Systems and Control Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program with a major in Systems and Control engineering provides our students with the basic concepts, analytical tools, and engineering methods which are needed in analyzing and designing complex technological and non-technological systems. Problems relating to modeling, simulation, decision-making, control, and optimization are studied. Some examples of systems problems which are studied include: modeling and analysis of complex biological systems, computer control of industrial plants, developing world models for studying environmental policies, and optimal planning and management in large-scale systems. In each case, the relationship and interaction among the various components of a given system must be modeled. This information is used to determine the best way of coordinating and regulating these individual contributions to achieve the overall goal of the system.


The mission of the Systems and Control Engineering program is to provide internationally recognized excellence for graduate and undergraduate education and research in systems analysis, design, and control. These theoretical and applied areas require cross-disciplinary tools and methods for their solution.

Program Educational Objectives (revised 9/22/17)

1. Graduates apply systems methodology to multi-disciplinary projects that include technical, social, environmental, and/or economic factors.

2. Graduates use systems understanding, thinking and problem solving skills to analyze and design systems or processes that respond to technical and societal needs.

3. Graduates use teamwork, leadership, communication, and management skills to facilitate multidisciplinary projects that bring together practitioners of various engineering fields in an effective, professional, and ethical manner.

The Systems and Control Engineering Program Faculty is interested in receiving constructive feedback about our Program Educational Objectives - please email your comments to the Department Chair. In your email please indicate your point of view in providing this input, e.g. current systems and control engineering student at CWRU, employer of systems and control engineering students, potential systems and control engineering student, alumni of systems and control engineering here at CWRU, etc.

Student Outcomes

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program with a major in Systems and Control Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Dual Major

The department offers a way to earn majors in both Electrical Engineering and Systems and Control Engineering. Explore details in the university's General Bulletin. 

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(Note: degree requirements were updated in the fall of 2015. For matriculation prior to Fall 2015, review the General Bulletin archives.)