College of Technology

Unmanned Aerial Systems

Program Description

UAS (unmanned aerial systems) will have wide use in fields including remote sensing of the atmosphere and ground, disaster response, weather forecasting, scientific research, agricultural survey of crops, soils, and livestock, crop dusting, wildfire surveillance, wildlife surveys, power line and pipeline survey, industrial security, oil, gas, and mineral exploration, payload transport, search and rescue as well as aerial photography for fields like real estate, construction, film and entertainment industry, and accident investigation.

Graduates will learn the basics to operate, test, calibrate and maintain small unmanned systems as well as collect and analyze imagery data taken from a variety of sensors.

Program Overview

  • Program begins in August
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Degree Options

Career Opportunities

  • Engineering and surveying companies
  • Robotics/Autonomy
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Agriculture
  • Inspection
  • etc.
Minimum Test Scores
SAT English: 360 Math: 460
rSAT English: 360 Math: 500
ACT English: 14 Math: 19
ALEKS Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 53
COMPASS Writing: 55 Algebra: 45

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209