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2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial and Systems Engineering, B.S.E.

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

Industrial and systems engineering is a discipline with roots in a diverse spectrum of engineering fields including the understanding and application of techniques for work measurement, ergonomics, optimization, facility layout, engineering economic analysis, and life cycle processes. The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department applied this diversity in developing an industrial and systems engineering program that focuses on the application of these skills into a particular domain. Typical domains addressed by industrial and systems engineering in the modern world include product design, manufacturing, health care, logistics, service and entertainment industries, and racing. The coordination of engineering tasks and the assembly of a complex array of human and engineering subsystems into a holistic solution are typical of the industrial and systems approach to problem solving and design.

The program emphasizes the important role of the computer in system design and analysis.

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of Industrial and Systems Engineering programs are to produce graduates who will:

  • design complex human and engineering systems composed of diverse components that interact in prescribed ways to meet specified objectives;
  • use laboratory (instrumentation, testing, prototyping, etc.) and/or computer skills for engineering analysis and design;
  • adapt and contribute to new technologies and methods, and use these in engineering design; if desired, pursue successfully graduate study in industrial and systems engineering or related disciplines;
  • function successfully in local, national or global technology-driven industries;
  • exhibit the willingness and flexibility to seek, accept and be effective in a variety of roles, such as developing and implementing solutions to problems with technical and non-technical elements, serving as a team member and leading others;
  • communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms;
  • exhibit high standard of personal and professional integrity and ethical responsibility.

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 a writing requirement (see Undergraduate degree requirements) and meet the following requirements:

General education (excluding mathematics and science) – 24 credits

Professional subjects

Free Electives – 3-4 credits

(may be used to satisfy writing requirement) For limitations on free electives see Policies on electives.

128 total credits


*Students who have an explicit interest in broadening their knowledge in a specific area of math or science should select an elective from the following list of additional approved math or science electives:

**Needs prior permission of the chairperson of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Economics requirement

In addition to the requirements stated above, industrial and systems engineering students must fulfill the economics requirement. This may be met by completion of ECN 150 , ECN 200 , ECN 201  or ECN 210 . However ECN 201  is not part of the general education requirement.

General business

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 in the Business Administration portion of this catalog). Credits from the minor may be used to satisfy the social science general education requirement, the economics requirement, and the free elective requirement.

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 2.00 within each of the following three groups of courses: mathematics and science, engineering core and professional subjects. Within professional subjects, at most two grades below 2.0 are permitted; at most two different courses may be repeated and a total of three repeat attempts is permitted.

Sample industrial and systems engineering schedule

Students entering the School of Engineering and Computer Science with the required background may follow a schedule such as the one indicated below. However, students will need additional time to complete the program if they do not have the required background upon entrance to the program.

Freshman year

Fall semester – 17 credits

Winter semester – 16 credits

Sophomore year

Junior year

Fall semester – 16 credits

Senior year

Fall semester – 15 credits

Winter semester – 16 credits

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