Bachelor of Science (BS) in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems

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Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems is a Smart Move

In an era where technological advancements are shaping the future, it's more important than ever to align your educational choices with the demands and opportunities of tomorrow. One field that is poised to become increasingly significant in the coming years is that of uncrewed and autonomous systems. As such, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems represents an exciting and promising career path. Here's why.

A Growing Industry

Uncrewed and autonomous systems represent a rapidly expanding industry. Market research estimates that the global autonomous vehicle market, just one aspect of this field, is projected to reach over $800 billion by 2030. Drones, both commercial and private, are becoming ubiquitous, and the rise of autonomous robots for tasks like package delivery, industrial automation, and even agriculture and medical applications, is happening at an unprecedented pace.

This rapid expansion indicates a growing need for professionals who can design, manage, and maintain these systems. By earning a Bachelor of Science in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems, you’ll position yourself at the forefront of this vibrant industry, ready to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities it presents.

Interdisciplinary Learning

The field of uncrewed and autonomous systems is highly interdisciplinary, combining elements of computer science, robotics, engineering, and data analysis. This means that students in this program will be exposed to a wide range of skills and knowledge areas, enhancing their adaptability and marketability in the job market.

This broad knowledge base also offers a degree of flexibility, allowing graduates to fit into multiple roles across various sectors. Whether it's programming autonomous vehicles, designing innovative drone technology, or exploring the frontier of AI-based robotics, the possibilities are vast and varied.

A Future-Proof Career

As businesses and industries continue to integrate autonomous systems into their operations, there will be a steady demand for individuals with the expertise to develop and manage these technologies. A Bachelor's degree in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems equips you with the knowledge and skills to stay ahead in this evolving landscape.

What's more, as technology continues to advance, so too will the complexity and sophistication of these systems, which will necessitate continuous learning and adaptation. In this sense, your career is future-proofed, as there will always be a need for your evolving skills.

Real-World Impact

Working in the field of uncrewed and autonomous systems offers the chance to contribute to technology that has a tangible, real-world impact. From autonomous vehicles that can potentially reduce traffic fatalities, to drones that can deliver critical medical supplies to remote areas, to robots that can perform tasks in environments too dangerous for humans – your work can lead to breakthroughs that save lives, improve quality of life, and revolutionize industries.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems is not just a smart career move – it's an investment in the future. As the world continues to embrace and integrate these technologies, the demand for skilled professionals in this field will only increase.

By choosing this path, you're not only securing your own future; you're also positioning yourself to contribute to the technological advancements that will shape the world for generations to come. Whether you're a student planning your academic future or a professional considering a career pivot, this is one opportunity you don't want to miss.

With more and more companies relying on video, data and information from uncrewed systems, the demand for skilled designers, maintainers, and operators is expected to grow exponentially. 

The Bachelor of Science in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems provides students with the necessary knowledge to become a professional in the field. The program provides a foundation in flight operations, mission planning, special sensors, weapons, surveillance and data collection, aeronautical technologies and ground control. Students design, construct, and fly an Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Students can become certified Uncrewed Aerial Systems Operators, and gain the knowledge and skills to support governmental and commercial employers.

Our bachelor’s degree in uncrewed and autonomous systems provides a firm foundation in uncrewed and autonomous systems flight operations, mission planning, special sensors, weapons, surveillance and data collection, aeronautical engineering, aeronautical technologies, and ground control.

Currently, the most common uses of uncrewed and autonomous systems are in aerial inspections, aerial surveys, agricultural, aviation, civil, constructions, disaster relief, engineering, environmental research, film/TV, government, law enforcement, photography and videography, real estate, and utility inspection. However, companies in retail goods (such as Amazon), mining, wildlife research and management are already planning to make uncrewed systems an integral part of their operations. Potential employers include Boing, Booz Allen Hamilton, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Department of Defense, Amazon, Department of Transportation, and many others.

The program provides fundamental uncrewed and autonomous systems knowledge to enter the careers such as:

  • System Architecture Maritime Autonomous Solutions – median base pay, $101,0002
  • Systems Engineer - Mission Systems Autonomy – median base pay, $92,0003
  • Systems Engineer- Uncrewed Underwater Vehicles – median base pay, $80,2003
  • Systems Engineer - Uncrewed Systems – ranked 27th Best Job in America1
  • Basic Aeromechanics for small Uncrewed Air Systems (sUAS) – median base pay, $60,5002
Royal Aeronautical Society

Capitol Technology University has assembled a network of our nation’s top experts to educate you—the new generation of aviation and uncrewed systems planners, architects, designers, engineers, and operators. This network includes the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), a British organization dedicated to the global aerospace community and the professional development of its members. As a corporate partner of RAeS, the university is able to provide the opportunity for international networking, debate, resources, and professional development. 

1. Data based upon Glassdoor’s 2020 50 Best Jobs in America
2. Salary based upon 2020 Glassdoor salary data
3. Salary based upon 2020 PayScale salary data

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Degree Details


The BS in Uncrewed and Autonomous Systems degree is a total of 122 credits.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change.

The following rates are in effect for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in Fall 2024 and continuing through Summer 2025:

  • Full-time tuition is $13,175 per semester, plus fees
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • The retired military tuition rate is $746 per credit, plus fees (additional discounts and scholarships do not apply)
  • All full-time students who keep their student account current are promised their tuition will not increase more than 1% per year for four years
  • For the cost of living in Capitol Technology University's modern residential facility.
  • Academic Fee for UAS-120 $500

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