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Overview of the B.S. Degree Program in Systems Engineering

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering (BS/SE) prepares students for a professional career in systems engineering. Our educational program reflects the systems engineer's unique perspective that considers all aspects of a system throughout the entire life time of that system. The systems engineering program at George Mason University is interdisciplinary, drawing from engineering, computer science, operations research, psychology and economics. The core systems engineering courses tie together these diverse threads to provide a global understanding of how individual engineering disciplines fit into the development of complex, large scale systems.

In the first two years, students obtain a basic foundation in mathematics, the natural sciences, computing, writing, the humanities, and the social sciences. The systems engineering program builds on this foundation, teaching students theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and the ability to apply systems thinking to problems. Teamwork, collaborative learning, analytical skills, practical problem solving, and oral and written communication are strongly stressed in the systems engineering degree program.

Students gain depth in a technical area by selecting a sequence of technical electives that constitute a specialization area (Operations Research, Control Systems, Computer Network Systems, Software Intensive Systems, Engineering Systems, Aviation Systems, Bioengineering, Data Analytics, or Financial Engineering). A year-long senior design project provides hands-on experience in applying various Systems Engineering methods and tools. Students may also elect to obtain a accelerated BS/MS in systems engineering in five years with careful planning.

Our program objective is to graduate students who are able to

  1. Apply critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and principles of engineering to contemporary and future systems.
  2. Apply systems engineering methods, processes, models and tools to the engineering of systems throughout their lifecycle.
  3. Work effectively as a member of multi-disciplinary teams and behave in a professional, ethical, and responsible manner. This includes establishing a foundation for life-long learning in the area of systems engineering and related areas.
  4. Communicate effectively with team members and decision makers both orally and in writing.





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