Bachelor of Science in
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science degree gives graduates the expertise they need for employment as operators, observers, sensor operators, and operations administrators of unmanned aircraft systems. The coursework covers several UAS applications areas, including hazardous operations, surveillance and data collection, secure operations, long duration operations, highly repetitive operations, and autonomous operations.  Students also learn about the engineering aspects of these aircraft systems and the regulations governing their operation.

The Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science degree is housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation.

Typical First Year

A typical first year will include general education courses like Communication Theory and Skills, Aeronautical Science core courses, and other courses related to Human Factors, Math, and Science.

Degree Details

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. 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. Students entering this program should have a basic background in math and physics. Students will select one of two specialty tracks, Pilot Track or the Non-Pilot Track.

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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.

Students pursuing the Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree will select one of two specialty tracks after matriculation. Students entering under this catalog may select from the Pilot track or the Non-Pilot track. All students must complete the general education courses, the Aeronautical Science core courses, the Unmanned Aircraft System courses, Engineering courses, Air Traffic Control course, Human Factors course, and the courses required to complete one of the specialization tracks in order to complete the requirements for the Unmanned Aircraft System Science degree.

General Education37
Aeronautical Science Core27
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core21
Program Support19
Choose one of the following tracks18
Specialty Courses (Professional UAS Pilot Track)
OR
Specialty Courses (UAS Operations Track)
Credits Total122

Professional UAS Pilot Track

There is an array of individuals directly involved with the operation of an Unmanned Aircraft during its flight operations. An individual flight operation may include pilots, sensor operators, sensor technicians, mission planners, and communications support personnel. The UAS Pilot track educates the student in both aeronautical science and technology unique to unmanned aviation. The UAS pilot is directly responsible for the flight of the unmanned aircraft. They ensure the aircraft remains on its proper navigation track and altitude, and are responsible for communications between the aircraft and air traffic control. This track qualifies the pilot in manned aircraft for the private, commercial, and instrument rating. These manned certificates and ratings, coupled with the other courses in this degree related to UA flight, will prepare the student to operate an unmanned aircraft within current FAA restrictions and guidelines within the national airspace system.

UAS Operations Track

Many unmanned aircraft operations require several specialty positions for individuals not directly responsible for the flight of the aircraft. These positions include, but are not limited to, sensor operators, sensor technicians, mission planners, and communications support personnel. While these individuals are not actually flying the aircraft, they must be thoroughly familiar with airspace restrictions, Federal Aviation Regulation restrictions, air traffic control requirements, and the capability and limitations involved with the UA. This track will fully prepare the individual in these positions. The courses that are dedicated to the acquisition of the manned pilot certificates for the Pilot UAS track will be substituted with open electives or Cooperative Education credits. Nonetheless, the student is encouraged to participate as an observer on manned training flights.

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 Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences (PSY 101)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science (CS 118)3
Mathematics (MA 111,MA 112)6
Physical and Life Sciences (PS 103, PS 104, PS 115L)7
Credits Total37

Aeronautical Science Core Courses

AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
AS 221Instrument Pilot Operations3
AS 309Aerodynamics3
AS 310Aircraft Performance3
AS 321Commercial Pilot Operations3
AS 350Domestic and International Navigation3
ASC 101Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar1
BA 201Principles of Management3
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
Credits Total27

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core Courses

AS 220Unmanned Aircraft Systems3
AS 235Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry3
AS 315Unmanned Aircraft Systems Robotics3
AS 322Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS3
AS 323Crew Resource Management for UAS3
AS 403Unmanned Sensing Systems3
AS 473UAS Flight Simulation **3
Credits Total21

Program Support

AT 310Air Traffic Control Tower for Non ATC3
CEC 220Digital Circuit Design3
CEC 222Digital Circuit Design Laboratory1
CEC 300Computing in Aerospace and Aviation3
EGR 115Introduction to Computing for Engineers3
or CS 223 Scientific Programming in C
HF 300Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals3
ME 311Robotics Technologies for Unmanned Systems3
Credits Total 19

Professional UAS Pilot Track

FA 121Private Single Flight1
FA 221Instrument Single Flight1
FA 321Commercial Single Flight1
Open Electives
Upper-Level Electives12
Lower-Level Elective3
Total Credits18

Operations Track

Open Electives
Upper-Level Electives ***15
Lower-Level Elective3
Credits Total18
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