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Bachelor of Science in Aviation

The BS in Aviation Program produces highly skilled, industry ready, principled professionals for the field of aviation. The BS in Aviation program offers them options to prepare them for a variety of airline flight specialties. It prepares “ACE” (adept, certified, and ethical) pilots who are willing to positively influence and contribute to the field of aviation and to society.

Program Overview

William Jessup University Aviation prepares students for success in the field of aviation. Our graduates will go on to be professional aviators in commercial, military, and missionary aviation. Through our integration of faith, academics and flight training, you can choose to complete your certificates and ratings at an accelerated pace allowing you the opportunity to begin your aviation career while completing your B.S. in Aviation (B.A. option also available).

Our university and nearby flight school is located in an ideal region of California for aviation. The weather is conducive for year-round flying, with views of the often snow-capped mountain range of Sierra Nevada from the air. As one of a few faith-based collegiate aviation programs in Northern California, our program will prepare you for success in the field of aviation.

*William Jessup Aviation has applied for FAA 141 certification (reduces 1,500 ATP hour requirements to 1,000 for B.S. and 1,500 hours to 1,250 for students with a B.A. in Aviation). 141 certification approval anticipated in early 2020.

Program Details

  • Private pilot ground
  • Private pilot flight labs
  • Instrument ground
  • Instrument flight labs
  • Commercial Pilot Certification Ground
  • Commercial Pilot Certification Flight
  • Multi Engine rating labs
  • Aviation Safety
  • Aviation Law
  • Aerodynamics
  • Meteorology
  • Gas Turbine engines
  • Advanced Avionic Systems
  • Crew resource management
  • Aviation capstone
  • Foundational Studies (B.S.) – 68 credit hours
  • Aviation Major – 57 credit hours
  • Free Electives – 3 credit hours
  • Total Units: 128 Units
  • Commercial Pilot – Pilots receiving compensation in smaller aircraft types or acting as second in command or flight engineer on larger aircraft types.
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) or Certified Flight Instructor Instruments (CFII) – Instead of being the pilot learning, you are now the pilot instructing.
  • Corporate Pilot – Pilots operating for compensation for corporations. Sizes of aircraft can vary from smaller single-engine aircraft to very large aircrafts requiring type ratings.
  • Part 135 Pilot – Not quite general aviation, but not quite regional airline flying. This is one of the time building jobs for pilots going to the next professional level. These pilots carry lighter loads of freight, packages or passengers in smaller aircraft (realize that small is a relative term – it probably seems like a Boeing 747 to the starter pilot).
  • Regional Airline Pilot – Pilots of aircraft who, by description, typically carry more than 20, but less than 100 passengers.
  • Major Airline Pilots – This represents the maximum professional achievement level for pilots, not only in terms of aircraft size, but also in terms of compensation. Major airline pilots include passenger carrying air carriers as well as cargo air carriers.
  • Military – This is an alternative career path progression in comparison to the civilian option. If the risk of a military commitment does not sway you, this can be a doubly rewarding opportunity. Spend 20 years in the military and earn a pension. Then join the major airlines and earn a second pension as you start your second career.

AVIA 101 Aviation Safety

This course provides an introduction to U.S. aviation safety procedures, regulations, requirements, technologies used in domestic and international environments.

3 units

ESCI 133 - Meteorology for Aviation

This course provides an introduction to weather theory and its application to the field of aviation. Topics include such areas as atmospheric pressure, wind, moisture, temperature, turbulence, clouds formations, precipitation, fronts, air masses, thunderstorms, icing, and unusual weather events.

3 units

AVIA 310 Aerodynamics

This course provides opportunities to explore incompressible flow airfoil theory, wing theory.

3 units

AVIA 312 Gas Turbine Engines

A comprehensive study of aircraft gas turbine engine fundamentals and theory at the technical level.

3 units

AVIA 200 CRM (Crew Resource Management)

A course designed to develop a detailed understanding of the organizational behavior, interpersonal relationships skills, and other critical behavioral dynamics of professional flight crews.

3 units

PPOL 263 Aviation Law

This course will introduce the advanced student to the U.S. Constitution as well as to federal, state, and local statutes.

3 units

AVIA 411 Advanced Avionic Systems

Students will learn about the advanced avionics systems used in commercial aviation and airlines.

3 units

AVIA 498 Aviation Flight Capstone/Intern

The overall goal of this course is to allow Aviation Flight majors the opportunity to apply knowledge gained throughout their four-year course of study to completing a major culminating project.

3 units

AVIA 311 Mountain & high-altitude Flight Operations

Operating safely in high altitude airports & mountainous terrain requires both technical knowledge and hands-on flight training by an experienced & certified high-country Flight Instructor.

3 units

AVIA 412 Gas Turbine Engines Theory

An in-depth study of turbine systems and turbine aircraft performance. It will give students in depth knowledge about gas turbine engines, its components, functions, technologies, design aspects, variations and understand how to use the engine manuals for flight operations.

3 units
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Program Director

Loo Y. Ng, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.), MPA

Lead Faculty, Aviation
(916) 577-7489


Loo Y. Ng, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.), MPA

Assistant Professor - The Faculty of Health, Applied, and Natural Sciences

Adjunct Faculty

Robert Guild, M.A.

Adjunct, Aviation

Robert Matlock, M.A.

Adjunct, Aviation and Mathematics

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Start a conversation with Jessup about who you are, what you want to achieve and how Jessup may be the right fit for your future.

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