Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus offers a standalone UAS minor to anyone with a bachelor's degree (licensed pilots or non-aviators). This 15 credit hour program provides hands-on, interactive learning that will introduce you to UAS technology while helping you develop new skills and building your academic resume.
The UAS minor is perfect for those curious about this emerging field or anyone wanting to incorporate unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, into their current career. Industries such as aviation, precision agriculture, surveying and mapping, infrastructure inspection, wildlife management, pipeline or power line patrol and emergency management, among others, would truly benefit from a background in UAS.
Courses in the UAS minor cover a variety of topics and include lab time and flight simulations. You will take an introductory course on the technology as well as two courses focusing on low altitude remotely sensed or LARS data, a UAS design course, and autopilot integration and autonomous flight. There is also an additional option of an introductory multirotor course for those lacking in UAS piloting skills but have a desire to fly.
Due to course sequencing, a minimum of four semesters in residence will be required for completion of the minor. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a grade of “C” or better is required in all coursework.
In addition to being offered on the Polytechnic campus, courses are being offered on the Manhattan campus beginning Spring 2017.