Systems and Decision Sciences

(formerly Systems Design & Management)

Program Overview

Systems and Decision Sciences (SDS)

The Systems and Decisions Sciences program reflects the overwhelming need for West Point graduates who are ready to lead multidisciplinary teams. Our leaders will per-form systems thinking, systems design and modeling, and systems decision making to address complex, ill-defined problems characterized by global, political, social, military, economic, and technological challenges. The program trades depth in traditional engineering disciplines for a blended skill set that well arms leaders and managers.  Download the Class of 2023 SDS brochure

The Systems and Decision Sciences program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education,

Refer to the 8TAP shown below for a typical course schedule.  If you'd like more information on the SDS program, pleasse contact CPT Travis Connell (

Systems and Decision Sciences Coursework (Typical 8TAP) 

17-1 17-2
MA206 SE370
EM384 PY201
SS202 SS201
Science Depth / PH205 EV203 / Science Depth
18-1 18-2
SE301 SE385
IT305 SS307
PL300 EM411
EM381 Track Elective 1
Math Elective Complimentary Spt. Course (CSC) 1
19-1 19-2
SE 402 SE403
SM484 MX400
HI302 LW403
Track Elective 2 Track Elective 3
Complimentary Spt. Course (CSC) 2 Complimentary Spt. Course (CSC) 3

a Choose (only 1) between CH102, CH275, or PH206.
b IT305/IT355 must be taken prior to 18-2.
c Choose either SE375 or an upper-level math course (check pre-requisites).
Shaded blocks indicate courses that cannot be moved.

Major Courses

Track Elective 1
Track Elective 3
Complimentary Support Course 2
Math Elective
Track Elective 2
Complimentary Support Course 1
Complimentary Support Course 3


Department of Systems Engineering
Mahan Hall
West Point, NY 10996

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