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Unmanned Aerial Systems

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Take control of your future with an associate degree in unmanned aerial systems.

The Associate of Applied Science in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) incorporates unmanned aerial vehicle operations, maintenance, regulations, data collection, and data analytics. The curriculum addresses the technology and its usage across various industries with coursework that is applicable to many sectors of the industry. You can choose between concentrations in operations or analysis. 

 

Program credit may also be applied to the Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership at UAFS.

 

What can I do with a degree in unmanned aerial systems?

Unmanned aerial systems are a valuable resource for many industry sectors such as agriculture, real estate, manufacturing, utilities, and retail. In a study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International, the unmanned aircraft systems industry is forecast to create more than 600 jobs and nearly $500 million in economic impact in Arkansas in the next 10 years.

Format

On Campus

Credit Hours

60

Technical Certificates

Data Analysis
This 29-hour program provides you with fundamental coursework in unmanned systems, UAS pilot flight operations, and geographic information systems (GIS). All hours earned with this credential transfer into the A.A.S. program. Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in these courses.

Flight Operations
This 28-hour program provides you with fundamental coursework in geographic information systems (GIS), multi-rotor flight, and UAS pilot flight operations. All hours earned with this credential transfer into the A.A.S. program. 

Certificate of Proficiency

Unmanned Aerial Systems
This 10-hour program provides you with fundamental coursework in unmanned systems, UAS pilot flight operations, and multi-rotor flight. All hours earned with this credential transfer into the A.A.S. program.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to: 
  • Learn to differentiate the subsystems and components of unmanned aerial systems.
  • Interpret the regulatory framework that governs UAS operations within the National Aerospace System (NAS).
  • Identify and differentiate UAS types of aircraft and respective uses
  • Integrate and configure autopilot/flight control system, payload, and data links.
  • Fly multi-rotor and fixed-wing aircraft using visual line of sight operations and first person viewing operations, and operate remote sensing equipment and spectral spatial measurement systems used in remote sensing.

FAA UAS - Collegiate Training Initiative

UAS Collegiate Training Initiative logo

The UAS-CTI designation is given to institutions of higher learning that have met the criteria for unmanned aviation training programs per Section 631 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. This collaboration between the FAA, universities, colleges, and technical schools ensures that knowledge and skills are obtained and will result in well-trained, safety-conscious graduates/professionals who pursue their goals for a successful career in UAS.

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