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B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) degree will provide the necessary expertise for graduates to seek employment as pilots/operators, observers, sensor operators, and/or operations administrators of unmanned aircraft systems. This degree will provide background in several UAS applications areas, including hazardous operations, surveillance and data collection, secure operations, long duration operations, highly repetitive operations, and autonomous operations. In addition, graduates will be knowledgeable of the engineering aspects of the UAS, as well as the regulatory restrictions governing the operation of UAS in the United States and international airspace. This degree focuses on a broad knowledge and skill base in UAS operations and applications rather than UAS engineering.

Admission Requirements

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.

It is recommended that students in this program earn at least a sport or private pilot certificate in order to place themselves in a more favorable position for employment in the UAS industry. Students should also become members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).

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 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.

B.S. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems

General Education40
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core59
Select one of the following tracks21
Technical Operations Track
Applications Track
Total Credits120

General Education

COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
or COM 222 Business Communication
or COM 223 Intelligence Writing
Lower Level HU Must choose HU 140-1493
Lower Level SS or PSY or EC EC 200, EC 210, or EC 211 are recommended3
Lower Level HU or SS PSY 222 is recommended3
Upper Level HU or SS PSY 326 or PSY 345 are recommended3
CI 119Introduction to Cyber Security3
or IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications
MA 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
or MA 120 Quantitative Methods I
or MA 140 College Algebra
MA 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
or MA 220 Quantitative Methods II
or MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
PS 114Introductory Physics II Must also enroll in PS114L4
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core

AS 125Private and UAS Pilot Operations (AS125 Private and UAS Pilot Operations)5
or AS 121 Private Pilot Operations
AS 220Unmanned Aircraft Systems3
AS 235Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 322Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS3
AS 323Crew Resource Management for UAS3
AS 324Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Regulations3
AS 403Unmanned Sensing Systems3
AS 405Aviation Law3
AS 473UAS Flight Simulation *3
BA 201Principles of Management3
EE 240Survey of Electronics, Software and Control Systems (EE240 Survey of Electronics, Software and Controls)3
CI 310Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance3
EGR 101Introduction to Engineering2
EGR 115Introduction to Computing for Engineers3
SF 210Introduction to Aerospace Safety3
UNIV 101College Success1
WX 210Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
* 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.

Technical Operations Track

CEC 220Digital Circuit Design3
CEC 222Digital Circuit Design Laboratory1
CEC 320Microprocessor Systems3
CEC 322Microprocessor Systems Laboratory1
CS 125Computer Science I4
CS 213Introduction to Computer Networks3
Open Electives6

Applications Track

Specified Electives *See specified electives list15
Open Electives6

Specified Electives

AT 305Introduction to Terminal Radar Operations3
AT 401Advanced Terminal Radar Operations3
BA 308Public Administration3
BA 311Marketing3
BA 328Professional Consulting3
BA 337Entrepreneurship3
BA 421Small Business Management3
PSY 345Training and Development3
SF 320Human Factors in Aviation Safety3
SIS 315Studies in Global Intelligence I3
SIS 323Intelligence and Technology3
SIS 420Aviation Security and Technology3
SIS 422Homeland Security and Technology3
SIS 430Emergency Management and Contingency Planning3
WX 270Weather Information Systems3
WX 322Space Weather3
WX 364Weather for Aircrews3
WX 365Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation3