Associate in Science Degree Commercial Pilot


This curriculum is designed to prepare students to fly commercial, executive, and/or light aircraft as a pilot or instructor.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. the cultural diversity and reading requirements
  4. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units, and
  5. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses are listed in suggested sequence (31-34 units):
ATC 102 CCareer Communication/Portfolio3
ATC 104 CAir Transportation3
or ATC 270 C Airline Operations
ATC 132 CPrivate Pilot4
ATC 136 CAir Navigation3
ATC 140 CMeteorology3
ATC 144 CAircraft and Engines3
ATC 196 CFlight Simulator Private Pilot1-2
or ATC 190 C Flight Training-Private Pilot (formerly AVIA 190 C)
ATC 197 CFlight Simulator Instrument1-2
or ATC 194 C Flight Training Instrument Rating (formerly AVIA 194 C)
ATC 198 CFlight Simulator Commercial1-2
or ATC 195 C Flight Training Commercial Pilot (formerly AVIA 195 C)
ATC 232 CInstrument Rating3
ATC 240 CCommercial Pilot Seminar3
ATC 256 CCrew Resource Management3
Electives - To complete all major course requirements, students must complete 1-4 units from the list below (if not already taken as a required course) for a total of 35 units:
Flight Training Device - Introduction0.5
Flight Training-Private Pilot (formerly AVIA 190 C)2
Flight Training-Flight Instructor (formerly AVIA 193 C)1-5
Flight Training Instrument Rating (formerly AVIA 194 C)2
Flight Training Commercial Pilot (formerly AVIA 195 C)2
Flight Simulator Instrument1
Flight Simulator Commercial1
Flight Simulator Instructor1
Airline/Aviation Management3
Aviation Instructor3
Turbine Simulator Observation0.5
Turbine Simulator Orientation0.5
Aviation/Travel Internship3
Aviation/Travel Seminar0.5-12
Independent Study0.5-2
Total Units31-34