Systems Engineering & Design, BS

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


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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.

Through the Secondary Field Option electives, students can tailor their 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

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Business Systems Integration and Consulting
  • Civil Engineering Structures
  • Communications and Computer Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Construction
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Prototyping
  • Engineering Administration
  • Engineering Marketing
  • Environmental Quality
  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • 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

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)


Graduation Requirements

Minimum Technical GPA: 2.0

TGPA is required for Engineering and Technical Elective courses and MATH 257. See Technical GPA to clarify requirements.

Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0


Minimum hours required for graduation: 128 hours


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. One of the SBS courses must be an introductory economics course (ECON 102 or ECON 103). SE 494 and SE 495 will satisfy a core course requirement and the Campus General Education Advanced Composition requirement.


Orientation and Professional Development

ENG 100Grainger Engineering Orientation Seminar (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1
SE 100Introduction to ISE1
SE 290ISE Undergraduate Seminar0
Total Hours2

Foundational Mathematics and Science

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I (MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count towards degree.)4
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 257Linear Algebra with Computational Applications3
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
Total Hours31

Systems Engineering and Design Technical Core

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci (CS 124 may be substituted.)3
ECE 110Introduction to Electronics3
ECE 211Analog Circuits & Systems2
IE 300Analysis of Data3
IE 310Deterministic Models in Optimization3
SE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
SE 261Business Side of Engineering2
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 494Senior Engineering Project I3
SE 495Senior Engineering Project II2
TAM 211Statics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
TAM 335Introductory Fluid Mechanics4
Total Hours51

Secondary Field Option Electives

Students must select one Secondary Field Option from the list below or they may petition to create their own Secondary Field Option (SFO). Courses from these lists may only be used to fulfill one curricular requirement.12
Automotive Engineering
Dynamics/Controls Focus - complete at least 1 course from this list:
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics (same as AE 482 and ME 445)4
ECE 486Control Systems4
ME 460Industrial Control Systems4
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 416Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations4
Automotive Power Systems Focus - complete at least 1 course from this list:
ECE 431Electric Machinery4
ECE 464Power Electronics3
ME 400Energy Conversion Systems3
ME 403Internal Combustion Engines3
Other Elective Options - complete remaining courses from this list:
CS 173Discrete Structures3
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3
CS 446Machine Learning3
ME 320Heat Transfer4
ME 360Signal Processing3.5
ME 461Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems3
SE 400Engineering Law3
SE 422Robot Dynamics and Control4
SE 497Independent Study (May be taken for up to 3 credit hours, based on automotive Engineering project approved by SFO faculty mentor.)1-4
Autonomous Systems and Robotics
CS 173Discrete Structures3
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3
CS 446Machine Learning3
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics4
ECE 486Control Systems4
ECE 490Introduction to Optimization3
ME 270Design for Manufacturability3
ME 461Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems3
SE 400Engineering Law3
SE 411Reliability Engineering3
SE 420Digital Control Systems4
SE 422Robot Dynamics and Control4
SE 423Mechatronics3
Bioengineering
BIOE 120Introduction to Bioengineering1
BIOE 414Biomedical Instrumentation (same as ECE 414)3
BIOE 415Biomedical Instrumentation Lab (same as ECE 415)2
BIOE 498Special Topics3
BIOP 401Introduction to Biophysics3
CHEM 232Elementary Organic Chemistry I3 or 4
CHEM 233Elementary Organic Chem Lab I2
IE 340Human Factors (same as PSYC 358)4
KIN 355Biomechanics of Human Movement3
MCB 150Molec & Cellular Basis of Life (recommended only if a prerequisite to another listed course.)4
MCB 250Molecular Genetics (recommended only if a prerequisite to another listed course.)3
MCB 251Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol (recommended only if a prerequisite to another listed course.)2
MCB 401Cellular Physiology3
MCB 402Sys & Integrative Physiology3
MCB 403Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab2
MCB 404Sys & Integrative Physiol Lab2
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry3
SE 400Engineering Law3
Business Systems Integration & Consulting
Core Requirement:
SE 400Engineering Law3
Group I Requirement - complete at least 1 course from this list:
BADM 352Database Design and Management3
BADM 353Info Sys Analysis and Design3
IE 405Computing for ISE3
Group II - select remaining courses from this list. Of these courses, only 1 selected may be at the 100 or 200 level.
ACCY 200Fundamentals of Accounting (A basic accounting course is highly recommended.)3
ACCY 201Accounting and Accountancy I (A basic accounting course is highly recommended.)3
ACCY 202Accounting and Accountancy II (A basic accounting course is highly recommended.)3
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
Civil Engineering Structures
CEE 380Geotechnical Engineering3
CEE 460Steel Structures I3
CEE 461Reinforced Concrete I3
CEE 462Steel Structures II3
CEE 463Reinforced Concrete II3
CEE 465Design of Structural Systems3
SE 400Engineering Law3
Computer Science
Core Courses:
CS 173Discrete Structures3
CS 225Data Structures4
Elective Options - complete 2 of the following courses:
CS 410Text Information Systems3
CS 411Database Systems3 or 4
CS 425Distributed Systems3 or 4
CS 438Communication Networks3 or 4
All 200-, 300-, and 400-level CS courses excluding CS 210, CS 211, CS 397, CS 398, and CS seminar and senior project courses.
SE 400Engineering Law3
Construction
CEE 300Behavior of Materials (Credit will not be given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280; select only 1 of these courses.)4
CEE 310Transportation Engineering3
CEE 320Construction Engineering3
CEE 380Geotechnical Engineering3
CEE 420Construction Productivity3
CEE 421Construction Planning3
CEE 422Construction Cost Analysis3
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; select only 1 of these courses.)4
SE 400Engineering Law3
Control Systems
CS 173Discrete Structures3
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics (same as AE 482 and ME 445)4
ECE 486Control Systems4
ECE 490Introduction to Optimization3
IE 410Advanced Topics in Stochastic Processes & Applications3
MATH 444Elementary Real Analysis3
MATH 461Probability Theory3
MATH 464Statistics and Probability II3
ME 360Signal Processing3.5
ME 460Industrial Control Systems4
ME 461Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems3
SE 400Engineering Law3
SE 420Digital Control Systems4
SE 422Robot Dynamics and Control4
SE 423Mechatronics3
Digital Prototyping
ME 270Design for Manufacturability3
ME 451Computer-Aided Mfg Systems3
ME 452Num Control of Mfg Processes3
ME 471Finite Element Analysis (same as AE 420 and CSE 451)3
SE 400Engineering Law3
SE 402Comp-Aided Product Realization3
SE 410Component Design (This course cannot count as an SFO elective and an SED Design Elective.)3
SE 413Engineering Design Optimization (This course cannot count as an SFO elective and an SED Design Elective.)3
SE 423Mechatronics (This course cannot count as an SFO elective and an SED Design Elective.)3
TAM 302Engineering Design Principles3
TAM 470Computational Mechanics3
Engineering Administration
Core Requirement:
SE 400Engineering Law3
Elective Options - select remaining courses from this list. Of these courses, only 1 selected may be at the 100 or 200 level.
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 Strategy3
BADM 380International Business3
BADM 381Multinational Management3
BTW 250Principles Bus Comm3
BTW 261Principles Tech Comm3
ECON 302Inter Microeconomic Theory3
FIN 221Corporate Finance3
IE 330Industrial Quality Control3
IE 340Human Factors (same as PSYC 358)4
IE 361Production Planning & Control3
IE 420Financial Engineering3
IE 445Human Performance and Cognition in Context3
PS 321Principles of Public Policy3
SE 411Reliability Engineering3
Engineering Marketing
Core Requirement:
SE 400Engineering Law3
Elective Options - select remaining courses from this list. Of these courses, only 1 selected may be at the 100 or 200 level.
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 446Air Quality Engineering4
ENVS 336Tomorrow's Environment3
ENVS 431Environ Toxicology & Health3
IB 105Environmental Biology3
NRES 419Env and Plant Ecosystems3
NRES 472Environmental Psychology4
SE 400Engineering Law3
Manufacturing Engineering
IE 370Stochastic Processes and Applications3
ME 330Engineering Materials (Credit will not be given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280; select only 1 of these courses.)4
SE 400Engineering Law3
SE 402Comp-Aided Product Realization3
SE 420Digital Control Systems4
SE 422Robot Dynamics and Control4
SE 423Mechatronics3
Any courses from Digital Prototyping and Control Systems Secondary Field Option.
Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation
Core Requirement:
SE 412Nondestructive Evaluation3
Elective Options - complete remaining courses from this list:
CEE 300Behavior of Materials (Credit will not be given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280; select only 1 of these courses.)4
CS 173Discrete Structures3
CS 225Data Structures4
CS 440Artificial Intelligence3
CS 446Machine Learning3
ECE 470Introduction to Robotics4
ECE 473Fund of Engrg Acoustics3
ME 270Design for Manufacturability3
ME 471Finite Element Analysis3
SE 400Engineering Law3
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 456Experimental Stress Analysis3
Operations Research
IE 360Facilities Planning and Design3
IE 361Production Planning & Control3
IE 370Stochastic Processes and Applications3
IE 400Design & Anlys of Experiments3
IE 410Advanced Topics in Stochastic Processes & Applications3
IE 411Optimization of Large Systems3
MATH 461Probability Theory3
MATH 464Statistics and Probability II3 or 4
ME 451Computer-Aided Mfg Systems3
SE 400Engineering Law3
SE 411Reliability Engineering3
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
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
CEE 300Behavior of Materials (Credit will not be given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280; select only 1 of these courses.)4
ME 471Finite Element Analysis3 or 4
SE 400Engineering Law3
TAM 412Intermediate Dynamics4
TAM 424Mechanics of Structural Metals3
TAM 428Mechanics of Composites3
TAM 435Intermediate Fluid Mechanics4
TAM 445Continuum Mechanics4
TAM 451Intermediate Solid Mechanics4
TAM 456Experimental Stress Analysis3

Technical Electives

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
ME 200Thermodynamics3
MSE 280Engineering Materials3

Free Electives

Additional course work, subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.10
Total Hours of Curriculum to Graduate128

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


Sample Sequence

The curriculum sequence below is a sample sequence, as all Grainger Engineering students work with a department academic advisor to achieve their educational goals, specific to their needs and preparation. The curriculum sequence can also be viewed via dynamic and static curricular maps, which include prerequisite sequencing.

General Education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement. One of the SBS courses must be an introductory economics course (ECON 102 or ECON 103). SE 494 and SE 495 will satisfy a core course requirement and the Campus General Education Advanced Composition requirement.

Free Electives: Additional course work, subject to the Grainger College of Engineering restrictions to Free Electives, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree.

First Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
SE 1001CS 101 (CS 124 may be substituted.)3
MATH 221 (MATH 220 may be substituted. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus. 4 of 5 credit hours count toward degree.)4MATH 2313
CHEM 1023PHYS 2114
CHEM 1031ECE 1103
RHET 105 (if UIN is even) or SE 101 (if UIN is odd)4-3SE 101 (if UIN is even) or RHET 105 (if UIN is odd)3-4
ENG 100 (External transfer students take ENG 300.)1 
Free Elective1 
 15-14 16-17
Second Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
SE 2612IE 3003
MATH 2414MATH 2853
PHYS 2124PHYS 2132
TAM 2113TAM 2123
ECON 102 or ECON 103 (Counts as General Education Elective)3TAM 2513
 SE 2900
 General Education Elective3
 16 17
Third Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
SE 3103SE 3113
SE 3204SE 3121
MATH 2573SE 4243
ECE 2112IE 3103
Secondary Field Option Elective3TAM 3354
 General Education Elective3
 15 17
Fourth Year
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Secondary Field Option Elective or SE 494 & SE 4953-5SE 494 & SE 495 or Secondary Field Option Elective5-3
Design Elective3Secondary Field Option Elective3
Engineering Science Elective3Free Elective3
Secondary Field Option Elective3Free Elective3
General Education Elective3Free Elective3
 15-17 17-15
Total Hours 128