Academic Certificate

Flying and Mapping with Drones (Graduate)

Prepare for the drone remote pilot certification and beyond.

Contact and location

Credits & Duration

  • 12 credits
  • 1 quarter


Start Term

  • Summer


  • Varies by course - see catalog

What You'll Learn

This two-course certificate introduces you to the growing range of uses for drones and prepare you to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone pilot exam. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of how to operate several common types of drones and identify your goals with the drone pilot certification.

Drones are increasingly used for commercial, government, and recreational purposes, including:

  • Real estate
  • Construction monitoring
  • Videography
  • Monitoring lands and infrastructure
  • Urban planning
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Hydrographic investigation
  • Emergency response
  • Accident investigation

These courses will prepare you for a wide range of drone applications and help you develop a breadth of skills for your portfolio, including working with state-of-the-art software for image processing and the creation of maps from imagery.

Certificate Requirements

Students Admitted to Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies or Master of Public Administration programs are given priority registration. Registration for non-admitted students who have completed a bachelor's degree is on a space available basis with instructor approval.

Students should email the instructor describing their prior undergraduate or graduate degrees, and whether they have significant experience with information technology applications such as Excel and Adobe Creative Cloud. Please mention any prior GIS courses taken at other institutions. The instructor will follow-up with a telephone conversation to discuss how the courses may contribute to the student's learning and career goals. 

Learn about Graduate Studies

Students will need to procure their own drone instrument by the second week of the certificate.  During the first class session, faculty will present the technical requirements, and common options available in the current fast-changing commercial drone marketplace.

Faculty will provide a list of acceptable devices at various price points, ranging from low-cost purchase options (around $50) to, optionally, drone devices of higher cost which provide more capabilities.  

Certificate Coursework

This certificate consists of 12 graduate credits. The following core courses must be taken in sequence:

Learn to Fly Drones and Prepare for the FAA "Part 107" Exam - Summer Quarter, 6 credits 
GIS and Mapping with Drone Imagery - Summer Quarter, 6 credits

Learn more about courses in the Academic Catalog