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Minor in Robotics


Admissions Overview

The Minor in Robotics is intended for undergraduate students who wish to develop proficiencies in the interdisciplinary field of robotics while pursuing a major in a related field. Admissions will be held annually in the Spring for the next academic year. The application will open on February 1 and be due on March 1 at 11:59pm.  In the application, students will have the option to begin the minor either in the Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 cohort. This is also the semester that students will be expected to take RBT 350 Gateway to Robotics.

  • The minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree in one of the following supported majors: Aerospace Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering,  Computational Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering.
  • Students must have completed 24 hours or more in residence by the end of the current semester at the University of Texas at Austin to apply. (The minor is intended for students to begin in their second or third year.) 
  • Students must be able to attend RBT 350 Gateway to Robotics, which meets TTH 9:30 am to 11:00 am. 

Overview of Application Components
This application cannot be saved and completed later. All required components must be submitted in one sitting. Applications will open on February 1 and are due on March 1.

  • Required: Resume
  • Required: A potential 4-year degree plan (See an example here)
    • This should include future major courses and robotics minor courses you hope to take. Please include courses you have already taken from past semesters in bold. (This is a tentative plan and can be changed in the future.)
  • Required: Video Essay (a maximum of 2 minutes)
    • Prompt: Tell us about yourself. Why are you interested in robotics? How will this minor help you achieve your personal and/or career goals? What impact do you hope to make in the field of robotics?

Minor Requirements
The Minor in Robotics requires a completion of 15 credit hours (5 courses) which must include the following:

  • One 3-credit hour Gateway to Robotics Course: RBT 350 
    • Note that you must be accepted into the minor to enroll in this course. This course will prepare students to take robotics minor courses in areas outside of their declared major.
  • The remaining 4 courses must be from different content areas and 2 out of the 4 courses must be from outside of the student’s major
  • There are 5 content areas: hardware; programming; modeling & control; sensing, perception & planning; and machine learning. See course options here.
    • Note that a single course can only fulfill a single content area. Ex. CS 378: Autonomous Driving could fulfill either a programming course, a modeling & control course, or a sensing, perception & planning course

RBT 350: Gateway to Robotics FAQs
RBT 350 is the gateway course for the minor in robotics, and must be taken the first year of enrollment in the minor. This course will prepare students to take robotics minor courses in areas outside of their declared major.

  • At this time, students must be accepted into the minor to enroll in this course. 
  • There are currently no official prerequisites for RBT 350, however, it is highly encouraged to complete linear algebra prior to enrolling in RBT 350 or to be enrolled in it concurrently.
  • RBT 350 will be offered in the Spring and the Fall, and it can be taken either semester.
  • RBT 350 must be completed prior to beginning courses for the minor that are outside of the student’s major. 
  • For the purposes of creating the 4 year course plan for the application, students can assume that RBT 350 will serve as an alternative prerequisite for approved Robotics Minor Courses. 
    • It is still undetermined for which courses RBT 350 will serve as a prerequisite.
    • Students may still require the consent of the instructor for courses that RBT 350 serves as an alternative prerequisite.

Questions? 

Please talk to your advisor or email robotics@utexas.edu if you have any questions.

Robotics Stream Freshman Research Initiative

CNS students apply to and are admitted to the FRI prior to their Freshman year at the university. Through this program, students attend a research seminar and complete a guided research project. (There were a limited number of seats available in the Robot Learning stream for CSE students majoring in ASE, COE, ECE, and ME to enter a lottery for a spot.)

If you are interested in the Freshman Research Initiative, learn more here.

Texas Robotics Undergraduate Research Program

Through the Texas Robotics Undergraduate Research Program, current undergraduate students in the University of Texas are able to apply to research assistant positions offered by current Texas Robotics graduate students. 

Learn more about open positions and apply. 

Sign up for the Texas Robotics Undergraduate Student Mailing List for updates on deadlines, events, and other opportunities.  

 

Undergraduate Organizations

Find your robotics community on campus by joining an undergraduate organization!

 

ECLAIR

Engineering and Computational Learning of Artificial Intelligence in Robotics is a club dedicated to helping students bring their project ideas to life! They wish to ensure that monetary restrictions are no limiter for learning and passion, which is why we provide members with 100% of the funds, mentorship, and technical equipment they need. If you have something you want to build or are just generally interested in AI and robotics, then come visit ECLAIR at AHG 1.112 from 6PM-8PM on Tuesdays and Fridays!

 

RAS

The Robotics and Automation Society connects undergraduate students from mechanical, electrical, aerospace, computer, and other fields to help members gain practical multidisciplinary experience in the lab. The organization allows the opportunity for members to demonstrate their abilities at various robotics competitions while promoting robotics via community outreach. Visit their website to learn more and join!

 

TAR

Texas Aerial Robotics members design, build, and program fully autonomous drones to complete a variety of missions. Members learn a variety of industry skills, including CAD, prototyping, Linux, C++, and ROS. The organization participates in competitions and contributes to research based projects. Visit their website to learn more and join!