Bachelor of Science (BS)

Make your mark at the University of Minnesota Crookston with a degree in Aviation. We offer “Dual Function” degree programs to give students the ability to tailor their academic program to achieve their career goals. The combination of strong aviation fundamentals provided by - our partner - the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation, and a University of Minnesota degree offers a dynamic opportunity for our students. Our college produces graduates who are critical thinkers that effectively communicate, and ethically participate in the field of aviation.

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Key Features

Key Features

UMN Crookston offers the only aviation program in the country
with emphases in agriculture, natural resources, and law enforcement.

  • "Dual Function" degree programs offer students the most flexibility in choosing a career path. These combination programs prepare students for a wide variety of careers that utilize aviation resources to support their programs.
  • Faculty at the University of Minnesota Crookston have extensive field experience as law enforcement officers, wildlife biologists/pilots and in applied field research.
  • Strong emphasis is placed on preparing students to enter the workplace including internship opportunities.
  • Seminars presented by professionals in the aviation field result in many contacts.


Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum


To view the current Aviation, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
View Aviation, BS curriculum

  • Agriculture Aviation Emphasis

  • Law Enforcement Aviation Emphasis

  • Natural Resources Aviation Emphasis

  • Private Pilot's License

    • This is your first step towards becoming a Commercial Pilot.
    • The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours to obtain the license.
    • You can fly anywhere solo, or with a group of friends, while continuing your education.

Commercial Pilot's Licence

    • Any pilot who flies persons or property for compensation or hire.
    • Aerial applicator, flight instructor, law enforcement pilot, airline transport pilots, etc.
    • At UMC, you can earn your commercial pilots license in under 200 hours.
    • A typical (Part 61) flight school requires a minimum of 250 hours.


Associated Clubs & Organizations

Associated Clubs & Organizations




Agricultural Aviation

  • Choosing the agricultural aviation emphasis, students will receive field specific education, preparing them for a career as an aerial applicator.

  • Aerial applicators are an agricultural industry requirement with employment opportunities all over the world.

  • Skilled Agriculture Pilots make from $60,000-$100,000 and those that own their own business can earn $600,000-$850,000.00.

Law Enforcement Aviation

  • Choosing the law enforcement aviation emphasis allows students to fulfill the educational requirements for law enforcement officers for the state of Minnesota while obtaining your pilots license.
  • A FBI Pilot makes around $80,000.00, Law Enforcement Special Agent Pilot makes around $50,000.00, Boarder Patrol Pilot makes around $59,000.00-76,000.00.

Natural Resources Aviation

  • Choosing the natural resource aviation emphasis provides the required education to become a pilot for state natural resource agencies.

  • A Pilot working for the National Park Service makes around $65,000.00, and a Forest Service Pilot makes $73,000.00-114,000.00.


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the costs involved? Are they different for students who are not residents of Minnesota or for international students?

A: The University of Minnesota, Crookston offers Minnesota residents and non-residents alike the same per-credit tuition fee. Additional flight training expenses are incurred on a course-by-course basis. For current costs, please see the following: 2018-2019 Projected Individual Flight Training Costs PDF File Icon

Q: Is there assistance to help me pay for the additional flight training expenses?

A: Yes! There are financial aid options and scholarships available. If you have questions about how to fund these additional expenses, we invite you to visit with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 1-800-862-6466 or check out aviation scholarship database.

Q: If I already have a Private Pilot certificate, do I need to retake the Private Pilot ground school and flight courses?

A: University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) is proud to partner with the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) to provide a professional, FAR Part 141, collegiate-level flight training experience. Our graduates possess a high level of aviation knowledge and skills and this transfer policy reflects rigorous program standard as well as conforming to the policies and regulations from UMC, UNDAF, and the FAA. To ensure that UMC/UNDAF graduates continue to meet program completion standards, we require that all ground and flight courses beyond the Private Pilot level be completed in their entirety through the UMC/UNDAF training program. For those students wishing to receive credit for Private Pilot ground school (AVIA 1103 – Introduction to Aviation) and Private Pilot flight rating (AVIA 1104 – Introduction to Aviation Flight Lab) because of previous experience, please see the following: Aviation Course Transfer Policy

Q: How soon can I expect to be in the air?

A: Students will sign up for flight training at registration, and we encourage them to start flying their first week at UMC!

Q: I don’t really want a bachelor’s degree, I just want to learn how to fly! Can UMC provide flight training without all the other coursework?

A: Sorry, but our aviation program is for degree-seeking students only. However, we do accommodate students in other majors who want to get their pilot’s license.

Q: What is the job outlook?

A: Recent graduates of the UMC Aviation Program have found employment with North Dakota Game and Fish, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and several independent aerial applicator companies. This is an exciting time for students seeking a career in agricultural, law enforcement, or natural resources aviation as older pilots are retiring and government agencies and agricultural applicators look to replenish their workforce.

Financing Your Education

Meet the Aviation Club

Meet the Aviation Club

Club Photo 2019

Fly-in Breakfast

Veteran Benefits

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

On-Campus Faculty

On-Campus Faculty

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Teaching Specialist
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Awards & Recognition

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