Systems Engineering & Design, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and Design (formerly General Engineering)


department catalog page: Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

department website: https://ise.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Industrial & Enterprise Systems Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Engineering

college website: https://engineering.illinois.edu/


Systems Engineering and Design (SED) is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program emphasizing interactions between parts of a whole.  It brings together basic sciences, engineering analysis, and engineering design. The curriculum offers flexibility through a Secondary Field Option, while providing a broad background in engineering as a whole and decision-making that supports overall design.  Systems Engineers understand how to coordinate interacting parts of a whole and to evaluate engineering within economic and physical constraints.

Design experience and project management are emphasized and integrated across the core with a focus on establishing critical problem-solving skills applied across disciplines, strong communication skills, and the ability to work effectively and get results in a team environment.

The capstone experience for Systems Engineering and Design undergraduates is the Senior Project Course. Students work collaboratively with industry and a team of faculty members on a real-world problem during their final semester. The results are documented in a final written report and a formal presentation at the end of the semester to the company so that the student recommendations may be implemented.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and Design (formerly General Engineering)


Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as shown below.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
SE 100Introduction to ISE1
SE 290ISE Undergraduate Seminar0
Total Hours1

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
Total Hours31

Systems Engineering and Design Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of systems engineering and design.

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
ECE 110Introduction to Electronics3
ECE 211Analog Circuits & Systems2
SE 261Business Side of Engineering1
SE 310Design of Structures and Mechanisms3
SE 311Engineering Design Analysis3
SE 312Instrumentation and Test Lab1
SE 320Control Systems4
SE 424State Space Design for Control3
SE 495Senior Engineering Project II2
IE 300Analysis of Data3
IE 310Deterministic Models in Optimization3
TAM 211Statics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
SE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
SE 494Senior Engineering Project I3
Total Hours50

Secondary Field Option Electives

These courses enable the student to tailor the studies to one's interests and career goals in both technical and nontechnical areas. Secondary field options are of two types: pre-approved and customized. Pre-approved secondary fields have designated titles and a specified list of courses, from which several may be selected. Approval for the substitution of a course for one on the specified list may be requested via a petition form submitted to the department. Customized secondary fields may be created to achieve goals in areas not provided by pre-approved fields. To do this, a suitable title and all the courses must be petitioned for acceptance by the department. Petition approval is based on the merit of the secondary field and the coherence of the courses within it relative to the student's goals.

Pursuit of campus minors, dual degrees, and James Scholar contracts may be integrated with customized secondary field options. Courses taken may be applied to minors, dual degrees, or contracts as well as secondary field options.

Pre-approved Secondary Fields

Pre-approved secondary fields are listed below. The following course substitutions may be used interchangeably to comply with prerequisites of specified courses in some of the secondary fields:

Students may petition to the department for inclusion of a course in the secondary fields listed below. The most likely classes to be accepted are non-permanent and experimental offerings relevant to the various fields.

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bioengineering1
  • Business Systems Integration and Consulting
  • Civil Engineering Structures
  • Communications and Computer Systems
  • Computer Science1
  • Construction
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Prototyping
  • Engineering Administration
  • Engineering Marketing
  • Environmental Quality
  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Manufacturing Engineering1
  • Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation
  • Operations Research
  • Quality Control
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Secondary field option electives selected from departmentally approved list below or by petition to the department. 12
Automotive Engineering
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3 or 4
CS 446Machine Learning3 or 4
ECE 431Electric Machinery4
ECE 464Power Electronics3
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics4
ECE 486Control Systems4
ME 320Heat Transfer4
ME 360Signal Processing3.5
ME 400Energy Conversion Systems3 or 4
ME 403Internal Combustion Engines3 or 4
ME 460Industrial Control Systems4
ME 461Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems3 or 4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
SE 497Independent Study (May be taken for up to 3 credit hours, based on automotive Engineering project approved by SFO faculty mentor)0 to 4
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 416Intro to Nonlinear Dyn & Vib4
In addtion to completing 12 credit hours from the list of approved courses above, students must complete:
Dynamics/Controls (select at least one course):
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics4
ECE 486Control Systems4
ME 460Industrial Control Systems4
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 416Intro to Nonlinear Dyn & Vib4
Automotive Power Systems (select at least one course):
ME 400Energy Conversion Systems3 or 4
ME 403Internal Combustion Engines3 or 4
ECE 431Electric Machinery4
ECE 464Power Electronics3
Autonomous Systems and Robotics
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3 or 4
CS 446Machine Learning3 or 4
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics4
ECE 486Control Systems4
ECE 490Introduction to Optimization3 or 4
ME 351Analysis of Mfg Processes3
ME 461Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems3 or 4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
SE 411Reliability Engineering3 or 4
SE 423Mechatronics3
Bioengineering
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
BIOE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3
BIOE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
BIOE 498Special Topics3
BIOP 401Introduction to Biophysics3
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I2
IE 340Human Factors4
KIN 355Biomechanics of Human Movement3
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
MCB 250Molecular Genetics3
MCB 251Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol2
MCB 401Cell & Membrane Physiology3
MCB 402Sys & Integrative Physiology3
MCB 403Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab1 or 2
MCB 404Sys & Integrative Physiol Lab1 to 2
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Business Systems Integration & Consulting
Core Requirement:
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Group I (At least one course):
ACCY 200Fundamentals of Accounting3
ACCY 201Accounting and Accountancy I3
ACCY 202Accounting and Accountancy II3
ADV 150Introduction to Advertising3
BADM 310Mgmt and Organizational Beh3
BADM 311Leading Individuals and Teams3
BADM 312Designing and Managing Orgs3
BADM 320Principles of Marketing3
BADM 445Small Business Consulting4
BADM 446Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation4
BTW 250Principles Bus Comm3
BTW 261Principles Tech Comm3
FIN 221Corporate Finance3
FIN 300Financial Markets3
IE 420Financial Engineering3 or 4
Group II (At least one course)
BADM 352Database Design and Management3
BADM 353Info Sys Analysis and Design3
CS 225Data Structures4
All other 200-, 300-, 400-level CS courses
Civil Engineering Structures
CEE 380Geotechnical Engineering3
CEE 460Steel Structures I3
CEE 461Reinforced Concrete I3
CEE 462Steel Structures II3 or 4
CEE 463Reinforced Concrete II3 or 4
CEE 465Design of Structural Systems3
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Computer Science
CS 173Discrete Structures3
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 410Text Information Systems3 or 4
CS 411Database Systems3 or 4
CS 425Distributed Systems3 or 4
CS 438Communication Networks3 or 4
All other 200-,300-,400-level CS courses
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Construction
CEE 300Behavior of Materials (Credit will not be given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280 (only one course may be taken out of these three))4
CEE 310Transportation Engineering3
CEE 320Construction Engineering3
CEE 380Geotechnical Engineering3
CEE 420Construction Productivity3 or 4
CEE 421Construction Planning3 or 4
CEE 422Construction Cost Analysis3 or 4
CEE 460Steel Structures I3
CEE 461Reinforced Concrete I3
CEE 465Design of Structural Systems3
ME 330Engineering Materials (Credit will not be given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280 (only one course may be taken out of these three))4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Control Systems
CS 225Data Structures4
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics4
ECE 486Control Systems4
ECE 490Introduction to Optimization3 or 4
IE 410Advanced Topics in Stochastic Processes & Applications3 or 4
MATH 444Elementary Real Analysis3 or 4
MATH 461Probability Theory3 or 4
MATH 464Statistics and Probability II3 or 4
ME 360Signal Processing3.5
ME 460Industrial Control Systems4
ME 461Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems3 or 4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
SE 420Digital Control Systems4
SE 422Robot Dynamics and Control4
SE 423Mechatronics3
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Digital Prototyping
ME 270Design for Manufacturability3
ME 351Analysis of Mfg Processes3
ME 451Computer-Aided Mfg Systems3 or 4
ME 452Num Control of Mfg Processes3 or 4
ME 471Finite Element Analysis3 or 4
SE 402Comp-Aided Product Realization3 or 4
TAM 302Engineering Design Principles3
Engineering Administration
Core Requirement:
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Elective Options:
ACCY 200Fundamentals of Accounting3
ACCY 201Accounting and Accountancy I3
ACCY 202Accounting and Accountancy II3
ADV 150Introduction to Advertising3
BADM 310Mgmt and Organizational Beh3
BADM 311Leading Individuals and Teams3
BADM 312Designing and Managing Orgs3
BADM 313Strategic Human Resource Management3
BADM 375Operations Management3
BADM 380International Business3
BADM 381Multinational Management3
BTW 250Principles Bus Comm3
BTW 261Principles Tech Comm3
ECON 302Inter Microeconomic Theory3
FIN 221Corporate Finance3
GEOG 205Business Location Decisions3
IE 330Industrial Quality Control3
IE 340Human Factors4
IE 361Production Planning & Control3
IE 420Financial Engineering3 or 4
IE 445Human Performance and Cognition in Context3 or 4
PS 321Principles of Public Policy3
SE 411Reliability Engineering3 or 4
Engineering Marketing
Core Requirement:
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Elective Options:
ACCY 200Fundamentals of Accounting3
ACCY 201Accounting and Accountancy I3
ACCY 202Accounting and Accountancy II3
ADV 150Introduction to Advertising3
BADM 310Mgmt and Organizational Beh3
BADM 320Principles of Marketing3
BADM 322Marketing Research3
BADM 323Marketing Communications3
BADM 325Consumer Behavior3
BADM 327Marketing to Business and Govt3
BADM 380International Business3
BADM 382International Marketing3
BADM 420Advanced Marketing Management3
BTW 250Principles Bus Comm3
BTW 261Principles Tech Comm3
PSYC 245Industrial Org Psych3
Environmental Quality
ACE 310Natural Resource Economics3
CEE 330Environmental Engineering3
CEE 437Water Quality Engineering3
CEE 440Fate Cleanup Environ Pollutant4
CEE 442Environmental Engineering Principles, Physical4
CEE 443Env Eng Principles, Chemical4
CEE 444Env Eng Principles, Biological4
CEE 445Air Quality Modeling4
CEE 446Air Quality Engineering4
ENVS 336Tomorrow's Environment3
ENVS 431Environ Toxicology & Health3
IB 105Environmental Biology3
NPRE 241Intro to Radiation Protection2
NRES 419Env and Plant Ecosystems3
NRES 472Environmental Psychology4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Internet of Things
Core Requirements:
ECE 385Digital Systems Laboratory3
SE 423Mechatronics3
Elective Options:
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 233Computer Architecture4
CS 241System Programming4
CS 125Intro to Computer Science4
CS 173Discrete Structures3
ECE 120Introduction to Computing4
Manufacturing Engineering
ME 330Engineering Materials (Credit will not be given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280 (only one course may be taken out of these three))4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
SE 423Mechatronics3
Other courses from Digital Protoyping and Control Systems SFO
Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation
Core Requirement:
SE 412Nondestructive Evaluation3 or 4
Elective Options:
CEE 300Behavior of Materials (Credit is not give for CEE 300 and MSE 280)4
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3 or 4
CS 446Machine Learning3 or 4
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics4
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3 or 4
ME 351Analysis of Mfg Processes3
ME 471Finite Element Analysis3 or 4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
SE 411Reliability Engineering3 or 4
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 456Experimental Stress Analysis3
Operations Research
IE 360Facilities Planning and Design3
IE 361Production Planning & Control3
MATH 461Probability Theory3 or 4
MATH 464Statistics and Probability II3 or 4
ME 351Analysis of Mfg Processes3
ME 451Computer-Aided Mfg Systems3 or 4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
SE 411Reliability Engineering3 or 4
Rehabilitation Engineering
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
ECE 414Biomedical Instrumentation3
ECE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab2
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life4
MCB 250Molecular Genetics3
MCB 251Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol2
REHB 401Introduction to Rehabilitation4
REHB 402Medical Aspects of Disability4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
CEE 300Behavior of Materials (Credit will not be given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280 (only one course may be taken out of these three))4
ME 471Finite Element Analysis3 or 4
SE 400Engineering Law3 or 4
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 424Mechanics of Structural Metals3 or 4
TAM 428Mechanics of Composites3
TAM 435Intermediate Fluid Mechanics4
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
TAM 451Intermediate Solid Mechanics4
TAM 456Experimental Stress Analysis3

Customized Secondary Fields

Customized secondary fields differ from pre-approved ones in that no sets of specified courses to choose from have been predefined. For all customized secondary field options, a course list must be constructed and submitted for approval by the department.

The following list contains examples of over fifty titles of customized secondary field options which have been approved. The complete list may be found at the department's secondary field website. Additional titles beyond those listed may be proposed.

  • A foreign language (several)
  • An engineering discipline (several)
  • Audio Engineering
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • International Business
  • Mathematics
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Med
  • Renewable Energy

Technical Electives

The design elective augments a student's knowledge in one or more sub-disciplines of mechanics and structures, control systems, and decision-making that support a systems approach to engineering. The engineering science elective extends the knowledge of that area.

Design elective selected from the departmentally approved list of Design Electives below: 3
SE 410Component Design3
SE 420Digital Control Systems4
SE 423Mechatronics3
SE 413Engineering Design Optimization3 or 4
Engineering science elective selected from the departmentally approved list of Engineering Science Electives below: 3
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
ME 200Thermodynamics3

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
or ECON 103 Macroeconomic Principles
Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 3
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.6
Total Hours18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s), (ii) one non-western, and (iii) one U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy the Humanities and the Arts and cultural studies course requirements. Courses from the western, non-western, and U.S. minority lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the Humanities and the Arts or cultural studies requirements.

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing the combination GE 494 + GE 495 in the Systems Engineering and Design Technical Core)
Total Hours4

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 6

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and Design (formerly General Engineering)


Secondary Field Options

Secondary field options are of two types: pre-approved and customized. Pre-approved secondary fields have designated titles and a specified list of courses, from which several may be selected. Approval for the substitution of a course for one on the specified list may be requested via a petition form submitted to the department. Customized secondary fields may be created to achieve goals in areas not provided by pre-approved fields. To do this, a suitable title and all the courses must be petitioned for acceptance by the department. Petition approval is based on the merit of the secondary field and the coherence of the courses within it relative to the student's goals.

Pursuit of campus minors, dual degrees, and James Scholar contracts may be integrated with customized secondary field options. Courses taken may be applied to minors, dual degrees, or contracts as well as secondary field options.

Pre-approved Secondary Fields

Pre-approved secondary fields are listed below. Approved courses for each are specified at the department's secondary field website. The following course substitutions may be used interchangeably to comply with prerequisites of specified courses in some of the secondary fields:

Students may petition to the department for inclusion of a course in the secondary fields listed below. The most likely classes to be accepted are non-permanent and experimental offerings relevant to the various fields. A current list of these may be found at the department's secondary field website.

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bioengineering1
  • Business Systems Integration and Consulting
  • Civil Engineering Structures
  • Communications and Computer Systems
  • Computer Science1
  • Construction
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Prototyping
  • Engineering Administration
  • Engineering Marketing
  • Environmental Quality
  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Manufacturing Engineering1
  • Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation
  • Operations Research
  • Quality Control
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Customized Secondary Fields

Customized secondary fields differ from pre-approved ones in that no sets of specified courses to choose from have been predefined. For all customized secondary field options, a course list must be constructed and submitted for approval by the department.

The following list contains examples of over fifty titles of customized secondary field options which have been approved. The complete list may be found at the department's secondary field website. Additional titles beyond those listed may be proposed.

  • A foreign language (several)
  • An engineering discipline (several)
  • Audio Engineering
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • International Business
  • Mathematics
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Med
  • Renewable Energy

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years.  Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
Liberal education elective33
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
SE 101 or RHET 1051Engineering Graphics Design3-4
MATH 2212Calculus I4
SE 100Introduction to ISE1
 Semester Hours15-16
Second Semester
ECE 110Introduction to Electronics3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
MATH 231Calculus II3
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
RHET 105 or SE 1011Writing and Research4-3
 Semester Hours17-16
Second Year
First Semester
MATH 241Calculus III4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 211Statics3
Liberal education elective33
SE 261Business Side of Engineering1
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
IE 300Analysis of Data3
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
SE 290ISE Undergraduate Seminar0
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
ECE 211Analog Circuits Systems2
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
Secondary field option elective43
SE 310Design of Structures and Mechanisms3
SE 320Control Systems4
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
IE 310Deterministic Models in Optimization3
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
Liberal education elective33
SE 311Engineering Design Analysis3
SE 312Instrumentation and Test Lab1
SE 424State Space Design for Control3
 Semester Hours17
Fourth Year
First Semester
Secondary field option elective43-5
OR 
SE 494
SE 4956
 
Design elective73
Engineering science elective83
Secondary field option elective43
Liberal education elective3, 53
 Semester Hours15-17
Second Semester
SE 494
SE 4955,6
Senior Engineering Project I5-3
OR 
Secondary field option elective43
Liberal education elective33
Free electives6
 Semester Hours17-15
 Total Hours: 128