Aviation Flight Technology – Associate in Applied Science

Basic ground school and flight instruction needed to meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Pilot certificate with instrument ratings.* Federal and/or Michigan law may require that enrollees in the aviation program undergo an FBI background check. Contact the director of aviation with questions.

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 65
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15


GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

GEO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
COM 231 Communication Fundamentals 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

Students will learn the basic principles of speech communication including speech development and delivery, interpersonal message, non-verbal messages, and small group dynamics. The course is designed to prepare students to be effective communicators in a diverse global society. Student speeches will be evaluated for effectiveness.

COM 240 Interpersonal Communication 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 240) Students will learn to improve communication in one-on-one and small group situations. In this course, students will examine basic verbal and non-verbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group and work contexts. Specific units of discussion include intrapersonal perspective, conflict resolution, self-disclosure, message generation, intercultural messages and non-verbal communication.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

GEO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PHY 131 Conceptual Physics 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Become familiar with basic concepts used in physics to describe and explain various physical phenomena. The course covers the following topics: kinematics (the description of motion); mechanics (the study of force, momentum and energy); the behavior of solids, liquids and gases; temperature and heat; waves and sound; electricity and magnetism; and optics. The course is designed to familiarize the student with the basics of physics using a minimum of mathematics. Course includes a laboratory component.

PHY 231 College Physics I 4 MAT 131 or higher

Pre-professional and engineering technology students explore kinematics, mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics and general wave motion. Course includes a laboratory component.

GEO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

GEO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Present 3 ENG 085*

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

Lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms and historic chronology of Western music.

GEO 7: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ANT 131 Cultural Anthropology 3 ENG 085*

Cultural anthropology is a one semester introductory course. The course focuses on the thesis that every society is based on an integrated culture, which satisfies human needs and facilitates survival. The course also explores the ways in which our own culture fits into the broad range of human possibilities.

COM 250 Intercultural Communication 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

(Students cannot receive credit for both COM 250 and COM 350) This course will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. We will discuss the causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively.

PLS 262 International Relations 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Survey contemporary world affairs and examine the nation-state system, the struggle for power, and factors creating harmony and hostility among states.

HIS 211 Minority Groups in America 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society. Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of prejudice and discrimination.


Choose two of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

Enhance computer knowledge. Course covers computer system concepts with an emphasis on several software applications. Typing ability necessary to be successful in this class.

ELT 140 Introduction to Digital Electronics 4 ENG 085 and MAT 020* or higher

This course is the beginning course in digital electronics. Topics include number systems, Boolean algebra, and basic logic gates and circuits.

MAT 133 Introduction to Probability & Statistics 4 MAT 033* or MAT 131 or higher

(FORMERLY MTH 133) (SAME AS CIS 203 AND PSY 144) This course is an introduction to experimental design, data representation, basic descriptive statistics, probability theorems, frequency distributions and functions, binomial and normal probability distributions and functions, probability density functions, hypothesis testing, statistical inference, Chi-square analysis, linear regression, correlation and application of the above in making informed, data driven decisions in real-world contexts. Both graphing calculators and computer-based statistical software (Microsoft® Excel) will be used. If the prerequisite is more than two years old, then the mathematics department recommends the course placement exam be taken or the prerequisite be retaken to ensure the success of the student.

UAS 101 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
AFT 110 Primary Ground School 3

Preparation for the FAA Private Pilot written examination by classroom work on federal aviation regulations, air space, meteorology, navigation, communication and aerodynamics.

AFT 112 Primary Flight I 3

Course includes 20/25 hours of flight. This course prepares the student for solo flight with 15/20 hours of dual instruction and five hours of solo flight. Includes preflight, start-up, radio communication, taxiing, basic flight maneuvers, takeoffs, landings, etc. Must be able to obtain a Third Class Medical Certificate.

AFT 114 Primary Flight II 3 AFT 112

Course includes 15/20 hours of flight. This course prepares the student for solo navigation and solo cross-country flight to meet the requirements for the Private Pilot Practical test. Includes basic instrument training.

AFT 116 Primary Flight III 3 AFT 114

Course includes 20/25 hours of flight and prepares the student for Private Pilot Certification including night flight and proficiency in the required FAA maneuvers.

AFT 125 Commercial Ground School 3

Prepares the student for the FAA Commercial Pilot written examination. In-depth study of meteorology, federal aviation regulations, aircraft systems, airspace, aerodynamics, etc.

AFT 130 Commercial Flight I 4 AFT 120

Initial flight training leading to the Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating. Advanced flight training includes chandelles, lazy 8s, pylons 8s, along with basic instrument techniques.

AFT 135 Instrument Ground School 3 AFT 120

Prepares the student for the FAA Instrument Pilot written examination through study of federal aviation regulations, A/C systems, meteorology, IFR departure, en route and arrival procedures.

AFT 140 Commercial Flight II 4 AFT 130

Continuation of advanced and instrument flight training including night, basic instrument procedures, navigation, and cross-country flight. Also includes introduction to complex aircraft.

AFT 200 Commercial Flight III 4 AFT 140

Continuation of advanced and instrument flight procedures with emphasis on high-performance maneuvers, solo cross-country and dual instrument en route and approach procedures.

AFT 205 Commercial Flight IV 4 AFT 200

Culmination of the commercial/instrument curriculum with requirements completed for Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument rating in the complex aircraft.

*All enrollees must be capable of attaining the FAA class II medical certificate.