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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Robotics Minor

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Dr. Nathan Sprague, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-3312
Email: spragunr@jmu.edu
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/cs/minors/robotics-minor

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

  • Basic Preparation 1


1 A basic preparation course may be waived by the minor adviser if a student has completed a comparable course or experience.

Choose one of the following: 4 Credit Hours

Students who have completed the physical principles area of Cluster Three  with a course not listed below should meet with the minor adviser.

Core Course


At least one elective must be from a different department from the core course.

Robotics Project 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.

Total: 21-24 Credit Hours

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