Systems Engineering and Design

Major Description

Systems Engineering and Design (formerly General Engineering) is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program that emphasizes real-world problem-solving through a unique orientation toward partnerships with industry. It brings together basic sciences, engineering sciences, and engineering design. Systems Engineers understand how to apply business fundamentals to promote utilization of new technology, engage in entrepreneurship, and succeed in engineering and non-engineering careers. 



One unique aspect of the Systems Engineering and Design program is that the students focus their studies through the Secondary Field Option, shaping the Systems Engineering and Design curriculum to their interests and career goals. Students select a Secondary Field Option by the start of their junior year. There are two basic types of Secondary Field Options: pre-approved or customized. 

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • CHEM 102/103—General Chemistry I / General Chemistry Lab I
  • CS 101—Introduction to Computing: Engineering & Science
  • MATH 221—Calculus I
  • MATH 231—Calculus II
  • PHYS 211—University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 212—University Physics: Electricity & Magnetism
  • ECE 110 - Introduction to Electronics
  • SE 101 - Engineering Graphics and Design
  • SE 261 - Business Side of Engineering
  • TAM 211 - Statics

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

A Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and Design prepares you to do well in all aspects of industry, including health care, communications, environmental stewardship, government, and business.

  • Ability to conduct/explain scientific data
  • Ability to follow systematic procedures
  • Ability to formulate/defend positions
  • Ability to understand measurements
  • Ability to use technical equipment
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Analyze/organize/interpret data
  • Aptitude for details, logic and reasoning
  • Eye/hand coordination
  • Make sound judgments
  • Research skills
  • Solve open-ended problems
  • Speak effectively/listen objectively
  • General Engineer
  • General Maintenance Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Application Engineer
  • Consulting
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Administration
  • Engineering Marketing
  • Engineering Product Planner
  • Government Services
  • Process Engineer
  • Research and Development
  • Staff Engineer
  • Systems Engineers
  • Technical Sales
  • Technical Service Support

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Systems Engineering and Design.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of SED.  These organizations include National Academy of Engineering and National Society of Professional Engineers.

Learn more about what students and alumni are doing with a degree in IE here.