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The cross disciplinary minor in robotics is intended to offer STEM majors and students with an interest in science and technology a fundamental understanding of scientific and technical issues involved in the design, construction and application of robots.

Educational Goals

  • 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 learn to work on a cross disciplinary team developing a technical product.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Basic Preparation1


Choose one of the following:


CS 139. Programming Fundamentals


CS 149. Programming Fundamentals (Accelerated)


ISAT 252. Programming and Problem Solving


Choose one of the following:


MATH 232 or 235. Calculus I


ISAT 151. Topics in Applied Calculus in ISAT


Choose one of the following:2


ISCI 101 and 104. Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience 


PHYS 240 + Lab. University Physics I (with any Physics Lab)


ISAT 152. Topics in Applied Physics in ISAT


Core Course


Choose one of the following:


CS 354. Introduction to Autonomous Robotics


PHYS 386. Robots: Structure and Theory




Choose at least six credits from the following:


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


Robotics Project Course


CISE 481. Robotics Project Summary4




1 A basic preparation course may be waived by the minor adviser 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 adviser.

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 adviser, 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 adviser for more information.