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Add Career Options with Unmanned Aerial Systems

Fly drones. Prepare for certification and move your career forward. Unmanned aerial systems operation is a fast-growing sector of the job market. You can also pursue research opportunities. You decide where it takes you. This certificate provides you with foundational knowledge and technical skills in the emerging field of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • The regulatory environment for UAS in the United States
  • Basics of UAS design and operation
  • Aeronautics and flight theory
  • Requirements for FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certification
  • Remote sensing and photogrammetric concepts
  • Mission planning
  • UAS mission flight techniques
  • Processing techniques for data deliverables

You’ll also have many opportunities to conceive, plan, and carry out small unmanned aircraft systems missions to acquire spatial data, video, and aerial photography and to build a portfolio that demonstrates your skills.

Imagine Your Future

Launch Your Career Working with Drones

Our program goes beyond common drones, because we know you’ll need more than that to grab new career opportunities. As new applications emerge for using this technology, our certificate program can give you a competitive edge.

The certificate is designed to provide you with knowledge, skills, experience, and credentials to participate in the expanding UAS sector as a certified FAA Part 107 remote pilot, operator, or ancillary ground crew member/observer.

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Science and Applications Certificate program gives you the knowledge, experience, and credentials to work with drones professionally.

Classes and Requirements

To earn this certificate, you’ll take four 3-credit classes that are directly focused on this hands-on field. One of the classes is offered as two options.

You’ll build a portfolio that demonstrates your capabilities in mission planning as well as aerial data acquisition and processing. You’ll also prepare to become certified as a Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 remote pilot, operator, or ancillary ground crew member/observer.

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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Student Advisor

Upon joining the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Science and Applications Certificate program, students will be advised by the director of the UAS certificate program.