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B.S. in Aeronautical Management Technology (Unmanned Aerial Systems)


Application Deadlines

December 1 Spring semester (January)

March 1 Summer session 1 (June) and Summer session 2 (July)

May 1 Fall semester (August)

These are the priority application deadlines for admission and merit-based scholarship consideration. Late applicants will be considered for university admission and financial aid, but programs with higher admission standards will give priority consideration to applications submitted by these dates. Please view important dates on the academic calendar.

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7442 E Innovation Way North
Mesa, AZ 85212-2880

Phone: (480) 727-1021

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The unmanned aerial systems, UAS, concentration, under the B.S. in aeronautical management technology, prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing area of UAS, including operations, remote sensing, data collection and analysis.

Why Unmanned Aerial Systems?

The concentration incorporates all aviation management technology core courses, as well as UAS concentration courses. This provides an overview of UAS operations followed by detailed knowledge of UAS-specific systems and technology (ground control stations, data links; flight planning and operations, search, detect and avoid technologies; and payloads) and UAS sensor operations. A critical aspect of this academic area of study is the data capture and transfer of the sensor information collected from the unmanned aerial vehicle. This innovative concentration brings together the most up-to-date and relevant aspects facing multiple industries today by addressing flight system planning and operations and the employment of the systems in the congested National Air Space.

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Additional Program Fee: No

Second Language Requirement: No

First Required Math Course: MAT 265 – Calculus for Engineers I.

Career Outlook

Students graduating from this program will find various employment opportunities as unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and sensor operators in both the U.S. and worldwide. In 2015, the FAA will allow UAV to operate in the U.S. National Airspace System that will enable governmental and civilian entities to operate these vehicles for new endeavors or to replace current fixed- and rotor-craft operations. This concentration will prepare students to operate small to mid-range platforms that will be used by emergency responders, forestry, agriculture, energy and oil, and other similar industries. Entry-level pay is competitive for this highly specialized field.

Example Careers 

  • Logistics Managers
  • Storage and Distribution Managers
  • Transportation Managers

Accelerated 4+1 option

4+1 Accelerated ProgramFinish two degrees faster by combining advanced undergraduate and graduate coursework during your senior year as part of the accelerated 4+1 bachelor’s plus master’s program.