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Admission Requirements

Early application is encouraged because admission is competitive. To be admissible for the Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree program, students must complete the following requirements:

  • MAT 030 Algebra I or waiver
  • High School/Transfer GPA of 2.0 (“C” average) or higher
  • Personal Interview with Program Coordinator
  • Introductory Flight with Maine Instrument Flight

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may qualify for admissions by completing comparable course work at UMA and will be admitted into the Pre-Aviation track of the Liberal Studies Program. Enrollment in the Pre-Aviation track does not guarantee admissions to the Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree program.

UAS Course Descriptions

Courses are subject to change. View the official UMA Catalog here.

Seeing Photographically is an intensive seven-week course that covers the basic mechanics of the camera and photographic visualization. There will be three live sessions for demonstrations and sharing images but all assignments will be completed and posted online via Blackboard.

3 Credits

This is an introductory course in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). This course will provide the student with the information to pass the FAA knowledge test to become an FAA certified Remote Pilot and serves as an introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

4 Credits

This course in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) design, assembly, and maintenance introduces students to the operations of UASs. Content includes design, assembly of airframe, power plant, ground control stations, payloads, and mission analysis. Students will build a small fixed wing aircraft and program and ground control station. Students will fly fixed winged aircraft that they build in this course.

4 credits. Prerequisite: UAS 210.

This course in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) introduces students to the design, assembly, and maintenance of UASs. Content includes assembly of airframe, power plant, autopilot, ground control stations, payloads, and mission analysis. Students fly both rotary wing aircraft they have assembled.

4 Credits. Prerequisites: UAS 210, UAS 220 or permission of instructor.

This course in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) introduces students to the operations of UASs. Content includes operations of airframe, power plant, autopilot, ground control stations, payloads, and mission analysis. Students learn to fly both fixed wing and rotary winged aircraft.

4 Credits. Prerequisites: UAS 210, UAS 220, UAS 230 or permission of instructor.

This course in Medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems (mUAS) introduces students to the operations of UASs that weigh up to 100 pounds with payload. Content includes flying fixed and rotary winged aircraft from a remote ground station using a safety pilot as a visual observer. Students learn to fly both fixed wing and rotary winged aircrafts remotely.

4 Credits. Prerequisites: UAS 210, UAS 220, UAS 230, UAS 310 or permission of instructor.

This course in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) introduces students to photogrammetry. Content includes an overview of digital sensors (cameras, LiDAR), UAS systems with photogrammetric image processing software, and planning and executing your own mapping project using a variety of software packages. We will cover open source geospatial data.

4 Credits. Prerequisites: UAS 210, UAS 220, UAS 230, UAS 310 or permission of instructor.

Students meeting all UAS course requirements and obtaining instructors’ recommendation will be place in a supervised internship slot within a UAS or related business or industry to continue learning and building contracts and relationships. Standard internships run during a summer semester of six to fifteen weeks or throughout a fall or spring semester of twelve to fifteen weeks.

4 Credits, and may be repeated 1 time for credit.

Prerequisite: Prior to enrolling in AVI 490 “UAS Internship,” students must meet all requirements of the internship which include: Hold a GPA of 3.0 reflected on a current transcript, Hold recommendation from aviation faculty advisor and program coordinator, Hold academic standing at either the junior or senior level or be in good standing in the Advanced UAS Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Advanced Certificate in Unmanned Aircraft Systems will have received the skills and knowledge to be able to work in the unmanned aircraft discipline with the following skills:

  • FAA certification to fly unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS).
  • Pilot both fixed winged aircraft and rotary winged aircraft using visual line of sight and with autopilots independently and with visual observers as aircrew.
  • Ability to design, build, and repair both fixed wing and rotary winged unmanned aircraft.
  • Ability to program industry standard autopilots and plan their missions for land survey, aerial inspections, 2-D / 3-D mapping, and precision agriculture.
  • Use of photography, videography, and photogrammetry for UAS applications.