Systems Engineering

Duquesne University's Systems Engineering Program offers a comprehensive and forward-looking education, emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, hands-on experience and the development of well-rounded systems engineers. You'll be well-prepared to meet the complex challenges of modern engineering systems and make valuable contributions to a wide range of industries.

You won't just learn in the classroom; practical experience is at the heart of our program. You'll have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and engage in hands-on projects, gaining real-world experience in system design and analysis.

Research opportunities are abundant, and you can be a part of cutting-edge projects in collaboration with our faculty members. These projects contribute to advancements in systems engineering and provide you with invaluable research experience.

Our location in Pittsburgh, a technology and engineering hub, opens doors to industry connections. This means internships and networking opportunities that can lead to promising career prospects upon graduation. We prioritize your professional development, emphasizing not only technical skills but also ethics. This ensures you become a versatile engineer capable of excelling in various work environments. Our career development services and internships will support your transition into the workforce.

The Duquesne community is close-knit and supportive, with small class sizes that foster a collaborative learning environment. This means you can build strong relationships with both faculty and peers, enhancing your overall educational experience.

Program Information

Duquesne University's Systems Engineering Program offers an advanced education for students seeking to thrive in the dynamic field of systems engineering. You'll experience an interdisciplinary approach that equips you with the skills to excel in designing, analyzing, and managing complex systems across multiple disciplines.

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Experiential Learning in Science

The Systems Engineering program emphasizes experiential learning in science, combining theoretical classroom knowledge with hands-on, real-world applications through activities such as laboratory work, field studies, internships and research projects.

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Student Organizations

You can explore your interests through approximately 14 student organizations, which are open to science and engineering majors. These options include joining the American Chemical Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Society of Women Engineers and the Multicultural STEM Group, among others, to connect with like-minded peers and pursue your passions.


This is the curriculum for the systems engineering program, covering 131 credits. Engage in hands-on experiences, collaborative research and real-world projects, all tailored to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to make a significant impact in the field of engineering.

Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • ENGR 100 Intro to Engineering (3 credits)
  • CHEM 121/l/R General Chemistry I/Lab/Rec (5 credits)
  • MATH 115 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 211/L General Analytical Physics I/Lab (4 credits)

Spring Semester (17 credits)
  • Programming for Engineers (3 credits)
  • CHEM 122/L/R General Chemistry II/Lab/Rec (5 credits)
  • MATH 116 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • PHYS 212/L General Analytical Physics II/Lab (4 credits)
  • BRDG 100 Research & Info Skills (1 credit)
Fall Semester (17 credits)
  • EQ xxx Essential Questions Seminar (3 credits)
  • PHYS 332 Electronics (3 credits)
  • Statics (4 credits)
  • MATH 215 Calculus III (4 credits)
  • BRDG 101 Writing & Analysis (3 credits)

Spring Semester (16 credits)
  • General Elective (3 credits)
  • Dynamics (4 credits)
  • MATH 314 Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • Data Analytics (3 credits)
  • BRDG 102 Writing & Literature (3 credits)
Fall Semester (18 credits)
  • Bridges - Ethical Reasoning & Moral Responsibility (3 credits)
  • Safety Engineering (3 credits)
  • Math 310 Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • Probability, Random Variables, and Distributions (3 credits)
  • Design of Experiments (3 credits)
  • THEO or PHIL course as needed (3 credits)

Spring Semester (18 credits)

  • Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  • Statistical Testing and Regression (3 credits)
  • ENGR Elective (3 credits)
  • Statistical Testing and Regression (3 credits)
  • Math/Science/Bus Elective (3 credits)
  • BRDG 105 Intro to Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
Fall Semester (15 credits)
  • ENGR Capstone I (3 credits)
  • Nonlinear Optimization (3 credits)
  • Machine Learning (3 credits)
  • Bridges - Social & Historical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Behavioral Statistics (3 credits)

Spring Semester (15 credits)
  • ENGR Capstone II (3 credits)
  • Stochastic Optimization (3 credits)
  • Engineering Psychology (3 credits)
  • Bridges - Cultural Fluency & Responsivity (3 credits)
  • Bridges - Communication & Creative Expression (3 credits)
Elective Offerings
  • Design of Human Computer Interfaces
  • Human Machine systems
  • FE Prep