B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Science degree provides the necessary education and training for aspiring professionals in the diverse field of unmanned aviation operations. The degree provides a solid foundation for several UAS applications areas, including hazardous operations, surveillance and data collection, secure operations, long duration operations, highly-repetitive operations, and autonomous operations. Graduates will be well grounded in all aspects of the UAS operations, ranging from simple inspection missions to planning and executing complex. long-term missions in ways that insure safe and professional operations at all levels..
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.
The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems may be attained in eight semesters. To earn the degree, successful completion of 122 credit hours is required.
Students pursuing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree will select one of two specialty tracks after matriculation. Students entering under this catalog may select from the Professional UAS Pilot track or the UAS Operations track. All students must complete the general education courses, the Aeronautical Science core courses, the Unmanned Aircraft System courses, Engineering courses, Air Traffic Control course, Human Factors course, and the courses required to complete one of the specialization tracks in order to complete the requirements for the Unmanned Aircraft System Science degree.
|Aeronautical Science Core||27|
|Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core||24|
|Choose one of the following tracks||15|
|Specialty Courses (Professional UAS Pilot Track)|
|Specialty Courses (UAS Operations Track)|
Professional UAS Pilot Track
There is an array of individuals directly involved with the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft during its flight operations. An individual flight operation may include pilots, sensor operators, sensor technicians, mission planners, and communications support personnel. The UAS Pilot track educates the student in both aeronautical science and technology unique to unmanned aviation. The UAS pilot is directly responsible for the flight of the unmanned aircraft. They ensure the aircraft remains on its proper navigation track and altitude, and are responsible for communications between the aircraft and air traffic control. This track qualifies the pilot in manned aircraft for the private, commercial, and instrument rating. These manned certificates and ratings, coupled with the other courses in this degree related to UA flight, will prepare the student to operate an unmanned aircraft within current FAA restrictions and guidelines within the national airspace system.
UAS Operations Track
Many unmanned aircraft operations require several specialty positions for individuals not directly responsible for the flight of the aircraft. These positions include, but are not limited to, sensor operators, sensor technicians, mission planners, and communications support personnel. While these individuals are not actually flying the aircraft, they must be thoroughly familiar with airspace restrictions, Federal Aviation Regulation restrictions, air traffic control requirements, and the capability and limitations of the UA they are involved with. This track will fully prepare the individual in these positions. The courses that are dedicated to the acquisition of the manned pilot certificates for the Pilot UAS track will be substituted with open electives or Cooperative Education credits. Nonetheless, the student is encouraged to participate as an observer on manned training flights.
General Education Requirements
For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.
|Communication Theory and Skills *||9|
|Lower-Level Humanities *||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences *||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities/Social Science||3|
|CS 118||Fundamentals of Computer Programming||3|
|MA 111||College Mathematics for Aviation I||3|
|MA 112||College Mathematics for Aviation II||3|
|PS 103||Technical Physics I||3|
|PS 104||Technical Physics II||3|
|PS 115L||Technical Physics Laboratory||1|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
Aeronautical Science Core Courses
|AS 121||Private Pilot Operations||5|
|AS 221||Instrument Pilot Operations||3|
|AS 310||Aircraft Performance||3|
|AS 321||Commercial Pilot Operations||3|
|AS 350||Domestic and International Navigation||3|
|ASC 101||Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar||1|
|BA 201||Principles of Management||3|
|WX 201||Survey of Meteorology||3|
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core Courses
|AS 220||Unmanned Aircraft Systems||3|
|AS 220L||Basic UAS Application||1|
|AS 235||Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry||3|
|AS 235L||UAS Mission Planning||1|
|AS 315||Unmanned Aircraft Systems Robotics||3|
|AS 322||Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS||3|
|AS 323||Crew Resource Management for UAS||3|
|AS 403||Unmanned Sensing Systems||3|
|AS 403L||UAS Payload Application||1|
|AS 473||UAS Flight Simulation **||3|
|AT 310||Air Traffic Control Tower for Non ATC||3|
|CEC 220||Digital Circuit Design||3|
|CEC 222||Digital Circuit Design Laboratory||1|
|CEC 300||Computing in Aerospace and Aviation||3|
|EGR 115||Introduction to Computing for Engineers||3|
|or CS 223||Scientific Programming in C|
|HF 300||Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals||3|
|ME 311||Robotics Technologies for Unmanned Systems||3|
Professional UAS Pilot Track
|FA 121||Private Single Flight||1|
|FA 221||Instrument Single Flight||1|
|FA 321||Commercial Single Flight||1|
|Upper-Level Open Electives||12|
UAS Operations Track
|Upper-Level Open Electives ***||15|
Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Communication Theory and Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management may be chosen from those listed below, assuming prerequisite requirements are met. Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified in the Aeronautical Science vertical outline.
The UAS Capstone is intended to be a culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science degree, and therefore will be the last course taken in the UAS core after completing AS 403 Unmanned Sensing Systems.
For those students in the UAS Operations Track, open electives should be selected with consultation of an academic advisor and dedicated to the student’s interests within UAS field. Suggested electives include: Human Factors, Flight Simulation, Air Traffic Control, and/or Cooperative Education.
Note: Refer to Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Procedures section for credit for flight training at other institutions.
After matriculation to Embry-Riddle, all flight training must be completed on-campus to earn the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science degree.