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Systems Engineering

BS in Systems Engineering

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Systems engineers work with the processes of modeling, analyzing and designing technologically advanced systems. These systems integrate machines, people, software, hardware, materials, and energy. They are involved in robotics, transportation systems, healthcare systems, societal problems, and all phases of industrial and military research and design. Courses include computer system design, optimization methods, simulation, modeling, control and decision making.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA Yuma

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 124 Calculus I with Applications 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102 Introduction to Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II or MSE 110 Solid State Chemistry or MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 4
MCB 181L Introductory Biology I Lab 1
ECE 175 Computer Programming for Engineering Applications 3
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL102 First-Year Composition 3
3rd Semester
SIE 250 Introduction to Systems Engineering 3
SIE 277 Object-Oriented Modeling and Design 3
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
SIE 265 Engineering Management I 3
SIE 270 Mathematical Foundations of Systems and Industrial Engineering 3
SIE 295S Systems and Industrial Engineering Sophomore Colloquium 1
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Specialty Elective 1 - See advisor for course approval 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
SIE 305 Introduction to Engineering Probability and Statistics 3
SIE 340 Deterministic Operations Research 3
ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engineering 3
Specialty Elective 2 - See advisor for course approval 3
ENGL 308 Technical Elective 3
6th Semester
SIE 321 Probabilistic Models in Operations Research 3
SIE 350 Deterministic Systems 3
SIE 330R Engineering Experiment Design 3
SIE 370 Embedded Computer Systems 4
Specialty Elective 3 - See advisor for course approval 3
7th Semester
ENGR 498A Cross-disciplinary Design 3
SIE 410A Human Factors & Ergonomics in Design 3
SIE 453 Deterministic Control Systems 3
SIE 454A The Systems Engineering Process 3
SIE 431 Simulation Modeling and Analysis 3
Tier I General Education 3
8th Semester
ENGR 498B Cross-disciplinary Design 3
Specialty Elective 4 - See advisor for course approval 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Free Elective - See advisor for course approval 1

AZ Transfer Pathways

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Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
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  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of processes of modeling, analyzing, and designing technologically advanced systems gained from a major in Systems Engineering provides a strong career foundation. Graduates understand how systems integrate machines, people, software, hardware, materials, and energy, and they may work in fields as diverse as robotics, transportation systems, resource management, healthcare systems, and all phases of industrial and military research and design.

Potential Career Areas

  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Transportation
  • Construction
  • Computer systems coordination
  • Facilities management
  • Energy production
  • Consumer products manufacturing

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • U.S. Military
  • Defense and aerospace systems companies
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Automobile companies
  • Entertainment technology producers
  • Transit authorities
  • Consulting firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Systems Engineer $44,000 - $113,000
Engineering Consultant $42,000 - $141,000
Director of Engineering, Resort $35,000 - $65,000
Transportation Engineer $46,000 - $109,000
Industrial Production Manager $41,270 - $76,710
Computer Systems Architect $52,580 - $91,000
Nondestructive Tester $17,160 - $50,520
Missile Systems Officer $60,796 - $87,061
Analytical Engineer $33,000 - $99,000
Water Resources Engineer $44,000 - $98,000
Facilities Engineer $32,840 - $98,790
Construction Engineer $44,000 - $98,100