Robotic contraptions in daily life often go unnoticed. It is easy to forget that a pool sweep or an automatic, cordless vacuum are actually robots doing daily tasks. Robotic devices are only continuing to grow in popularity, availability and necessity in everyday life, which is why the Biola University School of Science, Technology and Health is eager to launch the B.S. in Robotics degree in Fall 2023.
“Biola envisions the B.S in Robotics degree as an interdisciplinary program that integrates both computer science and engineering and as one that offers strong hands-on learning to its students,” said Dr. Genti Buzi, associate professor of computer science. “Biola is introducing interactive work with robotic systems and tools at every level, starting from year one.”
Biola’s B.S. in Robotics program is designed to equip students for work and advanced study in robotics. Students will learn modeling, design, programming and control of robotic platforms and gain a solid understanding of real-world applications of computation, sensing and actuation. The program will also provide students with a foundational knowledge of computer science, mathematics, physics and engineering.
While many universities offer select classes or degrees with a robotics emphasis, Biola’s B.S. in Robotics will help develop student’s skills specifically in the field of robotics. The program encourages innovative thinking about robotics and control as students apply their knowledge of systems and algorithms to design and program smart, ethical robots.
“Robotics as a stand-alone program is relatively new and with just a handful of programs nationwide, and none local to Biola,” said Buzi. “At the same time, the set of skills and competencies that such a program provides are in high demand. The program is aiming to equip students that want a Christ centered education and also rigorous training in a demanding engineering field such as robotics.”
Students in the Robotics program will gain focused, specialized training with robots. Students will work with faculty to pitch concepts and create the robots catered to their interests rather than a predetermined design. Courses include embedded systems, mechatronics, programming of mobile robots, artificial intelligence and many more classes designed to provide a well-rounded education.
Overall, the program also hopes to provide students with a biblically integrated curriculum.
“Biola is preparing the next generation of professionals in a field that desperately needs Christian witness,” said Buzi. “These students will go on to work in different types of companies, be entrepreneurs or have careers in academia. It is our hope and prayer that their character and excellence stands out wherever they find themselves, and they become ambassadors for Christ.”
The B.S. in Robotics degree is WSCUC accredited and is seeking ABET accreditation.
Learn more and apply to the B.S. in Robotics degree, now accepting students for Fall 2023.
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