Industrial Engineering (B.S.)

Program Mission: The mission of the undergraduate program in Industrial Engineering is to educate our students for leadership positions in a broad spectrum of employment including: manufacturing, supply chain management and logistics, health care, banking, information management, and related disciplines. 

Program Vision: The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers the B.S. in Industrial Engineering to prepare students for a broad range of employment opportunities that include operations management, manufacturing, and healthcare. Our vision is to produce graduates who will lead their organizations to competitive advantage by applying the tools and techniques of industrial engineering. We believe that exposing students to diverse industries in our educational program will enhance their professional skills.

Program Educational Objectives: To support the vision of the program we have defined three high-level objectives we expect students to achieve three to five years following graduation:

Building on skills developed in the academic program, and extended by experience and personal self-improvement, the graduates of our program have the ability to:

  1. Apply the tools and techniques of industrial engineering to make decisions which add value to their organization,
  2. Identify opportunities and formulate solutions which integrate technological and human systems,
  3. Provide leadership as a member of high performance teams.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Bachelor of Science program, students must satisfy the admission criteria of the Division of Engineering, College of Engineering

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must complete 121 credits of coursework, including the University General Education requirements. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Engineering governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.  Non-engineering courses, cited below by subject rather than by individual course numbers, indicate courses to be selected in fulfillment of University General Education Requirements. The degree requirements shown in the curriculum below are in effect as of the publication date of this bulletin. However, students should consult an academic advisor for verification of current requirements.

The Bachelor of Science degree programs are built on a strong core of common courses. In the junior and senior years, students must choose a concentration leading to the industrial engineering degree. These options are described below.

The directed elective must be approved by the program director or undergraduate advisor. A list of courses appropriate for the directed elective is available from the Department.

Engineering Breadth Options: In the following curricula engineering Breadth Options are courses selected from an approved list of those deemed most suitable as contributing to the industrial engineering degree program. In the sophomore year these options are limited to courses numbered below 3000 for all students who have NOT completed their preprofessional coursework.

The Engineering Design Project course sequence (IE 4800 and IE 4880) is a capstone endeavor and is intended to build on and integrate the knowledge that the student has accumulated throughout the undergraduate program. It is intended to be taken in the student’s last academic year, within forty credits of graduation. This sequence is a year-long undertaking. Students enroll in IE 4800 (two credits) in their last Fall semester, and spend the term building their teamwork skills and selecting and planning their project. Practical, professionally-relevant projects are usually selected in concert with the Department’s industrial partners. In the Winter semester, students enroll in IE 4880 (2 credits) and engage in an intensive effort to bring their industrial engineering skills and knowledge to bear on the problem. Students who intend to take the capstone sequence should first consult their academic advisor.

Project Requirements: In order to qualify to take IE 4800, students must be in the last year of his/her program (within forty credits of graduating). To enroll in IE 4800, the student must have taken and passed IE 3120, IE 4250, IE 4850, and should have taken and passed or be taking at least two of the IE 4420, IE 4330, IE 4560 in the same semester of IE 4800

In order to register for IE 4880, students must have taken IE 4800 in the immediately previous term they must be finished with all eight IE core courses by the end of the semester in which they take IE 4880. Students are encouraged to meet with the industrial engineering program academic advisor for a plan of work to ensure they meet these requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
BE 1200 Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering 3
ENG 1020 Introductory College Writing 3
CHM 1225 General Chemistry I for Engineers 3
CHM 1230 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MAT 2010 Calculus I 4
Second Semester
BE 1300 Basic Engineering II: Materials Science for Engineering Applications 3
BE 1310 Materials Science for Engineering: Laboratory 1
MAT 2020 Calculus II 4
PHY 2175 University Physics for Engineers I 4
PHI 1120 Professional Ethics 3
Second Year
First Semester
BE 2100 Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering 3
MAT 2030 Calculus III 4
PHY 2185 University Physics for Engineers II 4
Engineering Breadth Option 4
Second Semester
MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
BE 1500 Introduction to Programming and Computation for Engineers 3
ECO 2010 Principles of Microeconomics 4
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) course 3
IE Technical Elective 3
Third Year
First Semester
ENG 3050 Technical Communication I: Reports 3
IE 3120 Work Design 3
IE 4850 Engineering Economy 3
Global Learning (GL) course 3
IE Technical Elective 3
Second Semester
ENG 3060 Technical Communication II: Presentations 3
IE 4420 Systems Simulation 3
IE 4250 Engineering Data Analysis 3
Engineering Breadth Option 4
Civic Literacy (CIV) course 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
IE 4260 Principles of Quality Control 3
IE 4560 Operations Research 3
IE 4800 Engineering Design I: Project Management 2
Directed Elective 3
IE Technical Elective 3
Second Semester
IE 4310 Production Control 3
IE 4330 Facilities Design 3
IE 4880 Engineering Design II 2
IE Technical Elective 4
IE Technical Elective 3
 Total Credits121