Department of Systems Engineering

EIT, Room 518, (501) 569-3100, (501) 569-8698 (fax), Website

Chairperson:
Nisanci, Ibrahim, Professor

Assistant Chairperson:
Al-Rizzo, Hussain, Professor

Graduate Coordinator:
Jing, Zhang,  Associate Professor

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

Associate Professors:
Wright, Andrew
Zhang, Jing

Assistant Professor:
Lee, Jin

 

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 three options for specialization: computer, 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 (29 hours)
EIT College Core (6 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 Fabrication Lab I
SYEN 2233 Solid Modeling and Design
SYEN 2370 Engineering Statics
SYEN 3371 Engineering Dynamics
SYEN 3372 Engineering Materials
SYEN 3373 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
SYEN 3378 Engineering Thermodynamics
SYEN 3379 Elements of Mechanical Design
SYEN 4374 Fluid Mechanics
SYEN 4174 Mechanical Testing Lab I
SYEN 4176 Mechanical Testing Lab II
SYEN 4379 Heat Transfer

 

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 3373 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials 1
Note 1: Required for Mechanical option


Courses in Systems Engineering