Department of Systems Engineering

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Systems Engineering

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Chairperson:
Anderson, Gary, Professor

Assistant Chairperson:
Wright, Andrew, Associate Professor

Advisor for International Students:
Al-Rizzo, Hussain, Professor

Graduate Coordinator:
Babiceanu, Radu, Associate Professor

Professors:
Biris, Alexandru
Chan, Yupo
Iqbal, Kamran
Kim, Jung
Liu, Xian
Mohan, Seshadri
Nisanci, Ibrahim
Reddy, Rama

Associate Professors:
Huang, Guoliang
Ye, Cang
Zhang, Jing

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 four specific disciplines: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering or computer engineering.

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 four 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 telecommunications option builds an understanding of cellular and wireless communications, including third-generation wireless technologies and networking protocols, voice over IP, and the emerging mobile multimedia internet.
  4. 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 six 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.

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Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering Computer Systems Option

General: 128 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. (See page 19 for details)

    SYEN 1210 Introduction to Systems Engineering

Core (35 hours)

English/Communication Requirement (6 hours)
    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II

Math (3 hours)

    MATH 3322 Differential Equations

Science (8 hours)

    CHEM 1406 Engineering Chemistry
    PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab

U.S. History and Government Requirement (3 hours)

    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    or HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    or POLS 1310 American National Government

Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (11 hours)

    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    and SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
    and RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    or RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace

And choose one:

    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
    MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    RELS 2305 World Religions
    SOCI 2300 Introductory to Sociology
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communications
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theater and Dance
    Any CHIN, FREN, GERM, INTR, or SPAN course

Additional Math and Science – in place of Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (4 hours)

    PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
    PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (91 hours)

Addition Mathematics Courses for Major (18 hours)

    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 2350 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra

Systems Engineering Foundation Courses (29 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 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
Computer Option (35 hours)
    SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computing Systems
    or SYEN 1304 Introduction to Electrical Systems
    SYEN 2370 Engineering Statics
    or SYEN 3310 Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation
    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
Management Requirement (3 hours)
    MGMT 3300 Organizational Behavior and Management
    or MGMT 3362 Small Business Management
    or MGMT 4361 Entrepreneurship
Major Electives (6-8 hours)

Students may choose six hours of upper level courses from SYEN, ECET, ETME, CVCE, ARCE, IFSC and CPSC with the consent of an advisor. Additional 2 hours major elective required for transfer students exempted from 2 hour FYC requirement.

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), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering Electrical Systems Option

General: 128 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 credit. (See page 19 for details)

    SYEN 1210 Introduction to Systems Engineering

Core (35 hours)

English/Communication Requirement (6 hours)
    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
Math (3 hours)
    MATH 3322 Differential Equations
Science (8 hours)
    CHEM 1406 Engineering Chemistry
    PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab
U.S. History and Government Requirement (3 hours)
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    or HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    or POLS 1310 American National Government
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (11 hours)
    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    and SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
    and RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    or RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
And choose one:
    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
    MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    RELS 2305 World Religions
    SOCI 2300 Introductory to Sociology
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communications
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theater and Dance
    Any CHIN, FREN, GERM, INTR, or SPAN course
Additional Math and Science – in place of Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (4 hours)
    PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
    PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (91 hours)

Additional Mathematics Courses for Major (18 hours)
    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 2350 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
Systems Engineering Foundation Courses (29 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 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
Electrical Option (35 hours)
    SYEN 1304 Introduction to Electrical Systems
    or SYEN 1301 Introduction to Computing Systems
    SYEN 3310 Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation
    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
Management Requirement (3 hours)
    MGMT 3300 Organizational Behavior and Management
    or MGMT 3362 Small Business Management
    or MGMT 4361 Entrepreneurship
Major Electives (6-8 hours)

Students may choose six hours of upper level courses from SYEN, ECET, ETME, CVCE, ARCE, IFSC and CPSC with the consent of an advisor. Additional 2 hours major elective required for transfer students exempted from 2 hour FYC requirement.

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), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering Mechanical Systems Option

General: 128 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 credit. (See page 19 for details)

    SYEN 1210 Introduction to Systems Engineering

Core (35 hours)

English/Communication Requirement (6 hours)
    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
Math (3 hours)
    MATH 3322 Differential Equations
Science (8 hours)
    CHEM 1406 Engineering Chemistry
    PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab
U.S. History and Government Requirement (3 hours)
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    or HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    or POLS 1310 American National Government
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (11 hours)
    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    and SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
    and RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    or RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
And Choose one:
    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
    MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    RELS 2305 World Religions
    SOCI 2300 Introductory to Sociology
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communications
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theater and Dance
    Any CHIN, FREN, GERM, INTR, or SPAN course
Additional Math and Science – in place of Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (4 hours)
    PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
    PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (91 hours)

Additional Mathematics Courses for Major (18 hours)
    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 2350 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
Systems Engineering Foundation Courses (29 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 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
Mechanical Option (35 hours)
    SYEN 1207 Introduction to Mechanical Systems
    SYEN 2117 Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
    ETME 2333 Advanced Computer-Aided 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
    ETME 4317 Machine Design
Management Requirement (3 hours)
    MGMT 3300 Organizational Behavior and Management
    or MGMT 3362 Small Business Management
    or MGMT 4361 Entrepreneurship
Major Electives (6-8 hours)

Students may choose six hours of upper level courses from SYEN,
ECET, ETME, CVCE, ARCE, IFSC and CPSC with the consent of an advisor. Additional 2 hours major elective required for transfer students exempted from 2 hour FYC requirement.

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), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering Telecommunications Systems Option

General: 128 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 credit. (See page 19 for details)

    SYEN 1210 Introduction to Systems Engineering

Core (35 hours)

English/Communication Requirement (6 hours)
    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
Math (3 hours)
    MATH 3322 Differential Equations
Science (8 hours)
    CHEM 1406 Engineering Chemistry
    PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Lab
U.S. History and Government Requirement (3 hours)
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    or HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    or POLS 1310 American National Government
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (11 hours)
    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    and SYEN 3301 Engineering Economy
    and RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    or RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
And choose one:
    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
    MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    RELS 2305 World Religions
    SOCI 2300 Introductory to Sociology
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communications
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theater and Dance
    Any CHIN, FREN, GERM, INTR, or SPAN course
Additional Math and Science – in place of Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences (4 hours)
    PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
    PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Lab

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (91 hours)

Additional Mathematics Courses for Major (18 hours)
    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2453 Calculus III
    MATH 2350 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
    MATH 3312 Linear Algebra
Systems Engineering Foundation Courses (29 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 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
Telecommunications Option (35 hours)
    SYEN 1303 Introduction to Telecommunication Systems
    SYEN 2370 Engineering Statics
    or SYEN 3310 Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation
    SYEN 3332 Communication Network
    SYEN 3350 Signals and Systems
    SYEN 3150 Signals and Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3354 Digital and Analog Communications Systems
    SYEN 3154 Digital and Analog Communications Systems Laboratory
    SYEN 3356 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
    SYEN 4358 Cellular and Wireless Communications
    SYEN 4355 Mobile Multimedia Internet
    SYEN 4336 Advances in Communication Networks
    SYEN 4350 Digital Signal Processing
    SYEN 4356 Radio Frequency Techniques and Systems
Management Requirement (3 hours)

    MGMT 3300 Organizational Behavior and Management
    or MGMT 3362 Small Business Management
    or MGMT 4361 Entrepreneurship

Major Electives (6-8 hours)

Students may choose six hours of upper level courses from SYEN, ECET, ETME, CVCE, ARCE, IFSC and CPSC with the consent of an advisor. Additional 2 hours major elective required for transfer students exempted from 2 hour FYC requirement.

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), or 30 hours in residence.


Fundamentals of Engineering Examination

The department strongly 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