Unmanned Aerial Systems

Drones, or unmanned aircraft, will be soon be part of everyday life. 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.

This major examines the entire unmanned aerial system. You will learn about the different aircraft, how they are made and how they work. You will explore how they fit into the larger aviation system, including safety policies and regulations. Most exciting, professors believe, is the exploration of the possibilities for unmanned aircraft.

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University. The Polytechnic specializes in team-based labs where you’ll test ideas, take things apart and put them back together — only better. You’ll learn side-by-side with professors who have worked in the industry and thrive on combining theory, imagination and real-world application. In this innovative environment, you'll learn by doing - gaining deep technical knowledge and applied skills in your chosen discipline coupled with problem-solving, critical-thinking, communication and leadership skills employers desire.

Unmanned Aerial Systems Website

Plan of Study

Unmanned Aerial Systems, BS

Related Career Interests

Careers in Unmanned Aerial Systems

  • UAV pilot
  • Flight operations analyst
  • Systems integration engineer
  • Test and airworthiness engineer
  • Geospatial scientist
  • Cyber systems operations specialist
  • Cyber transport systems specialist
  • Avionics technician

Transfer to Unmanned Aerial Systems

Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information
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