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 UAS operations, ranging from simple inspection missions to planning and executing complex long-term missions in ways that ensure safe and professional operations at all levels.

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.

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

General Education37
Aeronautical Knowledge16
Geospatial Data Acquisition and Processing16
Operations and Leadership15
Technical Skills Development8
Program Support12
Service Learning2-6
Open Electives12-16
Total Credits122

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 Science3
CS 118Fundamentals of Computer Programming3
MA 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MA 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
PS 113Introductory Physics I3
Choose one of the following (BIO 120, CHM 110, PS 117, PS 224 or GEO 215)3
Choose one of the following (BIO 120L, CHM 110L, PS 113L, PS 117L, PS 224L)1
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credits37

Aeronautical Knowledge

ASC 101Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar1
AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 220Unmanned Aircraft Systems3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
UA 101Remote Pilot Operations1
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
Total Credits16

Geospatial Data Acquisition and Processing

AS 235Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry3
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
BA 201Principles of Management3
AS 222Unmanned Aircraft Systems Security3
AS 322Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS3
AS 323Crew Resource Management for UAS3
AS 473UAS Flight Simulation3
Total Credits15

Technical Skills Development

AS 365UAS Electronic Flight Management3
AS 416UAS Field Service and Sustainment3
UA 301Complex UAS Flight Operations1
UA 401UAS Mission Application1
Total Credits8

Program Support

AT 310Air Traffic Control Tower for Non ATC3
EGR 115Introduction to Computing for Engineers3
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals3
ME 311Robotics Technologies for Unmanned Systems3
Total Credits12

Service Learning

AS 399Special Topics in Aeronautical Science1-3
AS 499Special Topics in Aeronautical Science1-3
Total Credits2-6

Open Electives

Open Electives (6 hrs must be Upper Level)12-16
Total Credits12-16
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 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science degree.

Suggested Plan of Study

Year One
ASC 101 Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar 1
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 220 Unmanned Aircraft Systems 3
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
MA 111 College Mathematics for Aviation I 3
MA 112 College Mathematics for Aviation II 3
HU 14X Humanities Elective 3
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
UA 101 Remote Pilot Operations 1
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Two
AS 222 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Security 3
AS 235 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
GEO 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEO 310 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
Physical Science Elective Lecture 3
Physical Science Lab 1
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Year Three
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 322 Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS 3
AS 323 Crew Resource Management for UAS 3
AS 365 UAS Electronic Flight Management 3
AS 368 UAS Sensing Systems 3
AS 390 Application of UAS Technology 3
AT 310 Air Traffic Control Tower for Non ATC 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 399 Special Topics in Aeronautical Science 2-6
AS 416 UAS Field Service and Sustainment 3
AS 473 UAS Flight Simulation 3
AS 499 Special Topics in Aeronautical Science 2-6
HU/SS Upper Level Elective 3
ME 311 Robotics Technologies for Unmanned Systems 3
Open Elective - Upper Level 3
Open Elective * 6-10
UA 301 Complex UAS Flight Operations 1
UA 401 UAS Mission Application 1
 Credits Subtotal27.0-39.0
 Credits Total: 122