Sep 17, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [FINAL EDITION]

Robotics Engineering, BS


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Robotics engineering is an emerging discipline that is appearing in a wide variety of industries and is on the cusp of impacting every aspect of the way we work and live. This multidisciplinary field integrates knowledge from various areas such as smart sensors, controls, and electrical and mechanical engineering. The overarching goal of robotics engineers is to create systems that can do work that is dangerous or not suitable for humans, or perform tasks with speed and accuracy that are otherwise unachievable.

A degree in robotics engineering provides an excellent springboard into an engineering career in a variety of potential fields. Some examples of robotics engineering applications include intelligent, collaborative, and adaptive robots’ assistive devices and rehabilitation; autonomous vehicles; precision and remote surgery; military/law enforcement; environmental remediation; and office/consumer appliances. Job growth for robotics engineers is anticipated to rise rapidly to meet the demand to invent, research, design, manufacture, sell, and service robotic systems and components.

The robotics engineering program provides a broad-based education in a supportive environment that encourages inquisitive, analytical, and creative thinking and exposes students to real-world practical aspects of the engineering profession.

Program Education Objectives


Graduates of Widener’s Robotics Engineering program are expected to:

• Successfully practice in a wide array of industries and government

• Engage in lifelong learning through professional development and/or the pursuit of advanced degrees in robotics or related fields

• Become valuable members of cross functional project teams through the use of effective communication and collaboration

• Demonstrate ethical decision making and professionalism

Student Outcomes


Over the course of their studies, graduates of the program shall have demonstrated:

1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Curriculum Sequence


Freshman


Fall (16.5 Credits)


Spring (16.5 Credits)


Sophomore


Spring (16 Credits)


Junior


Senior


Fall (15 Credits)


Spring (16 Credits)


Total Credits: 130


*Students may take 400-level courses in BME, EE, and ME.

**Students may substitute PHIL 352 - Business Ethics  (W).

Dual Degrees with Robotics Engineering


Students have the option to pursue dual degrees with other majors such as Biomedical Engineering, BS , Electrical Engineering, BS , Mechanical Engineering, BS , and computer science. Additional credits are required to satisfy the requirements of each degree earned. Students should contact the department chair to coordinate their plan of study early in the freshman year.

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