to enroll in AVN 112 at the discretion of the Chief Flight Instructor. Students must complete all required flight certificates and ratings above the Private Pilot Certificate at the Farmingdale State College (FSC) Flight Center in order to graduate with a FSC Professional Pilot Degree.
2. Flight Courses must be completed within a year from the date a student registers. Within this time frame a student must either 1) Successfully complete the course and be issued a grade, OR 2) Withdraw from the course, due to the following extenuating circumstances: Active Military Obligations, Medical conditions requiring removal from active flight status for a duration of 60 consecutive days or more. If neither of the above occurs, a failing grade will be assigned.
3. Students holding flight certificates and ratings above the Private Pilot Certificate are permitted to flight train but cannot graduate with a Professional Pilot degree.
4. All ground courses (AVN 104, 208, 211, 309) require successful completion of an FAA administered exam at the end of the course. The FAA exam can only been taken after receipt of a written endorsement from the course instructor. This instructor endorsement is given to those students who demonstrate sufficient understanding of the subject matter by achieving an average of 80 or better for all of the course exams during the semester. Students who don’t receive the endorsement to take the FAA exam or those who do not achieve a score of 70 or better on the FAA exam will be given an F for the course. Students that fail a ground course will not be permitted to continue the flight training associated with that ground course until they successfully pass the course. Students that fail a ground course twice will be removed from the Professional Pilot program and from flight training under Part 141 and cannot be endorsed by the College for reduced aeronautical experience under the FAA Letter of Authority (LOA) to Farmingdale State College.
5. Students seeking the RATP MUST take an elective credit course approved on our current LOA.  Please see an academic advisor for the most recent approved course listing.

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.