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Southern Illinois University

on the campus of Palomar College

Palomar College is pleased to announce that Southern Illinois University (SIU) is now offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management on the Palomar College campus. This program is open to students from Palomar College and students from other colleges in the area as well as military personnel and citizens of the community.

Assuming a student enters the SIU program with the proper lower division course work, he/she can complete the 4 year degree in Aviation Management is as little as 16 months.

For more specific information, please click on the appropriate selection below.

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management – program overview

SIU Program Advisor at Palomar College

Preparation for transfer from Palomar College to SIU

Link to Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Aviation Department Homepage

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management – program overview

Palomar College and the Aviation Sciences discipline are very pleased that you will now be able to earn a 4 year degree in Aviation Management from one of the nation’s leading universities in aviation on the campus of Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. A new Southern Illinois University (SIU) class starts every 6 weeks and a student may join the program at the start of any class.

The 4 year degree requires a minimum of 120 units of college credit. These 120 units are broken down as follows:

University Core Curriculum = 41 units. These courses are often referred to as “general education courses” by many students. This requirement may be reduced to as few as 30 units for students who transfer to SIU with a 2 year degree in a technical or aviation related area. This is known as the “Capstone Option”. Under this option, students must make up the difference in units by having an additional 11 units of career electives (below). If one intends to transfer from Palomar College to SIU, it is important to talk with the SIU program advisor as well as a Palomar College counselor to make certain that the courses taken at Palomar College will satisfy both the Palomar College 2 year degree requirement as well as the SIU Core Curriculum requirement. It is very important that the appointments with the SIU program advisor and the Palomar College counselor be accomplished as early as possible so that one takes the appropriate “general education” courses. Military personnel and students transferring from colleges other than Palomar College should make an appointment with the SIU program advisor to have their previous “general education” course work evaluated. It is sometimes possible to earn this credit with specialized testing such as CLEP or DANTES.

Aviation Management Major = 48 units. These are the classes that you will be taking from Southern Illinois University on the campus of Palomar College. The courses are offered in a 16 month sequence. A new student may start the program with any one of the 16 courses offered by SIU – in other words, a qualified student may start at any point in the sequence of 16 courses and does not have to wait until the next 16 month sequence. The 16 courses are offered every other weekend for the 16 month period – Saturday and Sunday typically from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.

Approved Career Electives = 31 units. Many of these units will be fulfilled through the previously earned 2 year (associate) degree. These units can also be earned by holding FAA pilot certificates, previous aviation experience, military experience, or specialized industry training. 12 of these units must be “upper division” and are frequently credited based on FAA pilot certificates held. If the “Capstone Option” is used, the 11unit reduction in the Core Curriculum courses must be made up in this area so that a student has the required 120 units for the awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management.

SIU Program Advisor at Palomar College

You may contact the SIU program advisor, Richard Jennings, for information on the SIU Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management by calling him at (760) 744-4600, by emailing him at richard.jennings@siu.edu , or by going to room NS-110F on the Palomar College campus.

The SIU program advisor can assist you in evaluating how much of your previous college course work, military experience, flight experience, or life experience can be credited toward your 4 year degree in Aviation Management.

Preparation for transfer from Palomar College to SIU

Palomar College and Southern Illinois University have an articulation agreement that specifies the courses that SIU will accept from Palomar College toward their Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management. A copy of these courses is available from the SIU program advisor, Jerry Houser (Aviation Sciences) at Palomar College, or the counseling office at Palomar College.

If a student is considering transferring from Palomar College to SIU, it is strongly suggested that the student obtain a copy of the courses contained in this articulation agreement as soon as possible. For maximum efficiency, it is vital that a student take courses (especially “general education” courses) that will apply to both the 2 year (Associate of Science) degree at Palomar College was well as the 4 year (Bachelor of Science) degree at Southern Illinois University. Failing to do this may require a student to take additional courses at Palomar College prior to transferring to SIU. The SIU program advisor at Palomar College can assist students with the selection of the proper courses.

If a student is transferring with college credit from a college other than Palomar College, he/she should schedule an appointment with the SIU program advisor at Palomar College as soon as possible to have his/her transfer credits evaluated for transferability into the SIU program.