Unmanned Aircraft Systems, B.S.
Learn to pilot and operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for commercial applications.
The demand for Unmanned Aircraft Systems has moved from military drone usage and created a whole new world of civilian applications just waiting to be operated.
Quickly Growing Commercial Drone Market for UAS/UAV Applications
From expedited package delivery to precision agriculture, the commercial potential for unmanned aircraft drone system applications has only just begun to be imagined, including:
Operations-Focused Curriculum Combines Aviation and Computer Science
- Aerial/field mapping (GIS)
- Agriculture and crop scouting, irrigation and fertilization
- Disaster and emergency management
- Environmental research
- Law enforcement and photogrammetry (crime scene preservation)
- Parcel delivery
You will learn how to design, develop and operate individually-tailored UAS to meet objectives through an interdisciplinary curriculum in which you will:
Why Lewis for Your Unmanned Aircraft Systems Degree?
- Understand and apply the fundamental skills of UAS operation to project design
- Successfully apply Crew Resource Management (CRM) concepts in a collaborative UAS team environment
- Apply foundational computer science and engineering skills in developing UAS algorithms
- Apply foundational aviation maintenance, electrical and avionics skills to UAS devices
- Discuss ethical issues of UAS
Hands-on Training with Lewis’ UAS Fleet Including:
- Ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report's "Top Tier Colleges"
- Recognized in 2013-2014 as the nation’s #1 Aviation Program and presented with the Loening Trophy
- One of the only Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) bachelor’s degree programs in the nation
- Only university aviation program in Illinois with on-site airport for hands-on training
- High-tech Harold E. White Aviation Center – one of the most modern aviation education centers in the Midwest
- Cutting-edge computer simulation software in our Aviation Simulation Laboratory
Senior Capstone Project: Design Your Own UAS
- Blade Aircraft 180 QX
- Blade Aircraft 350 QX
- DJI Phantom 2
In the final semester of your program, you will develop your very own UAS application, and will design, build and test a UAS to make it happen.
Life after Lewis
By graduation, you will be qualified for a career as a professional UAS/UAV pilot and operator, having earned your:
- Private Pilot Certificate (Single Engine Land)
- Instrument Rating
- Commercial Pilot Certificate (Single Engine Land)
- Students entering the program directly after graduating from high school need to have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and a 21 ACT or 1000 SAT.
- Transfer students and students who have already earned a bachelor's degree must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry is expected to generate an estimated 100,000 jobs and $82.1 billion in economic impact in the next decade.
- Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
The FAA predicts 10,000 unmanned aircraft systems could be airborne in the U.S. skies by 2020.