CU-Denver offers ‘Drones 101′ class

University of Colorado - Denver drone in flight. Photo courtesy: CU Denver

University of Colorado - Denver drone in flight. Photo courtesy: CU Denver

DENVER — The University of Colorado-Denver is offering a brand new Drones 101 course. It may be the only academic course of its kind in the country according to the school.

The class is actually called Unmanned Aerial Systems. It’s part of the Geomatics Engineering and Geographic Information Systems Program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

It’s much more intense and diversified than the remote controlled aircraft we always here about associated with hobbyists and international combat zones.

“The course is a groundbreaking initiative to teach a new generation of scientists about applications and research opportunities afforded by unmanned aircraft,” says Vicki Hildner of University Communications.

Jeff Cozart is teaching the course for the first time in fall 2014.

“The university is looking to the future,” Cozart says. “I believe this is a skill set that a variety of people in different industries will need to know. CU Denver is helping train the workforce in technologies that will be available to them.”

The potential number of uses for unmanned aircraft in research and business applications is huge.

Read more about the “Drones 101″ class here.