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Be a "Big Picture" Engineer

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Systems Engineering is a broad discipline that addresses the engineering of large, complex systems and the integration of the many subsystems that comprise the larger system. All of these various components must function together in an effective and efficient manner in order to carry out the mission. The systems engineer designs, integrates and helps ensure smooth functioning of complex systems typical in today’s high-tech Air Force.

The systems engineer is a “big picture” engineer. They always keep an eye on the design of the overall system to ensure that it meets the needs of all stakeholders including operators, maintainers, commanders and our ultimate customer – the American public!

Cadets in the Systems Engineering major apply their disciplined approach by teaming up with domain specific cadets in one of several defined Capstone Design projects in the following departments: Aeronautical Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Behavior Science, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Operations Research.

The Systems Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 11X – Pilot
  • 18X – RPA Pilot
  • 62E – Acquisitions, Developmental Engineer
  • 63A – Acquisitions, Program Manager
  • 17D – Cyber Operations
  • 21A/M – Aircraft/Munitions Maintenance
  • 13S – Space Operations
  • 62EXF – Flight Test Engineer
  • 61A – Operations Research Scientist
Outside the Air Force
  • Program Systems Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Pilot
  • Aircraft Maintainer
  • Research Scientist

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • Introduction to Programming for Scientist and Engineers
  • Introduction to Human Factors Engineering
  • Probabilistic Models
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Aero Engr 210 or 315

Chem 200

Econ 201

English 211

EngrMech 220

Law 220

Math 245 or 344

MSS 200

Ops Rsch 310

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Sys Engr 310

BehSci 310

Comp Sci 211

Depth Opt

Depth Opt

ECE 231

History 300

Math 356

Math 243 or 359

Ops Rsch 312

Sys Engr 301

Sys Engr 311

Sys Engr 336

AstroEngr310

BehSci 373

Biology 315

Depth Opt

Depth Opt

English 411

MSS 416

Philos 310

SocSci 412

Sys Engr 405

Sys Engr 406/402

Sys Engr 477

Sys Engr 491

Sys Engr 492

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

VALIDATION AND TRANSFER CREDITS

We will accept transfer credits from other universities’ course work in the same course description. For specific questions, please email the Deputy for Systems Engineering Program.

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Systems Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge
    • Lead others effectively
    • Apply ethical and moral standards
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking
    • Communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire before graduation. The outcomes for this program are:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Lead and function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively, both written and orally
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Know contemporary issues
  • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
CONTACT US

Major Greg Brault
Advisor-in-Charge
gregory.brault@usafa.edu

Lt Col Cory Cooper
Program Director
cory.cooper@usafa.edu

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