Bachelor of Science in
Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

Bachelor Degree in UAS

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to introduce our Bachelor of Science degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) . This exciting new degree has evolved into one of the most hands-on degree programs offered at ERAU Prescott and prepares graduates to enter a rapidly growing and changing industry. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts that the fleet of commercial small UASs in the United States will approach 550,000 by the year 2020. Consequently, tens of thousands of UAS professionals will be needed who are capable of safely planning and executing UAS missions and effectively delivering the end products to their customers.

Focusing on commercial and civil applications, the UAS degree empowers graduates to meet current and future employment demands. The degree qualifies students from all nationalities as subject matter experts in data collection, retrieval, editing, display, and delivery. For example, refer to the video on this page which shows a three-dimensional model of the ERAU Hazy Library created using our UAS equipment and software. Models such as these are very useful for a variety of industries because they enable the calculation of important surveying parameters such as surface area, volume, height, width, coordinates, etc.

Through supporting course work, UAS majors also gain a broad understanding of business, aviation regulations, technology, meteorology, and security issues associated with the industry. All students in the UAS program train at our on-campus airfield and are licensed as operators by ERAU UAS flight instructors. They earn their FAA Remote Pilot In-Command (RPIC) certificate. They learn to fly a variety of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing UASs and learn to use a variety of useful software suites. Moreover, the UAS program is working with several local commercial partners to enable students to obtain hands-on experience planning and executing actual UAS missions. Enroll in our UAS program and help shape a new and evolving industry!

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.

Bachelor of Sciecne in UAS.

AIAA Competition Team Embry-Riddle Prescott

ERAU Features

Embry-Riddle students celebrate highest finish at aircraft competition

Gusting wind and pouring rain added extra challenge to the 20th annual AIAA Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student Design-Build-Fly competition, but that didn't stop the Embry-Riddle Prescott team from securing its highest finish.  

Small remote control plane

FAA Memo clarifying UAS in education

The May 4, 2016, essentially lifts the ban of flying UAS outdoors when the UAS is part of curriculum not leading to flight certification and further clarifies section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA). 

Paul Letchner about UAS Industry

Alumni in the Field: A Conversation with Paul Lechner (PC '15) about the UAS Industry

Paul Lechner graduated from Embry-Riddle Prescott in 2015 and is immersed in the world of unmanned aircraft systems at Insitu. Read his answers regarding the present climate of UAS industry trends and employment demands. 

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