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Dr. Nathan Sprague, Minor Advisor

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Robotics combines courses and faculty from several departments to provide students an introduction to the field of Robotics. Through a variety of courses and a capstone project, students will learn fundamental principles of robotics and have a chance to apply them with a hands-on project.

Minor Objectives
  • Students will have a basic understanding of robot control systems, sensors, motion, circuits, and the overall design of robots.
  • Students will be able to design and develop autonomous robots and robot control software.
  • Students will develop an understanding of how advances in robotics technology can be used in diverse real-life applications.
  • Students will be learn to work on an interdisciplinary team developing a technical product.
Curriculum

The minor allows flexibility to choose courses that complement each student’s major studies. The curriculum also encourages breadth by requiring students to take some courses outside of their own major.

The minor has been designed for students with a major in one of the STEM fields, but it is open to any JMU student who has an interest and is willing to complete the required courses and prerequisites.

Students interested in the minor are urged to contact the minor advisor to discuss a plan of study.

Course Preparation1

Credits

Choose One

  • CS 139 Programming Fundamentals
  • CS 149 Programming Fundamentals Accelerated
  • ISAT 252 Programming and Problem Solving 2
3-4

Choose One

  • MATH 232 or 235 Calculus I
  • ISAT 151 Topics in Applied Calculus in ISAT
4

Choose One

  • SCI 101&104 Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience 3
  • PHYS 240 + Lab University Physics I (with any Physics Lab) 
  • ISAT 152 Topics in Applied Physics in ISAT
4

Core Course

Choose One

  • CS 354 Introduction to Autonomous Robotics
  • PHYS 386 Robots: Structure and Theory
3

Electives4

Choose 6 Credits

  • CS/ISAT 344 Intelligent Systems 
  • CS 444 Artificial Intelligence 
  • ISAT 331 Automation in Manufacturing 
  • MATH 238 Linear Algebra with Differential Equations
  • MATH 248 Numerical Methods 
  • MATH 341 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos 
  • PHYS 371 Introduction to Digital Electronics 
  • PHYS 372 Microcontrollers and Their Applications
6

Robotics Projects Course

CISE 481 Robotics Project Summary

Note: CISE 481 is intended to summarize a capstone robotics project experience. In order to register for CISE 481 you must have completed or be enrolled in a robotics special topics or project course, or be enrolled in a robotics capstone project. The following courses are eligible, when the work entails a robotics project:

  • CS / ENGR / ISAT / PHYS 480 or 497 Advanced Projects or Special Topics
  • ENGR 432 Engineering Design, 499C Honors Engineering Design
  • ISAT 493 Senior Capstone Project

At the discretion of the robotics minor advisor, you may also qualify for CISE 481 by completing an internship or a professional project that entails robotics design and/or development. Please consult the minor advisor for more information about this option.

To request enrollment in CISE 481, please complete the CISE 481 Enrollment FORM and email it to the minor advisor.

1

Total

21-24


1 A basic preparation course may be waived by the minor advisor if a student has completed a comparable course or experience.
2 Students who have completed the physical principles area of Cluster Three with a course not listed below should meet with the minor advisor.
3 At least one elective must be from a different department from the core course.
4 CISE 481 is intended to summarize a capstone robotics project experience. In order to register for CISE 481 students must have completed or be enrolled in an approved capstone, special topics, or independent study course that involves a robotics project. At the discretion of the robotics minor advisor, students may also qualify for CISE 481 by completing an internship, research experience or professional project that entails robotics design and/or development. Consult the minor advisor for more information.

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