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What is aerospace security?

Aerospace security examines a broad range of security issues including, airport network security, aviation terrorism and asymmetrical warfare, aircraft accident investigation, security countermeasures and aviation security law. 

Why aerospace security at OSU?

OSU is committed to providing you with a broad scope of training within the aerospace industry. As an aerospace administration and operations major with an option in aerospace security, you will be prepared for careers in government or private sectors providing security assessments, designing systems and overseeing aviation security for airlines, airports, aerospace operations or law enforcement agencies.

Career paths

Career options within aviation security include working with:

 

  • Federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); U.S. Marshal Service; U.S. Secret Service
  • State and/or local law enforcement agencies that incorporate an aviation unit
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Private corporations 
  • Military defense 

 

Highlights

 

The OSU Experience

Not only do our students earn a four-year degree, but they are also fully immersed in the OSU community and have access to an exceptional college experience. The program’s holistic approach allows students to balance time spent perfecting their skills with taking advantage of all OSU has to offer, including Big 12 sporting competitions, 500 plus student organizations, leadership opportunities and so much more. At OSU, you can have it all – top-notch training and the full college experience!  

 

Internships 

Internships and real-world experiences are central to the OSU aviation program. Students have opportunities to earn academic credit through internships with organizations such as:

 

  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Public and private airports 
  • Security or law enforcement organizations

 

American Association of Airport Executives

OSU is home to one of only 26 student chapters of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the largest national professional organization for airport executives. Members of AAAE represent nearly 875 airports and authorities, in addition to hundreds of companies and organizations that support airports. Membership benefits include access to scholarship opportunities, professional development programs, training and networking opportunities, national conferences and certification completion. Aerospace security students can join the organization and sit for the Certified Member examination to enhance their credentials. 

 

Student Spotlight

Phillip Nguyen

"The faculty members are passionate and the student body is diverse and welcoming. I’ve enjoyed the small class sizes and real-world concepts in the courses. The faculty has always been there for academic and career advice."

- Phillip Nguyen
Aerospace Security student
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