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Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering

Honors Major - Robotics and Control Engineering

We are the only engineering department at the Naval Academy to offer an honors major.  The program combines more rigorous course work with an open ended research experience.  The honors designation will appear on your diploma.  More details can be found below.


Students who have selected Robotics and Control Engineering and are near the top of their class, will be invited to the Robotics and Control Engineering Honors Program at end of the 3/C year.

Course Work

The program involves taking Honors versions of three standard Robotics and Control Engineering courses (EW305H, EW306H and EW503) and one advanced technologies capstone course (EW502). 

Class Of 2023 - Robotics and Control Engineering Honors Major - ERCH

3/c Fall 3/c Spring 2/c Fall 2/c Spring 1/c Fall 1/c Spring

NN210  1-2-2 
Basic Navigation 

NE203  3-0-3 Ethics & Moral Reasoning

NN310 1-2-2 Advanced Navigation

NL310  3-0-3

Leadership: Theory and Applications

NS43X  1-2-2

JO Practicum

SP211  3-2-4 

General Physics I

SP212   3-2-4  

General Physics II

EE331  3-2-4

 Electrical Engineering I



HUM/SS Elective

NL400  2-0-2

Law for the Junior Officer

SM221 4-0-4

Calculus III with Vector Fields

SM212   4-0-4

Differential Equations

SM316 3-0-3
Engineering Math with Probs & Stats

EC312   2-2-3

Applications of Cyber Engineering

EW300 3-0-3

Naval Weapons Systems

HH215 3-0-3
A, M, or P Asia, Mid East, or West Modern

HH216 3-0-3
West in Modern World


HUM/SS Elective

EM211  3-0-3


EM232  3-0-3


EM316  3-0-3

Thermo-Fluid Sciences I

EM317  2-2-3

Thermo-Fluid Sciences II


Major Elective I

EW495/6 0-6-3

 Systems Engineering Research

EW402 2-4-4

Systems Engineering Design

EW200  3-2-4
Introduction to
Systems Engineering

EW202   2-2-3
Principles of Mechatronics 

EW301  2-2-3
System Modeling and Simulation

EW309 0-4-2
Guided Design


Major Elective II


Major Elective IV

EW305H  3-2-4

Linear Control Systems

EW306H 2-2-3
Advanced Control


Major Elective III

EW503  3-0-3

Advanced Technologies

EW502 1-2-2

Honors Research and Design

17 20 19 19 15 20
Major Credits: 58   Total Credits: 145      

The Robotics and Control Engineering with Honors program is only three credits more than the standard, and does not involve overloading your schedule.

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Student classwork

Research Experience

Beginning in the 2/C (junior) year students undertake background research, then  write and present an in depth proposal for their research project.  During the 1/C year they work closely with a faculty mentor on a semester long research project.   Many of our students have published their work at national engineering conferences. Some sample projects appear on the Project Showcase.

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