Bachelor of Science in
Unmanned Aircraft Systems


Our UAS program provides the necessary expertise for graduates to obtain employment as pilots/operators, observers, sensor operators, and/or operations administrators of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). We expect that within the next year or two, 70,000 new jobs will be created in the USA alone having to do with commercial UAS operations. Students learn line-of-sight operation as well as first-person view and learn how to fly a variety of UAV platforms. They also learn various UAV software packages and sensing systems. Additional strengths of our program include global UAS regulations and integrating with the National Airspace System. We focus principally on the small UAS and civilian operations, but provide a breadth of education that will prepare students for large UAS and military operations. It is suggested that our UAS majors complete at least a sport or private pilot certificate. We are one of the first schools to offer this degree to both US and non-US citizens.

The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems may be attained in eight semesters. To earn the degree, successful completion of 120 credit hours is required. Students pursuing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree will select from either a Flight Minor, the Technical Operations Track or the Applications Track after matriculation. All students must complete the General Education Core, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core and the courses required to complete a Flight Minor or one of the specialization tracks in order to complete the requirements for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree.

Students entering this program should have a basic background in math and physics. Students wishing to strengthen their background in math and the basic sciences before enrolling in the prescribed courses should contact the department chair or the program coordinator for guidance.

Due to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) imposed by the United States’ Department of State, this degree will only be open to U.S. citizens.

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