Drone Technology and Applications

Certificate of Achievement
Career/Technical (Major Code: 01671)

The Drone Technology and Applications Certificate program will prepare students to become remote pilots or entrepreneurs in fields that currently deploy small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). These fields include (but are not limited to) environmental science and management, real estate, journalism, search and rescue, precision agriculture, disaster response and management, fire science, maintenance and operations, law enforcement, photography and videography, mapping and surveying, remote sensing, and cultural resource management. This program will provide students with skills in sUAS operations as well as the knowledge necessary to plan, create, and develop an sUAS based business.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student will analyze FAA regulations governing safe and responsible operation, licensing and registration requirements of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS).
  • Student will assess and analyze a variety of problems that can be potentially solved using a UAS, and identify appropriate solutions.
  • Student will process and analyze data gathered from a UAS.
  • Student will describe the functions and limitations of various UAS hardware components (e.g. battery, gimbal, GPS module, flight controller, frame, sensor), and identify the appropriate components for particular applications.
  • Student will discuss the social, ethical, economic, and legal implications of UAS operations on individuals, organizations, and society in general.
  • Student will research and evaluate the financial, marketing, legal, and management needs that are essential to successfully launching and operating a new venture in UAS.
Core Courses:
GEOG 107SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM (SUAS) REMOTE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL1
GEOG 108INTRODUCTION TO UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (DRONES)4
GEOG 145INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)3
GEOG 154INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING3
or PHS 154 INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING
BUS 120INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS3
Choose one elective course from the list below:3
INTRODUCTION TO IMAGE ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO IMAGE ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL IMAGING
BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
EDITING I
INTRODUCTION TO MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION TO MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION
Total Units17