BS in Aviation

Aviation students posing in front or aircraft

The BS in Aviation (BSA) prepares student for careers in the aviation industry and provides four specializations:

  • Aviation Management prepares students to work in either a public or private airport or a general aviation company while earning a Business Management Minor.
  • Flight Operations designs for those students who wish to work in the operations side for commercial and private airlines.
  • Professional Flight prepares students for careers as commercial, private and transport pilots.
  • Maintenance Management is a 2+2 program for students from local community colleges who have completed an FAA-accredited Airframe and Powerplant (A/P) License. A community college student should be able to transfer almost all of their aviation maintenance courses and complete their BS degree requirements at SJSU in Maintenance Management.


The mission of the BS degree program in Aviation is to provide students with opportunities to develop both in-depth knowledge and hands on experience in aviation technology, operations, and management for success in positions in flight operations, air traffic management, transportation management, and management of aviation maintenance operations.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications in aviation.
  • Function effectively on teams.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Understand the role and processes in team development, dynamics and management.
  • Understand economic principles including: production theory and costs, cost benefit analysis, economic growth concepts, and international economic relationships and apply them to management of aviation operations.
  • Understand career planning, flight certification, and the attributes and behavior of an aviation professional.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of aircraft design, performance, operating characteristics, and maintenance as it relates to the student’s career goals.
  • Analyze and explain the role and regulations regarding aviation safety and human factors.
  • Describe the legal and labor issues in national and international aviation operations.
  • Describe meteorology and environmental issues as they relate to aviation.
  • Apply business accounting and statistical analysis principles to financial situations in aviation.

WASC accredited logoThe BS in Aviation programs are covered by the university-wide Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation.