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Career Paths Using Your A&GS Degree

Dean Berrien Moore celebrates homecoming with A&GS majors before the annual homecoming parade.
Dean Berrien Moore celebrates homecoming with A&GS majors before the annual homecoming parade.

Alumni from the college work all across the country and the world.  Some graduates have continued their studies with advanced degrees and joined the world of education.  Meteorology graduates work for the U.S. military, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for private weather firms like DTN, the airlines, the Storm Prediction Center, the broadcast media, the National Weather Service, commercial companies, highway and transportation departments, and utility companies, to name just a few careers.

In the School of Aviation studies, a diverse variety of majors and concentrations provide opportunities for students to excel in flying and non-flying careers. Graduates from the School have gone on to hold positions in airport management, corporate aviation, and the military; have worked as flight instructors, corporate aviation pilots, and other airline pilots; and have pursued graduate degrees, among other professional paths. Additionally, the Destination 225° Program provides opportunities for students to acquire the skills necessary to become Southwest First Officers.

Geography, GIS, and Environmental Sustainability grads work as environmental quality specialists for agencies like the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), as community developers, for the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), for the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), as renewable energy planners, information technology specialists, and forestry technicians, for private energy companies, and as U.S. National Park Rangers, and emergency managers -- only a few on a long list of careers that Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability grads have pursued.

 


 

Two cessna planes docked in front of the Max Westheimer airport tower.

Air Traffic Management

The Aviation Management - Air Traffic Management Concentration trains students for careers as air traffic controllers or in other aviation management fields, going well beyond the basic curriculum that the FAA has prescribed for AT-CTI schools. This concentration is specifically designed for students who want a career dealing with the safety and control of commercial flight operations. 

 


 

a row of docked Piper PA-28-161 Warrior's

Aviation Management - Flying

The Aviation Management - Flying Concentration trains students to become commercial or corporate pilots and includes a general business minor to further diversify their skill sets. The aviation management concentration has options that span from the flight deck to the boardroom. This concentration is specifically designed for students who want a career in the business side of the Aviation Industry. 

Please be aware that we have a limited number of flight slots for flight students. Admission to this concentration is limited and competitive.

 


 

3 aviation students monitor the air traffice screens in the Jim Hamm Air Traffic Control Simulation Lab

Aviation Management - Non-Flying 

The Aviation Management - Non-Flying Concentration is an option for students who don’t wish to fly but are interested in meeting the growing demands for aviation management positions. This concentration is specifically designed for students who want a career in the business side of the Aviation Industry. 

 


 

DGES Advisor Jamie Steele (left) helps two environmental sustainability majors plant a tree on Arbor Day.

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability majors learn how society can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Achieving this goal requires balancing short- and long-term needs related to jobs and economic growth, societal well-being, and environmental health.

 

 


 

A GIS major presents her research at the annual GIS Day.

Geographic Information Science

Students majoring in Geographic Information Science learn to use geographic data to create maps, charts, and models that illustrate and analyze various problems related to geography, environmental sustainability, and meteorology, as well as dozens of other areas including emergency management, marketing, and climatology.

 


 

Students in the beginning Physical Geography class enjoy a field trip to the Wachita Mountains.

Geography

Geographers study the earth’s physical features, including climate, landforms and ecosystems, as well as its people.  They also examine political and cultural trends as they relate to geography.

 


 

Radar trucks at the National Weather Center, each containing around $4 million in technology and equipment.

Meteorology

Meteorology combines the excitement of studying the forces of nature with the elegance and rigor of mathematics and physics.  Meteorologists study, observe, and predict variations in day-to-day weather and seasonal trends.  They have the knowledge to warn people of severe and hazardous weather, and their expertise benefits society through water management, energy, aviation, health, and business.

 


 

A docked private jet standing in front of the Max Westhiemer Tower

Professional Pilot

The Professional Pilot Concentration is for students to train in a modern fleet of aircraft, which features the very latest in aviation technology. Students will be prepared through a multi-engine, commercial rating, and a required turbine transition course. This concentration is specifically designed for students who want a career as a pilot.

Please be aware that we have a limited number of flight slots for pilot students. Admission to this concentration is limited and competitive.