Aviation

Undergraduate Programs

Majors

Program Locations Total Credits
Aviation BS Aeronautics BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
120
Aviation BS Aviation Management BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
120
Aviation BS Professional Flight BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
120

Minors

Program Locations Total Credits
Aeronautics Minor
18
Private Flight Minor
18
Professional Flight Minor
32

Policies & Faculty

Policies

Admission to Major. Coordinator for Admission to Major, the College of Education Adviser, 117 Armstrong Hall. All students must submit an unofficial transcript or DARS report (available at the Campus Hub).

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • a minimum of C+ in AVIA 150 (Private Pilot Ground course)
  • An English language proficiency level as described below:
  • TOEFL iBT minimum score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 24  OR
  • TOEFL iBT speaking score of 24 or better AND a TOEFL iBT listening score of 24 or better OR
  • TOEFL PBT listening score of 57 or better OR
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with an IELTS minimum speaking score of 6.5 and IELTS minimum listening score of 6.5 OR
  • Successful completion of the highest level of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a B+ average or better and at least a B in each course.

Students may only enroll in 1xx and 2xx-level aviation coursework prior to admission to the major.

Flight Training. Flight costs are determined on an hourly basis for aircraft and flight instruction. To obtain FAA certificates, it requires FAA exams which may require an additional fee. Students seeking admission to flight training must be examined by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner and have an FAA medical certificate and student pilot certificate before the start of flight training. Applicants intending to seek a Commercial Pilot Certificate must have 20/20 vision in each eye, or be correctable to 20/20. Medical examinations should be done far enough in advance of flight training to allow any potential problems or questions to be resolved. We recommend obtaining the 1st class FAA medical certificate.

The FAA requires any pilot’s license applicant to speak, read, write and understand the English language. Flight students whose home language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.  The English language proficiency required to begin any flight lab is outlined below:

  • TOEFL iBT minimum score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 24  OR
  • TOEFL iBT speaking score of 24 or better AND a TOEFL iBT listening score of 24 or better OR
  • TOEFL PBT listening score of 57 or better OR
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with an IELTS minimum speaking score of 6.5 and IELTS minimum listening score of 6.5 OR
  • Successful completion of the highest level of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a B+ average or better and at least a B in each course.

In addition, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires U.S. citizen flight students to present a government-issued photo identification document such as a driver’s license and an original passport or original (raised seal) birth certificate for U.S. citizenship verification. International flight students must comply with TSA requirements for a security threat assessment as specified in the Alien Flight Student Program. Generally, this process requires approximately 30 days to complete. Refer to www.flightschoolcandidates.gov for details.

Transfer of college credit and credit for certificates and/or ratings. The Minnesota State Mankato, Department of Aviation bases its flight education philosophy on a four-year university degree. Consequently, students who have obtained flight certificates/ratings without earned college credit may not have satisfied the academic and flight requirements for the aviation major. Students must demonstrate that they have received the full breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes consistent with an education received at Minnesota State Mankato. Once enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato, students are expected to complete all subsequent flight training within Minnesota State Mankato’s aviation program.

Transfer credits. To satisfy aviation curriculum requirements, students with pilot certificates and ratings earned with college credit through an Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accredited university may transfer those credits without demonstration of proficiency. College credits obtained through a non-AABI accredited institution shall be reviewed by the Department of Aviation to ensure the issuing institution follows policies and practices consistent with AABI accreditation standards. In the event credits do not transfer, students may be required to follow Examination for Credit procedures.

Prior Experience. Students entering Minnesota State Mankato with completed FAA certificates must register for and complete the applicable ground course for that flight lab. Prior experience will be evaluated through an oral and flight examination. Successful completion of the evaluation will be annotated on a Credit by Examination form giving credit for that particular flight lab. The student is responsible for the aircraft rental required for the evaluation.

GPA Policy. Admission to College of Education, 2.5 cumulative GPA.

P/N Grading Policy. Only elective and general education courses may be taken P/N, unless offered P/N only. 

Contact Information

328 Armstrong Hall

http://ed.mnsu.edu/aviation

Faculty

100 Level

Credits: 3

A study of how aviation fits into our modern world, relation to business, and contribution to the economy. Study of aviation as a visible alternative in transportation.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Aviation Terminology teaches international students the terms and meanings of airports, aircraft, and aviation in general. The course will also include instruction in proper pilot and air traffic control radio procedures and methods when in flight and on the ground. The course should reduce future difficulties in follow-on aviation management or professional flight courses.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A study of basic aeronautical knowledge including principals of flight, aerodynamics, aviation regulations, weather, visual and instrument navigation, and emergencies. The course meets, but is not limited to, FAR part 61.105 (a, 1-6). Satisfactory completion of this course may result in an endorsement for the FAA Private Pilot written exam.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

Provides beginning flight student with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Private Pilot's Certificate.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Provides initial flight student with the in-flight training requirements needed to obtain the FAA Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

AVIA 153, Private Pilot Flight Lab II, continues the flight lab progression in the MSU aviation program to the second stage of the Private Pilot flight lab. The course reviews and expands the classroom knowledge received in the Private Pilot Ground Course as well as the skills developed in AVIA 151. The training flights continue the building block approach to training with student pilots gradually obtaining the skills to fly safely fly and aircraft and pass an FAA administered practical examination.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Prepares advanced flight student with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Multi-Engine Pilot rating.

Prerequisites: AVIA 151, or equivalent

200 Level

Credits: 3

A study of physics and aerodynamic principals of flight and propulsion systems. The nature of aerodynamic forces are explained. Flight principals of lighter-than-Air, airplane, glider, rotorcraft and powered lift are covered in detail.

Prerequisites: AVIA 101, AVIA 150

Credits: 3

A study of fundamental air navigation principles and how it is applied to flight. Pilotage and dead reckoning. Great circle navigation. Charts and conformal projections. Celestial navigation. Electronic navigation systems and their operations and use.

Prerequisites: AVIA 150

Credits: 3

A study of the aeronautical knowledge including aviation regulations, weather, instrument navigation, and instrument emergencies. The course meets, but is not limited to, FAR part 61.65 (b, 1-4). Satisfactory completion of this course may result in an endorsement for the FAA Instrument Pilot written exam.

Prerequisites: AVIA 150, or equivalent 

Credits: 2

Prepares advanced flight students with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Instrument Pilot rating.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Prepares advanced flight students with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Instrument Pilot Helicopter rating.

Prerequisites: AVIA 152

Credits: 1

AVIA 243, Instrument Pilot Flight Lab II, continues the flight lab progression in the MSU aviation program to the second stage of the Instrument Pilot flight lab. The FAA requires each pilot to obtain their Instrument Pilot flight certificate to fly in instrument weather conditions. The course reviews and expands the classroom knowledge received in the Instrument Pilot Ground Course as well as the skills developed in AVIA 241. The training flights continue the building block approach to training with student pilots gradually obtaining the skills to fly in all instrument conditions and to pass an FAA administered practical examination.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A study of advanced aeronautical knowledge, including aerodynamics, aviation regulations, weather, visual and instrument navigation, and emergencies. The course meets, but is not limited to, FAR part 61.125 (a, 1-4). Satisfactory completion of this course may result in an endorsement for the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam.

Prerequisites: AVIA 151, AVIA 240 

Credits: 2

Prepares advanced flight students with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Commercial Pilot's Certificate.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Prepares advanced flight students with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Commerical Pilot Helicopter Certificate.

Prerequisites: AVIA 152, AVIA 242

Credits: 2

AVIA 253, Commercial Pilot Flight Lab II, continues the flight lab progression in the MSU aviation program. The FAA requires each pilot to obtain their Commercial Pilot flight certificate to be compensated for work as a pilot. This stage two course of the Commercial Pilot flight lab reviews and expands where required the classroom knowledge received in the Commercial Pilot Ground Course. The training flights use a building block approach to training with student pilots gradually obtaining the skills to fly the more difficult manuvers and to pass an FAA administered practical examination.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Study of Helicopter theory to meet FAA part 141 certification requirements for helicopter.

Prerequisites: AVIA 150, AVIA 250, AVIA 260

Credits: 3

This course covers all the knowledge areas required for the FAA helicopter private, instrument and commercial pilot certification at a deeper and more academic level.

Prerequisites: none

300 Level

Credits: 1

Orientation to academic and administrative expectations of upper division students including basic academic requirements, conducting aviation research, resources available, professional and personal standards of performance, program progression, APA format, and critical thinking.

Prerequisites: ENG 271W or ENG 272W 

Credits: 1

This course will teach students to communicate tactical and strategic messages through written and oral means. Students will develop public speaking skills specific to the aviation industry to include aviation interviewing techniques, crisis communication, and passenger communication. Students will develop their professional resume specific to their career choice.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

tudents train for and participate in intercollegiate flight competition as a member of the MSU Flight Team. An additional fee is required during semesters in which the team participates in competition. A maximum of 4 credits can be earned.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Designed to cover the complex area of operation techniques and problems confronting the airlines today. Entails a study of marketing research, passenger trends, feasibility route studies, etc.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Provides an understanding of management and financial techniques related to aviation businesses. Generally accepted and proven business techniques and proven business techniques are applied to the aviation setting.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Aircraft systems for light and medium category general aviation aircraft, includes the study of structure, control, electrical, fuel, environmental, landing gear, and engine systems. Examples of general aircraft category aircraft systems will be discussed from the pilots perspective.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Principles of Avionics is an expanded course on the theory and Applications of Aviation Electronics for future pilots and students of aviation and aeronautics. The course highlights modern synthetic displays, navigation, automatic flight control, FMS, and other essential aircraft equipment.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, pressurization, environmental, and other systems for large-transport category aircraft are covered. Also turbine engines, primary and secondary flight controls, and miscellaneous important systems are examined. Examples of systems in large transport-category jets will be discussed from the pilot operational perspective.

Prerequisites: AVIA 201

Credits: 3

The course provides basic principles of operation and components description of the traditional and modern propulsion systems used in atmospheric and space transportation vehicles. Reciprocating engines with propellers, turbine jet engines, and chemical rockets are covered.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Introduces students to airline training, regulations, and flight management systems (FMS). Students will develop an understanding of airline operations as they experience an FAA Part 121 style basic indoctrination. Students will be trained on procedures, requirements, and limitations for airline operations through all phases of flight and ground in a simulated Advanced Qualifications Program (AQP) style course. Students will also develop technical and procedural knowledge of FMS.

Prerequisites: AVIA 151

Credits: 3

Course provides students with an overview of airport management. Studies include the day-to-day operations of air carrier and general aviation airports as well as planning, design, construction, finance and public relations associated with airport management. Students are exposed to many career opportunities in this area. The course includes a case study of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area airport system and several site visits.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course prepares students for the Airport Operations certification. It includes topics required for certification: Airport Layout, Safety, Part 139. Airport Surfaces, Marking, Signs, Lighting, Self-Inspections, Ground Vehicles, NAVAIDs, ATC, Part 77, Hazardous Materials, FOD, Wildlife, ARFF, Winter Operations, and Security.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A study of the fundamentals of instruction including the learning process, effective teaching evaluation, course development, lesson planning, and instructing techniques. The course meets, but is not limited to, FAR part 61.187 (a, 1-6). Satisfactory completion of this course may result in an endorsement for the FOI and CFI-A written exam.

Prerequisites: AVIA 150, AVIA 240, AVIA 241, AVIA 250 

Credits: 1

Prepares advanced flight students for the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Multi-Engine Flight Instructor's Certificate.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Prepares advanced flight students with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Certified Flight Instructor's Certificate.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Prepares advanced flight students with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Instrument Flight Instructor's Certificate.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Prepares advanced flight students with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Helicopter Certificate.

Prerequisites: AVIA 252

Credits: 1

Prepares advanced flight students with the in-flight requirements needed to obtain the FAA Instrument Helicopter Flight Instructor Certificate.

Prerequisites: AVIA 242, AVIA 252

400 Level

Credits: 3

To instruct the student relative to legal implications of aircraft ownership, leases, rentals, and overall aircraft operation. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of liability and negligence from the operator and pilot standpoints.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course will take an in-depth look at several legal topics that touch the aviation industry. The course will use the case study method to look at several aviation-related cases, including commercial airline accidents, pilot certificate actions, airline security violation cases, international aviation law, and several other current legal matters that involve the airline industry.

Prerequisites: AVIA 432

Credits: 3

Introduces advanced professional flight students to FAR Part 121 style standardized flight training in a regional jet. Course will include aircraft systems, procedures training, and techniques used in high performance turbine aircraft. Emphasis on standard operating procedures (SOP), crew resource management (CRM), and line oriented flight training (LOFT).

Prerequisites: AVIA 340

Credits: 3

The understanding and implementation of safe operating procedures. Assists the student in arriving at proper decisions related to periods of stress when operating as pilot in command. Various FAA regulations and standard and safe operating procedures are also discussed.

Prerequisites: AVIA 150, AVIA 201

Credits: 3

To provide the student with the basic knowledge of ATC as a career and the fundamentals necessary for FAA certification.

Prerequisites: AVIA 240

Credits: 3

Introduces the workings of the complex system of air control in the US and abroad. Covers such subjects as radio communications, airspace classification, radar control, and operation as well as aircraft separation. Looks at present and future air traffic control systems.

Prerequisites: GEOG 217, AVIA 240, AVIA 250, AVIA 340

Credits: 3

Preparation for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate through an in-depth understanding of regulations, meteorology, navigation, aircraft systems, communications, air traffic control, emergency and abnormal procedures and practical dispatch applications. At the completion of the course, students will be prepared for the Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Dispatcher oral examination.

Prerequisites: AVIA 240, AVIA 250, AVIA 340, AVIA 443

Credits: 3

A study of various techniques designed to enhance management and leadership methods. Emphasizes decision-making and judgment skills as well as methods to improve effective communication and skills to develop a productive work environment for flight crew and other airline personnel.

Prerequisites: AVIA 150, AVIA 201

Credits: 3

This course is designed to develop students technical understanding of information and knowledge required for Air Transport Pilots. Students will participate in a capstone research project and present their findings in a research paper and oral presentation. Course completion requirements will include preparation for the FAA ATP written exam.

Prerequisites: AVIA 251, AVIA 340, AVIA 436

Credits: 3

Prepares students who desire careers as professional pilots. Emphasizes complete ground tutoring and flight instruction relating to instrument maneuvers, SOP's, regulation interpretation, pilot discipline, and professional procedures. Crew resource management, LOFT, and turbine-transition flights in an advanced jet flight simulator are used. This course is taken in conjunction in the same semester as AVIA 450.

Prerequisites: AVIA 251

Credits: 3

This is a stand-alone course designed for the person who is not an MSU aviation major. The course offers a complete jet aircraft transition training program.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The fundamental principles and calculation of the performance in various phases of flight: takeoff and land, climb and descent performance, maximum-range and maximum-endurance cruise, single-engine performance in multi-engine aircraft, standard atmosphere and basic subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics is covered.

Prerequisites: AVIA 338

Credits: 3

Covers aeromedical factors that are essential for high-altitude flying aircraft. Hypoxia, hyperventilation, dysbarism, basic gas laws. Armstrong line, vision in flight, day and night. Pressurization systems, pressurized suits, danger of loss of cabin pressure, future HSCT and LEO commerical flights.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-10

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Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-12

Supervised experience in business, industry, state or federal institutions.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-6

Allows the student an individual course of study on an aviation topic to be arranged with the department.

Prerequisites: none