Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Science degree will provide the necessary expertise for graduates to seek employment as pilots/operators, observers, sensor operators and 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.
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 State Department, this degree will only be open to U.S. citizens.
Pilot and Non-Pilot Track
There are two tracks available in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science Degree. The Pilot Track is designed to prepare the graduate to enter the field as an unmanned aircraft system pilot. While there is a large array of unmanned aircraft available- from insect-sized micro air vehicles to large, airliner–sized turbojets with global capability- pilots graduating from this track will meet all FAA-requirements to operate unmanned aircraft in both restricted airspace and in the public national airspace system.
The Non-Pilot Track is designed to prepare the graduate for entry into a variety of non-pilot positions associated with the operation of an unmanned aircraft system. This will include sensor operator, payload managers and other support personnel. The graduate will be well-qualified for these positions, receiving training in various operational aspects of unmanned flight, including advanced sensor operator training in an advanced UAS simulator.
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