What is BGSU Aviation?

Aviation at Bowling Green State University is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 141 approved flight education and training program. Aviation majors choose from one of three specializations: Aviation Management and Operations (business focus), Aviation Engineering Technology, or Flight Technology and Operations. Coursework in each specialization is complemented by business and liberal arts classes that differentiate BGSU’s program from many others of its kind. Specific requirements are available on the program checksheets.

Each specialization offers a combination of theory and hands-on practice, including cooperative education work experiences (co-ops). The faculty are leaders in using and teaching emerging technologies and practices in the field of aviation. The program is fully accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Visit the BGSU Undergraduate Catalog for more information about the Bachelor of Science in Technology Degree in Aviation. Continued study for a master’s degree with an aviation focus is also available.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with an Aviation Management and Operations specialization are employed by airports and airlines, engineering and consulting firms, general aviation facilities, and auxiliary businesses with customers who are aviation-oriented.

Graduates of the Aviation Engineering Technology (AET) program find employment with companies engaged in the manufacture or maintenance of aviation components.

In addition to pursuing employment as a commercial pilot for the airlines, air freight/air cargo companies or corporate flight departments, Flight Technology and Operations majors find employment as flight instructors and charter pilots, as well as in the recreation/sightseeing industry.

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  • The aviation education and training facilities are located on the University-owned airport, adjacent to the BGSU campus and only a 5-minute walk from residence halls.
  • Two student organizations, Alpha Eta Rho and Women in Aviation, provide the opportunity for students to combine their professional and personal interests.
  • The staff includes professional faculty and instructor pilots with broad aviation experiences, as well as the program’s maintenance department, who maintains the fleet on-site.
  • Special on-campus housing in McDonald Residence Hall is available for aviation students. Call 419-372-2870 for more details.
  • The intensive ground training and four-season, all-weather, flight instruction has produced a history of excellent ratings from FAA examiners.

Alumnus Michael Mikolay