Bachelor of Science in Aviation Safety and Operations
Gain the knowledge and expertise to keep air and ground personnel and aviation support
systems safe and secure.
A demanding but rewarding career in aviation safety requires broad-based aviation
knowledge and specialized technical and procedural knowledge. UND offers a comprehensive
curriculum to prepare you to be part of the next generation of aviation safety experts.
On Campus or Online
Est. time to complete:
Why earn an aviation safety degree?
Earn a B.S. in Aeronautics with a major in Aviation Safety & Operations from the John
D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, known globally for academic excellence. Benefit
from state of the art flight data software created and maintained by UND, that prepares
you for the use of aircraft data in future positions.
Aviation Safety Online Degree
This aviation safety degree can be completed entirely online. You will be fully prepare
a successful career in aviation safety. Courses are taught by faculty who bring years
of aviation and safety experience. You'll gain the fundamental knowledge to help employers
and employees prevent accidents, injuries and losses.
Aviation Safety Degree Program
Pursue opportunities for internships with airlines, NTSB, FAA, aviation insurance
companies and aircraft manufacturers.
UND Aerospace is a world-renowned center for aerospace learning. We are nationally
acclaimed for our achievements in collegiate aviation education, atmospheric research,
space studies and earth system science and policy research.
We offer specialized academic and career advisement to aviation students. Our graduates
are highly recruited by major airlines and the FAA.
Aviation Safety & Operations professionals are responsible for the:
Development of best practices and standards
Procedures and guidelines to ensure the safety of passengers
Flight crew and ground operations
With the aviation safety degree, you can expect career opportunities in several areas
related to aviation safety and operations, including:
Aviation Safety Degree Courses
AVIT 412. Aviation Safety Analysis. 3 Credits.
This course will examine the various techniques and processes used to assess and predict organizational risk as it pertains to aviation operations. The role of quality assurance within a Safety Management System (SMS) will be also explored. An introduction to specific aviation safety assurance programs will be conducted and will include safety surveys and formalized observations. Prerequisites: AVIT 311 and a minimum GPA of 2.6. S.
AVIT 276. OSHA Safety Standards for Industry. 3 Credits.
This course covers OSHA Standards, policies, and procedures in general industry. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA General Industry Standards, general industry principles and special emphasis on those areas in general industry, which are most hazardous. Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 2.6; open to Aerospace majors, or consent of the instructor. On demand.
AVIT 311. Safety Management System (SMS). 3 Credits.
This course provides instruction and practical application of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and how SMS relates to Accident Prevention Program Management. Students receive the necessary instruction required to design, develop, implement, manage, and foster an effective organizational level SMS and accident prevention program. Course topics include theory and application of SMS program elements. Prerequisites: AVIT 208 and a minimum GPA of 2.6. S.
AVIT 476. Risk Management. 3 Credits.
To provide an overview of methods used in aviation risk analysis. This course of provides the students will the knowledge and skills to apply various aspects of risk management issues faced in the aviation industry. Information will be provided and students will engage in scenarios and discussions to gain an understanding of the risk management systems in the aviation industry. Students will be introduced to different perspectives of risk management using guest lectures/speakers from various industries. Prerequisite: Minimum GPA of 2.6. On demand.
AVIT 405. Airline Operations and Management. 3 Credits.
This course examines the four major areas of air carrier operations, including ground, technical, flight and system operations, as well as airline economics, utilizing a management simulation tool. There is an intensive examination of regional, point-to-point and network carrier operations. Student management teams make weekly decisions in seven categories: Overall Strategy; Marketing; Operations Management; Human Resource Development; Finance; Asset Management; and Behavioral Elements. A portion of each class time is devoted to simulation activities, and the reading assignments focus on management decisions pertinent to the topic assigned, relying in part on current industry events, with an emphasis on ethical decision making. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status, open to Aviation majors and minors only, and a minimum GPA of 2.6. F,S,SS.
AVIT 250. Human Factors. 2 Credits.
This course introduces the student to issues influencing human performance in the complex operational aviation environments. Theory and practical applications of cognitive processing, decision-making, interpersonal interaction and communication will be presented. This course also provides an introduction to design elements intended to optimize man-machine interaction. Prerequisite: Minimum GPA of 2.6. F,S,SS.
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