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Undergraduate Degree Programs


Industrial Engineering

University Park, College of Engineering (I E)

PROFESSOR JANIS TERPENNY, Head, Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

The undergraduate program in industrial engineering, being the first established in the world, has a long tradition of providing a strong, technical, hands-on education in design, control, and operation of manufacturing processes and systems. The curriculum provides a broad-based education in manufacturing, operations research and ergonomics through a base of mathematics, physical and engineering sciences, and laboratory and industrial experiences. It builds a strong foundation for the development of a professionally competent and versatile industrial engineer, able to function in a traditional manufacturing environment as well as in a much broader economy, including careers in financial services, communication, information technology, transportation, health care, consulting, or academia.

Program Educational Objectives:

We expect our graduates to:

  • Participate in and lead cross-functionally defined project teams, designing, implementing and improving processes and systems in the manufacturing, service, or government sectors, using state-of-the- art tools and methodologies;
  • Work effectively in managerial and leadership positions, to establish and execute engineering and business strategies;
  • Work and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders in the global environment, while satisfying engineering, business and financial goals and the end customers; and
  • Engage in continuous learning through varied work assignments, graduate school, professional training programs and independent study.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

These are the specific competencies that our students are taught through the curriculum offered by the department. Our students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate these outcomes by the time they graduate. These relate to the skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. These are related to the ABET Outcomes (a) through (k).  They are listed below.

1.1       Analyze and design both the job and the worksite in a cost-effective manner, as well as measure the resulting output.
1.2       Understand and apply cognitive systems engineering: identify visual, auditory, cognitive, perceptual and environmental aspects of human performance; Perform task analysis and  evaluate human-computer interfaces.
1.3       Understand information contained in typical specifications and methods of product verification and conformance to specifications.
1.4       Program flexible manufacturing equipment and system controllers; design logical manufacturing layouts and implement contemporary systems issues.
1.5       Perform work measurement: develop an MTM analysis and carry out a work sampling study.
1.6       Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
1.7       Understand and apply principles of effective human/interface design to  address improved human performance, visual displays and software design.

2.1       Ability to apply time value of money and select cost-effective engineering solutions; understand cost-accounting principles.      
2.2       Ability to apply probability concepts to solve engineering problems, including reliability issues.
2.3       Ability to apply statistical concepts to solve real life problems, such as hypotheses testing, design of experiments and statistical quality control methods such as process capability and control charts.

2.4       Formulate, solve and analyze the results of linear programming models of real-world applications.
2.5       Formulate, solve and analyze real problems using Markov chains, network models, dynamic programming, queuing theory and inventory models.
2.6       Gain in-depth knowledge of data storage, analysis and visualization related to manufacturing and service domains.
2.7       Ability to create simulation models of manufacturing and service systems and analyze simulation output.
2.8       Ability to apply mathematical models to optimally design and control service systems.

3.1       Present engineering study results in technical reports and orally.
3.2       Demonstrate life-long learning by synthesizing information from several sources.

4.1       Work effectively in groups on case studies and projects.
4.2       Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues.
4.3       Understand professional and ethical responsibility.
4.4       Understand  the impact of engineering decisions in a global and societal context.

After completing courses required for the core and fundamental competencies in the major, students can choose two technical elective courses from the department list, out of which must be an I E course. In addition, the students must also complete the three-credit capstone design course.

ENTRANCE TO MAJOR -- In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements* described in the University Policies, all College of Engineering entrance to major course requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), MATH 141 (GQ), MATH 250 or MATH 251, PHYS 211 (GN) and PHYS 212 (GN). All of these courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.
*In the event that the major is under enrollment control, a higher minimum cumulative grade-point average is likely to be needed and students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering or Division of Undergraduate Studies at the time of confirming their major choice.

For the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, a minimum of 129 credits is required. This baccalaureate program in Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., (Opens New Window).

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
EMCH 210(5)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 231(2), MATH 250(3)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
IE 302(3)[1], IE 305(3)[1], IE 322(3)[1], IE 323(3)[1], IE 327(3)[1], IE 330(3)[1], IE 405(3)[1], MATSE 259(3) (Sem: 5-6)
IE 425(3), IE 453(3), IE 460(3), IE 470(3), IE 480(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 15 GWS(3) or ENGL 30 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
IE 408(3), IE 418(3), or IE 419(3) (Sem: 7-8) (The courses not taken to satisfy this requirement can be taken as a track elective. Please see the department list)

Select 3 credits as a science selection from department list (Sem: 3-4)
Select 6 credits as non-major electives from department list (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits in manufacturing processes from department list. (Sem: 5-6) (The course not taken to satisfy this requirement can be taken as a technical elective. Please see the department list)
Select 6 credits of technical electives from the department list, out of which at least 3 credits must be I E credits.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-05-090

Review Date: 02/19/2013

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07



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