Course Listings

AS 120 Principles of Aeronautical Science

An introductory course in Aeronautical Science designed to provide the student with a broad-based aviation orientation in flight-related areas appropriate to all non-Aeronautical Science degree programs. Subjects include historical developments in aviation and the airline industry; theory of flight; airport operations; aircraft systems and performance; elements of air navigation; basic meteorology theory; air traffic principles; flight physiology; and aviation regulations and safety.

AS 121 Private Pilot Operations

This course develops the aeronautical knowledge required for certification as a Private Pilot with an Airplane Single Engine Land rating. Topics include: regulations, safety, pre-solo operations, cross-country planning, airspace, chart use, communications, weather, performance, weight and balance, aerodynamics, and decision-making.

AS 220 Unmanned Aircraft Systems

This course is a survey of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), emphasizing the military and commercial history, growth, and application of UASs. The course will include basic acquisition, use, and operation of UASs with an emphasis on operations.

AS 222 Unmanned Aircraft System Security

Unmanned Aircraft System Security is a sophomore level seminar course focused on the concepts of UAS security and protection. Through a combination of instructor-led discussion, assigned readings and projects, students will examine the concepts of security engineering, vulnerability and malicious attack. Students will formulate opinions and strategies for protecting systems and assets from danger while understanding the implications of ignoring security concerns.

AS 235 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation & Cross Country Data Entry

This course provides an understanding of the core technologies of unmanned aircraft systems. It will include examinations of the design concepts, powerplants, control systems, and communication technologies utilized in current unmanned aircraft systems and/or likely to be used in the next few years. Particular attention will be given to the technical capabilities, best applications, and operational best practices of cross-country flight planning for today's UASs.

AS 237 UAS Applications in Aerial Photography

This course will familiarize the student with guidelines, regulatory standards, and practical operational considerations for aerial photography and videography techniques specific to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Current procedures and relevant practical application methods will provide a basis for commercial applications that leverage future UAS technologies.

AS 254 Aviation Legislation

This course examines the evolution of federal civil aviation regulations in the United States. Students will examine the past and present problems prompting regulation of the industry, the resultant safety legislation, airport development, funding, legislation, and international aviation legislation.

AMS 115 Aviation Mathematics and Physics

This course covers the fundamentals of mathematics and physical sciences appropriate to the training of the aviation maintenance technician. The math topics include fractions, decimals, ratio, geometry, formulae, and proportions. The aviation physics topics include atmospheric properties, thermodynamics, fluid power, heat, power, work, basic machines, and sound.

AMS 116 Fundamentals of Electricity

This course covers direct and alternating current electricity, electrical circuit design, measuring devices, transformers, solid state, and logic devices. Emphasis is placed on voltage, current, resistance, and impedance relationships. The classroom theory is reinforced with laboratory projects.

AMS 117 Tools, Materials and Processes

This course introduces the student to common and precision measurement tools, aviation hardware, and materials used in aircraft manufacturing, maintenance and repair. Various methods of nondestructive testing are also studied and performed. The course studies the principles of corrosion control and allows the student to apply its theory. Aircraft drawings, blueprints, charts, and graphs are also introduced and applied

AMS 118 Aircraft Familiarization and Regulations

This course is a familiarization course in terminology, basic aerodynamics, and human factors. The course also offers a comprehensive summary of the privileges and limitations of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR, Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations) parts 43, 65, 91 as well as other regulations pertinent to aircraft maintenance. The course identifies the associated documents, publications, and records applicable to the maintenance technician. AMS 118 also identifies the standards for aircraft ground operation, movement, and associated safety procedures in addition to the concepts and computation of aircraft weight and balance.

BA 120 Introduction to Computer Based Systems

An overview of computing in the business environment, and an introduction to the tools, techniques, and strategies of computer-based information system development. The emphasis is on developing computer literacy through the use of computers in the design and presentation of business communications such as plans, proposals, spreadsheets, graphs, and charts.

BA 201 Principles of Management

Provides an overview of relevant management principles and practices as applied in contemporary formal and informal organizations. Focuses on management theories, philosophies, and functions.

BA 215 Transportation Principles

This course will introduce the basic principles of several modes of transportation, including air, sea, rail, automobile, transit, and pipeline. The operating characteristics of each mode is discussed, as are issues associated with intermodal competition, compatibility, and interconnectivity, the importance of each in the economy, environmental issues, and future developmental prospects

BA 220 Marketing

Marketing theory; marketing management, sales management; market research. Public and customer relations, advertising, distributing. 

BA 230 Advanced Computer Based Systems

This course is a continuation of BA 120. It covers advanced concepts of spreadsheet use, database management systems, presentation graphics and Internet usage that will assist in problem analysis, worksheet management and exchanging spreadsheet data with other programs. It introduces the student to project planning, project scheduling and project tracking using computer software. In addition, the course provides experience in the basics of retrieving graphical and text-based information and also explores webpage design and development to support management activities.

BA 310 Airport Management

Students will be introduced to the history of airports in the United States, including major federal legislation affecting their development. Students will be introduced to the rules and regulations governing airport operations; the air traffic control, airfield, terminal, and ground access facility infrastructure of airports; airport security policies; and the economic, political, and social role of civil-use airports.

CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming

Introduction to basic concepts of structured programming with applications in business, technology, and engineering. This course is intended for the student with little or no experience in programming.

CS 120 Introduction to Computing in Aviation

This course provides an introduction to computer organization and applications, with an emphasis towards issues relating to aeronautical science and the aviation industry. Computational models are presented and related to real world architectures. Data representation and file organization are introduced. Basic network structure and behavior is presented. These topics form the building blocks of more specialized course segments focusing on the use of computers in the aviation field. Aviation specific course components include computer simulation, instrumentation, and avionics systems. Additional material discusses the impact of computers on society and business practices.

CS 223 Scientific Programming in C

This is a course in C programming for scientists and engineers. Using a problem-solving approach for developing algorithms, the algorithms are implemented in C and include the following topics: data types and related operations, input/output, control structures, functions, arrays, files, and strings.

EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary aspects of the engineering of aerospace systems. It is a project- based course, demonstrating how the engineering profession is a multi-disciplinary field. Students are involved in an array of conceptual exercises, simple design activities, and projects dealing with engineering in aerospace-related areas.

HF 300 Human Factors I: Principals & Fundamentals

This course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the basic principles of Human Factors Psychology. We will study the research, principles, and methods that are beneficial (and essential) in optimizing the interaction between people and machine elements of a system, while taking the environment into account.

HF 325 Human Factors and Systems Safety

This course emphasizes the integration of human factors in all phases of a system’s life-cycle. Accident prevention, beginning with systems engineering together with sound management, are combined in this course to enable the student to fully comprehend the human’s vital role in preventing accidents. The total program, from basic design concepts through testing, maintenance/systems management, and operational employment, is fully examined and evaluated. 

HS 110 Introduction to Homeland Security

The primary focus of this course is on issues dealing with the security of the citizens and industries of the United States, with emphasis on the transportation system and critical infrastructure protection roles of states, cities, and municipalities. Specific subjects introduced include the mission; the functions and responsibilities; and the legislative and regulatory framework governing the various agencies of the Department of Homeland Security; criminal acts against transportation; emergency management within the United States; the intelligence community and its role in homeland security; and issues pertaining to air; airtime; surface; and cargo security.

HS 215 Introduction to Industrial Security

This course will review the fundamentals of security and emergency planning and management. The nature, scope, history, and essential elements of security in the workplace are discussed with emphasis on personal protection and to a limited extent property protection. The workplace will include selected aviation and industrial settings. Operational aspects of security that include strategies for identifying and controlling security exposures and applicable legal issues are also discussed. Students develop and/or evaluate security programs for selected industries.

SF 201 Introduction to Health, Occupational and Transportation Safety

This course introduces the student to the field of safety and covers basic health, safety, and regulatory issues that apply to aviation and non-aviation business in the United States. Included is a comprehensive health and safety overview of legislative development and enactment of appropriate statutes, regulations, and laws. This course also provides an introduction to hazard recognition, reporting, analysis, and control used in risk management and accident prevention. Additional topics include accident investigation; safety data statistics; ergonomics; security and emergency preparedness; safety culture; aircraft systems; air traffic control; and workers' compensation. This course reviews theories, applications, and practices of the field of safety.

SF 205 Principles of Accident Investigation

This course is an introduction to the process required for the investigation of accidents. Topics will include different methods of accident investigation, such as root cause analysis and Management Oversight Risk Tree (MORT), among others. Further topics will include filing appropriate accident reports and applications of corrective actions.

SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety

This course provides an introduction and overview of the theories, concepts, applications, and practices of the field of aerospace safety. This course is designed for the beginning aviation safety student and covers topics such as human factors, mechanical factors, accident investigation, safety programs, and safety statistics.

SS 110 World History

This course is primarily a survey of the development and evolution of World Civilization from 1500 to the present. Emphasis is placed on the effect of Western influence on the world.

SS 115 Introduction to International Relations

Theories, concepts, and issues in international politics. Relations among nation-states and the global world system; how globalization may be changing the nature of politics. Conflict and security; international political economy; and contemporary issue. Incorporates political science, history and philosophy. 

SS 130 History of Aviation in America

A survey of the history of America in the 20th century, emphasizing the explosive growth of aviation as a major influence on the economic, military, and societal development of the United States.

SS 311 U.S. Military History 1775-1900

Military history with an emphasis on military policy, organization and technology as they relate to political, social and economic developments from 1775 to the present.

SS 321 U.S. Military History 1900-present

Military history with emphasis on military policy, organization, and technology as they relate to U.S. political, social, and economic developments from 1900 to the present.

SP 110 Introduction to Space Flight

This course provides the student with a background in the major aspects of space flight. Topics covered include the history of space flight; propulsion theory; orbital mechanics fundamentals; Space Shuttle operations; U.S. space policy; and present and future commercial, industrial, and military applications in space.

SP 200 Planetary and Space Exploration

This is a survey course of U.S. and International space programs. The student will be introduced to Earth and its space environment; to methods of scientific exploration; and to spacecraft and payload criteria at the introductory physics level. 

SP 210 Space Transportation System

A survey course of the space transportation system (STS) at the introductory physics level. Included are manned space flight operations, supporting systems, and the space shuttle mission, both present and future. A review of space shuttle flight profiles, guidance and navigation control, proximity operations and rendezvous, and a brief review of hypersonic orbiter aerodynamics are included. Also covered are future STS applications to space station logistical operations, commercial applications, and Department of Defense operations. 

SP 215 Space Station Systems and Operations

This course provides the student with a background in the major aspects of the International Space Station (ISS) and the Russian Mir spacecraft. Specific topics include commercial applications, logistical support, maintenance, servicing, and design concepts. 

WX 201 Survey of Meteorology

This is a survey course in atmospheric science that includes applications to flight. Included is a systematic development of the following: thermal patterns, atmospheric moisture, horizontal and vertical pressure patterns, clouds, atmospheric circulation, local winds, stability, air masses, fronts, fog, icing, thunderstorms, jet streams and turbulence. Students will study and make use of surface weather observations, surface maps, and constant pressure maps.

WX 261 Applied Climatology

This course is an in-depth survey of the varied climates of the world and of the impact of climate on aviation. Emphasis is placed on understanding energy exchange processes that control climate and in describing in detail how and why temperature, precipitation and wind vary during the year and in relation to geography. Included is a treatment of climate variability, including how and why climate is thought to have changed in the past, and how it might change in the future, and of the tools used to understand this variability.

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Colleen Conklin
Executive Director, Assistant Professor, Aeronautical Science Department