Industrial Engineering

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineering is a discipline that encompasses the analysis, development, improvement, implementation, and evaluation of integrated systems and their components, including materials, information, energy, people, money, time, equipment, and associated processes. Industrial engineering draws upon a variety of disciplines, from mathematics to psychology, from communications to computer science, and from production management to process control. Industrial engineers design efficient, productive systems in a wide range of business, industrial, and governmental settings.

The technical portion of the industrial engineering curriculum is designed as a sequence of increasingly specialized experiences. The entering student's first year is spent mastering the basics of science: math, chemistry, and physics. Second-year students begin to take fundamental engineering courses such as statics, dynamics, statistics, and strength of materials. Third-year students take a core of industrial engineering courses and begin their chosen area of specialization in one of five tracks, including: Operations Research; Quality Engineering; Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Logistics; Economics and Finance; and Industrial Engineering Fundamentals. During their senior year, students broaden and deepen their knowledge with additional technical elective courses. Finally, all students participate in the practice of engineering through the capstone senior design course in which they work in teams to solve problems submitted by industry partnering companies, and present their solutions in reports and presentations supported by complete economic analyses. Engineering design, communication, teamwork, and laboratory experiences are integrated throughout all four years of the curriculum.

A combined B.S.-M.S. Industrial Engineering degree program is available. Its admission and course requirements are described in the College of Engineering program information section.

Overview of Curricular Requirements

The curriculum requires 128 hours for graduation and is organized as shown below.
Technical grade point average requirements for graduation and advanced-level course registration apply to students in this curriculum. These rules are summarized at the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Advising Website.

Note: the TGPA rules for this curriculum are under review and if changed, will be reflected at the Web site indicated.

Orientation and Professional Development

These courses introduce the opportunities and resources your college, department, and curriculum can offer you as you work to achieve your career goals. They also provide the skills to work effectively and successfully in the engineering profession.

ENG 100Engineering Orientation 10
SE 100Introduction to ISE1
SE 390General Engineering Seminar0
Total Hours1
1

External transfer students take ENG 300 instead.

Foundational Mathematics and Science

These courses stress the basic mathematical and scientific principles upon which the engineering discipline is based.

CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 221Calculus I 14
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
Total Hours31
1

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

Industrial Engineering Technical Core

These courses stress fundamental concepts and basic laboratory techniques that comprise the common intellectual understanding of industrial engineering.

CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci3
ECE 110Introduction to Electronics3
IE 300Analysis of Data3
IE 310Operations Research3
IE 311Operations Research Lab1
IE 410Stochastic Processes & Applic3
IE 413Simulation3
IE 430Economic Found of Quality Syst3
ME 330Engineering Materials4
TAM 211Statics3
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
SE 101Engineering Graphics & Design3
SE 261Business Side of Engineering1
SE 494Senior Engineering Project I3
SE 495Senior Engineering Project II2
Total Hours44

Track Option Electives

These courses enable the student to tailor his or her studies to one's interests and career goals in the major subdisciplines of industrial engineering.  

Track option electives. Courses selected from departmentally approved lists of Track Option Electives or by petition to the department. The current Track options include:12
Industrial Engineering Fundamentals (IEF)
Operations Research (OR)
Quality Engineering (QE)
Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Logistics (SC&L)
Economics and Finance (E&F)

Technical Electives

These courses augment and strengthen the rigorous analysis and design principles practiced in the major subdisciplines of industrial engineering.

Computer science elective selected from the departmentally approved list of Computer Science Electives.3
IE technical electives selected from the departmentally approved list of IE Technical Electives.6
Engineering Science technical elective chosen from the departmentally approved list of Engineering Science Electives.3
Total Hours15

Liberal Education

The liberal education courses develop students’ understanding of human culture and society, build skills of inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
or ECON 103 Macroeconomic Principles
Electives from the campus General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences list. 3
Electives from the campus General Education Humanities and the Arts list.6
Electives either from a list approved by the college, or from the campus General Education lists for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and the Arts.6
Total Hours18

Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

Composition

These courses teach fundamentals of expository writing.

RHET 105Writing and Research4
Advanced Composition (satisfied by completing the combination GE 494 + GE 495 in the Industrial Engineering Technical Core)
Total Hours4

Free Electives

These unrestricted electives, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering Advising Website, give the student the opportunity to explore any intellectual area of unique interest. This freedom plays a critical role in helping students to define research specialties or to complete minors.

Free electives. Additional unrestricted course work, subject to certain exceptions as noted at the College of Engineering advising Web site, so that there are at least 128 credit hours earned toward the degree. 6

Suggested Sequence

The schedule that follows is illustrative, showing the typical sequence in which courses would be taken by a student with no college course credit already earned and who intends to graduate in four years.  Each individual's case may vary, but the position of required named courses is generally indicative of the order in which they should be taken.

First Year
First SemesterHours
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
SE 101 or RHET 1051Engineering Graphics Design3-4
MATH 2212Calculus I4
Liberal education elective33
ENG 100Engineering Orientation0
SE 100Introduction to ISE1
 Semester Hours15-16
Second Semester
PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
CS 101Intro Computing: Engrg Sci3
MATH 231Calculus II3
ECE 110Introduction to Electronics3
RHET 105 or SE 1011Writing and Research4-3
 Semester Hours17-16
Second Year
First Semester
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec Mag4
TAM 211Statics3
SE 261Business Side of Engineering1
MATH 241Calculus III4
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours15
Second Semester
IE 300Analysis of Data3
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
PHYS 213Univ Physics: Thermal Physics2
TAM 212Introductory Dynamics3
TAM 251Introductory Solid Mechanics3
Liberal education elective33
SE 390General Engineering Seminar0
 Semester Hours17
Third Year
First Semester
IE 310Operations Research3
IE 311Operations Research Lab1
IE 430Economic Found of Quality Syst3
MATH 415Applied Linear Algebra3
ME 330Engineering Materials4
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours17
Second Semester
Computer science elective53
IE technical elective63
IE 413Simulation3
Track option electives46
 Semester Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
IE 410Stochastic Processes Applic3
SE 494
SE 4958
Senior Engineering Project I3-5
OR 
IE technical elective6,7 
Track option elective43
Engineering science elective93
Liberal education elective33
 Semester Hours15-17
Second Semester
SE 494
SE 4957,8
Senior Engineering Project I5-3
OR 
IE technical elective6 
Track option elective43
Liberal education elective33
Free electives6
 Semester Hours17-15
 Total Hours: 128
1

RHET 105 may be taken in the first or second semester of the first year as authorized. The alternative is SE 101.

2

MATH 220 may be substituted, with four of the five credit hours applying toward the degree. MATH 220 is appropriate for students with no background in calculus.

3

Liberal education electives must include 6 hours of social & behavioral sciences and 6 hours of humanities & the arts course work from the campus General Education lists. ECON 102 or ECON 103 must be one of the social & behavioral sciences courses, highly recommended before the fourth semester. The remaining 6 hours may be selected from a list maintained by the college, or additional course work from the campus General Education lists for social & behavioral sciences or humanities & the arts. Students must also complete the campus cultural studies requirement by completing (i) one western/comparative culture(s) course and (ii) one non-western/U.S. minority culture(s) course from the General Education cultural studies lists. Most students select liberal education courses that simultaneously satisfy these cultural studies requirements. Courses from the western and non-western lists that fall into free electives or other categories may also be used satisfy the cultural studies requirements.

4

Selected from the departmentally approved lists of Track Option Electives or by petition to the department.

5

Selected from the departmentally approved list of Computer Science Electives

6

Selected from the departmentally approved list of IE Technical Electives

7

SE 494 and SE 495 may be taken in the first or second semester of the fourth year as authorized. The alternative is a liberal education elective.

8

Combination satisfies the General Education Advanced Composition requirement.

9

Selected from the departmentally approved list of Engineering Science Electives.