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Future Professional Pilots

Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department:
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses:
Credential: Associate Degree
Learning Format:
Offered:
program overview

The Associate of Arts Degree for Future Professional Pilots is a program for students who wish to continue to a career in the aviation industry. This program is jointly offered with Professional Flight Centre, located at Boundary Bay Airport in Delta. Douglas College provides the academic instruction leading to the Associate of Arts Degree and Professional Flight Centre provides the ground and flying instruction with enough flight experience to obtain a Commercial Pilot License and Multi-engine Instrument Rating. These two distinct and separate components together provide students with the foundation needed in the aviation industry. Students need to apply to both Douglas College and the Professional Flight Center.

The Associate of Arts portion at Douglas College consists of 60 credits of University Transfer courses which are mainly offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The recommended courses have relevance to the aviation industry.  Students graduate with an Associate of Arts degree.

curriculum framework

Discussions with professional pilots and flight instructors suggest that students would be well advised to take courses in Climate, Psychology, and Commerce/Business as part of their AA degree.

Students should select their courses towards the Associate of Arts Degree strategically based on their intended transfer destination and major if that is their intended pathway.

Recommended Courses

The program identifies a set of recommended courses:

  • GEOG 1110 Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 1120 Earth Sciences
  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology II
  • GEOG 2251 Quantitative Methods in Geography (meets the statistics course AA requirement)
  • Two UT courses from the Faculty of Commerce and Business, such as:  
    • BUSN 1210 – Management Essentials (prerequisite for BUSN 3310)
    • BUSN 3310 – Organization Management Skills
    • BUSN 3350 – Human Resource Management
    • MARK  1120 –Introduction to Marketing

GEOG 2210 (Climatology) and PSYC 2360 (Cognitive Psychology) are recommended at the second year level.

Three Pathways

For students interested in Aviation, three relevant pathways to the aviation environment are:

  • General Focus
  • Geography Focus, and
  • Psychology Focus

Below are the 4 semester curriculum framework for the general focus courses as well as those that would attempt to fulfill but not guarantee 3rd year entry requirements for either a major in Geography or Psychology at other institutions.

 


 

Curriculum Framework for AA for Future Professional Pilots

1. General Focus

 

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

 

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

PSYC 1100

GEOG 1110

Arts 1st   year elective

English 1st   year elective

Humanities   elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

PSYC 1200

GEOG 1120

Math or   Statistics course[1]

Humanities   elective[2]

English 1st   year elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

 

SEMESTER 3

SEMESTER 4

 

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

GEOG 2210

1nd year Arts elective

2nd year Arts elective

2nd year Arts elective

Commerce/Business elective [3]

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

GEOG 2270

2nd year Arts elective[4]

2nd year Arts elective

2nd year Arts elective

Commerce/Business elective3

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

         

2.  Geography Focus

 

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

 

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

GEOG 1100

GEOG 1110

English   elective

Arts 1st   year elective

Humanities   elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

GEOG 1120

PSYC 1100

Humanities   elective

English 1st   year elective

Commerce/Business elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

 

SEMESTER 3

SEMESTER 4

 

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

GEOG 2210

GEOG 2213

PSYC 1200

2nd year Arts elective

Commerce/Business elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

GEOG 2251 (Stats course)

GEOG 2212

2nd year Arts elective

2nd year Arts elective

2nd year Arts elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

 

3.  Psychology Focus

 

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

 

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

PSYC 1100

GEOG 1110

English   elective

Humanities   elective

Arts 1st   year elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

PSYC 1200

GEOG 1120

Humanities   elective

English   elective (1st year)

Arts 1st   year elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

 

SEMESTER 3

SEMESTER 4

 

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

PSYC 2300

PSYC 2360

2nd year Arts elective

Commerce/Business elective

Commerce/Business elective

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

PSYC 2301

One of PSYC 2315, 2341 or 3330

2nd year Arts elective

2nd year Arts elective

GEOG 2210

 

3

3

3

3

3

15

         


[2] PHIL 1101 recommended

[4] PSYC 2360 recommended

The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:

6 credits (2 courses) first-year English electives

6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives

6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives

6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts electives

18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts electives in 2 or more subject areas

3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective

3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective

3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective

9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives

Note: "English" courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit. "Arts" courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information.

Definitions

A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).

  1. An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
  2. A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities. 
    The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
  3. A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
  4. first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
  5. second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
  6. laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.
admissions requirements

For general Douglas College admission requirements, please see General Admission Requirements.

General College Admission Requirements

program cost

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curriculum guidelines

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