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Systems Engineering Book List
Course  Title, Author  Publisher 

SYST 210  The Engineering Design of Systems, 3rd edition, 2016, Buede (required)  Wiley 
SYST 210  A Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language, 3rd edition, 2014, Friedenthal (recommended)  Elsevier 
SYST 220  Systems Dynamics, 4th edition, 2020, Palm (required)  McGrawHill 
SYST 221  MatLab & Simulink R2016b, student version, 2016 (required)  Mathworks 
SYST 320  Systems Dynamics, 4th edition, 2020, Palm (required)  McGrawHill 
SYST 330  Schaum's Outline of Engineering Economics, 1984, Sepulveda (required)  McGrawHill 
SYST 330  Systems Engineering & Analysis, 5th edition, 2011, Blanchard (required)  Prentice Hall 
SYST 335  DiscreteEvent System Simulation, 5th edition, 2010, Banks (required)  Prentice Hall 
SYST 335  Simulation with Arena, 6th edition, 2014, Kelton (recommended)  McGrawHill 
SYST 371  Project Management in Practice, 5th edition, 2013, Mantel (required)  Wiley 
SYST 420  Network Flows, 1993, Ahuja (recommended)  Prentice Hall 
SYST 421  Modern Control Engineering, 5th edition, 2010, Ogata (required)  Pearson 
SYST 438  Statistics and Data Analysis for Financial Engineering, 2nd edition, 2015, Ruppert (required)  Springer 
SYST 460  Airport Systems: Planning, Design & Management, 2nd edition, 2013, Neufville (required)  McGrawHill 
SYST 461  Global Airline Industry, 2nd edition, 2015, Belobaba (required)  Wiley 
SYST 461  Terminal Chaos, 2008, Donohue (required)  AIAA* 
SYST 465  Operations Research w/CD, 4th edition, 2004, Winston (required)  Cengage Learning 
SYST 469  Interaction Design, 4th edition, 2015, Rogers (required)  Wiley 
SYST 470  Designing for People: An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering, 3rd edition, 2017, John D. Lee, Christopher D. Wickens, YiliLiu, Linda Ng Boyle (required)  Create Space 
SYST 473  Making Hard Decisions, 3rd edition, 2013, Clemen (required)  Cengage Learning 
SYST 488  Options, Futures & Other Derivatives, 9th edition, 2014, Hull (required)  Pearson 
SYST 489  Engineering Communication, 2014, Knisley (required)  Cengage Learning 
SYST 489  Engineering Ethics, 2006, Baura (required)  Elsevier 
SYST 490  The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, 3rd edition, 2004, Goldratt (required)  North River 
SYST 495  Limits to Growth: The 30Year Update, 2004, Meadows (required)  Chelsea 
SYST 500  Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 7th edition, 2012, O'Neil (required)  Cengage Learning 
SYST 505  Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language, 3rd edition, 2013, Friedenthal (required)  Elsevier 
SYST 508  Engineering MegaSystems, 2010, Stevens (required)  Taylor 
SYST 510  Requirements Engineering, 3rd edition, 2010, Hull (required)  Springer 
SYST 513  Systems Engineering Principles & Practice, 2nd edition, 2011, Kossiakoff (required)  Wiley 
SYST 520  The Engineering Design of Systems, 3rd edition, 2016, Buede (required)  Wiley 
SYST 521  Network Flows, 1993, Ahuja (required)  Pearson 
SYST 530  Project Management: A Systems Approach, 11th edition, 2013, Kerzner (required)  Wiley 
SYST 538  Statistics and Data Analysis for Financial Engineering, 2nd edition, 2015, Ruppert (required)  Springer 
SYST 542  Decision Management Systems, 2012, Taylor (required)  Pearson 
SYST 560  Airport Systems: Planning, Design & Management, 2nd edition, 2013, Neufville (required)  McGrawHill 
SYST 568  Applied Predictive Modeling, 2013, Kuhn (required)  Springer 
SYST 573  Strategic Decision Making, 1996, Kirkwood  Cengage Learning 
SYST 588  Options, Futures & Other Derivatives, 9th edition, 2014, Hull (required)  Pearson 
SYST 611  Handbook of Dynamic System Modeling, 2007, Fishwick (recommended)  Taylor 
SYST 618  Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language, 3rd edition, 2013, Friedenthal (required)  Elsevier 
SYST 620  Modeling Business Processes: A PetriNet Oriented Approach, 2011, Aalst (required)  MIT Press 
SYST 621  Modeling Business Processes: A PetriNet Oriented Approach, 2011, Aalst (required)  MIT Press 
SYST 630  Information Technology Project Management, 8th edition, 2015, Schwalbe (required)  Cengage Learning 
SYST 659  Introduction to Logistics Systems Management, 2nd edition, 2013, Ghiani (required)  Wiley 
SYST 660  Global Airline Industry, 2nd edition, 2015, Belobaba (required)  Wiley 
SYST 660  Terminal Chaos, 2008, Donohue (required)  AIAA* 
SYST 664  A First Course in Bayesian Statistical Methods, 2009, Hoff (required)  Springer 
SYST 670  Planning & Scheduling in Manufacturing & Services, 2009, Pinedo (required)  Springer 
SYST 671  Rational Choice in an Uncertain World, 2nd edition, 2010, Hastie (required)  Sage 
SYST 674  Dynamic Programming: Models & Applications, 2003, Denardo (required)  Dover 
SYST 680  Sources of Power, 1998, Klein (required)  MIT Press 
SYST 688  Options, Futures & Other Derivatives, 9th edition, 2014, Hull (required)  Pearson 
SYST 735  Stochastic Simulation Optimization, 2011, Chen (required)  World Science 
Note: There are no texts for SYST 101, SYST 202, SYST 395, SYST 462, SYST 463, SYST 584, SYST 683, and SYST 699  
* The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
Operations Research Book List
Course  Title, Author  Publisher 

OR 335  DiscreteEvent System Simulation, 5th edition, 2010, Banks (required)  Pearson 
OR 335  Simulation with Arena, 6th edition, 2014, Kelton (recommended)  McGrawHill 
OR 441, OR 442  Operations Research w/CD, 4th edition, 2004, Winston (required)  Cengage Learning 
OR 481  Numerical Analysis, 2nd edition, 2012, Sauer (required)  Pearson 
OR 481  Numerical Analysis — Student Solutions Manual, 2nd edition, 2012, Sauer (recommended)  Pearson 
OR 531  Management Science: The Art of Modeling, 5th edition, 2017, Powell (required)  Wiley 
OR 538  Statistics and Data Analysis for Financial Engineering, 2nd edition, 2015, Ruppert (required)  Springer 
OR 541, OR 542  Operations Research w/CD, 4th edition, 2004, Winston (required)  Cengage Learning 
OR 568  Applied Predictive Modeling, 2013, Kuhn (required)  Springer 
OR 588  Options, Futures & Other Derivatives, 9th edition, 2014, Hull (required)  Pearson 
OR 603  Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers Use Mathematics, 1st edition, 2012, Winston (required)  Princeton 
OR 604  Optimization in Operations Research, 2nd edition, 2017, Rardin (required)  Pearson 
OR 635  Simulation with Arena, 6th edition, 2015, Kelton (recommended)  McGrawHill 
OR 635  Simulation Modeling & Analysis, 5th edition, 2015, Law (required)  McGrawHill 
OR 641  Linear & Nonlinear Optimization, 2nd edition, 2009, Griva (required)  SIAM* 
OR 642  Applied Integer Programming, 2010, Chen (required)  Wiley 
OR 643  Network Flows, 1993, Ahuja (required)  Pearson 
OR 644  Linear & Nonlinear Optimization, 2nd edition, 2009, Griva (required)  SIAM* 
OR 645  Introduction to Probability Models, 11th edition, 2014, Ross (required)  Elsevier 
OR 647  Fundamentals of Queueing Theory, 4th edition, 2008, Gross (required)  Wiley 
OR 649  Introduction to Logistics Systems Management, 2nd edition, 2013, Ghiani (required)  Wiley 
OR 670  Planning & Scheduling in Manufacturing & Services, 2009, Pinedo (required)  Springer 
OR 671  Rational Choice in an Uncertain World, 2nd edition, 2010, Hastie (required)  Sage 
OR 674  Dynamic Programming: Models & Applications, 2003, Denardo (required)  Dover 
OR 681  Strategic Decision Making, 1996, Kirkwood (required)  Cengage Learning 
OR 682  Scientific Computing, 2nd edition, 2002, Heath (required)  McGrawHill 
OR 683  Sources of Power, 2nd edition, 1998, Klein (required)  MIT Press 
OR 688  Options, Futures & Other Derivatives, 9th edition, 2014, Hull (required)  Pearson 
OR 719  Probabilistic Graphical Models, 2009, Koller (required)  MIT Press 
OR 735  Stochastic Simulation Optimization, 2011, Chen (required)  World Scientific 
OR 750  Introduction to Stochastic Programming, 2nd edition, 2011, Birge (required)  Springer 
OR 774  Approximate Dynamic Programmning, 2nd edition, 2011, Powell (required)  Wiley 
OR 782  Integer Programming, 1st edition, 1999, Wolsey (required)  Wiley 
Note: There are no texts for OR 651, OR 652, and OR 699  
* Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 
Study Plans
 MS/OR Plan of Study with Concentration(PDF)

Systems Engineering and Operations Research, PhD (PDF) Systems Engineering and Operations Research, PhD(Doc)
Undergraduate Curriculum

System Engineering, BS, NOVA Transfer Regular  NonADVANCE Curriculum(PDF)
 System Engineering, BS, NOVA Transfer Regular  ADVANCE Curriculum(PDF)

Diagram of Prerequisite Sequences for Required Courses for BSSE (PDF)
Information and Resources for PhD Students

Request Form for Qualifying Exams (PDF) Request Form for Qualifying Exams (Doc)

Qualifying Exam Study Resources

Advisory Committee (PDF) Advisory Committee (Doc)

Comprehensive Exam Request (PDF) Comprehensive Exam Request (Doc)

Comprehensive Exam Report Form (PDF) Comprehensive Exam Report Form (Doc)

Proposal Presentation and Admission to Candidacy Form (PDF)Proposal Presentation and Admission to Candidacy Form (Doc)

Approval to Defend Dissertation (PDF) Approval to defend Dissertation (Doc)
Student Clubs and Organizations 


INCOSE: The International Council on Systems Engineering 
SWE: Society of Women Engineers 
EfID: Engineers for International Development 
Theta Tau: Professional Engineering Fraternity 
NSBE: The National Society of Black Engineers 
Omega Rho: International Honor Society for Operations Research and Management Science 
SHPE: Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers 
Omega Alpha: International Honor Society for Systems Engineering 
SEOR Academic Affairs Contacts
Undergraduate Student Assistance
Email Rania Fadlallah for Undergraduate student assistance.
Graduate Student Assistance
Contact Mary Poirier for Graduate student assistance
Volgenau Academic Affairs Contacts
Undergraduate Student Services
If you need assistance, contact, Letisha Brooks, Assistant to Sharon Caraballo, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, at 7039931511.
Graduate Academic Affairs
Volgenau's Graduate Student Affairs Office oversees the functions of all graduate programs within the school and supports Volgenau's graduate students. Our highest priority is recruitment and retention, The office works with the Volegnau Office of Graduate Admission to enroll students with strong academic backgrounds. We are committed to supporting both full and parttime students with guidance as they work toward earing their masters, certificate, or doctoral degrees.
Jennifer SkorzawskiRoss
Director, Graduate Academic Affairs
Phone: 7039931505