BSSE Concentrations and Electives

BSSE students have flexibility to tailor their studies to achieve individual goals and follow a desired track using Concentration Courses:

Technical Electives Liberal Studies Electives Science Elective


BSSE students can select the following optional concentration area by the end of their sophomore year:

  • Energy Systems

The courses that are marked as "concentration courses" in the advising form are determined on the basis of the concentration area as described below. 

Energy Systems Concentration

Select three of the following:

Select one of the following not already taken from above list:


Students who are not enrolled in a concentration are considered undeclared and should select four additional Systems Engineering Technical Elective courses from the list below to fulfill their BSSE degree requirements.  Any elective course listed below at the 3000- or 4000-level may be taken. 

However, these elective courses cannot be used to fulfill both the Technical Elective requirements and the Additional Technical Elective requirements at the same time (i.e., no double counting of course credit hours toward the BSSE degree).  Please note that many of these courses may also have prerequisites. 

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Technical Electives

Each BSSE student will need to take three (3) technical electives.  These technical electives can be selected from other BSSE courses given in Table 1 or, alternatively, can be selected from other department courses given in Table 2. Courses not appearing on this list require advisor's approval prior to registering for the course and should be explained in the students' files. NOTE that each technical elective may have multiple prerequisites to enroll.  Each BSSE student will be required to take the prerequisite course(s) first in the selected technical elective course subject area. Please check the UNC Charlotte course catalog on the prerequisites.

Note: At least 6 credit hours must be taken from courses within the College of Engineering.  

Table 1. SE Technical Elective Courses

Any SEGR 2000-level courses

Any SEGR 3000-level courses

Any SEGR 4000-level courses

Table 2. Technical Elective Courses from Other Departments

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Liberal Studies (LBST) Electives

Each BSSE student will need to take four (4) Liberal Studies (LBST) elective courses as follows:

One course in the arts and society:

LBST 1101  The Arts and Society:  Dance

LBST 1102  The Arts and Society:  Film

LBST 1103  The Arts and Society:  Music

LBST 1104  The Arts and Society:  Theater

LBST 1105  The Arts and Society:  Visual Arts

One course in the western tradition/global understanding:

LBST 2101  Western Cultural and Historical Awareness

LBST 2102  Global and Intercultural Connections

One course dealing with ethical issues and cultural critique:

LBST 2211  Ethical Issues in Personal, and Public Life

LBST 2212  Literature and Culture

LBST 2213  Science, Technology, and Society

LBST 2214  Issues of Health and Quality of Life

LBST 2215  Citizenship

One course in critical thinking and communication:
LBST 2301  Critical Thinking and Communication

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Science Elective

Each BSSE student needs to complete a one (1) three (3) credit hour science elective during their freshman year.

This elective can be any BIOL 1xxx, BIOL 2xxx, CHEM 120x, PHYS 1xxx course. Other courses from Geology and Environmental Sciences may qualify upon approval from the department if the course content has significant biological, chemical and/or physical sciences. For example, the following courses would qualify:

BIOL 1110. Principles of Biology I

BIOL 2120. General Biology I

CHEM 1200. Fundamentals of Chemistry

PHYS 1102. Introductory Physics II

PHYS 1130. Introduction to Astronomy

PHYS 1201. Sports and Physics

PHYS 1202. Introduction to Physics in Medicine

PHYS 1203. Physics of Music

GEOL 1200. Physical Geology

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