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Question #91680 posted on 09/29/2018 7:42 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My brother-in-law wants to be a pilot. He already has his flying license and instructor's license, but major airlines still require a college degree not in flying. He got into BYU but doesn't really know what to major in. He's really just looking for the piece of paper so he can get a job.

What program do you recommend that will allow him to go through BYU the fastest?

-My Name Here


Dear friend, 

See Board Question #54743, with the addition of Economics at 33 (very difficult) credits. This info should still be pretty accurate, but everything Tipperary adds below is also important to note as far as actual time of attendance goes. 




Dear Mini-Here,

No matter how many credits are required for a major, you still need 120 credits to graduate. Barring a ridiculous amount of AP credits or transfer credits, most programs are going to take about 4 years regardless. Also, even programs with smaller credit loads still require you to take class A before B, and B before C etc. However, there definitely are some shortcuts you can do to get around that.

I had a roommate who was a pilot and he graduated from BYU in Linguistics in either 2 1/2, or 3 years. His secret was that he was fluent in Spanish and German, so he tested out of a whole bunch of language credits which allowed him to finish all the requirements for his major relatively quickly. If you can test out of a lot of credits, especially ones that go towards major requirements, then you can get done more quickly.

As for getting around the sequence of classes, going to school year round can really help if your major specific classes are offered Spring/Summer terms. You'll still have the same amount of credits, but if the program is set up to only have 2-3 major required classes per semester, you can get through all the sequences almost twice as fast. You also get through credits one and a half times as fast. It's not necessarily less school, but it is less time, so that's an option.

Hope this helps! Good luck to your brother on graduating quick and becoming an airline pilot.




Dear person,

If your brother-in-law likes exercise and science, exercise science is a great major. I loved it because there was a lot of variety, and I guess I'm the kind of person that gets bored with taking the same kinds of classes over and over. Also, everyone wears sweatpants and shorts to class and it's all good. I took the following classes and they all counted toward the major:

Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Advanced Musculoskeletal Human Anatomy
Basic Athletic Training
Lifestyle and Chronic Disease Prevention
Orthopedic Impairments and Rehabilitative Exercise
Inorganic Chemistry (105, 106, 107)
Molecular Biology
Human Nutrition
Science of Biology
Physics (105, 106, 107, 108)
Principles of Statistics
Human Physiology
Intro to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Current Social Problems

It worked out well for me and was great preparation for grad school in an unrelated subject. 10/10 would recommend.

-Sheebs, who is also really happy because she was reminded that she she got to take classes from Dr. Lamb, Dr. Rhees, and Dr. Stokes, all legends


Dear you,

My degree is in history and I graduated with exactly 120 credits.

The major itself is only 42 credits, and if you're trying to get it done as soon as possible, there are usually a good number of classes offered in the Spring and Summer. For instance, I came into BYU with I think 15 AP credits, and because of that I only attended for 7 semesters before I got my Bachelor's.

So I would recommend history since he already has a career plan in mind--it's a major that teaches important skills like writing and research but isn't too strenuous as long as you don't take like 5 history classes in a semester.