Undergraduate Programs

Systems Science & Engineering

The systems science and engineering program at the McKelvey School of Engineering prepares students to view an entire system of components as an entity rather than as an assembly of individual parts. Each component is designed to fit properly with the other components rather than to function by itself.

The engineering and mathematics of systems is a rapidly developing field. It is one of the most modern segments of applied mathematics, as well as an engineering discipline. It is concerned with the identification, modeling, analysis, design and control of systems that are potentially as large and complex as the U.S. economy or as precise and vital as a space voyage.

Bachelor of Science in Systems Science & Engineering

  • The Bachelor of Science in Systems Science and Engineering (BSSSE) degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the General Criteria.
  • This program educates students in the engineering and science of systems. Graduates are expected to have mathematical competence and knowledge of systems analysis, control, design methods, numerical methods, differential equations, dynamic systems theory, automatic control theory, system stability, estimation, optimization, modeling, identification, simulation and basic computer programming.
  • Objectives & Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Systems Science & Engineering)

  • This program is recommended if students wish to pursue a program that does not follow conventional lines.
  • This applied science degree is not accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • Degree Requirements


Enrollment and graduation data for BS in systems science & engineering

Academic Year Enrollment (all undergraduate levels) BS Graduates
2018 123 31
2019 109 30
2020 65 48
2021 52 24
2022 52 15
2023 37 18


Minor and Second Major

Interested students can apply to pursue either a second major or a minor to enhance their background, knowledge and skills in the areas of applied physics and electrical engineering.


Students can earn a minor in Systems Science and Engineering by completing six courses, which include two electives.

Find a list of required courses and available electives on the University Bulletin.

Second Major

A second major in systems science is ideal for students majoring in many areas, such as physics, chemistry, economics, finance, supply chain management and computational biology. Students are not allowed to add this second major to either the BS in Systems Engineering or the BS in Applied Science in Systems Engineering.

Find a list of required courses and available electives on the University Bulletin.