Secondary Field Options

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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.

12 hours from a single list must be completed to fulfill the requirement.

Automotive Engineering

Faculty Mentor: James Allison

Need a total of 12 hours

GE 410 Automatic Transmission Disassembly.

Automotive Engineering is a secondary field options that provides students with foundational knowledge required for engineering practice and research in automotive systems. These courses are complemented by other required coursework in design, controls, and engineering science. Course options are included that are pertinent to emerging topics in automotive engineering, including autonomy and electric drives. Students may opt to define an automotive engineering independent study project (must be approved by the automotive engineering SFO faculty mentor).

In addition to completing 12 credit hours from the list of approved courses for this SFO, one course counting toward these 12 credits must be from the dynamics/controls list, and one course must be from the automotive power systems list:

  • Dynamics/controls: (select at least one) ECE 470/AE 482/ME 445, ECE 486, ME 460, TAM 412, TAM 416
  • Automotive power systems: (select at least one) ME 400, ME 403, ECE 431, ECE 464
Course Hours
CS 440 Artificial Intelligence 3
CS 446 Machine Learning 3
ECE 431 Electric Machinery 4
ECE 464 Power Electronics 3
ECE 470/AE 482/ME 445 Introduction to Robotics 4
ECE 486 Control Systems 4
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
GE 497 Independent Study* 3
ME 320 Heat Transfer 4
ME 360 Signal Processing 3.5
ME 400 Energy Conversion Systems 3
ME 403 Internal Combustion Engines 3
ME 460 Industrial Control Systems 4
ME 461 Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems 3
TAM 412 Intermediate Dynamics 4
TAM 416 Intro to Nonlinear Dyn & Vib 4

*GE 497 may be taken for up to 3 credits, and must be based on an automotive engineering project approved by Automotive Engineering SFO faculty mentor.

 

Autonomous Systems and Robotics

Faculty Mentor: Girish Krishnan

Need a total of 12 hours

Student-designed robot.

Autonomous Systems and Robotics are appearing everywhere. Self-driving cars, autonomous vacuum cleaners, and industrial and medical robots will be commonplace in the future with an estimated market share of 40 billion USD by 2020. This SFO prepares you for understanding the synergistic interactions between algorithms, controls, electronics and mechanical components underlying such systems.

Course Hours
CS 225 Data Structures 4
CS 440 Artificial Intelligence 3
CS 446 Machine Learning 3
ECE 470 Introduction to Robotics 4
ECE 486 Control Systems 4
ECE 490 Introduction to Optimization 3
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
GE 411 Reliability Engineering 3
GE 423 Mechatronics 3
ME 350 Design for Manufacturability 3
ME 461 Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems 3

Bioengineering

Faculty Mentor: Carolyn Beck

Need a total of 12 hours

Course Hours
BIOE 120 Introduction to Bioengineering 1
BIOE/ECE 414 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
BIOE/ECE 415 Biomedical Instrumentation Lab 2
BIOE 498 Special Topics 3
BIOP 401 Introduction to Biophysics 3
CHEM 232 Elementary Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 233 Elementary Organic Chem Lab I 2
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
IE 340/AVI 350/PSYC 358 Human Factors 4
KIN 355 Biomechanics of Human Movement 3
MCB 150 Molec & Cellular Basis of Life* 4
MCB 250 Molecular Genetics* 3
MCB 251 Exp Techniqs in Cellular Biol* 2
MCB 401 Cell & membrane Physiology 3
MCB 402 Sys & Integrative Physiology 3
MCB 403 Cell & Membrane Physiology Lab 2
MCB 404 Sys & Integrative Physiol Lab 3
MCB 450 Introductory Biochemistry 3

*Recommended only if a prerequisite to another listed course.

Business Systems Integration & Consulting

Faculty Mentor: Harry Wildblood

Need a total of 12 hours

Business Systems Integration and Consulting is a very popular secondary field that prepares  students for careers in business analysis, managerial consulting, and in database applications pervasive in enterprise and global organizations with B2B and other highly integrated systems. Students with this training are sought by large consulting firms and globally distributed corporations for their engineering systems knowledge in production, marketing, finance and accounting. 

Major subjects of this track are:

  • Management Information Systems
  • Database Design and Management
  • Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • Engineering Law
  • Accounting and Accountancy
  • Principles of Business and Technical Communication
  • Corporate Finance

Students in this SFO have interned at:

  • Jimmy John's
  • Vodori Inc
  • Enterprise Works
Course Hours
SFO Core Requirement:
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
Group I (at least one course)
ACCY 200 Fundamentals of Accounting* 3
ACCY 201 Accounting and Accountancy I* 3
ACCY 202 Accounting and Accountancy II* 3
ADV 150 Introduction to Advertising 3
BADM 310 Mgmt and Organizational Beh 3
BADM 311 Individual Behavior in Orgs 3
BADM 312 Org Design and Environment 3
BADM 320 Principle of Marketing 3
BADM 445 Small Business Consulting 4
BADM 446 Entrepreneurship Sm Bus Form 4
BTW 250 Principles Bus Comm 3
BTW 261 Principles Tech Comm 3
FIN 221 Corporate Finance 3
FIN 300 Financial Markets 3
IE 420 Financial Engineering 3
Group II (at least one course)
BADM 352 Database Design and Management 3
BADM 353 Info Sys Analysis and Design 3
CS 225 Data Structures 4
All other 200-, 300-, or 400-level CS courses

*A basic accounting course is highly recommended

Civil Engineering Structures

Faculty Mentor: Henrique Reis

Need a total of 12 hours

In addition to the strong design background provided by the GE design sequence (i.e., GE310, GE311, GE312, and GE410), the secondary field option in civil engineering structures prepares students for their careers in industry addressing design problems related to civil structures. Students are introduced to physical testing, mathematical modeling and computer simulations, all of which support decisions that aid in the design of safer and more economic structures.  This field of concentration also provides students with an excellent background to continue their education in graduate school towards advanced degrees in civil structures.

Course Hours
CEE 380 Geotechnical Engineering 3
CEE 460 Steel Structures I* 3
CEE 461 Reinforced Concrete I 3
CEE 462 Steel Structures II 3
CEE 463 Reinforced Concrete II 3
CEE 465 Design of Structural Systems 3
GE 400 Engineering Law 4

*Some overlap with GE 410 if taken as a design elective. GE 310 counts as a prerequisite, do not take CEE 360.

Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: R. S. Sreenivas

Need a total of 12 hours

Computing has transformed society over the last three decades. This is a problem-solving discipline that requires an awareness of what can be accomplished with the infrastructure that is available today. The courses in the list shown below will hone your skills in this omnipresent discipline.  

Course Hours
CS 173 Discrete Structures 3
CS 225 Data Structures 4
CS 410 Text Information Systems 3
CS 411 Database Systems 3
CS 425 Distributed Systems 3
CS 438 Communication Networks 3
All other 200-, 300-, or 400-level CS courses  
GE 400 Engineering Law 3

 Construction

Faculty Mentor: Henrique Reis

Need a total of 12 hours

The strong design background provided by the GE design sequence (i.e., GE310, GE311, GE312, and GE410), and their background in Operations Research complements the secondary field option in construction.  Students with this field of concentration can either start their careers in industry addressing problems related to construction and planning or to continue their education in graduate school with a focus on construction.

Course Hours
CEE 300 Behavior of Materials* 3
CEE 310 Transportation Engineering 3
CEE 320 Construction Engineering 3
CEE 380 Geotechnical Engineering 3
CEE 420 Construction Productivity 3
CEE 421 Construction Planning 3
CEE 422 Construction Cost Analysis 3
CEE 460 Steel Structures I 3
CEE 461 Reinforced Concrete I 3
CEE 465 Design of Structural Systems 3
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
ME 330 Engineering Materials * 4

*Credit will be not given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280 (only one course may be taken out of these three). Check “Course Explorer” for further confirmation.

Control Systems

Faculty Mentor: Dusan Stipanovic

Need a total of 12 hours

Control Systems.

Almost any natural or man-made system is changing over time and thus can be treated as a dynamic system where examples range from ecological systems to markets to mobile robots and autonomous vehicles. Control systems secondary field prepares our students to design and control these dynamic systems and offers a hands-on training in our labs equipped with various electromechanical systems including an analog computer, motors, pendula, and autonomous vehicles.

Course Hours
CS 225 Data Structures 4
ECE 470/AE 482/ME 445 Introduction to Robotics 4
ECE 486 Control Systems 4
ECE 490 Introduction to Optimization 3
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
GE 423 Mechatronics 3
MATH 461 Probability Theory 3
ME 360 Signal Processing 3.5
ME 460 Industrial Control Systems 4
ME 461 Computer Cntrl of Mech Systems 3
MATH 464 Statistics and Probability II 3
SE 420 Digital Control Systems 4
SE 422 Robot Dynamics and Control 3

Digital Prototyping

Faculty Mentor: Jim Leake

Need a total of 12 hours

Formerly called CAD/CAM, the Digital Prototyping SFO refers to the digital generation of product models, with special emphasis on the up and downstream uses of these models for conceptualization, simulation, prototyping, manufacture, and visualization. Digital products are ubiquitous; many commercial products exist virtually, and this number will only continue to grow. The ability to parametrically iterate design alternatives, to analyze and test product functionality, and to rapidly generate physical prototypes are all based upon the digital prototype. Both additive and subtractive manufacturing relies upon a digital model. Expertise in digital prototyping provides a great foundation for an exciting career in engineering.

Major subjects of this track include:

  • Computer-aided design
  • 3D printing
  • 3D scanning
  • Finite element analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Design thinking
  • Simulation
  • Industrial design
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly
  • Computer-aided manufacturing
  • Product design

Students in this SFO now work at:

  • Kimberly Clark
  • Autodesk

We recommend that if a student takes two out of three of these courses —GE 410, GE 413, GE 423—then one counts as design elective, the other as SFO.

Course Hours
GE 402 Computer-Aided Product Realization 3
ME 270  Design for manufacturability (formerly ME 350, ME and EM majors only!) 3
ME 351 – Analysis of manufacturing processes (this is a new course) 3
ME 451 Computer-Aided Mfg Systems 3
ME 452 Num Control of Mfg Processes 3
ME 471/AE 420/CSE 451 Finite Element Analysis 3
TAM 302 Engineering Design Principles 3

Engineering Administration

Need a total of 12 hours

Course Hours
SFO Core Requirement
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
Elective Options
ACCY 200 Fundamentals of Accounting 3
ACCY 201 Accounting and Accountancy I 3
ACCY 202 Accounting and Accountancy II 3
ADV 150 Introduction to Advertising 3
BADM 310 Mgmt and Organizational Beh 3
BADM 311 Individual Behavior Orgs 3
BADM 312 Org Design and Environment 3
BADM 313 Human Resource Management 3
BADM 375 Business Process management 3
BADM 380 International Business 3
BADM 381 Multinational Management 3
BTW 250 Principles Bus Comm 3
BTW 261 Principles Tech Comm 3
ECON 302 Inter Microeconomic Theory 3
FIN 221 Corporate Finance 3
GE 411 Reliability Engineering 3
GEOG 205 Business Location Decisions 3
IE 330 Industrial Quality Control 3
IE 340 Human Factors 3
IE 361 Production Planning & Control 3
IE 420 Financial Engineering 3
IE 445 Human Perform & Engrg Psych 3
PS 321 Principles of Public Policy 3

Engineering Marketing

Faculty Mentor: Liming Feng

Need a total of 12 hours

While marketers have become more tech-savvy nowadays, engineers are becoming more marketing-savvy as well. This secondary field option trains engineering students with basic marketing skills. Through this SFO, students learn how to apply basic marketing principles in their engineering endeavors. Courses in this SFO cover basic topics such as advertising, brand promotion, sales promotion, marketing research, marketing communications, interactive marketing, marketing budget, etc.

Course Hours
SFO Core Requirement
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
Elective Options
ACCY 200 Fundamentals of Accounting 3
ACCY 201 Accounting and Accountancy I 3
ACCY 202 Accounting and Accountancy II 3
ADV 150 Introduction to Advertising 3
BADM 310 Mgmt and Organizational Beh 3
BADM 320 Principles of Marketing 3
BADM 322 Marketing Research 3
BAM 323 Marketing Communications 3
BADM 325 Consumer Behavior 3
BADM 327 Marketing to Business and Govt 3
BADM 380 International Business 3
BADM 382 International Marketing 3
BADM 420 Advanced Marketing Management 3
BTW 250 Principles Bus Comm 3
BTW 261 Principles Tech Comm 3
PSYC 245 Industrial Org Psych 3

Environmental Quality

Faculty Mentor: Deborah Thurston

Need a total of 12 hours

Course Hours
ACE 310 Natural Resource Economics 3
CEE 330 Environmental Engineering 3
CEE 437 Water Quality Engineering 3
CEE 440 Fate Cleanup Environ Pollutant 4
CEE 442 Env Eng Principles, Physical 3
CEE 443 Env Eng Principles, Chemical 4
CEE 444 Env Eng Principles, Biological 3
CEE 445 Air Quality Modeling 3
CEE 446 Air Quality Engineering 3
ENVS 336 Tomorrow’s Environment 3
ENVS 431 Environ Toxicology & Health 3
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
IB 105 Environmental Biology 3
NPRE 241 Intro to Radiation Protection 2
NRES 419 Env and Plant Ecosystems 3
NRES 472 Environmental Psychology 4

 

Internet of Things (IoT)

Faculty Mentor: Richard Sowers

Approval of the SFO advisor is required.

Course Hours
SFO Core Requirements
ECE 385 Digital Systems Laboratory 3
GE 423 Mechatronics 3
Elective Options
ECE 120 Introduction to Computing 4
CS 225 Data Structures 4
CS 233 Computer Architecture 4
CS 241 System Programming 4
CS 125 Intro to Computer Science 4
CS 173 Discrete Structures 3

 

Manufacturing Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Girish Krishnan

Need a total of 12 hours

Manufacturing Engineering introduces the tools and techniques for advanced manufacturing, which coordinates information, automation, computation, software, and sensing to manufacture existing products, and especially manufacture new products. Manufacturing is extremely important within the context of the country’s economy and ties in closely with policies and framework to enable its growth. Students with background in manufacturing are sought after not only in companies that manufacture, but also by the government and consulting firms that frame policies.

Major subjects of this track are:

  • Mechatronics
  • Engineering Law
  • Engineering Materials
  • Production Planning and Control
  • Product Design
  • Computer-aided manufacturing
  • Simulation

Students in this SFO have interned at:

  • Caterpillar
  • Autodesk
Course Hours
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
GE 423 Mechatronics 3
ME 330 Engineering Materials * 3
Other courses from Digital Prototyping and Control Systems  

*Credit will be not given for CEE 300, ME 330 and MSE 280 (only one course may be taken out of these three). Check “Course Explorer” for further confirmation.

Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation

Faculty Mentor: Henrique Reis

Need a total of 12 hours

Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT&E) is essential in quality manufacturing and construction practices.  NDT&E techniques are used in sustainability practices of the infrastructure, in life extension of fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, aircraft, etc.  The American Society for Nondestructive Testing is the National Professional Society in this field.  In conjunction with the GE strong design sequence, (GE310, GE311, GE312, and GE410), this secondary field option gives students knowledge to design a system, component, or process to meet desired specifications, including design for inspectability/sustainability and life extension.  Because very few Universities provide the opportunity for four-year graduates to learn nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E) practices, students that choose this field of concentration are unique in the sense that they have a competitive advantage.

PS  -- The course that is required for this SFO is GE412-Fundamentals of Nondestructive Evaluation, not GE 411-Reliability Engineering.  However, the course GE411 is strongly recommended.  Please make this change on the web.

Course Hours
SFO Core Requirement
GE 412-Fundamentals of Nondestructive Evaluation 3
Elective Options
CEE 300 Behavior of Materials* 3
CS 225 Data Structures 4
CS 440 Artificial Intelligence 3
CS 446 Machine Learning 3
ECE 470 Introduction to Robotics 4
ECE 473 Fund of Engrg Acoustics 3
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
GE 411-Reliability Engineering *highly recommended*  
ME 350 Design for Manufacturability 3
ME 471 Finite Element Analysis 3
TAM 412 Intermediate Dynamics 4
TAM 456 Experimental Stress Analysis 3

*Credit is not given for CEE 300 and MSE 280

Operations Research

Faculty Mentor: Xin Chen

Need a total of 12 hours

Operations Research.

The Operations Research track prepares our students with advance analytical methods to help make better decisions in a variety of industries. Students will learn the basic modeling frameworks in operations research, both deterministic models and stochastic models, and related solution methods and software tools as well as applications of the models.

Major subjects of this track are:

  • Linear programming
  • Network optimization
  • Integer programming
  • Nonlinear programming
  • Markov chains
  • Queuing theory
  • Facilities planning and design
Course Hours
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
GE 411 Reliability Engineering 3
IE 360 Facilities Planning and Design 3
IE 361 Production Planning & Control 3
MATH 461 Probability Theory 3
ME 350 Design for Manufacturability 3
ME 451 Computer-Aided Mfg Systems 3
MATH 464 Statistics and Probability II 3

Rehabilitation Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Carolyn Beck

Need a total of 12 hours

Course Hours
CHEM 232 Elementary Oganic Chemistry I 3
ECE 414 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
ECE 415 Biomedical Instrumentation Lab 2
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
MCB 150 Molec & Cellular Basis of Life* 4
MCB 250 Molecular Genetics* 4
MCB 251 Exp Techniqs in Molecular Biol* 2
REHB 401 Introduction to Rehabilitation 4
REHB 402 Medical Aspects of Disability 4

 

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Faculty Mentor: Henrique Reis

Need a total of 12 hours

A secondary field option in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) complements the material covered in the design sequence (i.e., GE310, GE311, GE312, and GE410), and provides a strong background for students to either start their professional career as design engineers or to pursue advanced graduate degrees in several other disciplines.  A solid background in theoretical and applied mechanics is also essential to understand the physical principles underlying modern engineering design codes.  This field of concentration is very flexible in the sense that allows students to pursue diverse careers in a variety of fields or to continue their education towards advanced degrees.

Course Hours
CEE 300 Behavior of Materials* 4
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
ME 471 Finite Element Analysis 4
TAM 412 Intermediate Dynamics 4
TAM 424 Mechanics of Structural Metals 3
TAM 428 Mechanics of Composites 3
TAM 435 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics 4
TAM 445 Continuum Mechanics 4
TAM 451 Intermediate Solid Mechanics 4
TAM 456 Experimental Stress Analysis 3

 

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