May 23, 2024  
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aviation Studies, Specialization in Flight Technology and Operations, BSAvi

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The aviation studies major is designed to prepare students for responsible positions in general and commercial aviation. The major is organized around three specializations: aviation management and operations, aviation engineering technology, and flight technology and operations. All instruction leading toward Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight certification is conducted in accordance with the appropriate Federal Aviation Regulations. All courses in the major (AERT) must be completed with a C or better.

All students are also required to complete coursework in areas of science and mathematics, BG Perspective, and business. Supervised cooperative education experiences, related to the specializations selected, are required.

The college restricts the award of credit for flight and ground training attained outside the BGSU Aviation Studies Program. The Dean of the College may make exceptions for certain qualified aviators.

After a student has enrolled at Bowling Green State University, all subsequent flight and ground training must be completed in residence at the University. Flight and ground training obtained elsewhere are not permitted without written authorization of the Dean of the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering. If permission is granted to receive flight instruction elsewhere, academic credit is awarded by the University only if evaluation by the Chief Flight Instructor indicates flight performance and knowledge proficiency meet program standards. If no academic credit is accepted or awarded, a student is required to take approved elective(s) to satisfy total credit hour requirements.

Fees for the flight instruction courses are based on the approved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) training course syllabus hours. Students may require additional hours to reach the level of proficiency required by FAA standards. In this case, additional fees will be charged to the student based on the additional hours a student has received. The initial fees and the hourly rates are approved by the BGSU Board of Trustees. Although a student may receive a final grade for the completion of the enrolled course, students may need additional flight instruction and/or practice to reach the level of flight proficiency required to pass the FAA practical exam for a particular certificate or rating. 

Flight fee refunds are based on the university lab fee refund policies with final approval by Bowling Green Flight Center.

FAA check rides and written FAA tests are not part of the flight fees. The student is responsible for the examiner fee and the aircraft rental for the check ride.

GI Bill© and VA Education Benefits

The Aviation Flight Technology program and courses do not qualify for GI Bill© or VA education benefits. However, many students are eligible for other military education benefits; Please contact Nontraditional and Military Student Services at 419 372-8136 or for further information.

All AERT concentration courses are offered during evenings on a five-year rotating plan.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in aviation studies are expected to:
  • Solve aviation-related problems using knowledge, skills, and aptitudes gained in the program to assure productive outcomes;
  • Maintain professional and social relationships with others in developing, conducting, and promoting safe aviation operations;

Additionally, students in the flight technology specialization are expected to plan, organize, conduct, and complete a safe and efficient flight in single-engine aircraft, in accordance with all legal requirements.

The flight technology and operations (FTO) specialization prepares the student for a career as a commercial pilot for the airlines, air cargo companies, corporate or business operations, and numerous general aviation positions such as agriculture, flight training, charter, air freight, and sightseeing. Flight and ground instruction is accomplished in strict accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations Part 141 and other pertinent regulations. Upon successful completion of the FTO specialization, the student will hold the following FAA certificates and ratings: Commercial Pilot-Airplane with single and multi-engine land instrument rating. Flight instructor certification for single engine, multi-engine, and instrument are also available.

BG Perspective (BGP) Requirements

Must complete at least 1 course in each of the following:

   English Composition and Oral Communication
   _____________________________    ________

   Quantitative Literacy
   _____________________________    ________

Must Complete at least 2 courses in each of the following:

   Humanities and the Arts
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________    

   Natural Sciences - at least one Lab Science required
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                      

   Social and Behavioral Sciences
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                        

Complete total required BGP credit hours by selecting courses from any of the above categories:

   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________ 
   _____________________________    ________                                                                                    

University Requirements

Designated courses in Humanities and the Arts and the Social and Behavioral Sciences domains may be used to fulfill both the BGP requirement and one of the following university requirements:

Cultural Diversity in the US    ____________
International Perspective       ____________

Composition Requirement:
WRIT 1120                              

Total BGP Credits: Must be at least 36                      

Courses Required for Major

Cooperative Education

(4-8 Hours)

Technical Electives (by advisement)

(3-6 Hours)

  • ELECTIVE Contact Hours: 3 @
  • ELECTIVE Contact Hours: 3 @

Total Minimum Program Hours: 122

For TECH Electives, chose at least two courses 3000 level and above:
@ AERT 2000  - AERT 4990; ARCH 2360 ARCH 2710 ARCH 3360 ARCH 3370 ; CONS 3000 - CONS 4990; ECT 1910 - ECT 4990; ENGT 2000 - ENGT 4990; QS 3000 - QS 4990; TECH 3020 TECH 4000 TECH 4300 TECH 4310 TECH 4330 ; TECH 4800 TECH 4890 ; TE 2520 ; TECH 3890  

Matriculation courses are in BOLD Print.

#See the Undergraduate Catalog for eligible courses at
## QS courses are offered on-line only.
** These courses may be also used to meet the BG Perspective courses requirement, but hours are only used once.
*** A second co-op, TECH 3890 , can be taken to fulfill a Technical Elective requirement.
**** Communication courses - Choice of COMM 2010 - Communication Theory , COMM 2030 - Small Group Communication , COMM 2070 - Interpersonal Communication , or COMM 2100 - Communicating in Global Contexts  


  • All Aviation courses must be completed with a C or higher.
  • Supplemental focus courses and technology electives are in addition to those specifically listed on the sheet.
  • When students use courses to fulfill more than one requirement the total minimum program hours of 122 may not be met.

College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering General Information for all students in the College

In addition to completing all requirements, students are responsible for:


Full admittance to a major in a College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering program will become effective when a student has:

  1. Attained an overall BGSU grade point average of at least 2.25 for all courses taken prior to applying for matriculation and a 2.5 in courses in the major;
  2. Completed a cooperative education experience-TECH 2890  (Aviation Studies, Architecture, LDT and QS majors are exempt from this requirement);
  3. Completed with a grade of “C” or better in all bold courses , as specified on program checksheets;
  4. Applied for matriculation. Applications are available from the Undergraduate Student Services Office.

The steps listed above must be completed before students will be permitted to register for 3000- and 4000-level courses in the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering.


All students in the College are required to complete 2 or 3 co-ops, depending on your major. THIS IS A COURSE. It carries credit and is graded. It is full time (40 hrs/week) for the entire semester or part-time (20 hrs/week) for two consecutive semesters, paid and must be directly related to your major. All students MUST complete the Co-op Orientation.


Official University email accounts are required for all BGSU students. Official BGSU email addresses are in the form: BGSUusername@ At the time of admission or initial registration, all students will receive a email account. Students may anticipate that official University correspondence will be sent to this email account and they should access BGSU email on a regular and timely basis. All correspondence from Undergradute Student Services will be sent to your BGSU email.


The checksheet should be used in conjunction with the degree audit and advising to track progress toward degree completion.

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