Aviation Concurrent Enrollment


High School aged students have the opportunity to participate in SUU Aviation courses through two different programs, Concurrent Enrollment (CE) and Global Early College Online (GECO)

The CE program is a state funded program for Utah public high school students. Students must attend school in districts that are contracted with SUU to provide CE courses to their students. Because this program is subsidized by the state, students are able to take courses at extremely low cost.  

ECO is a program that allows high school aged students who are not able to take advantage of our CE program to begin earning college credits at a reduced cost. These might include students who are home-schooled, attending private high schools, or those who live outside the state of Utah. Courses are delivered in an asynchronous on-line format to maximize flexibility and convenience for students.

Each course we offer high school students are part of the aviation core curriculum and go towards the aviation degree that any student wishes to pursue. The three main areas they can be part of are Fixed Wing Pilot (Airplane),  Rotor Wing Pilot (Helicopter),  and Aviation Maintenance Technician. Both pilot tracks have an Associate and Bachelors degree program that the student can apply these credits toward while still in high school. The maintenance track currently has an Associate program.

Taking our courses while still in high school comes at a significantly discounted rate. While each program has a different cost per credit hour, participating students significantly reduce the costs of the academic courses involved in a degree in aviation at SUU.

Requirements to Participate

To participate in CE or ECO a student must be in good academic standing at their high schools with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students need to have their parent/guardian's permission. For CE the students attendance must also be recorded by the public high school.

Once admitted into either program students must keep their university GPA above a 2.0 to remain eligible to take college courses. Any student who falls below a 2.0 or fails a course is subject to be dismissed from their respective program.

We suggest that students wait until the Junior and Senior years to take aviation courses. They are very rigorous courses and we have not seen a lot of success from younger students taking these courses.

Course Descriptions

This course will orient students to the SUU Professional Pilot Program and career opportunities in the broader aviation industry. The course will cover, among other topics, financial aid, transfer & articulation, pilot training regulations and procedures, key aviation organizations such as the FAA and Air Traffic Control, career opportunities in general, commercial, and military aviation.

This course will trace the evolution of the aviation industry from its earliest days through the modern age. Topics addressed include significant aviation events and individuals, aircraft development, deregulation, administrative bodies, organizations and commercial companies that have influence and/or continue to shape the domestic and international aviation industry.

This course provides a study of the design, construction, and theory of operation of basic systems common to fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft such as: power plants, ignition systems, propellers, rotors, flight controls, fuel, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, lubrication, environmental and oxygen systems, pressurization, landing gear systems, ice and rain detection/protection systems, and fire detection and extinguishing systems.

A study of atmospheric conditions and their effects on aeronautical operations. Topics covered include basic meteorological principles and physics, atmospheric properties, patterns of weather development, and associated aviation hazards including thunderstorms, wind shear, turbulence, and icing. Limitations, interpretation, and use of aviation weather equipment used in aviation activity are presented. Weather observation and forecasting resources and their influence on flight planning and performance are considered.

Practical application of the laws of physics relating to aerodynamics in flight. Specific topics covered include the forces of flight; weight and balance; stability and control; calculation of stall speed; fundamentals of low, transonic, and supersonic flight; aircraft design and testing; aircraft performance requirements; performance of aircraft powered by reciprocating, turboprop, and jet turbine engines; special flight conditions often experienced by commercial pilots of fixed-wing aircraft; and changes in configuration.

Core Code Foundation Courses Intended Grade Level Credits SUU Equivalent SUU Credits

Transferrable Credits Aircraft Systems 11-12 .5 Aircraft System 3 3

Air Transportation

Aviation History

11-12 .5 Air Transportation 3 3 Meteorology 11-12 .5 Meteorology 3 3
10-12 Aviation Orientation 1
10-12 Aerodynamics 3 3


Both CE and ECO have an admission fee of $40 to the university. This is a one time fee to process your admissions application to the university. After high school graduation, if a student chooses to come to SUU as a regular student, they will not have to pay another admission fee!

  • CE has a $5 per credit hour course fee.
  • ECO has a $75 per credit hour course fee. 

Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks and other required materials set by the instructor.

Methods of Delivery

All of our courses are delivered online to allow students the flexibility to work on the courses on their own time. If a high school prefers them to work on college work during school hours, the flexibility of online courses can allow work to be done during the time required by the school. 

If a school has a large number of students interested in pursuing aviation courses and are interested in exploring another modality of delivery please let us know, and we can discuss alternative options.

Upcoming Course Schedule

Fall 2021 Aviation Orientation & Aviation Meteorology

Spring 2022 Aviation Orientation & Aerodynamics

Fall 2022 Aviation Orientation & Aircraft Systems