Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) minor | Troy University

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) minor

Capturing the world from above?

Are you interested in embracing new technologies like drones, GPS, GIS, and scanners? Looking for a degree with multiple job opportunities? Want to work with leading applications? The demand for UAS graduates is HIGH!! The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job availability in drone technology integrated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will grow "much faster" than average over the next ten years. The current median income for someone with this skill set is approximately $64,000 per year.

FAA-UAS College Training Initiative logo

Troy University is the first university in Alabama to join the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems College Training Initiative (UAS-CTI).  Troy is among 70 other universities across the U.S. to join including Embry-Riddle, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Middle Tennessee State and University of North Dakota. The purpose of the UAS-CTI is to prepare students for careers in all aspects of UAS.  The FAA is collaborating with universities that will deliver up-to-date UAS training that matches the requirements of the National Airspace System (NAS) and help provide qualified applicants for careers involving UAS.  

Phantom 4 and eBee drones

Degree Options

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Minor complements many different majors in various colleges at Troy University. 

  • Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) major
  • Resource and Technology Management major 
  • Criminal Justice major
  • Anthropology major
  • Applied Computer Science major
  • Political Science major
  • Social Science major
  • Sociology major
  • History major
  • Mathematics major 
  • Biology major
  • Chemistry  major 
  • Physics major
  • Hospitality, Sports and Tourism Management major
  • Global Business major 
  • Multimedia Journalism major
  • Art Major 
  • Graphic Design major

The UAS minor may also be combined with two other minors to earn a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies. Interdisciplinary Studies | Troy University.  The UAS minor, GIS minor and a minor from a different college can be combined for an online degree that will prepare you to follow a career path you choose.  

An Associate of Science in General Education may also be earned with an emphasis in UAS.  Associate of Science in General Education | Troy University

Each course in the minor is offered once over the course of an academic year through TROY Online | Troy University.  An optional course with hands-on sessions is offered every spring semester once a week on the Troy campus. 

Job Opportunities in UAS 

  • Public Health
  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Transportation Planning
  • Accident and Hot Spot Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Geological Applications
  • Agricultural Applications
  • Census Survey
  • Crime Analysis
  • Community Planning
  • Renewable resource mapping
  • Urban planning
  • Site suitability mapping
  • Virtual Reality Mapping
  • Artificial Intelligence Mapping
  • Business Management
  • Tourism Information System
  • Power Company
  • Wild Fire Monitoring and Control
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Public Infrastructure Facilities Management and Inventory
  • Disaster Management and Mitigation
  • 911
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Postal Services Route Management
  • Engineering
  • Marine and Land Surveying
  • Land Development
  • Related Careers
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business Marketing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Geomatics and Surveying
  • History
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Tourism
  • Emergency Management



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