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Unmanned Aerial Systems

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Unmanned aircraft, or drones, are being utilized in science, agriculture, military and insurance. Drone uses range from product delivery to emergency rescue. Companies need drone experts to help them understand policies, regulations and flight paths.

The UAS major examines the entire unmanned aerial system, including operations, design, policy, sensors and commerce. Students learn how various drone aircraft are built and fit into the aviation system, including safety rules and regulations.

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
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

School of Aviation and Transportation Technology
(765) 496-6750

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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