Commercial Pilot - Fixed Wing

All Flight Students

For initial consideration, all applicants must meet Marshall University’s general freshman or transfer admission requirements. Admission to the Bachelor of Science program in Commercial Pilot - Fixed Wing will be selective each year, depending on both the number of applications received and the capacity to enroll new students. Not all applicants who qualify for general admission to the university will be admissible to this program.

As required by FAA regulations, and determined by the Bill Noe Flight School, students must speak, read, write and understand English. Prior to commencing flight training, non-U.S. citizens must complete all Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background checks and appropriate approvals.

Marshall requires that all flight students have at least a Second Class Medical when starting the flight program. However, we recommend students get a First Class Medical prior to flight training to make sure they do not have any medical conditions that could disqualify them from flying with airlines. Medicals must be done by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Prospective students will find AMEs by location using the resource at

Upon admission to the program and before beginning AVSC coursework, students who do not have at least a Private Pilot certification must apply for and receive a Student Pilot certificate. See for details. Contact the Bill Noe Flight School if you have questions.

Transfer Student / Intercollege Transfer Policy

Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 or Chief Instructor approval.

Students who hold one or more FAA pilot certificates will not need to repeat required courses for these certifications but must discuss their specific situations with the Chief Instructor before enrolling.

Students allowed to enroll with previous FAA pilot certifications, however, must complete AVSC 105 Transition Lab, a course designed to train students to operate the Cirrus SR20. Successful completion requires students to pass the knowledge and practical test requirements of the FAA certification standards at a level commensurate with the pilot certification held while operating the Cirrus SR20 aircraft. Students with previous FAA pilot certifications must successfully complete AVSC 105 before proceeding with further flight courses.
Transfer students who completed college-level courses from a regionally accredited institution of higher education may receive credit for those courses. Please review the Admissions section in the Undergraduate Catalog for more information regarding the university’s transfer policies.

Progression Requirements

Flight students are expected to complete each flight course in one semester. However, with permission, students experiencing extensive uncontrollable situations, such as weather, may complete the course the following semester with permission. Any student failing to complete the course requirements in that following semester may be dismissed from the program due to lack of progress. Students must maintain a minimum of a C or better in all courses required for the major. AVSC ground schools (AVSC 200, AVSC 215, and AVSC 329) also require an 80% minimum score for all exams.

Graduation/ Other Requirements

The Commercial Pilot - Fixed Wing, B.S. degree requires a minimum of 120 hours for graduation.

Students planning to apply for student instructor positions at the Bill Noe Flight School are required to take AVSC 305 CFII Lab, AVSC 335 Course AVSC 335 Not Found, AVSC 345 Course AVSC 345 Not Found, and AVSC 375 Course AVSC 375 Not Found. See advisor and Chief Instructor.

Core Curriculum
Core I: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
GEO 230 Bison image Intro to Meteorology (CT)4
Critical Thinking Course3
Core II
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
Core II Communications
Core II Mathematics
GEO 230 Bison image Intro to Meteorology (CT)4
CMM 213 Bison image Fund Interpersonal Com3
Core II Humanities (WI section recommended)
Core II Fine Arts
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive (Core II Humanities recommended)
Writing Intensive
AVSC 405 Bison image Business Aviation3
Major Specific Requirements
ACC 215 Bison image Accounting Principles (CT)3
CMM 213 Bison image Fund Interpersonal Com3
GEO 230 Bison image Intro to Meteorology (CT)4
MGT 320Principles of Management3
MGT 422Organizational Behavior3
Aviation Core Courses
AVSC 102Flight School Orientation3
AVSC 221Flight Management Systems3
AVSC 231Aviation Law and Regulations3
AVSC 241AV Safety and Human Factors3
AVSC 310Aircraft Sys and Powerplants3
AVSC 315Airport Operations and Mgmt3
AVSC 320Flight Phys and Human Factors3
AVSC 325Ntnl Airspace Sys and NextGen3
AVSC 355Aviation Weather3
AVSC 405 Bison image Business Aviation3
AVSC 410Air Transportation Operations3
AVSC 450Crew Resource Management3
Aviation Flight Courses
AVSC 200Private Pilot Ground School4
AVSC 215Instrument Ground School3
AVSC 329Commerical Ground School3
AVSC 205Solo Flight Lab1
AVSC 210Private Pilot Cert ASEL Lab2
AVSC 220Instrument Certification Lab3
AVSC 330Commercial Phase I Lab3
AVSC 340Commercial Phase II ASEL Lab3
Choose one 8-hour track
Track A
Students planning to apply for student instructor positions at the Bill Noe Flight School are required to take AVSC 305, AVSC 335, AVSC 345, and AVSC 375. See advisor and Chief Instructor.
CFI Ground School
Initial CFI ASEL Lab
Commercial AMEL Add-On Lab
Track B
Students must meet with the Chief Instructor to discuss career opportunities before selecting Track B. Students not planning to apply for student instructor positions at the Bill Noe Flight School may enroll in 300/400-Level electives. Must see advisor and Chief Instructor before enrolling in electives.
300/400 Level Electives
  • The purpose of this Four Year Plan is to illustrate how your general education requirements, your program requirements, and any recommended elective or minor courses fit within a 4-year time frame. It also takes into account the order of pre-requisites. It is designed primarily as a tool to assist you in timely graduation. If you have transferred from another institution or another college within Marshall University, please see your advisor about how your coursework may be applied to degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for the baccalaureate degree, including a minimum of 40 credit hours at the 300/400 level.
  • Six hours of Writing Intensive (WI) credits are required for the degree. Students are encouraged to select WI sections of courses when available within the plan of study.
  • Students planning to apply for student instructor positions at the Bill Noe Flight School are required to take AVSC 305*, AVSC 335*, AVSC 345*, and AVSC 375*.  Other students may choose to pursue a minor or enroll in 300/400-level electives. Students must see advisor and Chief Instructor to discuss minor options and/or before enrolling in electives.

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
AVSC 102 Flight School Orientation 3
AVSC 200 Private Pilot Ground School 4
AVSC 205 Solo Flight Lab 1
AVSC 210 Private Pilot Cert ASEL Lab 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
AVSC 215 Instrument Ground School 3
AVSC 220 Instrument Certification Lab 3
AVSC 221 Flight Management Systems 3
GEO 230 Bison image Intro to Meteorology (CT) 4
Core II Mathematics 3
MTH 121: Concepts and Applications (CT) recommended
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
AVSC 231 Aviation Law and Regulations 3
AVSC 329 Commerical Ground School 3
AVSC 330 Commercial Phase I Lab 3
CMM 213 Bison image Fund Interpersonal Com 3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
AVSC 241 AV Safety and Human Factors 3
AVSC 340 Commercial Phase II ASEL Lab 3
AVSC 355 Aviation Weather 3
ACC 215 Bison image Accounting Principles (CT) 3
Core II Communications 3
CMM 207: Business and Professional Communication recommended
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
AVSC 310 Aircraft Sys and Powerplants 3
AVSC 315 Airport Operations and Mgmt 3
AVSC 335 CFI Ground School (or Minor or 300/400 Level Elective) 3
AVSC 375 Commercial AMEL Add-On Lab ((or Minor or 300/400 Level Elective)) 1
Critical Thinking and Writing Intensive 3
PSC 104: American National Government and Politics (CT), Writing Intensive section recommended
Free Elective 3
ECN 200: Survey of Economics recommended
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
AVSC 320 Flight Phys and Human Factors ((or Minor or 300/400 Level Elective)) 3
AVSC 325 Ntnl Airspace Sys and NextGen 3
AVSC 345 Initial CFI ASEL Lab ((or Minor or 300/400 Level Elective)) 3
MGT 320 Principles of Management 3
Core II Humanities 3
Choose a Writing Intensive section
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
AVSC 305 CFII Lab ((or Minor or 300/400 Level Elective)) 1
AVSC 405 Bison image Business Aviation 3
AVSC 410 Air Transportation Operations 3
Multicultural/International 3
CMM: 322 Intercultural Communication (MC) recommended
MKT 340 MKT Concepts and Applications 3
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
AVSC 450 Crew Resource Management 3
Free Elective 1
AVSC 495: Internship in Aviation Operations (3 hrs.) or other elective (1 or more hrs.)
MGT 422 Organizational Behavior 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
Free Elective 3
CMM 319: Superior-Subordinate Communications recommended, or other elective  
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120