Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023
    Carnegie Mellon University Introduces Bachelor of Science Degree in Robotics

    Starting this fall, undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science (SCS) will have the opportunity to major in robotics. While the university has long been recognized for its robotics expertise, this is the first time it is offering a bachelor of science degree specifically in robotics.

    The decision to introduce this program was strategic, as the university wanted to ensure that there were ample job opportunities available for graduates. According to George Kantor, co-director of the program and associate director of education at the Robotics Institute, Big Tech companies like Amazon and Apple are increasingly hiring entry-level talent for their robotics departments. Additionally, Pittsburgh has a thriving robotics startup scene in need of skilled individuals.

    The robotics program at SCS will provide students with a foundation in computer science, but with a unique focus on robotics. Students will take core computer science courses, as well as specialized classes such as “RoboMath” and courses on robotic building, planning, and control. The program aims to be cross-disciplinary, giving students skills in mechanical and electrical engineering, but with a primary focus on computer science.

    One of the advantages of the program is that students will graduate with a degree from SCS, which carries weight in the professional world. Additionally, the university plans to maintain strong relationships with local robotics companies, providing students with opportunities for internships and jobs.

    Autonomous vehicles are one aspect of robotics that students are particularly excited about, as Pittsburgh is a hub for this technology. SCS leaders anticipate enrolling 10 students in the program this semester, with plans to increase that number to 25 each subsequent year.

    This bachelor of science program in robotics is filling a demand for more robotics-focused courses and well-rounded roboticists. It provides a pathway for students to enter the exciting robotics industry and make a meaningful impact on the world.

    Source:, Carnegie Mellon University