Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn with an unmanned autonomous systems minor?

Unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) are high-tech, intelligent machines capable of traveling by air, land, or sea without a human crew on board. Thanks to advanced computing, sensing, and electronic technologies and mechanical design, UAS are versatile machines able to maneuver in diverse, and sometimes dangerous, environments. UAS can go into the heart of a storm or a spreading wildfire to monitor threats to human lives and property or travel through remote areas to gather environmental data. Other applications of UAS include mapping and data collection, hazardous waste inspection, search and rescue and entertainment.

Learning outcomes

The emerging UAS industry requires highly-educated individuals who understand the fundamentals in terms of design, engineering, operations, and interpreting related data. To this end, the objective of the interdisciplinary minor in unmanned autonomous systems is to provide students with the skills and experiences that will help them better apply the knowledge gained in their majors to specialized problems in the field of UAS.

Why choose unmanned autonomous systems?

Emerging UAS technology is affordable, giving small businesses and individuals the opportunity to customize it for a seemingly endless variety of applications. Nevada offers a unique opportunity for both students and industry interested in investing in UAS, with a history of supporting UAS initiatives and a number of civilian and military resources for research and development.

Careers in unmanned autonomous systems

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Unmanned autonomous systems minors often major in...

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Computer science & engineering

Computer science and engineering is a dynamic discipline that brings together theory, abstraction and design of computing devices, programs and systems to solve a variety of problems in just about all areas of human endeavor.

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Electrical engineering

A degree in electrical engineering prepares students to develop solutions to urgent problems in areas including generating and regulating electric power supplied to the home, manipulating signals for communication purposes, and designing specialized circuits.

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Mechanical engineering

Self-healing plastic. Night-vision contact lenses. It seems like the stuff of science fiction, but it's reality for materials scientists and engineers, who study the relationship between a material's atomic structure and its physical properties. These engineers learn to manipulate materials at the atomic level to create new ones that are lighter, stronger or more flexible than their predecessors.

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