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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Certificate (CUASOC)

Barney King

This certificate program provides students with solid foundational knowledge in the emerging and rapidly growing field of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The UAS Certificate prepares students to demonstrate the skills necessary to safely integrate the operation of UAS into the national and international airspace systems, understand the complexities of UAS integration into the airspace system, and realize the hazards to air navigation if accomplished improperly.

Students shall demonstrate satisfactory subject matter mastery by earning a grade of “B” or better in each course within the certificate program.

In the final course (UAS Mission Planning and Operations) of the certificate program, each student is required to pass a final comprehensive practical and written examination during which the student demonstrates, in an actual or electronically simulated environment, the procedures necessary to plan, execute (to include launch and recovery), and complete a successful mission that uses a UAS with integrated payload.

Prerequisites for courses in this certificate necessitate basic airman certification and training by the FAA or its International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member equivalent agency. Students enrolled in BATN-US Bachelor Option are not eligible for the certificate. Note, too, that completion of the necessary coursework satisfies requirements for an academic certificate and does not qualify the recipient for operation of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace (NAS). The authority to sanction operation of any aircraft in the NAS is congressionally delegated to the Federal Aviation Administration and not within the purview of any other entity.

Certificate Requirements (9 credit hours):