You can be part of the next big technological advancement in the global aviation industry.

With the release of the newest FAA regulations, the unmanned aircraft system (drone) industry is set for unprecedented growth. The demand for drone pilots, developers and builders will soar to new heights.

$82B Economic Impact

Lewis is one of the only schools in the nation that can offer you the direct experience and degree you need to launch your career in this high-paying and dynamic field.

Quickly Growing Commercial Drone Market for UAS/UAV Applications

From expedited package delivery to precision agriculture, the commercial potential for unmanned aircraft drone system applications has begun and will include:

  • Aerial/field mapping (GIS)
  • Precision, digital and smart farm
  • Disaster and emergency management
  • Environmental research
  • Law enforcement and photogrammetry (crime scene preservation)
  • Parcel delivery
  • Photography/videography

Employers are beginning to notice the potential of drones and are planning to maximize the new technology. By earning a Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems from Lewis University, you will be prepared for the plethora of opportunities available in the growing field upon graduation.

Operations-Focused Curriculum with concentrations in Computer Science, Maintenance, or Media Production

You will learn how to design, develop and operate individually-tailored UAS to meet objectives through an interdisciplinary curriculum in which you will:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental skills of UAS operation to project design
  • Successfully apply Crew Resource Management (CRM) concepts in a collaborative UAS team environment
  • Apply foundational computer science and engineering skills in developing UAS algorithms
  • Apply foundational aviation maintenance, electrical and avionics skills to UAS devices
  • Apply skills using video and audio production equipment
  • Discuss ethical issues of UAS

Why Lewis for Your Unmanned Aircraft Systems Degree?

  • Ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report's "Top Tier Colleges"
  • Only university aviation program in Illinois with on-site airport for hands-on training
  • High-tech Harold E. White Aviation Center – one of the most modern aviation education centers in the Midwest
  • Cutting-edge UAS software

Hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment including:

  • Multirotor
  • Fixed-wing platforms
  • Unmanned Marine Vehicles (Gliders and Submersibles)

Senior Capstone Project: Design Your Own UAS

In the final semester of your program, you can develop your very own UAS application, and will design, build and test a UAS to make it happen.

Admission Requirements

  • Students entering the program directly after graduating from high school need to have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA and a 21 ACT or 1060 SAT.
  • Transfer students and students who have already earned a bachelor's degree must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Market Demand

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry is expected to generate an estimated 100,000 jobs and $82.1 billion in economic impact in the next decade. - Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)


For more information contact the Office of Admission at or call (815)836-5250.

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