Department of Systems Engineering

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Chairperson:
Anderson, Gary, Professor

Assistant Chairperson:
Wright, Andrew, Associate Professor

Graduate Coordinator:
Chan, Yupo, Professor

Professors:
Al-Rizzo, Hussain
Anderson, Gary
Biris, Alexandru
Chan, Yupo
Iqbal, Kamran
Kim, Jung
Liu, Xian
Mohan, Seshadri
Nisanci, Ibrahim
Reddy, Rama
Sandgren, Eric
Ye, Cang

Associate Professors:
Wright, Andrew
Zhang, Jing

Assistant Professor:
Lee, Jin

Jointly Appointed:
Tudoreanu, Mihail, Professor

Engineering challenges of the 21st century are rarely solved by focusing on only one engineering discipline. Complex engineering “systems” manage the world’s technical and mechanical infrastructure, and the understanding of the interrelationships between the components of those systems is at the heart of UALR’s systems engineering program.

Our forward-looking program equips students to understand the integration of diverse components needed to create complex systems. Graduates develop a strong core understanding of the concepts of systems engineering—including systems design, systems analysis and teamwork—while specializing in one of three specific disciplines: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or computer engineering. The systems engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

General Information

Beyond their understanding of integrated systems engineering solutions, graduates of UALR’s program have all the specialized expertise required to succeed and be professionally licensed in their area of specialization.

In the three areas of specialization encompassed in our Systems Engineering program:

  1. The mechanical option provides students with skills in design and analysis involving statics and dynamics of mechanical systems, engineering materials, and fluid and thermal systems.
  2. The electrical option teaches the design and analysis of various electrical systems including complex networks, digital and analog circuits, and control and power systems.
  3. The computer option focuses on the integration of hardware, software, and operating systems with the goal of analyzing and optimizing computer systems, including networked systems, automated robotic systems, and integrated manufacturing systems.

The systems engineering curriculum includes twelve credit hours of electives to provide flexibility to target a specific career area or acquire broad background in related disciplines. This feature allows a systems engineering graduate tremendous latitude in career choices.

Admission Requirements

Students must be eligible to enroll in MATH 1451 Calculus I and RHET 1312 Composition II to be admitted into the Systems Engineering program. Students who wish to major in Systems Engineering but need to take MATH 1302 College Algebra and/or MATH 1303 Trigonometry may be provisionally admitted into the major once they have enrolled in these courses. However, they may require more time to complete the program.


Major in Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering program is designed to provide a broad-based education in the design and analysis of complex systems, offering four options for specialization: computer, telecommunications, mechanical, and electrical. Students may choose one or more minors, but a minor is not a degree requirement.


Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering

General: 126-127 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence.

First-Year Colloquium (0-2 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of college credit. (Does not count towards the 126-127 hours required for the degree.)

    SYEN 1210 Introduction to Systems Engineering
Core Reuqirement (35 hours)
Standard Core (21 hours)
EIT College Core (14 hours)
Second Language Proficiency (none required)
Major (91-92 hours)
Mathematics and Science Courses for Major (16 hours after EIT core is satisfied)
    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
    MATH 3322 Differential Equations
    CHEM 1406 Engineering Chemistry or CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab
    PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
    PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab
Systems Engineering Foundation Courses (32 hours)
    SYEN 1302 C/C++ Programming for Engineers and Scientists
    SYEN 2110 Computational Engineering Laboratory
    SYEN 2315 Circuits and Systems
    SYEN 2115 Circuits and Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
    SYEN 3312 Optimization Methods in Systems Engineering
    SYEN 3314 Probability Theory and Random Variables
    SYEN 3316 Discrete Event Systems Modeling and Simulation
    SYEN 3318 Decision and Risk Analysis
    SYEN 3320 Systems Engineering and Design Analysis
    SYEN 4385 Systems Engineering Capstone Design I
    SYEN 4386 Systems Engineering Capstone Design II
Major Electives (12 hours)

Students may choose twelve hours of upper level courses from SYEN, ECET, ETME, CVCE, ARCE, IFSC and CPSC with the consent of an advisor.

Computer Option (32 hours)
    SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computing Systems
    or SYEN 1304 Introduction to Electrical Systems
    SYEN 3330 Digital Systems
    SYEN 3130 Digital Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3332 Communication Network
    SYEN 3334 Advanced Microprocessor Systems
    SYEN 3134 Advanced Microprocessor Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3336 Computer Architecture
    SYEN 3362 Algorithm Design
    SYEN 4331 Advanced Computer Architecture
    SYEN 4332 Applied Operation Systems
    SYEN 4334 Software System Engineering
    SYEN 4366 Advanced Digital Systems
    Electrical Option (32 hours)
    SYEN 1304 Introduction to Electrical Systems
    or SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computing Systems
    SYEN 3330 Digital Systems
    SYEN 3130 Digital Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3334 Advanced Microprocessor Systems
    SYEN 3134 Advanced Microprocessor Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3350 Signals and Systems
    SYEN 3150 Signals and Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3351 Network Analysis
    SYEN 3352 Analog and Digital Electronics
    SYEN 3152 Analog and Digital Electronics Laboratory
    SYEN 3356 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
    SYEN 3358 Fundamentals of Power Systems
    SYEN 3158 Fundamentals of Power Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3364 Introduction to Control Systems Engineering
Mechanical Option (31 hours)
    SYEN 1207 Introduction to Mechanical Systems
    SYEN 2117 Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
    SYEN 2233 Solid Modeling and Design
    SYEN 2370 Engineering Statics
    SYEN 3371 Engineering Dynamics
    SYEN 3372 Engineering Materials
    SYEN 3378 Engineering Thermodynamics
    SYEN 4374 Fluid Mechanics
    SYEN 4174 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
    SYEN 4376 Mechanics of Materials
    SYEN 4176 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory
    SYEN 4379 Heat Transfer
    SYEN 4383 Finite Element Analysis
    SYEN 3379 Elements of Mechanical Design
Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Fundamentals of Engineering Examination

The department recommends that students specializing in mechanical and electrical options take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in their senior year. The following set of courses represents the recommended set of preparatory courses for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam:

    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
    MATH 3322 Introduction to Differential Equations
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    or CHEM 1406 General Chemistry for Engineers
    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
    SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computer Systems
    SYEN 1302 C/C++ Programming for Engineers and Scientists
    SYEN 1207 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
    SYEN 2315 Circuits and Systems
    and SYEN 2115 Circuits and Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
    SYEN 3314 Probability Theory and Random Variables
    SYEN 2370 Engineering Statics 1
    SYEN 3371 Engineering Dynamics 1
    SYEN 3372 Engineering Materials 1
    SYEN 3378 Engineering Thermodynamics 1
    SYEN 4374 Fluid Mechanics 1
    SYEN 4376 Mechanics of Materials 1

Note 1: Required for Mechanical option


Courses in Systems Engineering