The new major joins the institute’s existing doctorate, master’s and undergraduate minor programs. The university has offered a minor in robotics for the past 12 years, and undergrads have been able to take robotics courses in the past.
“The Robotics Institute always has been at the forefront, not only of robotic technology, but of the education of roboticists,” said Matt Mason, institute director, in a written statement. “We created the first Ph.D. and master’s degree programs and the first undergraduate minor in robotics. Undergraduates already are an important part of the institute, working side by side with our researchers on some of our most exciting projects. Providing the option of robotics as an additional major just seems like the natural next step.”
Current students can apply for the new major before February 1 of their freshman year; however, sophomores can also apply, the university said in a statement. High school students interested in applying must first gain acceptance to CMU before adding the major. It is expected that students majoring in mechanical engineering, computer science and electrical engineering will apply, but the major is open to all undergraduate students.
“Robotics is inherently multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary,” said Howie Choset, professor of robotics and director of the undergraduate major, in a written statement. “As robotics technology finds applications in areas ranging from the arts to archeology, we anticipate that students from many disciplines will seek to study robotics and ultimately make contributions to robotics.”