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Air Transportation is a joint venture of Arts and Sciences and Engineering's Center for Aviation Studies.
Students in air transportation have a unique opportunity to study how aviation and the air transportation industry are affected by social forces, such as the economy, international relations and politics. The degree allows students to use up to nine credit hours of flight labs towards their major requirements, which means students can pursue their private or commercial pilot license while also completing their major requirements.
Required courses are split between aviation and geography. Geography courses supplement the aviation coursework by providing students with necessary knowledge and skills in climatology, mapping technology, economic geography and transportation security.
Students in air transportation routinely work and take courses at The Ohio State University Airport, one of the premier university airports in the country. Their fleet of aircraft and simulators is available to all students wishing to learn how to soar the skies.
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The academic core of air transportation studies includes an introduction to the transportation industry, the sciences of physical conditions, aircraft and flight, as well as an introduction to the social, economic and political considerations that help to explain the regulations and other measures of industry structure.
Students graduating from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences Air Transportation will be prepared to find employment in the airline industry as flight dispatchers, flight attendants, airport operation planners, air traffic controllers, safety inspectors, airline schedulers, national transportation safety board accident investigators and airport directors.
Consideration of oral, written, operational, professional, impromptu, prepared, and management communication. Emphasis on aviation communication protocols and formats.
Consideration of Human Factors including all sensory, perceptive, cognitive and decision making dynamics as they are expressed in aviation. Consideration of aviation safety including incidents, accidents, crew resource management, and performance.
Comprehensive study of airport operations and management; role of the airport manager in planning, finance, administration, public relations, socio-political and environmental considerations, and operational requirements and maintenance.
A study of the cartographic techniques of map compilation and presentation including generalization, symbolization, reproduction, and simple computer mapping with an emphasis on thematic mapping.