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  • ** = Included in the Systems Engineering Core (four courses). Choose ENGR 502 or CIS 600 or CIS 670.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor is implied whether so stated or not. Prerequisites may be met by presenting evidence of credits earned in equivalent courses or by demonstrating knowledge equivalent to indicated prerequisites.
  • Offerings: Course offerings are estimated; there is no guarantee a course will be held for any given semester.


TitleSubject#PrereqsDescriptionTerms Offered (Estimated)Course Info Sheets
Foundations of Systems Engineering SYSE501**Introductory overview of the systems engineering perspective and is presented to set the conceptual and practical framework of the entire systems engineering graduate program. Covers the foundational components of systems engineering, the concept development stage every viable system must go through, and the process steps of the engineering development stage. Several issues related to post-development and special topics areas are presented.

Finishing this course with at least a B+ allows you to bypass the INCOSE knowledge exam for ASEP or CSEP certification.

Fall & Spring
Systems Thinking for the Real WorldSYSE505 (prev. 580A2)Application of systems thinking language, tools, and framework for solving real-world complex issues.Spring
Systems Sensing and Imaging AnalysisSYSE512STAT 301 or equivalentSensing, sampling, filtering, transducing, and transmission of information to transform physical data to the digital domain. Subsequent processing of image and digital data, restoration, analysis and classification to problems in inspection, authentication, color science, biometrics, and signal/image characterization. Previously ENGR 681A2; credit may not be earned for both.Spring of even years (next: Spring 2024)
Overview of Systems Engineering ProcessesSYSE530**STAT 301 or equivalentHelps students develop a conceptual understanding of the systems engineering life-cycle process and familiarity with analysis techniques used in that process. Introduces concepts of reliability and robustness, and rigorous tools for analysis and design with them in mind. Utilizes real-world experience and case studies of working with a system through all phases of the system design process.Fall & Spring
Dynamics of Complex SystemsSYSE532SYSE 501 or concurrentThis course deals with understanding the higher-level behavior and issues that emerge from interaction between components in complex socio-technical systems. The course emphasizes system thinking, dynamic cause and effect relationships, and the higher-level emergent behavior that results from the interaction of many smaller effects that are individually well understood, but more difficult to grasp at a higher level.Fall
Human Systems IntegrationSYSE534Evaluation of human capabilities and limitations when designing and evaluating complex systems in order to enhance safety, efficiency, usability, and reduce life cycle costs.Spring
Engineering Data Design and VisualizationSYSE541 (prev. ENGR 580A5)STAT 301 or equivalentData design, aggregation and filtering, intuitive data exploration, effective communication of patterns, summaries, and findings, and methods of archiving for engineers.Fall
Secure Vehicle and Industrial NetworkingSYSE549 (prev. ENGR 580A6)CS 163 or CS 164 (Intro to Programming) or equivalentTheoretical and practical applications of secure communications in automotive and industrial networked systems. Within the context of the OSI seven-level layer networking model, coverage will include physical connections, encoding, message framing, media access control, error detection, cryptography and application security.Spring starting 2023
Systems Engineering ArchitectureSYSE567SYSE 501 or concurrent or instructor permissionIntroduction to formal system architecture methods using the Systems Modeling Language (SysML) and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) with detailed examples. Students will apply the methodology to build architecture models of systems of their choice. Topics include Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), real-time systems, secure systems, and networked enterprise architecture.Fall
Cybersecurity Awareness for Systems EngineersSYSE569SYSE 501 or concurrentCybersecurity principles, practices, technologies, design approaches, and terminology. Incorporation of cybersecurity principles into effective systems designs. This course is directed to System Engineers and other technical personnel with a need to understand cybersecurity in order to integrate it into a balanced system design.Spring of odd years (next: Spring 2023), Summer of even years (next: Summer 2024)
Analytics in Systems EngineeringSYSE571STAT 301 or equivalentTopics include: machine learning for analytics; systems engineering and meta-algorithms; prototyping software for getting to know your data–R, Python,Arduino; applications; 1st, 2nd, 3rd order meta-algorithms for future patterns for intelligent systemsFall
Cost Optimization for Systems EngineersSYSE573ENGR 502 & ENGR 531 (or instructor permission)Techniques and strategies to respond to requirements, design decisions, and development decisions, while optimizing for cost at the organizational, program, and project level.Spring as-needed (enrollment-dependent)
Control Engineering for Systems EngineersSYSE580A1MATH 229 & CBE 430 or ECE 411 or MECH 417 (Matrices/Linear Equations & Control Systems) or instructor permissionChallenge-driven overview of the diversity of control paradigms for modern, dynamic engineering systems for realizing desired system behaviors. Topics include linear, nonlinear, optimal, robust, decentralized, and hierarchical control methods. Examples from aero-actuation, space, energy, thermal, chemical, and financial systems are presented.Spring of odd years (next: Spring 2023)
Development of Aerospace Actuation SystemsSYSE580A3ECE 331 or ECE 341 or ECE 342 or MECH 307 or MECH 324 or MECH 325 (previous experience with engineering systems) or equivalent/instructor permissionSystemic and systematic approaches for engineering safe and efficient actuation systems of modern aircraft or spacecraft. Fall
Space Mission Analysis and DesignSYSE580A4MATH 340 or MATH 345 (differential equations)Appropriate for engineers, scientists, and technical managers designing or evolving the best mission possible with a limited set of resources including limited time. Designed for both students and professionals in space systems-related fields including defense, commercial, civil and explorationAs-needed (enrollment-dependent)
Teaching and Training Using Immersive Tech.SYSE580A5STAT 301 or equivalent or MECH 231 (Engineering Experimentation)Introduces Social Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality as platforms for designing and implementing educational and training experiences. These experiences are based on using criteria and developing curricula along with well-known instructional design learning models.Spring
AR/VR Environmental Realism for SESYSE581A1STAT 301 or equivalent or MECH 231 (Engineering Experimentation)This course explores, explains, and expands the means for engineers, and particularly systems engineers, to create environmental realism in AR/VR applications. The course starts with process of ingestion-the measurement and qualification of the environments of interest: manufacturing, agriculture, space flight, and healthcare. This course is the first in a two-course series; the second course (SYSE580A5) will allow students to implement the final project requirement from SYSE581A1.Fall
Transitions in Energy SystemsSYSE581A2Synthesizes foundational ideas from across various components of the global energy complex, some of which are technical-, scientific-, business-, or policy-oriented. Study and investigate the technical, operational, environmental, economic, social, and political transitions that are underway in the energy sector that impact the design, development, and deployment of energy systems of the future.Fall
Group Study – Systems Engineering SkillsSYSE5961-2 credit skill-building course for specific areas of systems engineering. Topic changes per semester, and this is offered on an as-needed basis.As-needed (special topics)
Group Study in Systems EngineeringSYSE5973-credit course covering special and contemporary topics in the field of systems engineering. Topic changes per semester, and this is offered on an as-needed basis.As-needed (special topics)
Systems Requirements EngineeringSYSE602SYSE 501 & SYSE 530Introduction to the rigorous requirements process within systems engineering, including system requirements analysis, requirements decomposition, allocation, tracking, verification, and validation.Fall
Introduction to Systems Test and EvaluationSYSE603ENGR 502 & ENGR 531Test and evaluation of systems at both the component and systems levels to provide insights into how systems succeed or fail based on test methodologies.Spring as-needed (enrollment-dependent)
Advanced Model-Based Systems EngineeringSYSE667SYSE 567This course continues SYSE 567 by diving deeper into formal system architecting topics, modern tools, and research techniques for system architecture and model-based systems engineering (MBSE).Spring of even years (next: Spring 2024)
Independent StudySYSE695Credits taken while working on the MS Plan B or ME capstone project. This course is driven by an agreement between the faculty project advisor and the student. Requires faculty advisor to enroll.Spring, Fall, & SummerMS Plan B or ME only – requires faculty advisor
ThesisSYSE699Credits taken while working on the MS Plan A thesis. This course is driven by an agreement between the faculty thesis advisor and the student. Requires faculty advisor to enroll.Spring, Fall, & SummerMS Plan A only – requires faculty advisor
Research Methods in Systems EngineeringSYSE780A1Introduction to the systems engineering research field. Students will learn about the academic research process, norms, and techniques, with emphasis on the PhD program and expectations. May apply to master’s degrees but not DEng.Spring
Leadership/Innovation in Systems EngineeringSYSE710Background in technical leadership skill sets, systems engineering skill sets, and intellectual toolkit to develop a successful applied and translational research project/practicum, specifically for admitted DEng students. FallDEng students only
Ethics in Systems EngineeringSYSE711A 1-credit brief course covering ethical principles and their application to systems engineering. May not apply to the SE PhD. SummerMay not apply to PhD
Applied Systems Engineering PracticumSYSE786SYSE 710Credits taken while completing DEng practicum experience. This course is driven by an agreement between the advisory committee, practicum sponsor, and the student.Spring, Fall, & SummerDEng students only
Independent Study – Publication Replacement SYSE795PhD students who have had two papers accepted for publication, with research done while enrolled at CSU, may be eligible for this credit. Contact program advisor for more information.Spring, Fall, & SummerPhD students only
Dissertation – PhDSYSE799ACredits taken while working on any part of the PhD dissertation. This course is driven by an agreement between the faculty research advisor and the student.Spring, Fall, & SummerPhD students only
Dissertation – Professional DoctorateSYSE799BSYSE 786Credits taken while working on the write-up of the DEng dissertation, after practicum experience is completed. This course is driven by an agreement between the advisory committee, practicum sponsor, and the student.Spring, Fall, & SummerDEng students only


TitleSubject#PrereqsDescriptionTerms Offered (Estimated)Course Info Sheets
Engineering Project and Program ManagementENGR502**Engineering program management fundamentals, program planning and control strategies, risk assessment, work breakdown structures and costing options. ENGR 502 OR CIS 600A may apply to an SE degree/certificate.Every Fall, Spring of odd years (next: Spring 2023), Summer of even years (next: Summer 2024)
Engineering Optimization: Method/ApplicationENGR510MATH 229 & MATH 261 (Matrices/Linear Equations & Calculus III) or equivalent – review provided during the courseIntroductory optimization course for all engineers covers linear programming, simplex algorithm, nonlinear optimization, interior-point and penalty approaches, derivative-free methods, genetic algorithms, and optimization of systems. A broad range of examples is shown, including problems in transportation, scheduling, machine learning, mechanics, and aerospace.Fall
Engineering Decision Support/Expert SystemsENGR520MATH 159 or MATH 160 (Calculus I)This course provides an introduction to engineering decision support systems, normative vs. descriptive approaches in decision analysis. Basic concepts include multiobjective analysis, multicriteria decision making.Spring as-needed (enrollment-dependent)
Intellectual Property and Invention SystemsENGR525Focused on the appropriate application of “patterns for patenting” together with intuition, inspiration, and cross-disciplinary connecting. De-mystify “inventing” as applied to science, engineering and technology. Credit not allowed for both 525 and 423.Spring of even years (next: Spring 2024), Summer of odd years (next: Summer 2023)
Engineering Risk AnalysisENGR531**STAT 301 or equivalentSuccessful engineering project management includes estimation and proactive risk identification and development of mitigation techniques. System uncertainty is reduced when project risks are identified, quantified, and mitigation strategies implemented. Tools, techniques, and methodologies used by successful project managers will be examined.Every Spring, Fall of even years (next: Fall 2024), Summer of odd years (next: Summer 2023)
Spaceflight and Biological SystemsENGR533 Starting with an understanding of the different components of gravity, explore spaceflight’s direct and indirect impact on all major biological systems, culminating with a consideration of how spaceflight can be made more sustainable.Spring of odd years (next: Spring 2023)
Design & Analysis of Engineering ExperimentsENGR540 (prev. 581A5)STAT 301 or equivalentStrategies to acquire meaningful data from engineered experiments and create useful models from these data. Techniques include comparative tests, analysis of variance, factorial designs, Latin squares, regression, response surfaces, stochastic processes and system model identification.Spring
Electrical Power EngineeringENGR/ECE565ECE 332 (Electronics Principles II) & ECE 342 (Electromagnetic Fields and Devices II) or equivalentAnalysis of power systems in terms of current, voltage, and active/reactive power; introduction of computer-aided tools for power systems.Fall as-needed (enrollment-dependent)
Grid Integration of Wind Energy SystemsENGR/ECE566 ECE 461 and ECE 462 (Power Systems + Lab) or ECE 565Aspects of integration of wind energy conversion systems (WECS) to electric power transmission grids.Spring as-needed (enrollment-dependent)
Coupled Electromechanical SystemsENGR570ECE 202 (Circuit Theory Applications) or ECE 204 (Introduction to Electrical Engineering) or equivalentCoupled electrical and mechanical systems and the analysis of energy transfer between these systems. Analysis of field energy and the relationship between electrical, mechanical and electromagnetic forces. Analysis and design of linear motors, servo-motors, DC and motors are presented. Other topics include inductively coupled charging circuits and vibrational modes that can arise between coupled electrical and mechanical systems.Fall of even years (next: Fall 2024)
Quant. Behavioral Modeling for EngineersENGR581A6STAT 301 or equivalentThe application of quantitative methods to understand and characterize human behavior, including experimental design, survey methods, modeling, and prediction with specific application to engineering systems and decision making.Fall


TitleSubject#PrereqsDescriptionTerms Offered (Estimated)Course Info Sheet
Simulation Modeling and ExperimentationMECH513STAT 301 or equivalentFundamental concepts of integrated modeling, simulation, and experimentation as a component of the systems engineering process. Practical processes for improving the defensibility, cost and capabilities of your simulations. Emphases on verification and validation of computational models, on quantification and propagation of uncertainty, on multi-disiciplinary analysis and optimization, and on synthesis and decision making. Tools: MATLAB, Excel, ModelCenter, Simulink and SimEventsFall as-needed (enrollment-dependent)


TitleSubject#PrereqsDescriptionTerms Offered (Estimated)
Information Technology and Project ManagementCIS600ACourse topics include balancing project stakeholder requirements for scope, time, cost, quality, risk, and human factors. The course emphasizes the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) body of knowledge and considers PMP/CAPM professional certifications. CIS 600A OR ENGR 502 may apply to an SE degree/certificate.Fall & Spring
Advanced IT Project ManagementCIS670CIS 600AIn this class, an applied examination of project management is conducted with an emphasis on preparing for and completing PMI certification. The focus is on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). This course aims to prepare you to test for either Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) or Project Management Professional (PMP®).Spring


TitleSubject#PrereqsDescriptionTerms Offered (Estimated)
Electrical Power EngineeringECE/ ENGR565ECE 332 (Electronics Principles II) & ECE 342 (Electromagnetic Fields and Devices II) or equivalentAnalysis of power systems in terms of current, voltage, and active/reactive power; introduction of computer-aided tools for power systems.Fall as-needed (enrollment-dependent)
Grid Integration of Wind Energy SystemsECE/ENGR566 ECE 461 and ECE 462 (Power Systems + Lab) or ECE 565Aspects of integration of wind energy conversion systems (WECS) to electric power transmission grids.Spring as-needed (enrollment-dependent)


For elective requirements on the ME, MS, or a 72-credit doctoral degree’s ‘technical elective’ spaces, any course on our suggested elective list may be used. Please note the 42-credit Ph.D. and the 42-credit D.Eng. program do not include space for electives from this list. The ‘Applied’ and ‘Professional’ elective spaces on the DEng program cannot be chosen from this general list.

For those with general elective spaces in their program, this list is not exhaustive. If you find a graduate-level technical course that pertains to your professional goals and/or the systems engineering field, please contact the SE program to check if it may apply as an elective.

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