Drone Technology and Applications

Certificate of Proficiency
Career/Technical (Major Code: 01672)

The Drone Technology and Applications Certificate of Proficiency program will introduce students to how drones are being applied in their specific field of study. 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, fire science, and cultural resource management. This program will provide students with skills in sUAS operations specific to their chosen field of study.

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 how drones are being employed in specific disciplines.
Core Courses:
GEOG 107SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM (SUAS) REMOTE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL1
GEOG 108INTRODUCTION TO UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS (DRONES)4
Choose one elective course from the list below:3-4
BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
WASTE MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)
INSPECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS AND STRUCTURAL INSPECTION
CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
PLANT PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
ADVANCED COMPUTER-AIDED LANDSCAPE DESIGN
INTRODUCTION TO MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION TO MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION
MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION I
MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION I
DOCUMENTARY VIDEO PRODUCTION
FIRE PROTECTION ORGANIZATION
FIRE BEHAVIOR AND COMBUSTION
Total Units8-9