This interdisciplinary minor prepares students to understand, design, develop, and implement robotic systems. Robotic systems are composed of embedded systems, motor, sensors, actuators, and interfaces requiring an understanding of dynamics, control, sensing, artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, and embedded computing and programming. Students will prepare for careers in robotic systems and related automated vehicle design, and for related graduate studies. This minor is available to all majors. Consult with your advisor before declaring this minor.

The robotics engineering minor is jointly administered by the:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE)
  • School of Computing
  • Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department (MME)

Note that the College Entrance Requirements shown below apply only to students in the College of Engineering.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

  1. Mathematics – 4 units: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, and 1 of precalculus and trigonometry
  2. English – 4 units
  3. Natural sciences – 3 units that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management and computer science)
  4. Foreign language – 2 units of a single foreign language
  5. Social studies – 3 units
  6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.
  7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at Nebraska.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be calculus-ready. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another University college until they meet COE admission requirements. Students transferring from UNO, UNL, or UNK to the College of Engineering must be in good academic standing with their institution.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although the University of Nebraska–Lincoln accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Upon admission to Nebraska, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

Students who were previously admitted to COE and are returning to the College of Engineering must demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to be readmitted to COE.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Nebraska in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

The robotics engineering minor consists of three core courses and three elective courses. When selecting electives, the student must take two courses outside of their major area of study. For example, a student in mechanical engineering might take an elective from the School of Computing and one from the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Core Requirements
Select one course from each of the three following topic areas:
Topic Area: Core Programming3-4
Computer Science I
Computer Science I: Systems Engineering Focus
Computer Science II
CIST 1400
UNO course
Topic Area: Controls3-4
Introduction to Embedded Systems
Linear Control Systems
Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering IV
Introduction to Dynamics and Control of Engineering Systems
Topic Area: Embedded Systems3
Microprocessor Applications
Embedded Systems
Mechatronic Systems Design
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9-10
Elective Requirements
Three courses from the following list of electives are required; two must be outside your department.7-10
Advanced Embedded Systems
Robotics: Algorithms and Applications
Computer Vision
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 1
special topics courses on Robotics
Mobile Robotics I
Electronic Instrumentation
Power Electronics
Microprocessor System Design
Embedded Microcontroller Design
Linear Control Systems
Labview Programming
Communication Systems
Special Topics in Electrical Engineering IV
Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
Mechanical Engineering Control Systems Design
Intermediate Kinematics
Intermediate Dynamics of Machinery
Advanced Dynamics
Robotics: Kinematics and Design
Digital Control of Mechanical Systems
Kinematics and Machine Design Laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7-10
Total Credit Hours16-20

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the minor.