Secondary Field Option

Here's a form for reporting trouble or issues with your Secondary Field Options or Track Options.

One unique aspect of the Systems Engineering and Design program is that the students focus their studies through the Secondary Field Option, shaping the Systems Engineering and Design curriculum to their interests and career goals. Secondary Field Options are often built around a student’s long-term goals of integrating a basic engineering education with another specialized activity.

Students select a Secondary Field Option by the start of their junior year.

There are two basic types of Secondary Field Options: pre-approved or customized.

Pre-Approved Secondary Field Options

The 17 Pre-approved Secondary Field Options have designated titles and a list of recommended courses. These established options come with excellent coursework and mentorship. Click here for the detailed curriculum of each of the Secondary Field Options.

Automotive Engineering
Faculty Mentor: James Allison

Bioengineering
Faculty Mentor: Carolyn Beck

Business Systems Integration & Consulting
Faculty Mentor: Harry Wildblood

Civil Engineering Structures
Faculty Mentor: Henrique Reis

Digital Prototyping
Faculty Mentor: Jim Leake

Computer Science
Faculty Mentor: R. S. Sreenivas

Construction
Faculty Mentor: Henrique Reis

Control Systems
Faculty Mentor: Dusan Stipanovic

Engineering Administration
Faculty Mentor: Ray Price

Engineering Marketing
Faculty Mentor: Liming Feng

Environmental Quality
Faculty Mentor: Deborah Thurston

Manufacturing Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Girish Krishnan

Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation
Faculty Mentor: Henrique Reis

Operations Research

Rehabilitation Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Carolyn Beck

Robotics
Faculty Mentor: Girish Krishnan

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Faculty Mentor: Henrique Reis

Customized Secondary Field Options

Students may create Customized Secondary Field Options to develop expertise and pursue career goals in areas not provided by Pre-approved Options. To do this, a suitable title and all the courses must be petitioned for acceptance to the Department.

Customized Secondary Field Options may be technically or nontechnically oriented.

Presented below are examples of Customized Secondary Field Options students have petitioned in the past. Interesting and varied choices can be made.

  • Accountancy
  • Acoustics
  • Agricultural Engineering (or any other engineering discipline)
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Astronomy
  • Audio Engineering
  • Aviation
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cinematography
  • Circuit Analysis and Design
  • Economics
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Food Science
  • Geography
  • Heat Transfer
  • History of Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Human Factors
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial Psychology and Organizational Behavior
  • Insurance and Actuarial Science
  • Integrated Engineering and Industrial Design
  • International Business
  • Japanese (or any other language)
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Machine Design
  • Mechatronics
  • Meteorology
  • MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Mining and Geological Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Power Systems
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Science
  • Quality Research
  • Railroad Engineering
  • Solar Energy
  • Technical Journalism
  • Technology and Management
  • Telecommunications
  • Thermal Science
  • Thermodynamics
  • Vehicle Dynamics