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2024-2025 University Catalog

Unmanned Aerial Systems, BS

Location(s): West Lafayette


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    

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (64 credits)


Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (40 credits)


Electives (16 credits)


Elective (any course, any subject) - Credit Hours: 16.00

Grade Requirements


  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all AT courses.
  • 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.

GPA Requirements


2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Course Requirements and Notes


  • A course can only satisfy one departmental/program major degree requirement within a unique plan of study.
  • A course may be used to satisfy two separate departmental/program major degree requirements.
  • UAS Related Selectives - See Unmanned Aerial Systems Supplemental Information.

Non-course / Non-credit Requirements


  • Internship Requirement
  • Globalization Requirement

Pass/No Pass Policy


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.

Transfer Credit Policy


  • SATT adheres to the admissions office Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide.

  • Students may submit requests (with accompanied Syllabi) for Non-Purdue course evaluations for AT courses that are not reflective in the Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide.

University Requirements


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. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

To obtain the Civics Literacy Proficiency, students will complete an educational activity as part of their chosen Civics Literacy Pathway and pass the Purdue Civics knowledge test.  The knowledge test can be completed at any time while the pathway is being perused.  There are three different pathways:

  • Civics Event pathway - Attend six approved civics-related events and pass the required exam; or
  • Civics Literacy Podcast pathway - Complete 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement that use C-SPAN material and pass the required exam; or
  • Approved course pathway - Complete  one of the following approved courses and pass the required exam.

More details about each pathway and how to complete the requirement can be found on the Civics Literacy Student Dashboard in myPurdue.

Upper Level Requirement


  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Sample 4-Year Plan


16 Credits


15 Credits


16 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


13 Credits


Critical Course


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.”

Disclaimer


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student. The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

Comparative information about Purdue University and other U.S. educational institutions is also available through the College Navigator tool, provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, and through the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.