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Unmanned Aircraft Technology

Associate in Science Degree

This Associate of Science degree in Unmanned Aircraft Technology is designed to prepare students to enter the workplace with new skills to enhance their current positions and create new opportunities in the field of Unmanned Aircraft Technology. The required and elective courses provide students the ability to apply skills through hands-on experience working directly in both public and private sector organizations. Students demonstrate the skills necessary to manage and plan flight operations, collect data, and process imagery for analysis. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills that they can apply in multiple applications including agriculture, natural and cultural resources management, emergency response, aerial videography, and photography. Students will prepare for and complete practice exams for the FAA Part 107 exam. Potential careers for students upon completing the certificate are UAS Remote Pilot, UAS Maintenance Technician, UAS Avionics Technician, Aerial Videographer, and Image Analyst Technician.

Major Core Requirements (21 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
AVIA030AAviation - Pilot Ground School3 units
AVIA030BIntroduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems 3 units
AVIA030CUAS Image Analysis and Visualization3 units
AVIA030DUAS Flight Operations and Flight Planning3 units
GIST016AIntroduction to Geospatial Technology3 units
GIST016GIntroduction to Remote Sensing3 units
PMGT 020A and PMGT 020B must be taken together.

Employment Preparation

1 unit
2 units

Major Electives (9-12 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARTS062ABasic Photography3 units
AVIA030EDrone Videography and Photography3 units
BIOL012Introduction to Ecology and Wildlife4 units
BUSN015The Entrepreneurial Mindset3 units
ENGR010Introduction to Engineering4 units
GIST016CSpatial Analysis for GIS3 units
PMGT026Regenerative Agriculture for Parks3 units
PSCI020Weather and Climate3 units
THEA024Single Camera Production3 units

Total Major Units: 30-33 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of aircraft systems, including airframe, power plants, and flight instruments.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of aircraft systems, including fixed-wing and rotor-wing UAS systems.
  • Demonstrate image analysis techniques with Unmanned Aircraft derived images.
  • Select the correct aircraft and sensor to accomplish the data collection mission.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the National Airspace and all of the FAA regulations regarding drone use in the United States.
Last Updated 7/19/23