The systems engineering program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Systems Engineering Students Fall 2013


Number of Students Enrolled

Number of Graduates
Bachelor of Science



Graduate Certificate



Master of Science






Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Systems Engineering program at UALR was founded in 1999 to meet the critical workforce needs of the high tech, knowledge-based industries (in particular, the computer, telecommunications, electrical, and mechanical industries) in central Arkansas. The need for a nontraditional program grounded in the principles of systems engineering was recognized early on in the process. The Program Educational Objectives and curriculum were accordingly designed so that the students graduating from the program could meet the 21st Century workforce needs of a wide spectrum of information technology-oriented companies. Beginning in Fall ’05, the program was expanded beyond the original offering of telecommunications and computer engineering to include specializations in electrical and mechanical engineering as well.

The undergraduate program aims to produce graduates who are:

1. Employable as engineers or managers in any of the following fields:

  • Computer hardware and software systems,
  • Telecommunication systems and networks,
  • Mechanical and manufacturing systems, and
  • Electrical and electronic systems.

2. Prepared to conduct scientific or engineering research and to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or applied sciences.
3. Able to gain admission to professional programs in fields such as business, medicine, and law, in recognition of the growing importance of science and engineering in these fields for the 21st century and beyond.

Program Outcomes

The Systems Engineering program is designed to introduce students to a broad range of Systems Engineering topics, including advanced topics in their choice of telecommunications, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering options.

By the time they graduate, our students are expected to have gained the following skills:

a. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to real-world engineering problems,

b. Ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data,

c. Ability to design and test systems in response to user requirements,

d. Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams that synthesize engineering solutions from diverse components,

e. Ability to identify and formulate systems engineering problems, and to develop and implement solutions to these problems,

f. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,

g. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing,

h. Broad and well-rounded education necessary to comprehend the impact of engineering designs and solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts,

i. Commitment to life-long learning and a desire to keep abreast of latest developments in the engineering field,

j. Knowledge of contemporary issues and an understanding of the role of the systems engineer in contemporary society, and

k. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and state-of-the-art engineering tools necessary for professional practice.