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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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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 122A/B or MATH 125 Calculus I with Applications 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 or 107 or 109H First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102A/B Introduction to Engineering or ENGR 102 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/L Intro Biology I 4
ECE 175 Computer Programming for Engineering Applications or CSC 110 Intro to Computer Programming I 3
ENGL 102 or 108 First-Year Composition 3
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics or PHYS 161 3
3rd Semester
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics or PHYS 161 4
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism or PHYS 261H 4
SIE 277 Object-Oriented Modeling and Design (Fall Only) 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
SIE 265 Engineering Management I 3 3
SIE 270 Mathematical Foundations of SIE (Spring Only) 3
SIE 295S Systems and Industrial Engineering Sophomore Colloquium 1
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Engineering Minor Course 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
SIE 305 Introduction to Engineering Probability and Statistics 3
SIE 340 Deterministic Operations Research (Fall Only) 3
ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engineering or ECE 220 Basic Circuits or AME 230 Thermodynamics or 3
Engineering Minor Course 3
Engineering Minor Course 3
6th Semester
SIE 321 Probabilistic Models in Operations Research 3
SIE 330R Engineering Experiment Design 3
SIE 370 Embedded Computer Systems 4
Engineering Minor Course 3
Tier I General Education 3
7th Semester
ENGR 498A Cross-disciplinary Design (Fall Only) – Senior Status 3
SIE 410A Human Factors & Ergonomics in Design 3
SIE 431 Simulation Modeling and Analysis 3
SIE 454A The Systems Engineering Process 3
ENGL 308 Technical Writing 3
8th Semester
ENGR 498B Cross-disciplinary Design (Spring Only) – Senior Status 3
Engineering Minor Course 3
Engineering Minor Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Free Elective- See major advisor for course approval 1

AZ Transfer Pathways

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  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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