Louisiana degree programs that go way beyond the ordinary

The energy degree

Want to snag a place in one of Louisiana’s most iconic industries? Study it at South Louisiana Community College, which has a new program in oil and gas production technology. This program began accepting its first students in the spring semester of 2017 and has graduated a total of 13 students. These graduates participated in an intensive 12-month program consisting of courses such as oil and gas regulations, industrial electricity, offshore drilling, instrumentation and process control, well control, and production safety systems.

The SLCC oil and gas program has also recently added a virtual reality element. This VR system will allow the students to experience oil and gas operations from a virtual reality bird’s-eye view. Observations of working on the rig floor and on a platform as a production operator are possible through this VR program created by Tantrum Lab of Lafayette. This is an innovative experience for those who have never been in an offshore environment.

Upon completion, the students possess industry certifications in T2-Production Safety Systems, PEC SafeLand and SafeGulf, and basic production operations. More info is available from Aaron Ward at aaron.ward@solacc.edu.


LSU’s GeauxTeach Math and Science program allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, chemistry, physics or mathematics AND a teacher certification at the same time. The students who complete the program have a diversity of options. Some choose to teach, while others go to graduate or professional schools, industry and other careers.

Heather Bass, a May 2012 GeauxTeach graduate in mathematics, garnered the attention of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for incorporating the latest mathematics teaching tools in her Port Allen High School classroom. Heather was part of the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC), a project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that groups curriculum designers, assessment developers, professional learning specialists and school districts across the nation in an effort to develop high-quality instructional tools and professional support services for math teachers.

More info is available at lsu.edu/science/geauxteach_sci/index.php.

Public safety and so much more

The current Occupational Outlook Handbook clearly demonstrates the need for not only more unified public safety administration professionals, but for better-prepared applicants. Northwestern State University in Natchitoches can help you prepare for entry into careers like emergency management and criminal justice with federal, state and local agencies.

The very dangerous, continually increasing and evolving threats to homeland security and cybercrime have mandated a new breed of public safety professional. The urgent demand is for specialized interpersonal and analytical skills, and contemporary, state-of-the-art perspectives on the scientific, social and informational concentrations involved in efficient and effective intelligence gathering, policing, fire services and emergency management, proactive planning, security services and other public safety arenas. 

The UPSA degree at Northwestern State has four concentrations:

  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Fire and Emergency Medical Service Administration
  • Emergency Management Administration
  • Public Facilities Management

Learn more at criminaljustice.nsula.edu/.  

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