Robotics Minor
The Mechanical Engineering department is working with other departments in the College of Engineering on the development of a new undergraduate minor in robotics with a target start date of Fall 2021, and we'd like your feedback. This minor would be open to any STEM major who has completed the prerequisite courses. Our list of classes is not yet finalized, but we're looking at three potentially tracks. Here's what we're thinking:

Track 1: Hardware -- Open to non-ME majors

Prerequisites: Coursework in circuit analysis and differential equations
Courses:
1) EE 30 Intro to Programming Microcontrollers OR CmpE 50 Object Oriented Concepts and Methodology
2) ME 101 Dynamics
3) ME 106 Fundamentals of Mechatronics
4) ME 192 Robotics and Manufacturing Systems
Elective (3 units) -- Choose one course: ME 190 Mechatronics System Design OR ME 187 Automatic Control Systems Design OR AE 157 Aerospace Automatic Control Systems Design

Track 2: Computer Engineering -- Embedded System and Electronic Design -- Open to non-CmpE majors

Prerequisite: CMPE 30 Programming Concepts and Methodology or ME 106 Fundamentals of Mechatronics
Courses:
1) CMPE 110 Electronics for Computing Systems
2) CMPE 150 System Architecture and Electronic Design for Robotics
3) CMPE 146 Real-Time Embedded System Co-Design
4) another course TBD

Track 3: Computer Engineering - Algorithms -- Open to non-CmpE majors

Prerequisite: CMPE 30 Programming Concepts and Methodology or ME 106 Fundamentals of Mechatronics
Courses:
1) CMPE 50 Object-Oriented Concepts and Methodology
2) CMPE 126 Algorithms and Data Structure Design
3) ISE 131 Statistical Process Control and Improvement or EE 102 Probability and Statistics in Electrical or Math 161A Applied Probability and Statistics
4) CMPE 185 Autonomous Mobile Robots
If this minor had been available when you were an undergraduate (whether at SJSU or a different school), would you have been interested in it?
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Would the background offered in this minor be helpful for the company in which you work?
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If you answered yes to the question above -- What skills or background would be particularly helpful in the area of robotics for employees of your company?
What do you think of the courses offered in the three tracks? Does this look like a good way to go? Is there anything that seems to be missing?
If you wish to have a further discussion with faculty about this minor, please enter your email below. Thanks for all the input!
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