School of Business

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Aviation

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) major requires students integrate two or more specific disciplines into a customized program of study, which is then linked together by a common core of classes designed to help students synthesize and communicate the relevance of the integration. Specific numbers of credits are prescribed in each of the disciplines used for the program of study and course substitution is not allowed within the common core. The BIS degree has a program administrator who approves proposed programs of study.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, BIS

Southern Utah University (SUU), in partnership with Upper Limit Aviation (ULA), offers The B.I.S. Professional Pilot Program [PPP]. The program is designed to prepare students for rewarding careers within the aviation industry by combining one of the three following areas of emphasis.

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Hotel, Resort, and Hospitality Management

The SUU-ULA flight training program has two emphases: Rotor-Wing (i.e. helicopter) Pilot and Fixed Wing (conventional airplane) Pilot. These tracks share a common core of both general education and general aviation courses. The program is structured within FAA Part 141 regulations and combines flight training, technical and professional aviation courses, The program offers two concentrations, one for Fixed-Wing [Airplanes] with a choice of Single Engine Land [SEL] and Multi-Engine Land [MEL], and one for Rotor-Wing [Helicopters].

General Education Core

See General Education

  • Core Course Requirements 16-17 credits
  • Knowledge Areas Requirements 16 credits

University Requirements

Experiential Education 3 Hours

  • UNIV 1010 - EDGE Program Introduction 1 credit
  • UNIV 3925 - EDGE Project Proposal: [Engagement Center] 1 credit
  • UNIV 4925 - EDGE Program Completion: [Engagement Center] 1 credit

Professional Pilot Programs

Students interested in the SUU BIS degree in Aviation should: 

  • Submit an Aviation Program admission application to SUU
    • Pay the $50 application fee
    • Submit high school transcript or G.E.D. scores
    • Submit official college transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at
      • Include SUU, school code 0036478, on the application
    • Military veterans should apply for benefits online at

Students will be required to take Accuplacer tests for math and English courses prior to registration for those courses, unless transferring credits from another accredited institution. The SUU test may be taken on the SUU campus or on another campus with authorization from the SUU Testing Center. 

Tutorial on applying to SUU and the BIS degree

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