The Second Major in Systems Science & Engineering

A second major in systems science and engineering is ideal for study in many areas, including physics, chemistry, economics, finance, supply chain management and computational biology. Students in the McKelvey School of Engineering as well as the other undergraduate divisions at Washington University have the opportunity to pursue a second major in systems science and engineering in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering. 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 and engineering are as follows:

ESE 105Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering4
ESE 230Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Circuits4
ESE 351Signals and Systems3
ESE 4031Optimization for Engineered Planning, Decisions and Operations3
or ESE 415 Optimization
ESE 441Control Systems3
CSE 131Introduction to Computer Science3
Total Units20

In addition, 18 units of ESE courses in the systems area are to be chosen from the following list:

  • ESE 205
  • ESE 2971
  • ESE 400 through 428
  • ESE 437
  • ESE 440 through 459
  • ESE 470 through 499
  • ESE 502 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 191
Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
Physics 192
Physics II
and Physics II Laboratory

Within this second major in systems science and engineering, areas of concentration are possible in robotics, control systems and operations research.

For more information, contact the director of the program, Shen Zeng.

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