Systems Engineering

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering and engineering management that focuses on how to design, integrate, and manage complex systems over their life cycles. The Department of Mechanical Engineering recently hired two Systems Engineering faculty who will teach 5 courses per year each (2 each Fall and Spring and 1 each in Summer). Courses are available at the undergraduate and graduate level and all will be core courses or electives for the Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate.  Students could also essentially have an M.S. in Systems Engineering if they complete the certificate plus additional electives (30 credits required for the Master’s). The program is evolving so check back again soon for updates!

Working professionals may be able to take most classes online without applying to the University.  Contact Joy Velarde for more information.

Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate

The Systems Engineering Graduate Certificate program is interdisciplinary and open to all matriculated College of Engineering graduate students or any matriculated or non-matriculated student who has a bachelor’s degree from a recognized engineering program or an allied science (note: some courses may require certain engineering or math courses as prerequisites but many are broad enough that any student can take them). Students may also count courses taken for the certificate towards a Master’s degree but keep in mind that only 9 credits of non-matriculated credit can be applied to an M.S. degree.

Program Declaration Form | Let us know you’re working on the certificate

Certificate Completion Notification Form  | Let us know you’re in your last class and ready for the certificate to be awarded

Certificate Requirements

To obtain the certificate, students must complete 15 credit hours of approved course work with a 3.0 GPA or higher and minimum B- grade in the certificate courses.. The course work is made up of 9 hours of core courses, and 6 hours of electives. The 3 core courses provide engineers with a basic understanding of systems engineering and the ability to develop, analyze, and model systems of all kinds. The electives allow students to choose related courses of interest from a variety of departments from across the University.

Required Core Courses

Pass the following 3 courses with a grade of B- or better (currently special topics courses).

This course provides an overview of the science of systems engineering, and an introduction to the systems approach and methodological framework for creation and re-engineering of large-scale systems and processes. The student will develop an understanding of the larger context in which requirements for a system are developed, and learn about trade-offs between developing mission needs or market opportunities first (versus accessing available technology first).Techniques for translating needs and priorities into an operational concept and then into specific functional and performance requirements will be presented. The student will develop an understanding of risk management techniques and the circumstances where they are appropriately employed.  Fall 2021 Fundamentals Syllabus

The course will cover Requirements Engineering (RE) & Management concepts focused on systems engineering. All these basic concepts will be employed to discuss industry strategies & applicability. People responsible for Systems Engineering (SE) & Engineering Management (EM) must develop requirements that are detailed & precise for their organization, stakeholders, customers & the sustainability goals. The course will provide the student an understanding of the main concepts & principles of requirements engineering (RE) & Management, as well as the different techniques & core methodologies utilized in SE to support the sustainability & development theories. Lectures will focus on theoretical & practical case studies & its connection with real-world scenarios.

This course provides the student with an understanding of the context and framework for carrying out a systems engineering project and the system-level responsibilities of a systems engineer, through hands-on activity. Topics covered include systems design and development, system test and evaluation, system reliability, system maintainability, human factors and system design, system producibility and supportability, balancing life-cycle cost, schedule, suitability and performance, risk management, and systems engineering project management and control. Types of systems considered will range from small-scale to large-scale and from primarily technical to primarily social-political.  Fall 2021 Systems Integration Syllabus

Approved Elective Courses

At least 6 credits of electives with a minimum grade of B- and 3.0 minimum GPA in all core classes and electives

  • CVEEN 6530 – Quantitative Methods Transportation Operation (3)
  • CVEEN 6750 – Engineering Law & Contracts (3)
  • CVEEN 6730 – Project Management and Contract Administration (3)
  • ME EN 6000 – Engineering Law and Contracts (3) (offered as ME EN 6960 for Fall 2021; will be ME EN 6000 as of Spring 2022)
  • ME EN 6010 – Principles of Manufacturing Processes (3)
  • ME EN 6030 – Reliability Engineering (3)
  • ME EN 6040 – Quality Assurance (3)
  • ME EN 6035 – Design of Experiments (3)
  • ME EN 6100 – Ergonomics (3)
  • ME EN 6130 – Design Implications for Human-Machine Systems (3)
  • ME EN 6210 or CH EN 6203 – State Space Control (3)
  • ME EN 6810 – Thermal System Design (3)
  • ME EN 7110 – System Safety (3)
  • ME EN 7200 – Nonlinear Controls (3)
  • ME EN 7210 – Optimal Controls (3)
  • ME EN 7220– System Identification for Robotics (3)
  • MET E 5690 – Process Engineering Statistics (2)
  • MST 6022 – Production and Operations Management for Scientists (1)
  • CMP 6371 – Complexity and Systems Thinking (3)
  • CH EN 6205 – Smart Systems
  • Special Topics Fall 2021: ME EN 6960 Systems Simulation; ME EN 6960 Production and Operation Systems (click links for Fall 2021 syllabi drafts
  • Special Topics Spring 2022 (subject to change): ME EN 6960  Operations Research for Systems;  ME EN 6960 Engineering Analytics
  • Special Topics Summer 2022 (subject to change): ME EN 6960 Project Management;  ME EN 6960 Advanced Engineering Economy


  • This entire certificate can be completed as a non-degree seeking/non-matriculated student, however if students decide they want to apply the courses towards a M.S. or Ph.D. graduate program, only 9 credits of non-matriculated courses are allowed to count towards the degree so students should apply to the Graduate School prior to completing their 9th non-matriculated credit.
  • This is not considered an online certificate but contact about the possibility of the courses being offered online for your company.

Want to learn more about Systems Engineering?  Watch Info Session recording here!  |  View Powerpoint Slides.

Our new faculty talk about systems engineering as a concept and about their Fall 2021 classes and our systems engineering graduate certificate.

Fall 2021 Classes (click title for draft syllabus):

Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering and Integration
Systems Simulation
Production Systems and Operations (canceled)

Contact Information
Joy Velarde
Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator