Unmanned Aircraft Systems (AS Degree S0661)

Technology and Health Division

The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing area of unmanned aircraft systems, including piloting, mission planning, risk management, sensing operations, data collection and analysis, and other related skills. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 remote pilot operator certification is not required for graduation but it is desirable for career advancement. Through course work, simulation, and flight training students may achieve the FAA remote pilot operator certificate simultaneously with the A.S. degree.

Required Courses 

Course Prefix Course Name Units
AERO 98Introduction to Aviation Careers1.5
AERO 100Primary Pilot Ground School4
AERO 102Aviation Weather3
AERO 104Federal Aviation Regulations3
AERO 160Unmanned Aircraft Systems Basic4
AERO 200Aviation Safety and Human Factors3
AERO 210Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advanced4
PHOT 10Basic Digital and Film Photography3
PHOT 50Drone Basic Still and Motion Camera Operator3
Recommended Electives
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Digital Capture Workflow
Total Units28.5

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.  This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
AERO 98 Introduction to Aviation Careers 1.5 1.5
AERO 100 Primary Pilot Ground School 4 4
AERO 102 Aviation Weather 3 3
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
Winter Term 1
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course 1 3
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4 4
Spring Term 1
AERO 160 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Basic 4 4
AERO 104 Federal Aviation Regulations 3 3
PHOT 10 Basic Digital and Film Photography 3 3
Summer Term 1
AA/S BEHAV Area D-2 Elective Course 3 3
Fall Term 2
AERO 210 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advanced 4 4
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3 3
AA/S LIFE Area E Lifelong Undrstg Course 3 3
AA/S SCNCE Area B-1 or B-2 Science Course 3 3-5
Faculty recommendation: Area E COUN 5 5  
Faculty recommendation: Area B1: METO 3 3  
Winter Term 2
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 4 3-4
Spring Term 2
AERO 200 Aviation Safety and Human Factors 3 3
PHOT 50 Drone Basic Still and Motion Camera Operator 3 3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
 Total Units55.5-60.5
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