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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

Earn a bachelor of science in unmanned and autonomous systems

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

Currently, the most common uses of unmanned and autonomous systems are in real estate, aerial photography, agriculture, construction, utility inspection, film/TV, environmental research, and law enforcement.  However, companies in retail goods (such as Amazon), mining, wildlife research and management are already planning to make unmanned systems an integral part of their operations.

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

Why Capitol?

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Our location puts you in the heart of the action

The Baltimore/ Washington D.C. area has one of the largest concentrations of high-tech companies, defense contractors, and government agencies in the United States, making it easier to find internships and high-paying jobs.

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Our motto, ‘find a way, or make one’ delivers job ready skills

Hands-on classes, combined with case studies and group projects help you hone the skills needed to excel in the workplace.

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Support for you

Whatever type of resource you need –a way to improve your math skills, a place to exercise, help with a job search or a disability – we have facilities and personnel ready to help.

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Key Faculty

Ian McAndrew

Dr. Ian McAndrew

Dean of Doctoral Programs

Dr. McAndrew has five degrees, PhD, two Master’s and two bachelor’s degrees, he is a Professional Engineer and a member of several institutions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and recognized as an international leader in Aerodynamics research. He Chairs several international conferences and Journals and is invited to give keynote speeches all over the world. He started his career in the automotive industry where he was an engine designer (Thermodynamics), and has worked at several universities in Europe and all over the world. His main passion is supervising PhD students and has over 30 PhD successes. 

Dr. Hashem Tabrizi

Dr. Hashem Tabrizi

Unmanned and Autonomous Systems and Computer Science Department Chair

I have lived in Maryland since 1978; and currently live in Kensington with my wife and our son.  I have taught at several colleges and universities in Washington, D. C. Metropolitan area. Areas of interest include: 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality, Big Data, Blockchain, Drones, Genetics, Internet of Things (IoT), Robots and Virtual Reality. 

Career Opportunities

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The Capitol Commitment

We’ve created a game plan to make sure you find a job upon graduation. Learn more

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Market Demand Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

  • 82% of our graduates have a job or enter graduate school 90 days after commencement
  • The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Maryland Accountability document, “A Report Connected to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Development, Regulation and Privacy Act of 2015,” notes that there will be a move from engineers in this job category to unmanned systems educated individuals who have the hands-on experience desired!

Degree Details


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


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change without notice.

The following rates are in effect for the 2018-2019 academic year, beginning in Fall 2018 and continuing through Summer 2019:

  • There is no charge for online application, $25 fee for paper application 
  • Full-time tuition is $12,354 per semester, plus fees
  • The active duty military tuition rate is $250 per credit, plus fees
  • All full-time students who keep their student account current are promised their tuition will not increase more than 1% over four years
  • For the cost of living in one of Capitol Technology University's six residential facilities, click here

For Summer 2018 rates, click here

 

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