Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations
Dozens of colleges with aviation programs now offer courses in unmanned aerial systems, and several universities have recently added majors; however, the University of North Dakota was first.
Please note this degree is only offered to U.S. citizens.
Expect to be immersed in complex science, technology, mathematics and engineering. Like any aviation major, you will study aerodynamics, propulsion and other systems of a plane. But you also learn all about the peculiarities of drones. You’ll launch drones on missions to monitor activities on land and program them to perform complex tasks on autopilot.
UND’s Center for UAS Research Education & Training provides unique opportunities for our students to revolutionize the aviation industry. The Center is positioned to introduce newly discovered technologies directly into the marketplace via partnerships with entrepreneurial companies in the Grand Forks area.
Upon graduation, you’ll be fully prepared for a career in the civil unmanned aircraft systems industry. The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that 10,000 remote-piloted planes will be operating in American airspace within five years.
Today, the biggest use of drones is by the military and the Central Intelligence Agency, which operate hundreds of them around the world. Only military personnel pilot armed drones, but government contractors do much of the scouting in advance, conducting surveillance missions over countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.
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Class of 2020
Our Class of 2020 has nearly 2,000 new freshmen and is the most academically prepared class ever to set foot on campus.
Taking advantage of a low population density, UND and the state of North Dakota are working to provide more than 13,000 square miles of airspace suitable for UAS operations without implementing temporary flight restrictions.