The Certificate in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is designed to give the student a substantial background in the fields of geographic information systems, remote sensing and the use of small unmanned aerial systems for environmental monitoring. Students completing the program will be familiar with the terminology, techniques and theory of UAS operation as well as the applicable regulations relating to UAS use in commercial/research roles. Hands-on experience is a major feature of the courses. The program complements majors in disciplines other than geography while increasing the student’s preparation for the job market.

May be taken at graduate and undergraduate levels. The student must earn a grade point average of at least 3.00 in the courses taken for the certificate. Up to 3 credits can be transferred from another institution.

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Department of Geography
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University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA  50614-0406

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Required Coursework

Required Core (9 hrs)

GEOG 2320 Drones for Mapping and Communication (3)
GEOG 4385/5385 Advanced Unmanned Aerial Systems (3)
GEOG 4370/5370 Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)

Electives (6 hrs)


GEOG 4310/5310 GIS Applications: (Variable Topic) (3)
Suggested: Digital Terrain Analysis
GEOG 4350 GPS Field Survey Methods (3)
GEOG 4380/5380 Satellite Image Processing (3)
GEOG 4390/5390 GIS Programming (3)


ANTH 3450 Archaeological Fieldwork
EARTHSCI 3345/5345 Environmental Geology
BIOL 4168/5168 Ecology