Bachelor Of Science In Aeronautics Unmanned Aerial Systems
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Transfer Credits
Up to 75% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Jan 18, 2021
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Pursue a Career in the Cutting Edge Field of Unmanned Aerial Systems with Liberty

Earn a degree that prepares you for an exciting and rewarding career. Our aeronautics degree in unmanned aerial systems is designed to help students like you become licensed to pilot drones for all purposes, from military services to corporate organizations.

At Liberty, we partner with Textron Systems to ensure our students are learning the most relevant industry practices with the same state-of-the-art equipment the professionals are using today. Our School of Aeronautics also has its own line of aircraft and simulators available so you can gain as much experiential, hands-on learning as possible.

Get excited about your future in piloting and drone operation. Let us come alongside you, giving you the right equipment, curriculum, and mentorship you need to enjoy a rewarding career in aeronautics. With the current pilot shortage, there is no better time to get started.

Why Choose Liberty’s B.S. in Aeronautics: Unmanned Aerial Systems Degree?

Partner your passion for aviation with a school that pushes its students further. Our School of Aeronautics is one of only a handful of schools that offers unmanned aerial system (UAS) certification training with medium UAS. We do so by utilizing the Aerosonde aircraft in partnership with Textron Systems.

Your hands-on experience with state-of-the-art industry standard equipment will set you apart. In fact, Textron Systems’ senior managers expressed how several of our UAS graduates have rapidly upgraded to become instructors and managers at Textron due to the education and training they received at Liberty. The same is actually true with several graduates who have joined Hazon Solutions, an industry leader in UAS. They love our graduates!

As a Liberty aeronautics student, there are many other opportunities and resources at your disposal. Study with us so you can:

  • Apply for aviation scholarships.
  • Join our National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) flight team, which has won the regional competition (Region X) for the last fourteen years.
  • Earn course credit for your previous aviation experience and pilot license(s).
  • Take additional courses to earn an aircraft maintenance certificate to serve as a mechanic, as well as a pilot.
  • Reduce your flight hours significantly with our Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) program.

What Will You Learn in Our Aeronautics and Unmanned Aerial Systems Degree?

Our unmanned aerial systems (UAS) bachelor’s degree will help you attain the industry certification you need to become a professional UAS operator. Our program prepares you for a private pilot certificate and an instrument flight rating.

Mainly, this program will teach you how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles safely and ethically. This comes through courses in UAS avionics and power plants, as well as various flight courses where you’ll train under licensed professionals.

As an aeronautics and UAS Liberty student, you will get opportunities to earn full industry certification on the medium-sized Aerosonde vehicle and become a UAS instructor through our partnership with Textron, an industry leader in UAS.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!

Featured Courses

AVIA 230 – Unmanned Aerial Systems

AVIA 235 – Small UAS Ground

AVIA 236 – Small UAS Flight

AVIA 323 – UAS Avionics and Powerplants

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Highlights of Our Aeronautics – Unmanned Aerial Systems Bachelor’s Degree

From top of the line flight simulators to award-winning flight teams, our Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics is designed to prepare you for success!

Within 15 years, Liberty’s aviation degree programs have grown from just 4 students to over 400 residential students. No matter how far we have come, we will never stop pushing to make our program the best it can be for students like you!

Other noteworthy aspects of our aeronautics bachelor’s degree include:

  • State-of-the-art training devices, simulators, and planes
  • 27 aircraft available to train with (not including drones)
  • Loening Trophy winner for 2017 and 2018
  • American Airlines Safety Award winner three years running
  • Our aviation program is now one of the largest faith-based collegiate aviation programs in North America

Aeronautics – Unmanned Aerial Systems Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Aeronautics: Unmanned Aerial Systems Graduates

Liberty University’s Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics prepares you for the following occupations:

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Commercial Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Military Pilot
  • Private Pilot
  • UAS Pilot/Instructor

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.