Bachelor of Science in
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

As the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry continues to evolve dynamically, the benefits of gaining an education specific to UAS have become apparent. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a leader in UAS curriculum, launching the first accredited program in the country. The program has continued to mature and grow, providing cutting-edge learning opportunities for students and distinguished employees for the UAS industry.

Embry-Riddle’s Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science degree equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to seek employment in a wide variety of UAS related fields, including professional UAS pilots, sensor operators and ground technicians.

Students enrolled in the program explore coursework in aeronautical science, unmanned aircraft systems, computer science, robotics, and engineering, providing graduates a wide breadth of knowledge to become industry leaders. The program also highlights issues such as the integration of unmanned aircraft into existing infrastructure and requires students to make reasonable predictions of how the current system will accommodate the addition of cutting-edge technologies.

Additionally, Embry-Riddle has paired with local organizations to establish land use for academic flight operations. Students, under faculty guidance, have the opportunity to operate a host of unmanned platforms in actual environments, which further broadens capabilities and exposure to industry standards. 

This degree program is confined to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which limits admission to only U.S. or naturalized  citizens.


About Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The B.S. in UAS Science degree program at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus is one of the first and one of only a few in the nation that gives graduates the expertise they need for employment as operators, observers, sensor operators, and operations administrators of unmanned aircraft systems. 

UAS students also learn about the engineering aspects of these aircraft systems and the regulations governing their operation. Housed in the Department of Aeronautical Science in the College of Aviation, the program provides knowledge in several UAS applications areas, surveillance and data collection, secure operations, long duration operations, and autonomous operations.

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

The curriculum offers state-of-the-art simulation and in-field flight experience, allowing students to operate unmanned aircraft in both virtual and actual environments, fly UAS missions as part of a crew, and develop a strong foundation of aviation fundamentals. Students also gain experience with community-based or internship programs through our service learning initiative. 

Graduates are fully prepared to pilot unmanned aircraft for private and commercial industries, and familiar with airspace restrictions, Federal Aviation Regulation restrictions, air traffic control requirements, and the capability and limitations of unmanned aircraft.

Students can also opt to join the Radio Controlled Aircraft Club or take part in industry-hosted UAS competitions.

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122 Credits

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