Undergraduate Major

Robotics Engineering (BS)

Where technology and imagination meets impact and innovation.

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Program Overview

Are you ready to join a revolutionary industry that is on the cusp of influencing every aspect of the way we work and live? If you enjoy solving technical challenges and love being creative, a major in robotics engineering could be the perfect fit for you. 

We are leading the region with the introduction of a robotics major and are among a few pioneering institutions offering this exciting opportunity nationwide. Our robotics engineering degree will prepare you for a career on the cutting edge of technology in one of the most innovative regions in the U.S.

The use of robotics systems is expanding at an accelerated pace into almost every industry, including aerospace, automotive, defense, electronics, health care, homeland security, pharmaceutical, and transportation.

Our new robotics engineering program will seek accreditation at the earliest opportunity under the policies of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Program Options

Our robotics engineering program provides a broad-based education in a supportive environment that encourages inquisitive, analytical, and creative thinking. You will be exposed to real-world practical aspects of the robotics engineering profession.  

Here, you will practice what you learn, by participating in multiple lab courses and team-based projects as part of the curriculum, and through undergraduate research opportunities.

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For an inside track into your career, the School of Engineering offers an optional cooperative education program where you can complete up to one year of professional work experience and graduate within 4 years, unlike other universities that extend the length of undergraduate programs.

As a co-op student, you'll spend your first year in the classroom, but in your sophomore year you'll spend 4 months working in the industry. Your third year can contain up to 8 months of work experience and you'll finish your final year on camps.

This co-op allows you to start your professional career 1 year earlier than a typical 5-year co-op program and earn an additional year of salary. You may also have the opportunity to receive full-time employment from your co-op or internship employers upon graduation.

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It also qualifies interested students to apply for an MBA following their graduation, which can be earned in 1 year.

Interested robotics students should contact their academic advisor and the School of Business Administration early in their freshmen year.

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Additional Opportunities

Need a new laptop to start college? The School of Engineering awards laptops to high school and transfer students who meet the following requirements.

  • Graduate high school with a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1310 or higher or ACT composite score of 28 or higher with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) that completed 1 calculus and 1 science course approved for engineering. 
     
  • Enroll in 1 of Widener’s engineering majors – biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, or robotics – and remain enrolled full time for 4 semesters pursuing a designated engineering curriculum.

Students who meet the above criteria are guaranteed a laptop! A Widener application for admission is required. No separate application for a laptop is needed.

The Engineering LLC provides freshman engineering students a unique opportunity to live and learn together through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events.

This peer support system eases the transition to college. Monthly meetings introduce freshmen to scholarly faculty work, and diverse programming complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the engineering profession.

To request housing in the engineering LLC, look for an email from Admissions after you've made your deposit describing how to complete the online housing application.

Learn more about Living Learning Communities

The engineering honors program is an exciting opportunity for academically talented students to enrich their engineering education with advanced honors courses, an honors seminar, collaboration with faculty on research, civic engagement, and professional and leadership development opportunities.

Students can complete their program of study in 4 years graduating with a certificate of honors in engineering.

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Program Highlights

The first of its kind in the region, our robotics engineering program will prepare you for a career on the cutting edge of technology in one of most innovative regions of the country. Here, you'll partner with prestigious faculty on research, build relationships with industry professionals, and participate in hands-on learning.

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Region's 1st Undergraduate Robotics Engineering Major

Widener offers Pennsylvania’s first undergraduate robotics major, and one of very few nationwide.

Top 10

We're ranked among the 10 best colleges for engineering.

70% Funding

offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

1 Year Paid Co-op

Gain up to 1 full year of compensated work experience and still graduate within 4 years.

17:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.

Advisory Board

Meet the industry leaders who provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

Robotics Pioneering Program

Pioneering Program

This multidisciplinary field integrates knowledge from various areas such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science. 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.

Robotics Engineering VEX

Widener Robotics Club

Join the student-run robotics club at Widener, and participate in various robotics competitions, where you design, build, and program robots to compete against other universities around the country. Members of the club hosted a VEX competition at Widener for elementary through high school students, with the help of corporate sponsorships from Merck, Monroe Energy, and Health Mats.

Robotics Faculty

Faculty Mentorship

Faculty members (not graduate assistants) teach all lecture and laboratory courses and are responsible for academic advising. Our faculty members are widely recognized for their scholarly achievements, and their first priority is your success. 

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Career Preparation

Through the co-op program, you can complete professional work experience and graduate in 4 years. The benefit: you'll not only save educational costs but you'll also start your career earlier than most engineering graduates.

Faculty

Engineering education at Widener is distinguished by close student-faculty interaction. Meet the faculty who will lead you to a powerful engineering career.

Xiaomu Song
Associate Professor

"Robotics is an application-oriented field. At Widener, we’re preparing students for future jobs, including those we could have never imagined before."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Here, students apply what they learn as they study the field where engineering meets automation.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Amazon Robotics
  • Boeing
  • Estee Lauder
  • Merck & Co.
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Robotics engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Automation engineer
  • R&D engineer
  • Graduate school

Industry Growth

Employment of robotics engineers is projected to grow between 5 and 9 percent from now to 2026, which is average growth.

Source: O*Net Online

Industry Insiders

Here, you'll have direct access to industry leaders, including many alumni of the program, though the School of Engineering Board of Advisors

Potential Co-op Opportunities in Robotics

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Moog
  • Onexia, Inc.
  • Siemens Automation Company
  • Wawa

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