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Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program prepares students for entry level positions in the UAS industry by providing foundational knowledge and skills in UAS mission planning, applications, maintenance, laws and regulations, data analytics, and project management using UAS platforms. Program content includes an introduction to UAS flight, history, avionics, sensors, communications systems and selectable paths including data analysis and applications such as emergency responders, geographic information systems, precision agriculture, and in commercial and government sectors. Students will prepare for and conduct unmanned flights similar to those commonly performed in the industry observing Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) regulations that govern sUAS operations. This program helps prepare students for the FAA Part 107 Certification.

Details

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Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3184
Total Credits Required
60-65
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Operate small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) proficiently according to Federal Aviation (FAA) Rules and Regulations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the aviation and emerging sUAS environment.
  3. Employ safety, legal, ethical, and moral standards related to sUAS operations.
  4. Demonstrate basic radio skills and procedures to communicate with air traffic control (ATC), airport operators, and others as legally required.
  5. Design flight and mission plans using computer applications and processes associated with sUAS operations.
  6. Conduct basic maintenance and repair of sUAS.
  7. Utilize problem solving skills in a dynamic environment for data analysis, evaluation, and reporting.
  8. Mitigate human factors risks in sUAS operations.
  9. Prepare for FAA Part 107 Certification.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians

$56,240

Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other

$45,530

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

Students wishing to enroll in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program must complete an application process before being officially accepted into the program.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
UAS101 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT187 Precalculus Or higher level mathematics course MA 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
UAS107 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator Certification Required for certification to fly sUAS. 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
UAS205 sUAS Instruments and Autopilot Programming and Uses 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
UAS206 sUAS Instrument and Autopilot Flight Lab 2
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET208 Aviation Safety 3
UAS100 sUAS Batteries and Electronics 5
UAS208 sUAS Dynamics and Design Lab 2
UAS207 sUAS Dynamics and Design 5
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
UAS211 Ground Control Stations, Telemetry, and Comms 3
UAS212 Maintenance Lab 2
UAS215 Commercial Flight Training 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences 4
PHY111 General Physics I SQ 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
UAS101 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation Critical course Gateway course 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT187 Precalculus Or higher level mathematics course MA 3–6
UAS107 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator Certification Required for certification to fly sUAS. 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
UAS205 sUAS Instruments and Autopilot Programming and Uses 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
UAS206 sUAS Instrument and Autopilot Flight Lab 2

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
UAS207 sUAS Dynamics and Design 5
UAS208 sUAS Dynamics and Design Lab 2

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
UAS100 sUAS Batteries and Electronics 5
SQ or SG Natural Sciences 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
UAS211 Ground Control Stations, Telemetry, and Comms 3
UAS212 Maintenance Lab 2

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AET208 Aviation Safety 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3
UAS215 Commercial Flight Training 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY111 General Physics I SQ 4
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=140551).


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