The aviation unmanned aerial systems minor will teach and train students to effectively operate drones, which has become an in-demand skill in many industries — from film to medical to military.

The aviation unmanned aerial systems minor requires the completion of the following 25 units.

Lower Division Requirements

 

A survey of the U.S. aviation industry, including the history of aviation, attributes of an aviation professional, career planning, certification, airports, airspace, air traffic control, and navigational aids. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
AVN110-B
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
01/08/2024 - Online
AVN110-B
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Health Science Campus L243
AVN110-A
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
09/03/2024 MW 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Health Science Campus L243
AVN110-A
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
01/06/2025 - Online

An in-depth study of aviation weather, including temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind and moisture, stability, turbulence, clouds, air masses, fronts, thunderstorms, and icing. A study of weather charts, weather reports, and forecasts. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
AVN210-C
Miller, John O.
03/04/2024 - Online
AVN210-B
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
01/08/2024 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Health Science Campus R291
AVN210-A
Murillo, Elisabeth S.
01/08/2024 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Health Science Campus R291
AVN210-B
Landolt, Gregg E
01/13/2025 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Health Science Campus
AVN210-A
Landolt, Gregg E
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Health Science Campus

An in-depth study of airframes and aircraft systems, aircraft instruments, safety, aerodynamics, stability, physiology, weather, airports, airspace, emergency operations, ground reference maneuvers, charts and publications, and the principles of pilotage, dead-reckoning, as well as radio and electronic methods of navigation as applied to cross-country flight planning to prepare the student for the FAA private pilot knowledge test. Additional lab fee. (5 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FLT116-A
Goodman, Creighton A
01/08/2024 TTh 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport C102
FLT116-C
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 TTh 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport C102
FLT116-B
Goodman, Creighton A
09/03/2024 TTh 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116
FLT116-A
Goodman, Creighton A
09/03/2024 MW 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM Health Science Campus V295
FLT116-A
Goodman, Creighton A
01/13/2025 TTh 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport C102

This course will provide students with insight into the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry through the introduction of UAS history, systems elements, regulatory system, COA (Certificate of Approval) process, operations, geospatial data, automation and autonomy, safety assessments, detect, sense and avoid, sensors and payloads, human factors, and the future of UAS. (3 units; Fall, odd years)

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Several stages of flight simulation and actual flight will include EP (external pilot) training, FPV (first person view), and programming the autopilot for autonomous flight. Additional lab fee. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: UAS 115. (1 unit; Spring, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
UAS215-B
Marselus, John Edward
01/08/2024 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

Upper Division Requirements

 

A review of the psychological human factors that affect aviation, including individual and organizational factors, and technology-induced errors. Includes common human errors and detection and recovery skills. The chain of events leading up to an aircraft accident are examined in light of specific aircraft accidents. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
FLT326-A
McKee, Michael J.
01/08/2024 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Health Science Campus L243
FLT326-A
McKee, Michael J.
01/13/2025 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Health Science Campus S292

The course will be a blend of academics and simulator sorties on a specific unmanned aerial system command and control system for medium size UAS and beyond line of site (BLOS) operations. The academics and simulator sorties will include preflight operations, normal command and control, recovery, and emergencies including lost link, lost communications, loss of power, and loss of battery power to mention a few of the aspects. The class will include simulators that allow the student to practice what they have learned in the academics throughout the course culminating in scenario-based training of several operational missions. Additional course fee. Prerequisite: UAS 315. (3 units; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
UAS325-A
Marselus, John Edward
09/03/2024 TTh 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 116

The course is a blend of academics and simulator sorties on a specific unmanned aerial system command and control system for large size UAS and beyond line of site (BLOS) operations. (3 units; Spring, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
UAS425-A
McKee, Michael J.
01/13/2025 TTh 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Aviation Ctr Riv Airport 203

 

Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete six (6) units from the following:

This class examines the dynamics of the two-person communication process. Students will study the development of self-concept, self-disclosure, perception, listening, and feedback as they affect the communication process. Non-verbal communication, attitudes, beliefs, and values will also be explored. (3 units; Fall, Spring, & Online)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/08/2024 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex 189
COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
09/03/2024 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex 191
COM308-A
Boes, Cynthia D.
01/13/2025 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA

This course explores the tools and implementations of Adobe Premiere Pro through assigned projects and exercises. Techniques will be explored and explained. Best practice work-flows will be taught. The goal of this course is for the student to have a working knowledge of the Adobe Premiere Pro editing software. (3 units; As offered)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

The course will be a blend of academics, simulator sorties, and flight training/sorties on a specific unmanned aerial system command and control system for medium size UAS and beyond line of site (BLOS) operations. The academics, and simulator/flight sorties will include preflight operations, normal command and control, recovery, and emergencies including lost link, lost communications, loss of power, and loss of battery power to mention a few of the aspects. The class will include simulator and flight training that allow the student to practice what they have learned in the academics throughout the course culminating in scenario-based training of several operational missions. Additional course fee. Prerequisite: UAS 325. (3 units; Summer)

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Current topics in unmaned systems. May be repeated for a maximum of four (4) units with change in topic. (1 unit; As offered)

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Students will learn how to operate any Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) platform that uses a Piccolo autopilot system. This course will prepare the student by going over crew positions, user interface of piccolo command center and viewpoint, normal and emergency operations, and mission planning. Additional course fee. Prerequisite: UAS 315. (3 units; Fall)

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