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Undergraduate Degree Programs


Begin Date: Spring Semster 2008
End Date: Spring Semester 2009

Industrial Engineering

University Park, College of Engineering (I E)

PROFESSOR RICHARD J. KOUBEK, 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.

We expect our graduates to:

  1. Use their industrial engineering knowledge to understand, analyze and design manufacturing and service processes, systems, and work environments.
  2. Collect, analyze, and interpret data to make sound managerial decisions through modeling and quantitative analysis, as well as the use of information systems.
  3. Present work and ideas effectively through oral and written communications and demonstrate independent learning.
  4. Perform in a professional and ethical manner as part of a diverse team in a global society.

The following outcomes are included in the courses taught in the program:

  1. Management and Information Systems for Industrial Engineering; apply time value of money to make financial decisions and understand cost-accounting principles; understand probability concepts applicable to solve engineering problems; including reliability issues; conduct tests of hypotheses, create regression models and understand and apply statistical quality control methods such as process capability and control charts; formulate, solve and analyze real problems using Markov chains, network models, dynamic programming, queuing theory and inventory models; create simulation models of manufacturing and service systems and analyze simulation output; and gain an in-depth knowledge of implementation-related issues and theoretical aspects of database and Web-based operations related to industrial engineering.
  2. Manufacturing Engineering: understand information contained in typical specifications and methods of product verification and conformance to specifications; and program flexible manufacturing equipment and system controllers; design logical manufacturing layouts and implement contemporary systems issues.
  3. Human Factors: analyze and design both the job and the work site in a cost-effective manner, as well as measure the resulting output; 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; and perform work measurement, develop an MTM analysis and carry out a work sampling study.
  4. General: present engineering study results in technical reports and in oral presentations, demonstrate life-long learning by synthesizing information from several sources, work effectively in groups on case studies and projects, demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues, understand professional and ethical responsibility and the impact of engineering decisions in a global and societal context; and 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.

After completing courses required for the core and fundamental competencies in the major, students can choose one of the following three tracks for specialization:

Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Service Systems Engineering, and Engineering Information Systems.

A total of 9 course credits in each of the three tracks from the approved list is required, in addition to the three-credit capstone design course.

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., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410-347-7700; or (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)
E MCH 210(5)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 220 GQ(2-3), MATH 231(2), MATH 250(3), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
I E 302(3)[1], I E 305(3)[1], I E 322(3)[1], I E 323(3)[1], I E 327(3)[1], I E 330(3)[1], I E 405(3)[1], MATSE 259(3) (Sem: 5-6)
I E 425(3), I E 453(3), I E 470(3), I E 480W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 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 002 GS(3) or ECON 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
I E 408(3) or I E 419(3) (Sem: 7-8) (The course not taken to satisfy this requirement can be taken as a track elective. Please see the list in (iv) of section C.)

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 courses not taken to satisfy this requirement can be taken as track electives. Please see the lists in (iii) and (iv) of Section C.)
Select 9 credits for the track selected from department list (Sem: 7-8)

[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 2008

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-04-030

Review Date: 1/15/08

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



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