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At The Ohio State University students can earn an Aviation degree through one of the Center of Aviation Studies’ various degree programs.

Our three academic degree programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation, College of Engineering -
    • This degree is the most technical of all three degrees, and is designed to give students the skills they need to think analytically and be able to problem solve. In addition to the Aviation core classes, students will enroll in Engineering classes, which consists of higher levels of math and science as well as technical courses. A foreign language is not required for this degree track. Click on the title above for more specific curriculum information.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences: Air Transportation, College of Arts & Sciences
    • This degree is less technical than the Aviation Engineering degree, however students will gain a better understanding of the global air transportation system. This degree path is also an excellent preparation for a career as a professional pilot, as well as most careers within the aviation industry. Along with the same core Aviation courses as the Aviation Engineering degree, students will enroll in geography classes such as GIS, transportation analysis, cartography, transportation analysis, and other electives such as transportation security, etc. This is a liberal arts based degree. Click on the above link to see more detailed information on the Air Transportation degree.
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Aviation Management, Fisher College of Business
    • While this is a Business Administration degree through the Fisher College of Business, students on this path graduate with a B.S.B.A with an Aviation Management Specialization. Students enrolled in this path are requires to take the Business core courses which consist of accounting, finance, and economics. While students may fly while enrolled in this degree program, they are unable to earn the professional pilot specialization, and the flight related classes, with the exception of Private Pilot Ground (Aviation 2100), do not count toward fullfilling a degree requirement, and are considered extra on top of students' required courses. Click on the above link for more detailed information on the Business Administration degree with Aviation Management Specialization.
  • Aviation Minor


A Professional Pilot Specialization can be added to the Air Transportation and Aviation Engineering majors and provides students a way to earn their Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating, and then gives them the option to continue for either the Certified Flight Instructor or Multi-Engine Rating prior to graduation.  John Glenn speaking to an aviation classJohn Glenn speaking to an aviation class