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2024-2025 University Catalog 
2024-2025 University Catalog

Professional Flight Technology, BS

Location(s): West Lafayette

About the Program

Purdue offers a bachelor’s degree in professional flight that provides you with a comprehensive perspective of the aviation industry. Classes focus on aspects of leadership, teamwork, decision-making, communication, resilience, and technical excellence encompassing the many facets of the aviation ecosystem. You will learn by flying in our state-of-art fleet and matching simulators, and from aviation professionals with significant industry experience. The School of Aviation and Transportation Technology encourages you to obtain the highest level of certification possible during your time at Purdue.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (117 credits)

Required Major Courses (65 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (52 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

Any Course, any subject. Credit Hours: 3.00

Supplemental List

Click here for Aviation Technology Supplemental Information .

Grade Requirements

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all AT courses.
  • Purdue policy states that a student may attempt a course no more than three times. An attempt is defined as all courses displayed on a student transcript having grades of (including, but not limited to) A, B, C, D, E, F, W, WF, I and IF.

GPA Requirements

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Course Requirements and Notes

  • A course can only satisfy one departmental/program major degree requirement within a unique plan of study.
  • A course may be used to satisfy two separate departmental/program major degree requirements
  • Thematic Area Selective Requirement
    • Option I: Any University - approved minor
    • Option II: 6 credit hours of 20000 or higher-level courses AND 6 credit hours of 30000 or higher-level courses from any of the following departments: AT, AFT, EAPS, ECON, ENTR, HTM, MGMT, OBHR, OLS, POL, or TLI
    • Option III: 12 consecutive credit hours in a foreign language
    • Option IV: 9 credit hours of 50000 level courses AND 3 credit hours of 30000 or higher-level courses

Non-course / Non-credit Requirements

  • Internship Requirement
  • Globalization Requirement

Pass/No Pass Policy

  • A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass (P/NP) grading option for courses without an AT prefix.  A student may not elect this option for more than 20 percent of the total credit hours required for graduation.  AT prefix courses may be taken for P/NP only under extenuating circumstances and in close coordination with advisors and faculty.  Some AT prefix courses have been established as P/NP for all students and are therefore required to be taken in that manner.  For further information regarding P/NP, students should refer to the Purdue Regulations, Grades and Grade Reports, Pass/Not-Pass Option & Scholastic Indexes.

  • The following courses are only offered as Pass/No Pass: AT 14500, 14502, 21000, 21100, 24300, 24302, 24500, 24800, 24802, 25300, 25302, 35100, 35300, 36500, 36600, 36700, 36800, 38300, 38700, 48700, 48800

Transfer Credit Policy

  • SATT adheres to the admissions office Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide.
  • Students may submit requests (with accompanied Syllabi) for Non-Purdue course evaluations for AT courses that are not reflective in the Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide.

University Requirements

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

To obtain the Civics Literacy Proficiency, students will complete an educational activity as part of their chosen Civics Literacy Pathway and pass the Purdue Civics knowledge test.  The knowledge test can be completed at any time while the pathway is being perused.  There are three different pathways:

  • Civics Event pathway - Attend six approved civics-related events and pass the required exam; or
  • Civics Literacy Podcast pathway - Complete 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement that use C-SPAN material and pass the required exam; or
  • Approved course pathway - Complete  one of the following approved courses and pass the required exam.

More details about each pathway and how to complete the requirement can be found on the Civics Literacy Student Dashboard in myPurdue.

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Additional Information

Students of Purdue University School of Aviation and Transportation Technology (SATT) are required to fly in the University’s training aircraft during several courses within the Professional Flight Training Plan of Study. SATT operates Piper Archer and Seminole as the primary trainer fleet. Although these aircraft are very capable, height, size and weight specifications vary by aircraft. Students whose personal size (height, weight, width, etc.) is significantly larger or smaller than average may require additional assessment to ensure their ability to safely pilot University training aircraft. Please review the aircraft configurations highlighted on the Fleet - Purdue Polytechnic Institute website to determine if an additional assessment is warranted. Contact the Aviation Safety Manager at avsafety@purdue.edu to set up an appointment to discuss options and/or questions prior to the course beginning.

Sample 4-Year Plan

16 Credits

16 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

13 Credits

Spring 4th Year

12 Credits

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major. Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful. These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program.”


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student. The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

Comparative information about Purdue University and other U.S. educational institutions is also available through the College Navigator tool, provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, and through the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.