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.
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 Associate of Arts (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.
The program identifies a set of recommended courses:
The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:
6 credits first-year English* electives
6 credits Humanities** electives
6 credits Social Sciences** electives
6 credits Arts** electives
18 credits second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
3 credits Lab Science elective
3 credits Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
3 credits Math, Statistics or Science elective
9 credits other University Transfer electives
*English courses can include courses in written Communications (CMNS) and Creative Writing (CRWR) that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit. A maximum of 3 credits can come from such an equivalent; at least 3 credits must be earned in an actual ENGL course, so-named. For purposes of the Associate of Arts degree, English courses cannot be counted as Humanities courses.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. To confirm whether a course is designated as "humanities" or "social sciences", check the Associate of Arts Degree Graduation Requirement Checklist. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree.
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).