Bachelor of Science in
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

Embry-Riddle is one of just a few universities in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Science. Because ERAU is the nexus of aviation education, students benefit from much more than prestige; they learn from experienced faculty who share firsthand knowledge in aviation and who are at the forefront in the developing field of unmanned aircraft. Currently, there are few UAS professionals because this field is so new. Used primarily in military, firefighting, disaster relief, and law enforcement applications, the future of this field has seemingly limitless potential.

Select from the Pilot track (in which flight ratings for private, commercial, and instrument will be earned) or the Operator track (for sensor operators, mission planners, and others not flying the aircraft).

Students study the spectrum of the field including hazardous operations, government regulations, surveillance, data collection, and even the engineering aspects of UAS.

Because of the nature of the technical knowledge to which students are exposed, this degree is only open to those students who are U.S. citizens.


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

The B.S. in UAS Science degree program at ERAU’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.

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

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

Students choose from one of two tracks:

  • Professional UAS Pilot Track: Educates the student in both aeronautical science and technology unique to unmanned aviation and is directly responsible for the flight of the unmanned aircraft, including a proper navigation track and altitude, and for communications between the aircraft and air traffic control. This track qualifies the pilot in manned aircraft for the private, commercial, and instrument rating. These manned certificates and ratings, coupled with the other courses in this degree related to unmanned aircraft flight, will prepare the student to operate an unmanned aircraft within current FAA restrictions and guidelines within the national airspace system.
  • UAS Operations Track: Many unmanned aircraft operations require several specialty positions for individuals not directly responsible for the flight of the aircraft. These positions include, but are not limited to, sensor operators, sensor technicians, mission planners, and communications support personnel. This track fully prepares students to be thoroughly familiar with airspace restrictions, Federal Aviation Regulation restrictions, air traffic control requirements, and the capability and limitations of the unmanned aircraft they are involved with.  

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122 Credits

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