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Systems Engineering

The systems engineering (SYE) program is a multidisciplinary engineering discipline that is highly demanding and compensated. Unlike traditional engineering, this program takes a holistic approach to designing and improving complex systems such as manufacturing, logistics, retail service, and healthcare systems. This program emphasizes engineering design, systems integration, modeling, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills in order to prepare students for the tasks of their future professions in the field. The graduates from this program will be well versed in dealing with people, processes and technologies and have high potential to move up in their careers.

As with traditional engineering disciplines, SYE requires Physics I & II, but only requires Calculus I & II rather than Calculus I-IV. And, you may choose between Chemistry and Biology rather than being required to take Chemistry, as is typically the case with other engineering programs. This program is focused on multidisciplinary people skills, software-based labs, and a systems approach of solving problems. This program appeals to a new group of students looking to solve complex systems problems that are more relevant today. The SYE program’s hybrid format makes it flexible to prospective students. Almost all of the junior and senior level courses are offered through distance delivery, which makes it suitable for working professionals.  

Quality Classroom Experiences

Our faculty is made up of recognized leaders in their respective fields, providing highly personalized attention within a learner-centered environment. This strong mentoring community strikes the right balance of the most current, relevant theory with hands-on, practical knowledge that prepares our graduates to succeed in a rapidly evolving, global environment. We offer both virtual and in-person classroom experiences for our students and engage them in discussions.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Systems Simulation and Modeling
  • Workplace Design   
  • Production and Material Handling
  • Facility Design and Plant Layout
  • Logistics Transportation Systems


The SYE program consists of 122 credit hours. Out of that, 36 credit hours are BG Perspective (BGP), also known as GEC courses. There are 48 credit hours as program core courses. The proposed program also requires a one-credit-hour co-op/internship, six credit hours of business and management courses, 41-46 hours of other required courses to satisfy ABET math and science requirements, and 8-10 credit hours of electives. Major courses include Intro to Systems Engineering, Engineering Economics, Systems Simulation and Modeling, Workplace Design, Production and Material Handling Systems, Facility Design and Plant Layout, Logistics Transportation Systems, Logistics Distribution Systems, Foundations of Lean, and Synchronous Quality Planning. This program culminates in a three-credit-hour senior capstone project.

SYE program graduates deal with people, processes, and technologies, making it a highly compensated discipline.

Internships and Careers

This program requires a co-op/internship experience in order to impart a strong working knowledge of the daily roles and responsibilities of administrators and managers in a systems engineering occupation. In addition, students will be able to relate classroom theories to real world problems; and promote their personal and career development through interaction with a supervisor and members of the organization or company. This program also offers an optional study abroad experience to Panama to infuse an international perspective on systems design into the curriculum.

Salary & Job Placement Data

A systems engineering degree will set students up for financial success. According to a recent market research study conducted by EAB Global Inc., the average advertised annual salary for systems engineering degree-holding employees is $96,000 for bachelor's degrees. The EAB market study also reveals that the advertised annual salaries for 82% of professionals with systems engineering degrees is over $75,000. According to Forbes (2017), systems engineer is one of the top 14 tech jobs in the U.S. with more than 300,000 unfulfilled positions with an average salary of $75,000. Graduates with this new degree will fill these positions.

GO FAR in your career

  1. systems engineer
  2. process engineer
  3. logistics manager
  4. industrial engineer
  5. production manager
  6. supply chain analyst
  7. engineering operations manager


Admission to the systems engineering (SYE) program or College of Technology is based upon a student’s admission to the university as well as matriculation. All students enter the College of Technology as pre-professional members of their major, until they gain full membership, known as matriculation.

The requirements for membership are as follows:

  • Attained an overall BGSU grade point average of at least 2.25 for all courses
  • Completed a cooperative education experience (TECH 2890) (for all programs except technology education)
  • Completed with a grade of "C" or better all courses in bold print on their program check sheet
  • Earned an overall grade point average of at least 2.50 in their major

These must be completed via the matriculation application and returned to Undergraduate Student Services before students can register for their 3000 and 4000 level courses.

Traditional students enter in the fall following their high school graduation as pre-professional major. Non-traditional students may enter as pre-professionals following a military career, or as pre-professional majors or normal majors after transferring credits from another university or within BGSU.

Traditional students entering the program will be required to take college level mathematics and writing courses at BGSU, unless they have previous credit that exempts them from doing so.

Year-round open enrollment can be completed in a hybrid format, with the junior and senior year completely online. This makes the SYE program suitable for working professionals.

Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation, the students in the systems engineering program at Bowling Green State University will have the following capabilities, also known as Student Outcomes (SO) in accreditation terms. After completing a degree in systems engineering students will be able to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

More information on accreditation

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio. Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Systems Engineering program does not lead to professional licensure.

More information on professional licensure

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The Systems Engineering program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 09/15/2023 03:07PM