B.S. in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

Students will:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences at various levels of education.
  • Analyze and interpret data provided from various sources.
  • Make positive contributions and develop functional skills for multi-disciplinary and diverse team contributions.
  • Understand the professional and ethical responsibility as it applies to the uncrewed aircraft industry and the broader aviation community.
  • Develop effective technical writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Recognize the need for, and demonstrate an ability to engage in, lifelong learning as it relates to their chosen profession.
  • Apply knowledge of contemporary issues affecting the uncrewed aircraft system industry.
  • Apply the techniques, skill, and modern technology necessary for safe professional practice in the uncrewed aircraft systems industry.
  • Explain the national and international aviation environment with particular focus on uncrewed aircraft systems laws, regulations and labor issues.
  • Apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of issues affecting and principles for promoting commercial viability and sustainability of the uncrewed aircraft system industry.

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 (COM 122 and COM 219 and COM 221)9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Science (PSY 101 required)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities/Social Science3
Computer Science (CS 118 or CYB 235)3
Mathematics (MA 111 and MA 112)6
Physical Science (PS 113, PS 117, PS 113L or PS 117L)7
Total Credits37

Aeronautical Knowledge

AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 220Uncrewed Aircraft Systems3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
UA 100Remote Pilot Operations2
Total Credits13

Geospatial Data Acquisition and Processing

AS 241UAS Systems Architecture and Integration3
or AS 235 Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry
AS 368UAS Sensing Systems3
AS 390Application of UAS Technology3
GEO 210Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 310Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
UA 201Mapping Applications and Data Collection with UAS1
Total Credits16

Operations and Leadership

AS 222Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Security3
AS 315UAS Robotics3
AS 322Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS3
or AS 319 UAS Law
AS 323Crew Resource Management for UAS3
AS 423UAS Infrastructure Development and Modeling3
AS 473Operational Applications in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems3
Total Credits18

Technical Skills Development

AS 416UAS Field Service and Sustainment3
AS 437Concepts in Advanced Air Mobility3
UA 301Advanced UAS Flight Operations1
UA 401UAS Mission Application1
Total Credits8

Program Support

EGR 120Graphical Communications3
or EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers
AT 202Introduction to Air Traffic Management3
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals3
Total Credits9

Service Learning

UA 390UAS Practicum I3
UA 490UAS Practicum II3
Total Credits6

Open Electives

Upper Level Open Electives - 300-4006
Open Electives - Any Level9
Total Credits15
Total Credit Hours122

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 Uncrewed Aircraft Systems degree.

Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year might have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Please check the course descriptions in this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing. 

Year One
UA 100 Remote Pilot Operations 2
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 220 Uncrewed Aircraft Systems 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EGR 120 Graphical Communications 3
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
Computer and Network Technologies
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3
HU 14X Humanities Elective 3
COM 219 Speech 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Two
AS 222 Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Security 3
AS 241 UAS Systems Architecture and Integration 3
Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry
AS 323 Crew Resource Management for UAS 3
AT 202 Introduction to Air Traffic Management 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
GEO 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEO 310 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PS 117 Introductory Physics II 3
PS 113L Introductory Physics I Laboratory 1
Introductory Physics II Lab
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Three
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 315 UAS Robotics 3
AS 322 Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS 3
AS 368 UAS Sensing Systems 3
AS 390 Application of UAS Technology 3
AS 416 UAS Field Service and Sustainment 3
AS 437 Concepts in Advanced Air Mobility 3
HF 300 Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals 3
HU/SS Lower or Upper-Level Elective 3
Open Elective - Upper-Level 3
UA 201 Mapping Applications and Data Collection with UAS 1
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Four
AS 423 UAS Infrastructure Development and Modeling 3
AS 473 Operational Applications in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems 3
HU/SS Upper-Level Elective 3
Open Elective - Upper-Level 3
Open Elective 9
UA 301 Advanced UAS Flight Operations 1
UA 390 UAS Practicum I 3
UA 401 UAS Mission Application 1
UA 490 UAS Practicum II 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0
 Credits Total: 122.0