NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Aviation Science

WMU offers three career preparation options in Aviation Flight Sciences:

  1. Flight Science: Certified Pilot Training degree program prepares students for a career as a professional pilot. The Flight Science major has several requirements for access to flight courses:
    • A Chief Flight Instructor-approved application for each ground school and flight lab;
    • An FAA 2nd class medical and student pilot certificate (1st class is recommended);
    • Enrollment in flight theory courses is subject to a minimum grade point average of 2.5 for community college students and a 2.0 for transfers from other 4 colleges and/or universities;
    • Availability of aircraft and instructors.
  2. Maintenance Technology: Prepares students for a variety of positions in aircraft maintenance including such areas as performance testing, engineering maintenance liaison, maintenance logistics, flight test engineering, product technical support and aircraft maintenance engineering. Satisfactory completion of the program requirements prepares students to take the Airframe and Powerplant licensing exam from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  3. Management and Operations: Prepares students for sales, service, production and general aviation management.

The College of Aviation has now partnered with the U.S. Air Force (MSU ROTC base) to offer all WMU students the opportunity to enroll in the Air Force ROTC program while attending WMU. This will provide the opportunity for WMU students to become Air Force officers while earning their degrees at WMU.

A study abroad program with Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia is available through WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This university is Australia's premier pilot training college. Focus of Swinburne is on air transportation for commercial piloting and air transportation management.

Basic Requirements

Completion of the BASIC requirements as listed at NMC will fulfill most of the general requirements at WMU. WMU requires two additional General Education courses at the 300–400 level to be taken at WMU plus an upper level writing requirement (Proficiency #2 at WMU). Upon request at the NMC Records Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Completing this guide will not necessarily complete an associate's degree at NMC. Consult with an advisor if an associate's degree is desired.

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111

English Composition (Options 1, 2, 3)


ENG 112

English Composition (required for NMC degree and MTA, but not for WMU Aviation degree)


Humanities (options 1, 2, 3)

Select 2 classes representing 2 different departments from Group 1 Humanities list


Natural Science


CHM 150, 150R

General Chemistry I (Option 2)


ENV 117

Meteorology & Climatology (Options 1 & 3)


PHY 121, 122

General Physics I and II (Options 1,2,3)


Social Science


ECO 201

Principles of Macroeconomics (Option 3)


ECO 202

Principles of Microeconomics (Options 1 & 3)


GEO 105-105L

Physical Geography (Option 1, 3)


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology (Options 1,3)


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Social Science list » (Option 2)




MTH 131

Probability and Statistics (Options 1, 2, 3)


MTH 141

Calculus I (Options 1, 2, 3)


NOTE: MTH 121 College Algebra and MTH 122 Trigonometry OR MTH 140 College Algebra and Trigonometry (Pre-Calc) are pre-requisites for MTH 141. Do not take only MTH 121 at NMC as WMU does not offer a stand-alone Trig class and you will have to take Pre-Calculus at WMU (thus repeating the content of MTH 121).

Additional Requirements

Required Classes



ACC 121

Accounting Principles I (Option 3)


ACC 122

Accounting Principles II (Option 3)


BUS 101

Introduction to Business (Options 2 & 3)


CIT 100

Introduction to Computers (Option 3)


COM 101

Introduction to Communication (Options 1, 2, 3)


MKT 201

Principles of Marketing (Option 3)


NOTE: Flight courses for NMC will be evaluated for transfer credit and lesson substitution upon completion of proficiency flight checks administered by WMU flight instructors.

Students from NMC who plan to transfer into this program at WMU should contact a WMU aviation advisor prior to enrolling in NMC courses. Aviation Sciences Department: (269) 387-0347

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023