Systems Engineering, BS

Contact Info

Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department

Nguyen Engineering Building, 2100
4400 University Drive, MS 4A6
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1670

Email: seor@gmu.edu

The program leading to the bachelor of science in systems engineering (BS/SE) prepares students for a professional career in systems engineering. Our educational program reflects the systems engineer's unique perspective that considers all aspects of a system throughout its entire lifecycle. The systems engineering program at George Mason University is interdisciplinary, drawing from engineering, computer science, operations research, psychology and economics. The core systems engineering courses tie together these diverse threads to provide a global understanding of how individual engineering disciplines fit into the development of complex, large scale systems.

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.

Systems Engineering, BS

Certain courses may fulfill multiple requirements across the Mason Core general education program, the college or school, and/or the specific program.
 

The objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering Program at George Mason University are to produce graduates who are able to:

  • Apply critical thinking, quantitative methods, systems thinking, and principles of engineering to the engineering of contemporary and future systems.
  • Apply systems engineering methods, processes, models and tools to the engineering of contemporary and future systems.
  • Work successfully, professionally, and ethically as members and leaders of multi-disciplinary teams.
     

Degree Requirements (123 credits total)

Mason Core General education program required for all undergraduate students.

College Requirement(s) n/a

Major Requirements (105 credits)
 

Mathematics and Statistics (23 credits)

  • MATH 113 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH 114 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH 203 - Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH 213 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (3 credits)
  • MATH 214 - Elementary Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • STAT 344 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I (3 credits)
  • STAT 354 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II (3 credits)

Natural Sciences (12 credits)

The BS in Systems Engineering requires 12 credits of natural science.  The courses should be intended for science and engineering students and some include a two course sequence with laboratories.  Students must complete 8 credits of physics as follows:

  • PHYS 160 - University Physics I (3 credits)
    and PHYS 161 University Physics I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • PHYS 260 - University Physics II (3 credits)
    and PHYS 261 University Physics II Laboratory (1 credit)

The remaining 4 credits must be chosen from the following list of courses.  Students who select the Bioengineering technical emphasis area are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 213.

  • PHYS 262 - University Physics III (3 credits)
    and PHYS 263 University Physics III Laboratory (1 credit)
  • CHEM 251 - General Chemistry for Engineers (4 credits)
    or CHEM 211 General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • BIOL 213 - Cell Structure and Function (4 credits)

Computer Science (7 credits) 

  • CS 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming (4 credits)
  • CS 211 - Object-Oriented Programming (3 credits)

Communication and Economics (6 credits)

  • COMM 100 - Public Speaking (3 credits)
  • ECON 103 - Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (3 credits)

Engineering (2 credits)

  • ENGR 107 - Introduction to Engineering (2 credits)

Systems Engineering (55 credits)

Students must complete each of these courses with a grade of C or better.

  • SYST 101 - Understanding Systems Engineering (3 credits)
  • SYST 210 - Systems Design (3 credits)
  • SYST 220 - Dynamical Systems I (3 credits)
  • SYST 221 - Systems Modeling Laboratory (1 credit)
  • SYST 320 - Dynamical Systems II (3 credits)
  • SYST 330 - Systems Methods (3 credits)
  • SYST 335 - Discrete Systems Modeling and Simulation (3 credits)
  • SYST 371 - Systems Engineering Management (3 credits)
  • SYST 395 - Applied Systems Engineering (3 credits)
  • SYST 470 - Human Factors Engineering (3 credits)
  • SYST 473 - Decision and Risk Analysis (3 credits)
  • SYST 489 - Senior Seminar (3 credits)
  • SYST 490 - Senior Design Project I (3 credits)
  • SYST 495 - Senior Design Project II (3 credits)
  • OR 441 - Deterministic Operations Research (3 credits)
  • OR 442 - Stochastic Operations Research (3 credits)
  • 3 approved technical electives selected from one of the Technical Emphasis Areas below. (9 credits)

Additional Mason Core (18 credits)

 Students must complete all Mason Core requirements not fulfilled by major requirements.

  • ENGH 101 - Composition (3 credits)
  • ENGH 302 - Advanced Composition (3 credits) (must complete natural sciences and technology section)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Arts (3 credits)
  • Western Civilization/World History (3 credits)
  • Global Understanding (3 credits)

Advising and Plan of Study

All systems engineering students are assigned a faculty advisor. With the advisor’s help and approval, each student is required to complete a plan of study. This plan of study, contained in the detailed pamphlet available from the SEOR office, constitutes a learning plan for the degree program. The plan of study must be signed by the student's advisor and the Department Chair.  The plan of study must be updated and signed by the advisor at least once a year.

Technical Emphasis Areas

The systems engineering program requires 9 credits of technical electives. Students must select one of the following technical emphases, each containing three courses.

Aviation Systems

  • SYST 420 - Network Analysis (3 credits)
  • SYST 460 - Introduction to Air Traffic Control (3 credits)
  • SYST 461 - Air Transportation System Engineering (3 credits)

Bioengineering

  • BENG 313 - Physiology for Engineers (3 credits)
  • And two courses from:
    • BENG 304 - Modeling and Control of Physiological Systems (3 credits)
    • BENG 406 - Introduction to Biomechanics (3 credits)
    • BENG 420 - Bioinformatics for Engineers (3 credits)

Control Systems

  • ECE 201 - Introduction to Signal Analysis (3 credits)
  • ECE 220 - Signals and Systems I (3 credits)
  • SYST 421 - Classical Systems and Control Theory (3 credits)

Computer Network Systems

  • SYST 420 - Network Analysis (3 credits)
  • ECE 465 - Computer Networking Protocols (3 credits)
  • TCOM 500 - Modern Telecommunications(3 credits)

Data Analytics

  • CS 310 - Data Structures (3 credits)
  • CS 484 - Data Mining (3 credits)
  • STAT 463 - Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • or SYST 468 - Applied Predictive Analytics (3 credits)

Engineering Systems

  • CEIE 210 - Statics (3 credits)
  • CEIE 240 - Hydraulics (3 credits)
  • CEIE 310 - Mechanics of Materials (3 credits)

Financial Engineering

  • STAT 463 - Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • or STAT 455 - Experimental Design (3 credits)
  • SYST 468 - Applied Predictive Analytics (3 credits)
  • SYST 488 - Financial Systems Engineering (3 credits)

Operations Research

  • OR 481 - Numerical Methods in Engineering (3 credits)
  • SYST 420 - Network Analysis (3 credits)
  • SYST 465 - Pricing in Optimization and Game Theory (3 credits)

Software-Intensive Systems

  • CS 310 - Data Structures (3 credits)
  • CS 321 - Software Requirements and Design Modeling (3 credits)
  • CS 332 - Object-Oriented Software Design and Implementation (3 credits)

Total: 123 credits

Opportunities

Students who graduate with the degree in Systems Engineering will find enormous job opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally. They will be equipped to work in almost any engineering field they choose. Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Noblis, Mitre, SENTARA Health Care, and many more employ Volgenau alumni and are eager to hire our graduates.

As seniors Volgenau systems engineering students explore real-world problems and use their strong computational and systems knowledge to devise innovative engineering solutions to challenges as diverse as underwater mine detection, space debris remediation, trans-oceanic cable protection, and others. Local industry partners often sponsor the projects providing mentorship and guidance to the students. The projects go on to win awards at national competitions.

One of the biggest advantages of a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering is that the program provides a set of skills for graduates to apply on any systems problem. These capabilities enable them to move with their systems engineering knowledge between different industries – defense, finance, healthcare, or economics.

This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at http://catalog.gmu.edu.