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

  • Demonstrate strong communication, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Use skills in team development, dynamics, and management to work as team players
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and concern for colleagues, society, and the environment
  • Apply science, math, and management principles to solve problems in aviation
  • Describe certification processes for an aviation professional
  • Describe the theory of aircraft design, performance, operating characteristics, and maintenance
  • Analyze and explain the role and regulations regarding aviation safety and human operations
  • Describe the legal and labor issues in national and international aviation
  • Describe meteorology and environmental issues as they relate to aviation

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