Systems Curriculum

Analysis, information technology, quality management & operations

Giving you a competitive edge, the Systems Curriculum is an interdisciplinary program created to strengthen analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills. Students studying the curriculum are enrolled in classes meant to teach them how to develop new systems and how to recognize, analyze, and improve upon existing systems. The more classes you take, the more you will see how the world and society are built on systems; and that it is the processes inhabiting these systems that produce quality work and quality products.

Each class in the Systems curriculum is included because it fits within one or more of Systems' four themes: Analysis, Information Technology, Quality Management, and Operations. These pillars each play a key role in the performance of any system—whether through system design, programming, or database management. Analytically minded students and problem solvers can excel in Systems and beyond by drawing connections between their majors' disciplines and the systems encompassing them. Ultimately, the goal of the curriculum is to graduate students who understand and use systems thinking to solve real world problems.

The systems curriculum complements your major with systems training. For example, an art major who selects the systems curriculum option will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Art/Systems instead of a Bachelor of Arts in art. The systems curriculum replaces the foreign language requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree. The net impact of adding the systems curriculum is no more than 42 credit hours and is likely less depending on the major.

Systems is not a major or a minor. Check major curriculum guides to see whether the Systems curriculum applies.