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California Baptist University Flight School :: Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Systems

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Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Systems

Bachelor of Science in Aviation Unmanned Systems (57 units)

The Aviation Unmanned Systems major at CBU is designed for those who desire to operate unmanned systems commercially.  Whether referred to as drones, unmanned systems, UAS, or UAVs, these remotely piloted aircraft require an operator with specialized aviation knowledge and skills, as well as experience in the operation of unmanned systems.  Today’s savvy UAS operator also has a flight background in manned aircraft. 

Forecasts predict that UAS spending will almost double over the next decade, from $6.6 billion to $11.4 billion on an annual basis, with the entire UAS segment expected to generate $89 billion in the next 10 years.  Much of this growth is projected to occur in the defense sector.  Today the Department of Defense operates more than 7,000 UAS.  Civilians are employed as defense contractors with firms operating UAS in support of military efforts.  Additionally, the commercial application of UAS is expected to experience significant growth.  Applications include wildfire mapping, agricultural monitoring, disaster management, power line surveys, law enforcement, telecommunications, weather monitoring, aerial imaging/mapping, television news coverage, sporting events, moviemaking, environmental monitoring, wilderness protection, oil and gas exploration, freight transport.

At CBU, student majoring Aviation Unmanned Systems will become instrument-rated commercial pilots.  Flight labs are part of the major.  Additionally, students will complete courses in engineering design, circuit theory, and video fundamentals, in addition to UAS specific courses in flight simulation, design and applications, and operations and mission planning.  This is a comprehensive degree program preparing students to successfully enter the unmanned systems industry.

Lower Division Requirements

  • AVN 110 Introduction to Aviation
  • AVN 210 Aviation Meteorology
  • EGR 102 Introduction to Engineering Design
  • EGR 231 Circuit Theory I
  • FLT 116 Private Pilot Ground
  • FLT 117 Private Pilot Lab I
  • FLT 118 Private Pilot Lab II
  • FLT 119 Instrument Pilot Ground
  • FLT 120 Instrument Flight Lab
  • MAT 245 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
  • UAS 115 Introduction to UAS
  • UAS 215 UAS Flight Simulation Lab                                                                      

Upper Division Requirements

  • AVN 300 Aviation Research, Writing, and Communication
  • AVN 310 Aviation Law and Regulations
  • FLT 311 Commercial Pilot Ground
  • FLT 312 Commercial Flight Lab I
  • FLT 313 Commercial Flight Lab II
  • FLT 326 Human Factors
  • GDM 341 Video Fundamentals
  • UAS 315 UAS Designs and Applications
  • UAS 415 UAS Operations and Mission Planning
  • UAS 495 UAS Capstone 

Aviation Unmanned Systems Major Lab Fees

FLT 116

Private Pilot Ground

$150

FLT 117

Private Pilot Lab I

$8,288

FLT 118

Private Pilot Lab II

$8,288

FLT 119

Instrument Pilot Ground

$150

FLT 120

Instrument Flight Lab

$16,000

UAS 215

UAS Flight Simulation Lab

$125

FLT 311

Commercial Pilot Ground

$150

FLT 312

Commercial Flight Lab I

$12,375

FLT 313

Commercial Flight Lab II

$12,375

FLT 314

Commercial Flight Lab III

$6,800

UAS 315

UAS Design and Applications

$1,500

UAS 415

UAS Operations and Mission Planning

$1,300

 

TOTAL

$67,501