Systems Engineering and Design

Grainger College of Engineering


What is Systems Engineering and Design ?

This major provides a solid foundation in math, science, and engineering fundamentals. If you like multiple engineering disciplines, our program may be for you. System engineers must be able to lead others and make decisions. The ability to take risks and deal with the business landscape is also essential. Your curriculum will integrate principles of business, new technology, and entrepreneurship. You will focus your studies on either Pre-approved or Customized Secondary Field Options. Examples of Pre-approved Secondary Field Options include automotive engineering, control systems, and robotics. Examples of Customized Secondary Field Options include pre-med, applied math, and solar energy.

Career Options

  • Administration
  • Automotive, control systems, & manufacturing
  • Business systems integration & consulting
  • Communication & computer systems
  • Construction
  • Marketing & product testing
  • Operations & quality control
  • Robotics

Post-Graduation Success1

91% employed or continuing education

80% employed after graduation

10% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$65,116 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Epic Systems, Keyence Corporation, General Mills View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong math and science coursework and performance
  • Calculus preferred and physics expected (if available at high school)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in improving society through engineering
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the engineering major selected

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

88% first-year retention rate

66% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358