Aviation Management Associate in Science Degree

Division: Career Technical Education

PROGRAM CODE: 1S03772

The Aviation Management Associate in Science Degree provides students with a career path for attaining the foundational skills, practical knowledge, and technical training for pursuing a career in aviation management. Students completing this degree will develop advanced understanding of the safety, security, service, and regulatory requirements necessary to work in aviation management.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete all graduation requirements to include:

  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 social justice, equity, and sustainability 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 a counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.  This degree requires a total of 35-36 units.

Required Courses are listed in suggested sequence (24-25 units):
ATC 102 C Career Communication and Portfolio3
ATC 104 CAir Transportation3
or ATC 270 C Airline Operations
ATC 112 CHomeland Security3
ATC 116 C Aviation and Transportation Security3
or ATC 256 C Crew Resource Management
ATC 118 CDisaster Preparedness Response3
or ATC 274 C Passenger Services and Safety
ATC 132 CPrivate Pilot3-4
or ATC 271 C Airport Operations
ATC 182 CCultural Tourism3
or ATC 183 C Customer Care - Airline and Travel
ATC 212 C Airline and Aviation Management3
Elective Courses - To complete all major course requirements, students must complete 11 units from the list below (if not already taken as a required course) - (11 units):11
Introduction to Aviation3
Aviation and Transportation Security3
Travel Sales and Tour Operations3
Travel Management3
Private Pilot4
Air Navigation3
Meteorology3
Tourism and Conference Management3
Airline Reservations - SABRE3
Flight Simulator Private Pilot2
Commercial Pilot (formerly Commercial Pilot Seminar)3
Crew Resource Management3
Passenger Services and Safety3
Public Relations3
Aviation and Travel Internship3
Aviation and Travel Seminar0.5-12
Independent Study0.5-2
Total Units35-36

The Aviation Management Program provides students with a career path for attaining the foundational skills, practical knowledge and technical training necessary for pursuing a career in aviation management. Students completing this certificate will develop an advanced understanding of the safety, security, service and regulatory requirements necessary to work in aviation management.

Program Goals

  1. Provide students with the academic preparation needed for a career in aviation management.
  2. Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the aviation industry.
  3. Provide those individuals currently working within the industry the opportunity to further their understanding, knowledge and skills in the field.
  4. Provide students with hands-on training by experts in the field, as well as direct contact with these professionals as a counseling and job placement tool.
  5. Provide students with an opportunity to obtain a certificate acknowledging their completion of the courses comprising the certificate, and a tool for obtaining gainful employment. The objective of this program is to provide these skills through traditional teaching methods with an emphasis on a practical, “hands-on” education that will give the students an added “edge” in job market competition.

Program Objectives

  1. Develop in the student a broad-based skill set or competencies that will lead to success in the aviation industry.
  2. Utilize a sequence of courses that will lead to improvement of the entry-level skills and abilities of future employees.
  3. Identify career ladder opportunities in the aviation industry.
  4. Organize the curriculum into a certificate program so that the award of a certificate can be used by the industry as a criterion in their hiring process.
  5. Provide specific training that will enable current and prospective employees to better achieve the business goals of their employers.