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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.

Plan of Study

Unmanned Aerial Systems Webpage

Transfer to Unmanned Aerial Systems

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

Allen Reigel
(765) 496-6164

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

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

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