B.S. in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems

Students will:

  • Use uncrewed aircraft systems properly by formulating and executing safe and efficient mission plans while being able to adapt to adverse and emergency situations.
  • Compile imagery and other collected data from sensors used by several uncrewed aircraft systems and create products that effectively utilize the data obtained using on-board sensors.
  • Show evidence of advanced concepts of uncrewed aircraft systems, aerospace, and aeronautics to solve problems commonly found in the small uncrewed aircraft systems industry.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding and compliance with national and international legislation and law pertaining to uncrewed aircraft.
  • Show evidence of basic concepts in uncrewed aircraft systems safety and exercise safe practices.
  • Show evidence of sound, ethical, management principles within the uncrewed aircraft industry and formulate solutions to contemporary issues facing the uncrewed aircraft industry.
  • Communicate effectively using clear and properly formatted technical writing, verbal communication, and visual displays.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems may be attained in eight semesters. To earn the degree, successful completion of 120 credit hours is required.  

Program Mission Statement

The Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UNC) degree will provide the essential aeronautical, business, and legal knowledge and skills to obtain a successful career in the UAS industry. Graduates will be prepared for successful careers as Remote Pilots in Command (PICs), observers, payload operators, and/or operational managers of governmental and private sector UAS applications. Experience will be gained in aerial data collection, secure operations, long duration operations, highly detailed operations, and autonomous operations. Graduates will be prepared to meet current industry requirements with an emphasis on future industry developments such as Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) operations and the use of multiple small UAS at the same time.

Program Requirements 

General Education

Embry-Riddle degree programs require students to complete a minimum of 36 hours of General Education coursework. For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog.

Students may choose other classes outside of their requirements, but doing so can result in the student having to complete more than the degree's 120 credit hours. This will result in additional time and cost to the student.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science/Information Technology3
Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Sciences)6
Humanities and Social Sciences12
3 hours of lower-level Humanities
3 hours of lower-level Social Science
3 hours of lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Science
3 hours of upper-level Humanities or Social Science
Total Credits36

Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Core (101-104 Credits)

The following course of study outlines the quickest and most cost-efficient route for students to earn their B.S. in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems. Students are encouraged to follow the course of study to ensure they complete all program required courses and their prerequisites within four years.

Courses in the core with a # will satisfy your general education requirements.

AS 121Private Pilot Operations3-5
or AS 125 Private and UAS Pilot Operations
AS 220Uncrewed Aircraft Systems3
AS 235Uncrewed 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 Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) Regulations3
AS 325Dronealism and Cinematography3
AS 403Uncrewed Sensing Systems3
AS 405Aviation Law3
AS 473Operational Applications in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems3
AS 475UAS Mission Execution ^3
AS 495WAdvanced UAS Videography3
AT 200Air Traffic Basics I3
BA 201Principles of Management3
CI 310Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance **3
COM 122English Composition #3
EC 200An Economic Survey (OR Lower-Level Social Science) #3
or EC 210 Microeconomics
or EC 211 Macroeconomics
General Education - Communications Elective #6
General Education - Lower-Level Humanities #3
GEO 210Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 310Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
IT 109Introduction to Computers and Applications #3
or CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming
SF 210Introduction to Aerospace Safety3
MA 111Pre-Calculus for Aviation #3
or MA 120 Quantitative Methods I
or MA 140 College Algebra
MA 112Applied Calculus for Aviation #3
or MA 220 Quantitative Methods II
or MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
PS 113Introductory Physics I #3
PSY 222Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (OR Lower-level or Upper-level Humanities or Social Science) *#3
PSY 326Occupational Health & Performance (OR Upper-level Humanities or Social Science) **#3
or PSY 345 Training and Development
UNIV 101College Success1
WX 201Survey of Meteorology #3
WX 203LSurvey of Meteorology Laboratory #1
or PS 113L Introductory Physics I Laboratory
WX 301Aviation Weather3

Specified Electives (12 Credits)

Choose a total of 4 courses from the list of courses below:

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
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 Systems **3
WX 364Weather for Aircrews3
WX 365Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation *3

Open Electives (4-7)

Open Electives4-7
Total Credits120

The UAS Capstone (AS 475) is intended to be a culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems degree and, therefore, will be the last course taken in the UAS core after completing AS 473 UAS Flight Simulation.


Offered in Fall Only


Offered in Spring Only

PS 113L Spring Run Only


General Education Course

All Army ROTC students are required to complete SS 321 - U.S. Military History 1900-Present (3 credits) in order to commission. 

Uncrewed Aircraft Systems - General 

Freshman Year
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 3-5
Private and UAS Pilot Operations
COM 122 English Composition 3
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
MA 111 Pre-Calculus for Aviation 3
Quantitative Methods I
College Algebra
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal13.0-15.0
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
Lower-Level Humanities 3
MA 112 Applied Calculus for Aviation 3-4
Quantitative Methods II
Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
Introductory Physics I Laboratory
 Credits Subtotal16.0-17.0
Sophomore Year
AS 220 Uncrewed Aircraft Systems 3
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
Communication Theory and Skills Elective 3
PSY 222 Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (OR Lower-level or Upper-level Humanities or Social Science) 3
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
AS 235 Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
Communication Theory and Skills Elective 3
SF 210 Introduction to Aerospace Safety 3
Specified Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Junior Year
AS 322 Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS 3
AT 200 Air Traffic Basics I 3
EC 200 An Economic Survey (OR Lower-Level Social Science Elective) 3
GEO 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
AS 323 Crew Resource Management for UAS 3
AS 325 Dronealism and Cinematography 3
AS 403 Uncrewed Sensing Systems 3
GEO 310 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3
Specified Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Senior Year
AS 324 Global Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) Regulations 3
AS 473 Operational Applications in Uncrewed Aircraft Systems 3
AS 495W Advanced UAS Videography 3
CI 310 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance 3
Specified Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
AS 405 Aviation Law 3
AS 475 UAS Mission Execution 3
Open Electives 1-4
PSY 326 Group and Team Behavior (OR Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science) 3
Training and Development
Specified Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal13.0-16.0
 Credits Total: 120

GIS and Remote Sensing Certificate

The GIS and remote sensing certificate prepares students for employment in GIS and remote sensing-related careers. Due to its versatile use in many industries, the GIS certificate is open to all disciplines that use geospatial data to manage workflows, processes, policies, and high-level decision-making.  

Students in this certification program will learn the most common GIS and remote sensing workflows to generate, process and apply geospatial data via in-depth, hands-on experiences using state-of-the-art GIS software. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of working with a GIS using easy-to-understand, step-by-step tutorials and instructor demonstrations. 

Students who successfully complete the GIS and remote sensing certificate will have the necessary skills to compete and work in the field of GIS and remote sensing in both the public and private sectors. Moreover, GIS and remote sensing skills earned through this certificate are useful in supporting capstone projects, master theses and can provide students with a robust foundation to engage in a research career.

Certification Requirements

 To obtain the proposed GIS and Remote Sensing Certificate (a total of 12 CH), students will be required to take the following 4, 3-CH GEO courses:

GEO 210Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 310Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 350Introduction to Remote Sensing with GIS3
GEO 450Lidar Processing with GIS3

The GEO courses in the GIS and Remote Sensing Certificate should be taken in the order outlined above, but it is not necessary, except for GEO 210 which is a course prerequisite for GEO 310, GEO 350 and GEO 495. The content of study in each GEO course participating in this certificate is described in each GEO course already offered.