Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) concentration is for students who aspire to become professional Unmanned Aircraft Pilots.  This concentration is focused on the safe operations of unmanned aircraft systems, regulations, the technology of autonomous systems, and policy regarding the operations of unmanned aerial elements.  

Program Educational Goals:  Consistent with the mission of Kent State University, which states, “We transform lives and communicates through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment, “the education goals of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations program are as follows:

  1. Educational Goal #1: As measured by the class of 2024, at least 80% of students in each program participate in experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom and/or one’s own major
    1. Participation is defined as at least one full semester of active participation
    2. Opportunities include full-semester courses, internships, co-ops, student groups (i.e. high-powered rocket club, precision flight team) or addition of a minor
  2. Educational Goal #2: As measured by the class of 2024 at least 10% of students in each program participate in undergraduate research opportunities.
  3. Educational Goal #3: Increase the four-year graduation rate by 10%.
  4. Educational Goal #4: Increase the six-year graduation rate to match or exceed the University, Kent-campus preponderant rate of 52%.
    1. If a program already exceeds this rate, match or exceed KSU’s Peer High (OU) rate of 63%.
    2. If a program already exceeds this rate, increase by 5% over previous years or maintain rate consistently for three years.

Unsure if this major is for you? Learn more about the UAS minor!

 

 

Plan of Study 

Semester One

Code Title Credit Hours
AERN 15000 Introduction to Aeronautics 3
AERN 25800 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems 3
MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculous (KMCR) 3
UC 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Credit Hours: 16

 

Semester Two

Code Title Credit Hours
AERN 15740 Elements of Flight Theory 5
AERN 15741 Private Pilot Flight 5
MATH 11022 Trigonometry (KMCR) 3
Credit Hours: 13

 

Semester Three

Code Title Credit Hours
AERN 25250 Elements of Aviation Weather 3
AERN 25350 Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control 2
AERN 25351 Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control Laboratory 1
AERN 35810 Unmanned Aircraft Systems 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Credit Hours: 15

 

Semester Four

Code Title Credit Hours
AERN 25100 Introduction to Aviation Management 3
AERN 35830 Unmanned Aircraft System Sensing and Sensor Systems 3
COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication (KADL) 3
PHY 13001 General College Physics I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 General College Physics Laboratory I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Credit Hours: 14

 

Semester Five

Code Title Credit Hours
AERN 30000 Professional Development in Aeronautics 1
AERN 35020 Aircraft Propulsion Systems 3
AERN 35892 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Practicum (ELR) 2
PHY 13012 College Physics II (KBS) 2
PHY 13022 General College Physics Laboratory II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Aeronautics (AERN) Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Credit Hours: 15

 

Semester Six

Code Title Credit Hours
AERN 35040 Aircraft Systems I 3
AERN 35650 Non-Pilot Instrument Flight Theory 3
AERN 35830 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Sensing and Sensor Systems 3
AERN 45250 Aviation Law 3
Kent Core Requirement  
Credit Hours: 15

 

Semester Seven

Code Title Credit Hours
AERN 35840 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Command, Control and Communications 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
AERN 45030 Aircraft Systems II 3
AERN 45130 Physiology and Human Factors of Flight 3
AERN 45150 APPLIED FLIGHT DYNAMICS I 3
Credit Hours: 15

 

Semester Eight

Code Title Credit Hours
AERN 35250 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Law and Regulations 2
AERN 45130 Physiology and Human Factors of Flight 3
AERN 45791 Aviation Security and Policy Seminar (WIC) 3
AERN 45800 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations Theory 4
AERN 45892 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Practicum 2
Kent Core Requirement 3
Credit Hours: 17
Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Student Achievement Data

Enrollment as of Fall 2020*

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Total

5

N/A

N/A

N/A

5

*Note: This program began in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rates*

2020

2019

2018

N/A

N/A

N/A

*Note: This program began in Fall 2020 so does not yet have a graduating class.