Aviation Systems Certificate -- Curriculum 134

The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in Aviation Systems (AVS) that enables students to apply systems engineering in defense acquisition and system lifecycle support.  AVS provide the advanced systems engineering knowledge, tools and skills necessary to be successful as a class desk systems engineer in a Naval Aviation Systems Command (NAVAIR) mission billet.  This program is targeted for mid- and upper-level engineers working in or in support of the Defense Acquisition System but has great benefit for all who seek further knowledge in the theory and practice of systems engineering.

Requirements for Entry

–Undergraduate degree with minimum 2.2 grade point average. 


–Successful completion of System Engineering Certificate (282) or approval of academic associate.


  1. HUMAN SYSTEMS INTEGRATION: Address human factors during requirements definition, as well as workload, safety, training, operability and ergonomics during design. Conduct functional analysis and allocation to human elements, performing cost-risk-effectiveness trade-offs among hardware, software, and human elements. Evaluate proposed designs for man-machine integration, human performance testing, and usability during development test and evaluation. Understand basic human biology as applied to human systems.
  2. SYSTEM VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION: Apply the fundamental verification and validation principles of system test and evaluation to confirm if the capability needs and system requirements are met by the designed system. V&V principles are to include inferential statistics methods such as design of experiments (DOE) and analysis of variance (ANOVA), and testing methods such as functional simulation, analysis, examination, software in the loop, hardware in the loop, full system testing, and operational testing; in order to verify that the hardware matches the simulations in the earliest available environment and continuing during the entire life-cycle.
  3. ENGINEERING DESIGN ANALYSIS: Understand and apply core qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze and select hardware and software system designs. Methods should include problem formulation, alternatives development, alternatives modeling and evaluation, alternatives comparison, optimization, decision analysis, failure analysis, risk analysis, and futures analysis.

Typical Course of Study

Quarter 1

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
OS3401Human Factors in System Design



Quarter 2

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4003Systems Software Engineering



Quarter 3

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE3110 Applied Fundamentals of Combat Systems



Quarter 4

Course NumberTitleCreditsLecture HoursLab Hours
SE4354System Verification and Validation