Unmanned Systems (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in unmanned systems.

This degree program prepares students for entry and advancement within the aerial, land, and water vehicles/robotics workforce of the future. The program is one of the first of its kind in Indiana and one of only a few in the United States. Indiana State University is ranked one of the Top Five Best Drone Training Colleges in the United States by Drone Training HQ.

  • Coursework includes an unmanned systems core, an aviation core, and the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Students are encouraged to purse a minor field of study, especially in areas where unmanned systems will play an important role. Suggested minors include: aviation technology, criminology and criminal justice, geographic information science, computer engineering technology, computer science, communication, and business administration. Students also may choose to obtain a double major.
  • Flight training is not required. However, students planning to pursue a career as a professional unmanned aerial systems operator/pilot are encouraged to obtain at least a private pilot certificate.
  • The University's Aviation Technology Department is internationally recognized for the excellence of its facilities, faculty, and graduates. Relatively small class sizes enable students to work one-on-one with highly talented and dedicated faculty members who are professional leaders in the aviation industry. Multi-million dollar facilities include fully-simulated laboratories for flight practice, computer lab for aviation technology students, and well-equipped classrooms.
  • A number of activities and organizations are available that enable students to interact with other students and professionals, including Alpha Eta Rho, the American Association of Airport Executives, and Women in Aviation International. Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad opportunities—which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

Special Note: Consideration will be given to allow college credit to students who have already obtained flight certificates or aviation flight experience. Questions should be directed to the Department of Aviation Technology. 

Required Courses


Unmanned systems have applications in a variety of industries. Capabilities in mobile robotics provide new methods to address such areas a disaster response, crisis management, precision agriculture, and construction. From entertainment and journalism to insurance and logistics, businesses will increasingly rely on this technology to maintain a competitive advantage.

The most important component in any unmanned system is the human element. People must operate, maintain, and support the vehicles, communications networks, computer systems, and other infrastructure elements in support of operations, research, testing, and development.

The Unmanned Systems Program is specifically designed to address the needs of students who wish to pursue opportunities and careers in this new and burgeoning field.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Bailey College of Engineering and Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Bailey College of Engineering and Technology
Indiana State University
888-478-7003 (toll free)


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Bailey College of Engineering and Technology
Indiana State University
888-478-7003 (toll free)