Majors

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  1. Falconfan14

    Falconfan14 Prospective

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    I was looking at the 32 majors on the USAFA website, and what is recomended for aspiring pilots??
     
  2. Christcorp

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    unless you plan on being a test pilot, astronaut, or similar; you can any degree you want to be a pilot. My son's coach (Still active duty); is a heavy pilot. Flies C-5 and most everything under that. His degree is in the social science arena. I've had F-15 friends with degrees in business, psychology, and history. On the other hand, I also know some with engineering type degrees. The good thing is; you've got more than 2 years to think about it. later... mike....
     
  3. Just_Some_Guy

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    I knew a guy that went to the academy, majored in management, and is now in F-22 training.

    Personally, I think it would be cool to have an engineering degree so you can understand how what you are flying really works.
     
  4. PDub

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    true, but you probably have to learn all of that anyways in UPT.
     
  5. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    My 2 cents:

    You're young, your interests will change. I don't know what I'm going to major in, and many college students don't for a while. Like CC said, it doesn't matter what degree you get, but everyone gets a BS degree.
     
  6. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    Only consideration is that test pilot school requires a technical major. Otherwise, couldn't matter less. If I get my pilot slot, I'll be a chem major. Unless you ask me about the engine fuels, probably couldn't tell you much more, nor would it matter so much.
     
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    just wondering but how do they give out pilot slots and everything else when you are ready to go into your specified field? is it based on grades or something i really dont know
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    It's based on the OPA (see the pros/cons thread for a detailed explanation). But, the major component is the GPA. We usually have more pilot slots than people that want them or are qualified. As long as you don't lose your PQ, there's no reason not to get one.
     
  9. JustCallMeDan7

    JustCallMeDan7 USAFA Cadet

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    kinda sound stupid for asking this....but....what is your PQ??:redface:
     
  10. Christcorp

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    Pilot Qualification
     
  11. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    So one could say that it is harder to get a slot in the Jump program at the Academy than a pilot slot? Interesting.
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    Yes, you could say that.
     
  13. unitedstatesAFA2013

    unitedstatesAFA2013 Candidate Appointee

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    Sweet. My ALO told me that back when he went, they used to qualify the top students for fighter and leave the bottom students for bombers and unmanned. haha. They discontinued it, but I can't believe that they even thought it was a good idea.
     
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    To get back onto topic, is anyone majoring in Aeronautical Engineering, or knows someone that is. I have been looking into that field for some time and was curious about several things. I imagine it is one of the tougher majors......
     
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    It's basically Rocket Science... I gave that a thought, but decided that I'm probably majoring in biology :biggrin: lol
     
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    SemperExcelsius USAFA Cadet

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    Does anyone know (from experience or by word of mouth) much about the behavioral sciences major? I was initially fancied by the idea of majoring in mathematics (ya, it is my weakness... I love the math :cool:), but then went to the behavioral sciences workshop at summer seminar and was captured by it.
     
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    My son is contemplating majoring in it. He seems to like it. He took Psych in high school, then checked out some of the different majors during summer seminar by asking a lot of questions. He's definitely interested in it. He's still thinking. He's also interested in some other degrees. But currently, behavioral science is on top of his list. later... mike....
     
  19. HNeedle

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    beh sci is a great major here, from what i've been told. everyone who's in it loves it and recommends it. this fall after basic (and tomorrow, too) there's a major's night, and you can go learn about every single major and talk to teachers/course directors/ cadets in the major... it's pretty valuable. but bs seems to be really liked here
     
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    did you get to hold the human brain at the seminar?
     

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