ENGR 501 - Foundations of Systems Engineering

  • 3 credits
This course is now scheduled under SYSE. https://online.colostate.edu/courses/SYSE/SYSE501.dot

The Foundations of Systems Engineering course is an introductory overview of the systems engineering perspective and is presented to set the conceptual and practical framework of the entire systems engineering graduate program. The course covers the foundational components of systems engineering, from the concept development stage through the process steps of engineering development. Several issues related to post-development and special topics areas are also presented.

This class is offered online in a webinar-style format, and can be accessed synchronously or asynchronously. Synchronous means you can log on live and participate in the class as it is occurring on campus, but participation in this format is not mandatory. Asynchronous means you can access the video recording of the class sessions whenever it is convenient for you.


None. Credit not allowed for both ENGR 501 and ECE 501.

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email csu_online_registration@mail.colostate.edu to learn more.

Discounts are not applicable to Denver sections.

This class is available live via the Internet on Thursdays from 5:15 to 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Log into your Canvas account to access the course; directions will be posted.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Systems Engineering: Principles and Practice, 2nd Ed. (2011)
    Alexander Kossiakoff and William Sweet

A digital version of the textbookmay be available from the Colorado State University Library. Access instructions are contained at the following URL: https;//libguides.colostate.edu/ebooks


Gregory Marzolf

(970) 491-6047 | Greg.Marzolf@colostate.edu

Colonel Gregory S. Marzolf (USAF, retired) was commissioned in 1988 from the University of Tennessee and retired after almost 29 years of service. During this time, he commanded the 53d Test and Evaluation Group, the 414th Combat Training Squadron (i.e., RED FLAG), the 64th Aggressor Squadron, and an Air Force ROTC Detachment. Colonel Marzolf is a command pilot with over 3,000 flight hours—the vast majority of it in the F-16. He has served as an instructor pilot, flight examiner, mission commander, and weapons officer to include flying combat missions in Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE COMFORT, and IRAQI FREEDOM. He has extensive experience with complex systems and is currently finishing a dissertation on America’s emergency response system. He resides in Fort Collins, CO with his wife and four children.

Learn more at: http://https://www.engr.colostate.edu/se/greg-marzolf/