Drone Technology and Applications Certificate

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A proud member of the FAA's UAS Collegiate Training Initiative

We offer a quality, affordable certificate program that provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the FAA's Part 107 exam and to effectively use Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS or drones) in variety of business and public sector domains working as pilots, drone image specialists, data technicians, or remote sensing technicians.

Students are provided with drones and software (Pix4DMapper, ArcGIS Pro, Zephyr Drone Simulator, and Office 365) to use in the classroom. Our drones include systems from DJI, Autel Robotics, and senseFly.

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Field Diversity

Drone technology is used in fields as diverse as the following:

  • Agriculture
  • Utilities Inspection
  • Public Safety
  • Search and Rescue
  • Mapping and Surveying
  • Insurance
  • Mining
  • Real Estate
  • Cinematography
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Program Outcomes

Upon completing this program students should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of multi-rotor and fixed-wing sUAS
    2. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of photography and camera systems
    3. Apply sUAS operational best practices to mission planning and execution
    4. Demonstrate flight proficiency and the use of pre and post flight checklists
    5. Utilize software tools to create basic drone imagery products
    6. Have the requisite knowledge to take the Part 107 FAA Exam

Drone Certificate Courses:

Required (13 hours)

  • All classes listed below, except GEG 160, are 3 credit hours
  • GEG 160: Drone Pilot Ground School (1 credit hour)
  • GEG 161: Introduction to Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS)
  • GEG 162: sUAS Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • ART 250: Digital Art Photography Studio
  • GEG 150: Introduction to Geospatial Technologies OR
  • ART 251: Intermediate Photographic Art
  • Drone Course Pathways (click here)

Electives (3 hours)

  • All classes listed below are 3 credit hours
  • GEG 250: Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • MCM 210: Video Editing and Video Post-Production
  • MCM 212: Multi-Camera Production

News and Information:


For more information contact Mukila Maitha, Associate Professor, GIS and Drone Program Coordinator, Geography Department, at mmaitha@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6521.

In The News

Please see the links below to read more about how the drone program has taken flight here at Harper College.