The minor in systems engineering offers an attractive complement to many undergraduate majors.  Systems engineers define, design, develop, integrate, and test systems. Whereas other engineering disciplines concentrate on individual aspects of a system (electronics, ergonomics, software, etc.), systems engineers focus on the system as a whole. This minor provides students with the fundamentals of systems engineering and operations research. In these courses, students learn how to deal with the system life cycle and to use scientific methods for analyzing operations of a system or organization. The structured set of courses helps students across the technical fields prepare for the information technology work now common in public and private industry. This minor is open to all majors, and especially appropriate for students in the natural sciences, computational sciences, information technology, finance, economics, mathematics, engineering, or computer science programs.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: SYST

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Courses

SYST 473Decision and Risk Analysis3
Select one from the following:3
Systems Design 1
Understanding Systems Engineering 2
Systems Engineering Principles
Total Credits6

Three Additional Courses

Select any three additional courses from the following. Students are encouraged to take SYST 460 and SYST 461 for technical emphasis in Aviation Systems, SYST 438 and SYST 468 for technical emphasis in Data Analytics, SYST 438 and SYST 488 for technical emphasis in Financial Engineering, and OR 441/MATH 441, OR 442/MATH 442, and OR 481/MATH 446 for technical emphasis in Operations Research.9
Introduction to Computing for Digital Systems Engineering (Mason Core)
Systems Design
Dynamical Systems I
and Systems Modeling Laboratory
Object-oriented Modeling and Design
Dynamical Systems II
Systems Methods
Systems Project Management 1
Systems Engineering Management
Analytics for Financial Engineering and Econometrics
Technologies and Security for Cryptocurrencies and Financial Transactions
Introduction to Air Traffic Control
Air Transportation System Engineering
Applied Predictive Analytics
Human Computer Interaction 2
Human Factors Engineering
Financial Systems Engineering
Discrete Systems Modeling and Simulation 3
Discrete Systems Modeling and Simulation
Deterministic Operations Research
Stochastic Operations Research
Numerical Methods in Engineering
Numerical Analysis I
Total Credits9


Some of the courses listed above have additional prerequisites. Students should pay careful attention to prerequisites when selecting courses.