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.
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.
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.
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.
|Aeronautical Science Core||27|
|Unmanned Aircraft Systems Core||21|
|Choose one of the following tracks||18|
|Specialty Courses (Professional UAS Pilot Track)|
|Specialty Courses (UAS Operations 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.
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.
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 Social Sciences (PSY 101)||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Computer Science (CS 118)||3|
|Mathematics (MA 111,MA 112)||6|
|Physical and Life Sciences (PS 103, PS 104, PS 115L)||7|
|AS 121||Private Pilot Operations||5|
|AS 221||Instrument Pilot Operations||3|
|AS 310||Aircraft Performance||3|
|AS 321||Commercial Pilot Operations||3|
|AS 350||Domestic and International Navigation||3|
|ASC 101||Aeronautical Science Student Success Seminar||1|
|BA 201||Principles of Management||3|
|WX 201||Survey of Meteorology||3|
|AS 220||Unmanned Aircraft Systems||3|
|AS 235||Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation and Cross-Country Data Entry||3|
|AS 315||Unmanned Aircraft Systems Robotics||3|
|AS 322||Operational and Industrial Aspects of UAS||3|
|AS 323||Crew Resource Management for UAS||3|
|AS 403||Unmanned Sensing Systems||3|
|AS 473||UAS Flight Simulation **||3|
|AT 310||Air Traffic Control Tower for Non ATC||3|
|CEC 220||Digital Circuit Design||3|
|CEC 222||Digital Circuit Design Laboratory||1|
|CEC 300||Computing in Aerospace and Aviation||3|
|EGR 115||Introduction to Computing for Engineers||3|
|or CS 223||Scientific Programming in C|
|HF 300||Human Factors I: Principles and Fundamentals||3|
|ME 311||Robotics Technologies for Unmanned Systems||3|
|FA 121||Private Single Flight||1|
|FA 221||Instrument Single Flight||1|
|FA 321||Commercial Single Flight||1|
|Upper-Level Electives ***||15|
B.S. in Aeronautical Science
The Aeronautical Science degree program at the Daytona Beach Campus blends flight training with academic study to provide a firm foundation in airline, corporate, and commercial or military aviation.
B.S. in Air Traffic Management
The Bachelor of Science degree in Air Traffic Management (ATM) offered by the Applied Aviation Sciences Department is for students whose goal is to become an air traffic controller or work in a related field.