A second major in systems science is ideal for study in many areas such as physics, chemistry, economics, finance, supply chain management, and computational biology. Students in the School of Engineering as well as the other undergraduate divisions at Washington University have the opportunity to pursue a second major in systems science in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Students are not allowed to add this second major to either the BS in SSE or the BS in Applied Science (SSE).

The requirements for a second major in systems science are:

ESE 105Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering3
ESE 351Signals and Systems3
ESE 403Operations Research3
ESE 441Control Systems3
CSE 131Introduction to Computer Science3

And 18 units of ESE courses in the Systems area chosen from:

  • ESE 205
  • ESE 400 through 428
  • ESE 437
  • ESE 440 through 459
  • ESE 470 through 499
  • ESE 500 through 529
  • ESE 540 through 559
  • SWCD 5660

Students may petition to substitute systems-oriented courses from other disciplines in Arts & Sciences for two of these six courses (for example, courses in computational physics, econometrics or computational mathematics).

The above program assumes completion of the following courses:

Math 132
Math 233
Calculus II
and Calculus III
Math 217Differential Equations3
ESE 318Engineering Mathematics A3
ESE 319Engineering Mathematics B3
ESE 326Probability and Statistics for Engineering3
Physics 197Physics I4
Physics 198Physics II4

Within this second major in systems science, areas of concentration are possible in: robotics, control systems, and operations research. To design a customized program, contact Jason Trobaugh, director of undergraduate studies.