Apr 22, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Industrial and Systems Engineering, Bachelors of Science in Engineering

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Requirements for the major in industrial and systems engineering, B.S.E. program

The profession of Industrial and Systems Engineering is about choices. Other engineering disciplines apply skills to very specific areas. Industrial and Systems Engineering gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of businesses. Whether it’s distributing products worldwide, manufacturing superior automobiles, or streamlining the procedures in an operating room, all of these situations share the common goal of increasing efficiencies and saving companies money. The most distinctive aspect of Industrial and Systems Engineering is the career and job flexibility it offers. Industrial and Systems Engineers work in various industries including automotive, energy, healthcare, advanced and digital manufacturing, defense, logistics, service, aerospace, entertainment and others. The B.S.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Program educational objectives

The educational objectives of the Industrial and Systems Engineering B.S.E. program are to produce graduates who will:

  • design, develop and implement systems which integrate people, materials, equipment, information and energy;
  • operate effectively in dynamic and diverse organizations;
  • demonstrate a professional attitude, integrity and commitment to life-long learning in their work.

Course requirements (128 total credits)

In order to earn the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in industrial and systems engineering, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits, satisfy all general education and SECS degree requirements, as well as meet the following course requirements:

1) General education courses (excluding mathematics and sciences) - 28 credits

  • In order to satisfy both general education and other program requirements, in the following general education areas students should select the from the listed courses:
    • Western Civilization (this course also satisfies Ethics requirement, see below) - PHL 1310  
    • Social Science (any one of these courses also satisfies Economics requirement, see below) - ECN 1500 , ECN 2010 , ECN 2020 ,  or ECN 2100  
    • Writing Foundations - WRT 1060  
    • Formal Reasoning - MTH 1554  
    • Natural Science and Technology - EGR 2400   or EGR 2500  
    • Knowledge Applications - MTH 1555  
    • Capstone and Writing Intensive in the Major - ISE 4491  
  • In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with a SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

4) Professional courses – 47 credits

Elective professional courses - 12 credits with at least 8 credits from Group A


List of approved math or science electives.

Select one course from the following list.  It is recommended that students discuss their educational and career interests with an ISE Dept. faculty member or a SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser prior to selecting this course.

Major Standing

Students must obtain major standing in order to enroll in 3000-level or higher-level courses and become a candidate for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in industrial and systems engineering. An application for major standing should be submitted to the SECS Undergraduate Advising Office during the semester in which a student completes all requirements for major standing as listed below. Application forms may be obtained from the SECS Undergraduate Advising Office or from the SECS website.

Major standing requires the satisfactory completion of the following required courses in mathematics, science and the engineering core:

 In order to satisfactorily complete the requirements for major standing, a student must:

  1. have an grade point average of at least 2.0 (C) in each of the mathematics, science and engineering core course groupings listed above; and
  2. have no more than two grades below C in the twelve required courses listed above; and
  3. not have attempted any of the twelve required courses more than three times; and
  4. not have repeated more than three different courses from the twelve required courses.

Required courses in which a W (withdrawal) grade is recorded will not be counted toward the four major standing requirements listed above.

Conditional major standing may be granted during the semester in which the student is enrolled in EGR 2800 .

Performance requirements

In addition to all previously stated requirements, satisfactory completion of the industrial and systems engineering program requires a grade-point average of at least 2.0 (C) within each of the following three groups of courses: mathematics and sciences courses, engineering core courses, and professional courses (required and electives). Within professional courses, at most two grades below C are permitted, at most two different courses may be repeated, and a total of three repeat attempts is permitted.

Ethics requirement

All industrial and systems engineering students must also fulfill the ethics requirement. This requirement may be met by completion of PHL 1310 .

Economics requirement

All industrial and systems engineering students must also fulfill the economics requirement. This requirement may be met by completion of ECN 1500 , ECN 2010 ECN 2020  or ECN 2100 .

General business minor

Students may wish to augment their degree with a minor in general business. This may be done by completing 19-23 credits specified by the School of Business Administration (see Minors section in School of Business Administration  portion of this catalog). Credits from the minor may be used to satisfy the social science general education requirement and the economics requirement.

Sample industrial and systems engineering schedule

Industrial and systems engineering students with the required background may follow a schedule such as the one below. However, students will need additional time to complete the program if they do not have the required background upon entrance to the program. All students should contact the SECS Undergraduate Advising Office before completing their schedule.

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Fall semester – 16 credits

Senior year

Fall semester – 16 credits

Winter semester – 16 credits

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