Drone Technology and the Environment

ENVS 205 (Flagship equivalency - ES 200X)
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June 3 – July 28, 2019

Cost per Credit Hour

$570

Total Course Cost

$1,710

Continuing Education Units

4.5 CEUs

Drone Technology and the Environment Overview

Investigate drone use in environmental science and begin studying to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certification test.

Unity College Flagship equivalency = ES 200X Techniques in the Environmental Sciences: Theme-Based. Current Unity College Students should enroll for classes through their student portal. Go to: my.unity.edu > CAMS Student Portal > and choose the term date SU-19-1. 

Drone Technology and the Environment Course Description

3 credit hours
Instructor: Sue Bickford

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), most commonly referred to as drones, have become an increasingly valuable tool for the Environmental Science field. Drone Technology and the Environment will also provide hands-on training in planning drone missions, developing policies and procedures, and flying recreational drones- with an emphasis on drone safety. This is a valuable skill set in a field that is growing exponentially both here in the United States and around the globe. How can the use of drones advance the ability to make informed decisions about our environment? What does it take to fly a drone safely and legally? What are the requirements to become a remote pilot? How will this exponentially growing industry fare in the future?

This course will investigate these questions and more. It will provide an opportunity to understand drone use in multiple Environmental Science disciplines and will position students well for studying for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification test should they be interested in taking it.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:
1. Explain drone use in various Environmental Science (ES) disciplines.
2. Recall remote pilot certification standards and small UAS regulations.
3. Develop policies and procedures to ensure safe drone missions.

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