B.S. in Aeronautics with a Major in Unmanned Aircraft System Operations
The Unmanned Aircraft System Operations curriculum is offered to those students whose career objectives are aimed at the civil unmanned aircraft systems industry. The program provides the breadth and depth of instruction needed to ensure graduates are prepared to work as pilots/operators and/or developmental team members of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) while fully understanding the operational and safety environments of the National Airspace System. Courses require students to be comfortable utilizing complex science, technology, engineering and mathematics principles. In addition, students must possess strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A Commercial Pilot Certificate, with instrument and multiengine ratings is required.
As some of the technologies involved with UAS fall under International Traffic in Arms Regulations, students wishing to pursue this degree program must be able to prove United States citizenship prior to enrolling in the following courses: AVIT 238, 331, 332, 333 and 438. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Unmanned Aircraft System Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Aviation’s Undergraduate Program in Unmanned Aircraft Systems is to provide educational opportunities for students that will develop individuals who possess excellent aviation technical abilities, superior communication and teamwork skills, are adaptable to change, seek life-long learning, can effectively utilize technology and have an appreciation of other cultures in order to ensure successful contributions in the global and dynamic aviation industry. Graduates will develop an understanding of the operational and safety environment of the National Airspace System. This program will prepare graduates in seeking employment in the aviation industry as UAS Operator.
AABI General Outcomes
The AABI general outcomes are derived from the Accreditation Criteria Manual section 2.3.1. These outcomes were first approved by the AABI Board of Trustees in July of 2007, and are subject to change by action of the afore mentioned board.
Aviation programs must demonstrate that graduates are able to:
- apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and applied sciences
- analyze and interpret data
- work effectively on multi-disciplinary and diverse teams
- make professional and ethical decisions
- communicate effectively, using both written and oral communication skills
- engage in and recognize of the need for life-long learning
- assess contemporary issues
- use the techniques, skills, and modern technology necessary for professional practice
- assess the national and international aviation environment
- apply pertinent knowledge in identifying and solving problems
- apply knowledge of business sustainability to aviation issues
Unmanned Aircraft System Program Outcomes
- Be able to demonstrate crew performance and coordination in UAS operational environments while applying problem solving skills and an in-depth understanding of the operational, regulatory and safety environment of the National Airspace System.
- Be able to demonstrate UAS airmanship commensurate with a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics principles common to UAS operations.
- Develop a working knowledge of UAS technologies and their application in governmental and civil operations.
- Be able to demonstrate knowledge of legal, ethical, and moral issues related to UAS operations.
- Be familiar with computer technologies and processes associated with UAS operations to include programming, data storage and security, and networking.
- Be able to apply management skills to programs and projects in an emerging UAS industry.