Unmanned Autonomous Systems, Minor

Students pose with an unmanned aerial system

Unmanned autonomous systems are high-tech, intelligent machines capable of traveling by air, land or sea without a human crew on board. Thanks to advanced computing technology, sensing capability and mechanical design, unmanned autonomous systems are versatile machines able to maneuver in diverse — and sometimes dangerous — environments. Equipped with sensors, a UAS could 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.

Why study 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.

Two student work on an unmanned autonomous system

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 UAS minor 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.

The minor is open to all students in the College of Engineering

Program requirements

You must complete a minimum of 18 credits from the courses listed below. At least nine of those credits must be in upper-division courses (300 or 400 level), and no more than nine of the credits can also count toward your major.

Please view the course  catalog for a complete listing of requirements for the minor.



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