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UCR Announces Brand New Robotics Major

UCR’s new robotics major combines mechanical engineering, electrical manipulation, and software development into one exciting new opportunity!
By Undergraduate Admissions |

UC Riverside is excited to offer a brand new major beginning in fall 2022. The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) has launched a B.S. in Robotics Engineering to help meet the need of California's projected job growth in robotics.

“Robotics is one of the most frequently inquired-about majors from high school students considering applying to BCOE,” said Amit Roy-Chowdhury, chair of the robotics program. “The rise of K-12 extracurricular and curricular activities involving aspects of robotics, such as those based on Arduino, has sparked an interest among high school students considering engineering.”

Robotics deals with the design of machines that combine mechanical, electrical, and software components and controls to allow such machines to perform actions in a safe and effective way. Robotics also implements algorithms that are used to transform such machines into intelligent devices capable of reasoning about the environment and making autonomous decisions.

This new major straddles several engineering academic disciplines, jointly administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The robotics engineering major emphasizes topics in artificial intelligence, control and navigation, embedded and real-time systems, path planning, and robot design.

To learn more about the major, visit To change your major to robotics, visit MyUCR and select the Majors Change tab.