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What Aviation degree can I earn?

Associate of science degree in either option:

  • Aviation Administration
  • Aircraft Operations

You can also transition to a four-year degree in an aviation-related field utilizing Bergen Community Colleges articulation agreements with Embry Riddle Aviation University or Vaughn College.

Program requirements can be found at: www.bergen.edu/aviation

What job can I get after enrolling in the Aviation Program?

  • A wide range of careers opportunities exist in the aerospace/aviation industry.
  • For example: airport operations, manufacturing, air traffic control, professional pilot, aviation management, avionics, aviation maintenance technician, etc.

Do I finish my degree at BCC or must I transfer to finish the degree?

  • You can earn an Associate of science degree at Bergen Community College (BCC).
  • If you would like to earn a Bachelor of Science, you can transfer to a four-year degree in an aviation-related field.

What colleges can I transfer to?

  • Currently, BCC is exploring opportunities for students to transition to a four-year degree in an Aviation-related field. Students are welcome to meet with their College Counselors to discuss transfer programs.
  • As the Aviation program is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) field, there is a designated STEM GPS (Graduation Pathway to Success) Counselor to help guide students.

How long will it take to finish the Aviation degree program(s)?

  • The Associate of Science degree is a two-year program.
  • Program requirements courses can be taken out of sequence provided you meet the pre-requisites for each course as noted in the general education requirements. Visit www.bergen.edu/aviation for program requirement listings.

Is tutoring available for aviation-related courses?

Can I learn to fly at BCC?

  • While attaining a degree at BCC does not include a formal flight training program, you can contact local flight schools for training and/or private pilot certificate program to coincide with your studies.
  • AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association) has an online list of schools in your area http://flighttraining.aopa.org/learntofly/school/flight schools/

What classes use the Simulator Lab?

  • We have two Frasca simulators: Cessna 172S (Garmin 1000) fixed wing and a helicopter (Robinson R-22).
  • Use of the simulators varies according to class curriculum requirements for both credit and Continuing Education (non-credit) courses. For example, AVT-100 Introduction to Aeronautics includes use of the simulator to reinforce classroom learning.

How much does it cost to fly the Simulators?

  • For credit courses, use of the simulator is included in the lab fees (see Bergen.edu for breakdown of cost).
  • BCC offers a dry lease program with FAA certified flight instructors.

Can I use the Simulator Lab only and not enroll in a degree program?

  • Use of the simulators varies according to curriculum requirements.
  • You can take non-credit courses through The School of Continuing Education. For more information, visit  http://www.bergen.edu/continuinged
  • Additionally, the simulator Lab will, in the future, be available for dry lease. (stay tuned for more information).

Can I take a tour of the Simulator Lab?

  • Yes, tours are available by appointment. To schedule, please call William Klappert, Aviation Program Director at 973-908-1295 or visit www.bergen.edu/aviation for special event opportunities.
  • You may also contact Tracy Miceli, Continuing Education, at 201-689-7629.

What Aviation Courses are offered at BCC?

  • Course offerings vary by semester for both credit & non-credit (Continuing Education) courses.
  • Some courses include: Introduction to Aeronautics, Aviation Safety, Aviation Meteorology, etc.
  • Visit www.bergen.edu/aviation for a comprehensive listing of credit courses. Continuing Education courses can be viewed at: http://www.bergen.edu/continuinged


Will every FBO (Fixed Base Operator) have the Garmin 1000 flight panel and will it be the same as your simulator?

Aircraft type will differ from one FBO to the next. Each school has its own fleet.

Under what Academic Division is the Aviation program listed?

  • The program is part of the School of Math, Science & Technology led by Dean PJ Ricatto, PhD.
  • The aviation program is a STEM-related field.

Who do I contact for more information?