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University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences B.S. Aero in Unmanned Aircraft System Operations
University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

B.S. Aero in Unmanned Aircraft System Operations

Grand Forks, USA

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Sep 2024

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With 50 years of experience in aviation education, training, and research, UND was the first to offer a UAS degree in 2009, and our program has led the way ever since. You'll gain expertise to work in a crew environment as a Pilot operator, sensor operator, or other key team member of unmanned aircraft systems. You'll also gain a clear understanding of National Airspace System (NAS) safety and operations procedures.

As one of the first universities to enter into a long term relationship with the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) and becoming part of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI-UAS) program, UND is poised to deliver up-to-date UAS education that matches the requirements of the NAS. This ongoing collaboration with the FAA will further ensure UND students are qualified to enter into careers involving Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Our Grand Forks campus has been called "the Silicon Valley of unmanned aircraft systems" by the New York Times. UND students are given the opportunity to interact with small and large UAS companies such as Northrop Grumman, General Atomics, and Customs Border Protection. Flights are conducted regularly where UND flight students are jointly flying next to Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace System.

UND's UAS Aviation Degree

UND offers a comprehensive UAS Aviation degree including relative topics such as: human factors, crew resource management, autonomous systems, counter UAS applications, experience in small, medium and large UAS, safety management, and aircraft systems.

The UAS program offers two career tracks to specialize in:

Advanced high altitude, autonomous commercial systems

The emerging and dynamic small UAS market

Non-aviation majors also have the opportunity to obtain a minor in UAS Operations to use in their particular discipline.

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