Jan 30, 2023
About the Program
Drones, or unmanned aircraft, will be soon be part of everyday life. Companies who adopt the technology will need experts to help them navigate flight paths as well as rules and regulations. A major in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will equip you to be a leader in this new career field. In fact, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International believes 70,000 new jobs will be created in the three years after unmanned aircraft are integrated into the U.S. airspace system.
Unmanned Aerial Systems Website
Aviation & Transportation Technology Department Major Change (CODO) Requirements
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (110 credits)
Required Major Courses (58 credits)
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (52 credits)
Electives (10 credits)
- Elective (any course, any subject) - Credit Hours: 10.00
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Fall 4th Year
- AT 40900 - Unmanned Aerial Systems Capstone I
- Cornerstone Level III Selective (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
- UAS Related Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Thematic Area Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Purdue policy states that a student may attempt a course no more than three times. An attempt is defined as all courses displayed on a student transcript having grades of (including, but not limited to) A, B, C, D, E, F, W, WF, I and IF.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass (P/NP) grading option for courses without an AT prefix. A student may not elect this option for more than 20 percent of the total credit hours required for graduation. AT prefix courses may be taken for P/NP only under extenuating circumstances and in close coordination with advisors and faculty. Some AT prefix courses have been established as P/NP for all students and are therefore required to be taken in that manner. For further information regarding P/NP, students should refer to the Purdue Regulations, Grades and Grade Reports, Pass/Not-Pass Option & Scholastic Indexes.
The ♦ course is considered critical.
In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major. Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful. These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”.
The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.
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