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Robotics Engineering students at WPI do much more than actually study robots—they build them, interact with them, explore their design and function, and push them to their limits. With the first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering in the nation (and one of the first to offer graduate degrees in robotics engineering), our department is built with aspiring robotics professionals in mind. Only through the immersive, hands-on robotics courses and experiences that make up WPI’s robotics engineering degree will you find this hands-on approach that combines expert knowledge with real-world applications. Simply put, if you’re looking for a STEM and robotics college that offers a robust, hands-on approach to designing and understanding robots, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re interested in a major in robotics, and if you’re already a student in FIRST, you’re in good company—and you may also be eligible to apply for one or more WPI scholarships. WPI faculty and students designed and wrote WPILib, the FRC Control System software used by all of the nearly 1,700 FIRST teams.

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Curriculum for Bachelor’s Degree in Robotics Engineering

As you pursue a robotics engineering degree at WPI, you won’t just learn about robots in a classroom. You’ll design robots, control their behavior, and understand their use as you study the core disciplines of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. Complementary robotics courses in social implications and entrepreneurship provide the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context as you work toward your major in robotics.

Through your project work, you’ll learn how to put your classroom knowledge to work. By the time you graduate from our robotics college with a robotics engineering degree, you will have been constructing and operating robots for years, and you’ll understand how to apply that experience to solve real-world problems.

Professor and students working on autonomous car.

Project-based Learning

Project-based learning is at the heart of a WPI education. We know hands-on project work helps students connect what they learn in class to what they will do in the real world. As a robotics engineering major, you’ll work closely with faculty and peers on teams to meet the challenges of solving authentic real-world problems or to explore the ethical implications of robots in a human society, from surgical robots to humanoid robots used for disaster response. 

More Value

Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internshipearning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI, and each one is part of what makes WPI one of the best colleges with robotics.

Work in a Dynamic Team for the Robotics Engineering MQP!

Students who major in robotics at WPI must complete a Major Qualifying Project in which they gain hands-on experience working on a problem that makes real-world impact. From building applications to augmenting prosthetic sockets, you’ll have the opportunity to work with like-minded students to solve a challenging, but rewarding project.

Explore Undergrad Programs Related to Our Robotics Engineering Degree

Are you considering whether you want major in robotics or explore other related fields like computer science, electrical and computer engineering, or even mechanical engineering? Our ECE bachelor’s degree explores medical and health sensors, autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, and more! If you’re interested in learning about what powers machines and engines, a BS in mechanical engineering may be a good fit for you. Does computing and software engineering intrigue you? Check out our versatile bachelor’s in computer science where you’ll learn about software systems and programming.

Complement Your Degree with a Minor in Robotics

You don’t have to commit to a full major to take advantage of the resources available from one of the top-tier colleges with robotics—we’ve got you covered. WPI’s minor in robotics blends courses in ECE, computer science, mechanical engineering, and more to craft a program that’s the perfect companion to myriad degrees. Learn more about applying for the minor today.

Robotics Engineering Department

The Robotics Engineering Department is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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