Undergraduate Major

Robotics Engineering Major (BS) Program

Become a robotics major and explore where technology and imagination meets impact and innovation.

Robotics engineering student pictured with a robotic arm.

Program Overview

Join a robotics engineering program that is leading the region and is among only a few pioneering institutions offering this exciting focus nationwide. If you enjoy solving technical challenges and love being creative, becoming a robotics major could be the perfect fit for you. 

Widener's bachelor's of science in 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 robotics field is on the cusp of influencing every aspect of the way we work and live and is expanding into almost every industry, including aerospace, automotive, defense, electronics, health care, homeland security, pharmaceutical, and transportation.

Widener's undergraduate robotics programs will open doors to many unique opportunities that will prepare you for a successful career, including the option to pursue an accelerated 4+1 master's degree, a paid co-op, pre-MBA certificate, and more.

Our undergraduate robotics program will seek accreditation at the earliest opportunity under the policies of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  See recent enrollment data.

Robotics Engineering 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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Eligible robotics engineering students can earn both a bachelor of science and a master of science in engineering degree in just 4 to 5 years through the Loading.... This is a great option to take advantage of if you are considering a master's degree.

Learn how you can save on tuition during your 5th year

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 campus.

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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The Loading... provides robotics engineering students with solid exposure to foundational business topics such as accounting, economics, finance, and management, and can be integrated into the 4-year robotics engineering curriculum.

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.

As a mechanical engineering student, you can pursue a dual degree in another field of engineering or physics. This enables you to earn a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and another discipline within 4 years.

To learn more about dual degree options, contact the chairs of both departments to arrange your schedule accordingly. 

Minor Options for Robotics Engineering Majors

Customize your robotics engineering degree by choosing to pursue a minor within engineering such as biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, or mechanical engineering. Minors outside the School of Engineering are available in areas such as business, computer science, and mathematics. Engineering students who are interested in gaining additional knowledge beyond their declared major should contact their academic advisor.

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Robotics Engineering Minor

The Loading... offers other majors a broad-based knowledge of mechanical systems, electronics, sensors, and controls in the pioneering and expanding field of robotics. The curriculum includes topics from electrical and mechanical engineering and provides hands-on experience in robotics systems.

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.

Learn more about the engineering honors program

Admissions Information

In addition to the robust scholarship opportunities available to undergraduate students, students pursuing an accelerated master's through the 4+1 program can also apply for graduate-level scholarships and assistantships during their fifth year of study.

To apply, please speak with your program advisor during the spring semester of your senior year.

Robotics Program Highlights

The first of its kind in the region, our robotics engineering major will prepare you for a career on the cutting edge of technology in one of the 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.

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.

School of Engineering Advisory Board

Industry leaders provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

Students enrolled in Widener's robotics program working on a robotics engineering project.

Pioneering Robotic 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.

Students enrolled in the robotics program showcasing their engineering projects at a robotics VEX competition.

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 engineering professor advising a student on pathways in the robotics program.

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.

Living Learning Community (LLC)

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.

Clubs & Organizations

Robotics engineering majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across campus and beyond to expand their network, including the Robotics Club, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and many more.

Faculty

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

Roozbahani
Assistant Professor

“If there is, one advancement in technology, which would most defiantly make life easier and more exciting and comfortable, creation of robots is that advancement. At Widener University we enable our Robotics Engineering students to equip themselves with the fascinating knowledge of Robotics and to employ their new capabilities in every corner of industry which will open the vast career opportunities in verity of industrial fields such as Robotics, Automation, Manufacturing and Mechatronics.”

William S. Nagel
Assistant Professor

As hardware and computing technologies improve, robotics engineers will continue to be sought after in competitive markets, both in industry and academia. The skills developed here are versatile and practical, giving students the freedom and ability to earn great jobs in interesting areas.

Xiaomu Song
Chair of Robotics Engineering

"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

Apply what you learn as you study the field where engineering meets automation.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

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

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

Recent Employers

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

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the Robotics program.

Taylor Kohnow at her robotics co-op

I love all aspects of robotics and I’m learning a lot about what I want to do in my career from this experience.

Taylor Kohnow

Taylor's Story

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