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Bachelor of Science in
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

As the unmanned aircraft systems industry continues to evolve dynamically, the benefits of gaining an education specific to Unmanned Aircraft Systems 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 by providing the state-of-the-art classroom and practical instruction necessary for graduates to become Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry leaders.

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 Unmanned Aircraft Systems related fields, including professional UAS pilots, sensor operators, project managers and field technicians.

Students enrolled in the program explore coursework in aeronautical science, unmanned aircraft systems, computer science, engineering, geographic information systems (GIS) and service learning. The skills acquired through Embry-Riddle’s unique curriculum provide graduates with a strong framework of knowledge that meets the highest demands of the industry.

The program emphasizes mission planning and execution, risk management, data collection and data processing. The knowledge and skills graduates acquire through practical experience allows them to derive unique solutions within Unmanned Aircraft Systems applications and provide safe and professional UAS operations.

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 Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems 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 professional UAS pilots, sensor operators, mission coordinators and applications specialists.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems students also learn about core engineering principles relevant to the operation of UAS and how the regulatory environment is evolving to govern their operations. 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 in-field flight experience and state-of-the-art simulation, allowing students to operate unmanned aircraft in both virtual and actual environments, fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems missions as part of a crew, cultivate an appreciation for industry standard safety protocols, and develop a strong foundation of aviation fundamentals.

The program utilizes the Penguin C, a professional long-endurance and long-range UAS system, for flight training. It 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. 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 UAS Technology Club or take part in industry-hosted Unmanned Aircraft Systems competitions.

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