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Aerospace (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
MTSU’s new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration, within the B.S. in Aerospace degree, is the first of its kind in the state and one of only a handful in the United States. Students will prepare for thousands of new jobs created in many industries as unmanned aircraft systems become a major fixture in the future of aviation worldwide.
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This newest Aerospace concentration includes hands-on courses on building and flying unmanned aircraft systems, manned pilot training to earn a private pilot license, core aerospace courses, and participation with industry partners. Majors also will take an interdisciplinary, technical path through electricity principles, computer science, geographic information systems (GIS), agriculture, business and other programs. Graduates can pursue careers in desired industries from agriculture, public safety, photography, media, disaster response/management, the power industry, defense department positions, and an endless list of others.

Aerospace department stays on ‘cutting edge’Unmanned aircraft courses have been taught since spring 2014, originally offered as electives while the complete concentration was being built. The UAS Operations concentration received Tennessee Board of Regents approval in late 2014. “We strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology and safety in our programs,” Aerospace department chair Ron Ferrara says. “This significant shift in the aviation industry will have profound positive effects, and we are paving the way for students to enter this career field.” The new major is fully available for the Fall 2015 semester. Current Aerospace students are allowed to add UAS Operations as their major concentration online after talking to their advisor first. “As the national airspace system is reshaped through unmanned aircraft and new technologies, MTSU students will be able to lead the way and find lucrative positions in the workforce,” Ferrara says. “This is a chance for our graduates to work in multiple industries and bring the advances and benefits of aviation—and unmanned aircraft—to those previously not reached.”

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • AERO 1010 - Introduction to Aerospace 3 credit hours
  • AERO 1020 - Theory of Flight 3 credit hours
  • AERO 2010 - Aviation Weather 3 credit hours
  • AERO 2230 - Professional Pilot I 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing 3 credit hours (Comm)
  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing 3 credit hours (Comm)
  • MATH 1810 - Applied Calculus I 3 credit hours (Math)
  • MATH 1910 - Calculus I 4 credit hours (Math)
  • PHYS 2010 - Non-Calculus-Based Physics I 0 credit hours (Nat Sci)
  • PHYS 2011 - Physics Problems Laboratory I 4 credit hours (Nat Sci)
  • PHYS 2110 - Calculus-Based Physics I 0 credit hours (Nat Sci)
  • CSCI 1170 - Computer Science I 4 credit hours
  • AERO 1710 - Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems 3 credit hours
  • AERO 2201 - Professional Pilot Flight Lab I 2 credit hours
  • AERO 1230 - Aviation Laws and Regulations 3 credit hours OR
  • AERO 3170 - Flight Safety 3 credit hours
  • AERO 4440 - Aircraft Performance 3 credit hours
  • AERO 3210 - Professional Pilot II 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication 3 credit hours (Comm)
  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I 3 credit hours
  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II 3 credit hours
  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture 3 credit hours (Hum/FA)
  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature 3 credit hours (Hum/FA)
  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation 3 credit hours (Hum/FA)
  • BCED 1400 - Introduction to Business 3 credit hours
  • ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship 3 credit hours
  • ABAS 2130 - Introduction to Agribusiness 3 credit hours
  • AERO 3710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems I 3 credit hours
  • AERO 3720 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems II 3 credit hours
  • AERO 3020 - Aerospace Materials 3 credit hours
  • AERO 3030 - Propulsion Fundamentals 3 credit hours
  • ET 3610 - Introduction to Electricity and Electronics 4 credit hours
  • ET 3620 - Digital Circuits Fundamentals 3 credit hours
  • AERO 3730 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems III 3 credit hours
  • AERO 4710 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Track Capstone 3 credit hours
  • AERO 4040 - Aerospace Seminar 1 or 3 credit hours
  • AERO 3440 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics 3 credit hours
  • ET 3630 - Electronics 3 credit hours
  • ET 3650 - Introduction to Microprocessors 3 credit hours
  • PGEO 4490 - Remote Sensing 4 credit hours
  • PGEO 4530 - Geographic Information Systems 3 credit hours
  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management 3 credit hour

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

In addition to all academic requirements, this concentration requires students to obtain a Private Pilot certificate, generally earned through flight training conducted at the MTSU Flight School. All required flight training will be conducted in a flight lab, in University-owned and maintained aircraft, and by a select group of flight instructors screened and trained for their positions by MTSU. All flight labs will be conducted from the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport. Admission to the University does not guarantee enrollment in a flight lab. To enroll in a flight lab, students must submit a Flight Lab Request Form for every semester they wish to fly. The deadlines to submit Flight Lab Request forms are as follows:

  • Fall semester-July 15
  • Spring semester-November 15
  • Summer session-April 15
Flight Lab Request Forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Enrollment in flight labs is limited and selection is made from eligible candidates who are best qualified. Incoming freshmen typically do not receive a flight lab for their first semester. To become eligible for for a flight lab, candidates must meet the following minimum standards:
  1. have a college cumulative grade point average of 2.50;
  2. have a current Second Class FAA medical certificate;
  3. must be in good standing within the department and University (if a transfer student, candidate cannot be on probation in any form);
  4. have no physical disability that would prohibit completion of the course requirements;
  5. have the full required amount of flight lab money deposited in their flight account by the last day of the first week of classes;
  6. show proof of American citizenship by presenting a valid current passport or original birth certificate AND a current valid driver's license;
  7. have completed all required prerequisite classes for the desired lab.
Retention in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations concentration is based on maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better. Violation of any MTSU safety practice or procedure or any FAA regulations will result in immediate termination from the program. Flight fees will be paid directly to MTSU, and students must maintain a positive balance in their training accounts at all times. Lab fee information and a complete explanation of all requirements for flight labs can be found in the Additional Lab Information packet obtained through the MTSU Aerospace website, at the MTSU Flight School, or Aerospace Department main office.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1037 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1037 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    337 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 337 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
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