Indiana State University has received approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for a bachelor's degree program in unmanned systems.
The 120-credit-hour program, beginning this fall, also has the support of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Office of Defense Development. The bachelor's degree is the first of its kind in Indiana and one of only a handful throughout the country, the university notes.
Nearly 300 students are enrolled in aviation flight technology or aviation management at Indiana State, which has offered a minor in unmanned systems since 2011. More than 60 students have graduated with the minor, and another 100 students from nearly a dozen programs are in the pipeline. The university projects 80 students will enroll in the new bachelor's degree program during the next five years.
Earlier this year, Indiana State received Certificates of Waiver or Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field and the Indiana National Guard's Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.
Indiana State is also an associate member of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), which heads the FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS.