MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Middle Tennessee State University unveiled a new bachelor’s degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems or UAS Thursday.
The program is offered through the school’s Department of Aerospace and will teach students how to build and fly drones.
Kurt Cleveland, President of Franklin-based unmanned aircraft retailer Hobby Express, said, “Having a university come out with a program that allows, that delivers, the training and safety and experience [operating unmanned aircraft] is a fantastic move.”
According to Cleveland, industries in the past have been reliant on “helicopter activity and risking lives” to accomplish their goals. He told News 2 unmanned aircraft are much safer and more cost effective.
MTSU says students are already using drones to help the agriculture sector by flying over crops and livestock to insure both are healthy.
The school predicts tens of thousands of jobs will be created in response to drone technology.
Industries currently using unmanned aircrafts include public safety, media, disaster response, and defense, among others.
The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the new degree last year.
According to MTSU, the program is one of only a handful of its kind in the country.