Unmanned Aerial Systems - Minor

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

About This Minor

This minor prepares students to complete the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Commercial Drone Pilot certification.

Students develop a working knowledge of design, maintenance, and control of unmanned aerial systems and learn how small UAS skills can enhance other majors and careers.

What You Will Learn

Students will learn about the history, rules, and remote pilot license preparation for drones, as well as UAS design, construction, maintenance, guidance, control, sensors, aerial photography, and applications in agriculture.

All UAS Minor students earn the Part 107 (commercial drone operator) certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration and participate in coursework related to UAS operations and logistical concerns. Students can then choose from a variety of UAS courses based on their interest area; fixed-wings design, UAS design, aerial photography, autonomous UAS operations, FPV (first-person view) flight, and integration of sensors into autopilot systems are all part of the available coursework.


At a Glance

College: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Department: Aviation Technology

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Faculty: View profiles of faculty members on the department directory.

Learn More: Program website

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

  • Commercial Drone Pilot
  • UAS Designer
  • UAS Maintenance Technician
  • Aerial Photography Specialist
  • UAS Application Specialist in Agriculture

Job Outlook



We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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