B.S. in Aeronautics: Unmanned Aerial Systems

B.S. in Aeronautics: Unmanned Aerial Systems

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Residential Program

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the expanding unmanned aerial system industry. 

Through the B.S. in Aeronautics: Unmanned Aerial Systems degree at Liberty University, you’ll become a professional unmanned aerial system operator by earning a Private Pilot certificate and an Instrument Flight rating. Learn to operate small unmanned aerial vehicles safely and ethically. 

With this degree program, you may also have the opportunity to earn a full industry certification on the medium-sized Aerosonde vehicle (U.S. citizens only). You may also have the opportunity to become a UAS instructor. This exciting opportunity to fly and become fully certified on the Aerosonde is available to you through a partnership with a UAS industry leader. 

UAS companies are seeking operators who have aviation knowledge and skills. They are also looking for people and who have the character, values, and professionalism needed to lead in the industry.

Academic Information

Credit Hours

  • 126 credit hours

Courses you could take

  • Small UAS Ground
  • Small UAS Flight
  • UAS Avionics & Powerplants

Program of Study (DCP)

B.S. in Aeronautics: Unmanned Aerial Systems Cognate


  • FAA Part 141 Flight Instruction

  • Financial Aid Available

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® & Yellow Ribbon Available

  • Regional Airline Hiring Agreements

  • Restricted “Reduced-Hour” Airline Transport Pilot Program

  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Important Information

Costs & Financial Aid

(434) 582-2183
(434) 582-2574 (fax)

939 Airport Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502

Program Director

Jonathan Washburn