Robotics Option - Electrical Engineering BS Option


Self-driving cars, military surveillance robots, surgical robots, robotic welding, smart manufacturing, and collaborative robots. These are all examples of robotics used in everyday life, where robots were developed to assist humans, work with humans, carry out jobs too dangerous for people, or perform tasks with an exact precision unattainable by humans.

The robotics option provides you with the theoretical and practical skills required to design robots and robotic devices. You’ll study advanced programming, design of robotic systems, kinematics and dynamics of robotics manipulators, mobile robots, intelligent robots, autonomous robots, localization and mapping, artificial intelligence, and more. The robotic option is part of the electrical engineering BS degree.

Advanced Courses in Robotics

The robotics option includes advanced elective courses designed to provide a depth of understanding in robotics and robotic systems, with elective courses such as Robotics Systems, Principles of Robotics, Advance Robotics, and Biorobotics/Cybernetics. Students in the robotics option students may also take robotics-related elective courses such as Artificial Intelligence Explorations, Pattern Recognition, Digital Signal Processing, and Digital Image Processing.

Multidisciplinary Senior Design

Multidisciplinary Senior Design is a two-course sequence in your final year of study. It’s a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative team environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process. For this design project, you will apply the knowledge you have learned in the classroom and from your co-op experiences. Students in the robotics option are expected to work on a design project that focuses on designing, developing, or advancing an aspect of robotics.


Careers and Cooperative Education

Salary and Career Information for Electrical Engineering BS

Cooperative Education

All engineering majors are required to complete four blocks (48 weeks) of cooperative education experience. For students in the robotics option, you are encouraged to complete co-ops in companies and organizations that develop, design, or implement robotic systems. A sampling of companies that hire RIT students for co-ops and for full-time employment include Tesla, Boston Dynamics, Amazon Robotics, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Intel, iRobot, Johnson and Johnson, BAE Systems, General Motors, Vicor Corp, Argo AI, and more.

Admission Requirements

This option is part of the electrical engineering BS. Please visit the degree program page for admission requirements.

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