2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 06, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Unmanned Systems Minor

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(21 or 23 credits)

The Unmanned Systems minor includes an introduction to unmanned systems operations and a study of advanced unmanned aircraft theory. Additional, areas of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) modeling and control fundamentals, ground based systems, visual and electro-optical aspects of navigation, obstacle and terrain avoidance systems, modular on-board processing systems, and current applications are explored. 

Students learn about the significant regulations impacting the unmanned systems operations and the differences with manned systems. Paramount to all aviation operations, safety assessment, functional requirements, system integration, and sensitivity analysis are explored. Students demonstrate proficiency in unmanned systems programming, preflight, flight operations, post flight inspection, and mission analysis and debriefing.


Document Requirement:

  • TSA has issued Title 49 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations Part 1552 that prohibits the university from providing flight training in an aircraft or aircraft simulator to non-US Citizens without TSA approval.   Prior to performing any flight training at the Academy or simulator training in ISU simulators, a copy of the student’s valid birth certificate & Government State issued ID or a passport must be on file in the Aviation Department within two weeks of beginning the program.  In addition, non-US citizens must receive TSA approval.  See the Aviation Department TSA representative for information concerning these requirements.


  • Students must pass each AVT/UMS course in the minor with a C grade or higher.

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