Systems Engineering and Integration of Naval Weapons Systems Certificate (DL) - Curriculum 174

Brief Overview

The Department of Systems Engineering offers a four-course academic certificate in Systems Engineering and Integration of Naval weapons systems for distance learning (DL) students.  The certificate is designed introduce the student to critical weapons concepts that are necessary for enlightened examination of both technology development and military planning.  The overall emphasis is on what elements contribute to a combat system, their basic principles of operation, their performance limitations, trade-offs, and their interfaces with the rest of the combat system. The student is introduced to the nature of physical observables and propagators, the effects of the propagation medium on sensor performance, the relationship between signals and noise, and the characteristics of critical sensor functions (including detection, estimation, imaging, and tracking). With that foundation, students then apply systems engineering principles to understand the design and operation of combat sensor systems. Sensor technologies covered include radars, ESM, active and passive sonar, infrared, and electro-optical sensors. Target engagement topics include the effects that conventional weapons (artillery, bombs, and missiles) can produce as well as the technologies needed by weapons systems to create those effects.  Finally, techniques for integrating combat sensor systems and engagement elements into a common platform, including technology development, system development and integration, network integration, and system of systems integration are presented, including engineering analysis of interfaces for power, data, mechanical, and other attributes; engineering change management; advanced collaboration environments; technology readiness levels; and integration risk mitigation.



Program Length

4 Quarters

Requirements for Entry

For entry, the student must have at least a 2.6 undergraduate grade point average (GPA) with a lower-level calculus sequence with a C or better and a calculus-based physics sequence with a B average or above.


After completion of the certificate students will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the fundamental physical and operational principles of naval weapon systems, to include sensors, engagement elements (weapons), and C4ISR systems.
  • Understand and explain the impact of both the natural and man-made environment on weapon system performance.
  • Apply quantitative tools to estimate and assess the performance of naval weapons systems.
  • Apply systems engineering principles to the design, integration, and operation of sensors, weapons, and C4ISR systems.
  • Understand the considerations, techniques, and trade-offs involved in the integration of multiple sensor systems and engagement elements on a common platform (system of systems).

Certificate Requirements

All students must take:

 Course Title Lecture Lab
 SE3121  C4ISR Systems 3 2
 SE3122    Naval Weapons Systems Technology I 3 0
 SE3123          Naval Weapons Systems Technology II 3 0
 SE4115  Combat Systems Integration 4