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2024 - 2025 Catalog Year
Unmanned Aerial Systems (Full-time)

Degree: One-year Technical Certificate
Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)
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Description: Foundations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including history, elemental systems including payloads, data links, ground support equipment, classes of UAS, categories, applications, mission planning and control, and launch/recovery systems.

Description: This course reviews the current legal considerations of unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations, provides an outlook on future considerations, and informs students on existing and trending UAS related standards and regulations.

Description: Prepares students with the knowledge necessary to successfully complete the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot knowledge exam. Topics include pilot training, aircraft systems, aerodynamic principles, safety of flight, air traffic control procedures, weather theory, weather hazards and conditions, federal aviation regulations, aircraft performance, weight and balance principles and navigation procedures.

Notes: Department Permission Required

Prerequisites: Approval of Department

Description: Provides students with an introduction to the principles and concepts of crew resource management (CRM) through interactive discussion and scenario based analysis as it relates to UAS operations and the challenge of optimizing the human/machine interface and accompanying flight operations. Discussion and scenario based activities include CRM markers, principles and concepts of CRM, team building, information transfer, problem solving, risk management and decision making, communications process, conflict resolution and maintaining situational awareness when dealing with UAS automated systems.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Description: In English Composition I students learn reflective, analytical and argumentative writing strategies, incorporating sources and personal experience. Students will negotiate between public and private rhetorical situations and purposes to achieve academic literacy. They will write multiple drafts using a recursive writing process as they work toward fluency in style and mechanics.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Placement Test Score)

Description: Polynomial, radical, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs; roots of polynomial functions, rational and polynomial inequalities; systems of linear and nonlinear equations; matrices; and applications. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections. Note: Students who have not completed the required pre-requisite courses listed, but have successfully completed MAT 0200 with a grade of "C" or better, can register for MAT 1470 together with the co-requisite course MAT 0470, College Algebra Booster.

Prerequisites: MAT 0300 and Other (with a grade of C or better or satisfactory score on math placement test)


Students will learn learn the fundamental principles of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technologies, capabilities, regulations, legal responsibilities, cost and benefit consideration for potential use in law enforcement, fire, rescue, emergency medical and disaster response applications.

Notes: First Responder Elective

Description: Overview of the criminal justice system and an analysis of the interdependence of its components, including legislative, law enforcement, prosecution, court and correctional systems. Examination of responsibilities of professionals in each of these systems, including ethical and legal responsibilities.

Notes: First Responder Elective

Prerequisites: DEV 0015


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Spring Semester (First Year)
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Description: The application of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for commercial and civil purposes requires an understanding of contemporary technical, legal and regulatory issues. This course provides the foundational knowledge to take the FAA-mandated Part 107 Remote Pilot exam to operate as a commercial UAS pilot.


This course consists of lecture, simulator instruction and flight operation demonstration specific to an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Lecture will cover topics in UAS: aerodynamic theory, operations theories and techniques, platform categories, sensors and payloads, technical documents and processes of automation. Students will observe and participate in flight operations on various UAS platforms. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: AVT 1101 and AVT 1104 and AVT 1110 and AVT 2150

Description: Introduction to direct and alternating current (DC/AC) circuits, power, three phase and test equipment. One classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: MAT 0100 or MAT 0600 or MAT 1110 or MAT 1130 or MAT 1445

Description: This course introduces the foundations of remote sensing and data analysis. Students will acquire knowledge of the characteristics of various sensors and remote sensing applications applicable to civil unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations. Emphasis is placed on data acquisition and processing.

Description: This course provides a basic overview of remote sensing, highlights the need for space astronomy, describes the composition of the space environment, principles of black/white and color photography, highlights the importance and different aspects of aerial photography and videography, aerial ground control and land mapping, visual image interpretation, thermal radiation principles associated with thermal sensing, remote sensing history from space as well as the U.S. Landsat program operations and contribution, digital image processing and classification, and microwave sensing principles and applications. One classroom, two lab hours per week.

Description: Applied computer tools to solve engineering technology problems, emphasizing the integration of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and engineering research skills using the Internet. Applications of an integrated approach to research papers, engineering technology analysis, technical laboratory reports and technical presentations. One-half classroom, one and one-half lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015 or MAT 0600 and MAT 0100 or MAT 1110

Description: Overview of homeland security threats, statutes, resources and the role of law enforcement as first responders with the emphasis on inter-agency cooperation. Examination of contemporary security issues in public and private spaces including risk analysis, critical incident management, inter-agency collaboration, specialized security fields, intelligence gathering and litigation. Exploration of the career opportunities in homeland security.

Notes: Spring Only - First Responder Elective

Prerequisites: DEV 0015 and CJS 1101

Description: Emergency medical responders provide initial care for the sick and injured prior to the arrival of the ambulance. This education can be valuable to safety officers working in industry, police officers and some rural fire departments. This course will meet a total of 16 lecture hours and 32 laboratory hours. The EMS program is accredited by the Ohio Division of EMS, Department of Public Safety. Accreditation number 326.

Notes: Spring Only - First Responder Elective

Prerequisites: Other (At least 18 years of age)


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