UAV/UAS (Drone) Program Overview

Cypress College was the first California community college to offer the UAV/UAS (Drone) Associate in Science Degree. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry is experiencing exponential growth. Each day, there are new business and career opportunities for remote pilots. You will learn about drone operations, the emerging unmanned field, innovative developments, and effective use of the unmanned system on land, in the air, and in space. The courses will examine such challenges as communications, education and training, propulsion and power, teaming, and FAA regulations. Leading technology businesses, news channels, sports franchises, and commercial enterprises all over the world are beginning to depend on unmanned systems for critical aspects of their operations. In short, we have three primary goals:

  • To prepare you to be successful in the competitive hiring process
  • To prepare you to pass the rigorous training requirements
  • To provide college credit toward certificates, degrees, and transfer that will prepare you for career advancement opportunities
What are my options? How long will it take?
  • Basic UAV/UAS Certificate = 16 units (1 semester)
  • Advanced UAV/UAS Certificate = 35 units (2-3 semesters)
  • Associate in Science Degree UAV/UAS = 60 units (2 years)
How much will it cost? How much financial aid can I get?
What is the job and salary outlook?

UAV Pilot

Drone Pilot

Where do students work?

New Program

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* If you will be taking general education classes toward a degree, you’ll want to take the placement tests, but these tests are not necessary to start this program.

Note: Students may receive course credit for FAA certifications or military experience toward their degree. Please see the Credit by Examination section of the Cypress College Catalog and meet with the Department Coordinator.