Aviation Degree Program Objectives

At Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, we’re dedicated to developing a well-rounded curriculum in our aviation degree programs. To accomplish the mission, and to remain in alignment with the University’s “Five Dimensions of the Saint Louis University Experience,” the Aviation Science faculty, with advice from students, alumni and employers, endorse the following objectives:

In their first few years on the job, graduates of the Flight Science program at Saint Louis University should be able to utilize the knowledge and skills gained from the academic program to:

  1. Demonstrate broad knowledge in the fundamental subject areas of mathematics, physics, philosophy, psychology, theology, ethics, and English composition and literature.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the skills of aircraft piloting, communication, research, decision-making, critical thinking and analytical skills, and team building.
  3. Ability to succeed in life, regardless of their chosen career field, able to learn to learn, maintain curiosity, imagination, creativity, sound ethical judgment, service to others and passion.
  4. Demonstrate attitudes of respect for the universality of disciplines, service to fellow human beings as men or women for others, and always give more; to do what is most needed.


Program-level goals are listed in this section. These goals are aligned with the University’s “Five Dimensions of Saint Louis University Experience”: Scholarship and Knowledge, Intellectual Inquiry and Communication, Community Building, Leadership and Service, and Spirituality and Values.

The goals of the Flight Science program are classified in four areas: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Attitudes.


  1. Graduates of the Flight Science program will demonstrate broad knowledge in the following fundamental subject areas: Mathematics, Physics, Philosophy, Psychology, Theology, Ethics, and English Composition & Literature.
  2. Graduates of the Flight Science program will demonstrate their ability to build upon their fundamental knowledge in mathematics, sciences, and liberal arts to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate contemporary problems in the Flight Science domain. The overall areas covered in the program include the following: Professional Orientation; Aircraft Design, Operation, and Maintenance; Aviation Safety and Human Factors; National and International Aviation Law and Regulations; Airports, Airspace, and Air Traffic Control; Meteorology and Environmental Issues; Aerodynamics; Incident/Accident Investigation; Advanced Aircraft Systems; Air Charter and Air Carrier Operations; Flight Deck Automation; Corporate Aviation Management; Economics of Air Transportation; Culminating Senior Project.


Graduates of the Flight Science program will demonstrate proficiency in the following skills:

  1. Aircraft piloting skills to achieve a Commercial Pilot certificate with Instrument and Multiengine ratings.
  2. Oral, Written, and Team Communication skills to plan, execute, and present team projects in a peer-review setting.
  3. Research skills to collect data via appropriate literature searches, apply appropriate analytical techniques, synthesize professional-quality reports, and present the research results.
  4. Critical thinking and Analytical skills to solve problems.
  5. Decision-making skills to evaluate and proactively resolve flight-related challenges.
  6. Team Building skills that apply interpersonal communication skills and decision-making skills to resolve conflicts, manage challenges, and build high-performing teams.


In general, graduates of Parks College aviation degree programs will have the ability to succeed in life, regardless of their chosen career field. They will demonstrate the following key abilities:

  1. They will be able to learn to learn; therefore, they will be able to acquire new knowledge, solve new problems, and adapt to new environments.
  2. They will maintain their curiosity for new knowledge, their imagination for innovative solutions, and their creativity in applying their knowledge and skills in novel ways.
  3. They will develop their ability to self-motivate and dedicate themselves to every endeavor with passion.
  4. They will apply sound ethical judgment in their personal and professional lives marked by integrity and trust.
  5. They will strive to serve others in their personal, professional, and communal responsibilities.


Ultimately, the graduates of the Flight Science program are products of a Jesuit university. As such, they will demonstrate the following attitudes:

  1. They will respect the universality - the inclusiveness - of a variety of intellectual disciplines that synergistically enrich each other as well as the multitude of spiritual paths that open one’s mind to the transcendent.
  2. They will strive toward service to their fellow human beings as men or women for others and in so doing, they will be prepared to apply their technical knowledge and skills for the betterment of humanity.
  3. Always give more =MAGIS. These graduates will be whole-heartedly charged to make a contribution toward their family, their organization, and their society - they will be inspired to choose to do what is most needed among the multitude of things that they are trained, skilled, prepared, or gifted to do.