Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operations - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Description

The Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Associate of Applied Science trains individuals to work as professional unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operators in the national/international arena. Students will learn to operate UAS, including conducting mission/pre-flight planning, mission briefings, and programming. They will learn how to obtain and evaluate weather forecasts, Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs), Special Instructions (SPINs), and airspace requirements. Students will be taught to perform limited UAS and ground support equipment testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

The UAS degree prepares students for a rapidly growing industry with many civilian applications, including agriculture, search and rescue, monitoring environment and wildlife, border security, fire mapping, surveying structures after natural disasters, real estate photography, and police surveillance.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to recall various unmanned aerial systems platforms, sensors, and terminology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of Federal Aviation Administration regulations/requirements necessary to commercially operate unmanned aerial systems.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to configure unmanned aerial platforms with sensors appropriate to the prescribed operation.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to plan and safely execute an unmanned aerial system operation.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to safely operate unmanned aerial systems in a real world environment.
  6. Develop geographic information systems skills necessary to provide geospatial and thematic data.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to translate data collection to geographic information systems product development.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)

Material Costs

AV 272 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operations and AV 273 Unmanned Aerial Sys Ops Maint have $750 fees to cover equipment costs.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
AV 104Introduction to Aircraft Systems4
AV 108Meteorology I4
AV 110Private Pilot - Airplane5
or AV 115 Private Pilot-Helicopter
AV 150Aerodynamics4
AV 246Aviation Safety3
AV 271Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems4
AV 272Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operations5
AV 273Unmanned Aerial Sys Ops Maint5
CIS 140A+ Essentials I4
CIS 145A+ Essentials II4
GEOG 101Introduction to Geospatial Science & GIS4
GEOG 211Cartography4
GEOG 265Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 266ArcGIS4
GEOG 267Geodatabase Design4
GEOG 273Spatial Data Collection4
GEOG 275GIS Capstone4
GEOG 285Data Conversion and Documentation4
GEOG 286Remote Sensing4
GEOG 287Spatial Analysis4
Other Required Courses
BA 285Business Human Relations3
or COMM 218 Interpersonal Communication
CIS 120Computer Concepts (or Computer Competency Test)0-4
MTH 102Applied Technical Mathematics (or choose one course from the foundational requirements math list)4
WR 121Academic Composition3-4
or BA 214 Business Communications
Total Credits92-97

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:

    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.

    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
AV 271Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems4
GEOG 101Introduction to Geospatial Science & GIS4
GEOG 266ArcGIS4
CIS 120Computer Concepts0-4
 Credits12-16
Second Term
AV 108Meteorology I4
AV 272Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operations5
GEOG 265Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 285Data Conversion and Documentation4
 Credits17
Third Term
AV 273Unmanned Aerial Sys Ops Maint5
CIS 140A+ Essentials I4
CIS 145A+ Essentials II4
GEOG 286Remote Sensing4
 Credits17
Fourth Term
AV 104Introduction to Aircraft Systems4
AV 246Aviation Safety3
MTH 102Applied Technical Mathematics4
 Credits11
Fifth Term
AV 150Aerodynamics4
GEOG 273Spatial Data Collection4
WR 121
Academic Composition
Business Communications
3-4
 Credits11-12
Sixth Term
BA 285Business Human Relations3
GEOG 211Cartography4
GEOG 287Spatial Analysis4
 Credits11
Seventh Term
AV 110Private Pilot - Airplane5
GEOG 267Geodatabase Design4
GEOG 275GIS Capstone4
 Credits13
 Total Credits92-97

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