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Industrial Engineering (I E) - ARCHIVE

Begin Date: Spring Semester 2002
End Date: Fall Semester 2004

Industrial Engineering (I E) - ARCHIVE

PROFESSOR RICHARD J. KOUBEK, Professor and Head of the 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.

The graduates of the program are expected to: 1) utilize fundamental engineering skills based in mathematics, science, and the scientific method and contemporary tools and techniques in identifying and solving manufacturing and service industry problems; 2) understand, analyze and design industrial and service processes, systems, and work environments; 3) collect, analyze and interpret data, through modeling and quantitative analysis, to make sound managerial decisions; 4) present effectively, through oral and written communications, their work and ideas; 5) perform in a professional and ethical manner as part of a diverse team in a global society. The graduates of the program are also encouraged to gain practical experience through interaction with industry prior to graduation.

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

  1. Management Systems: apply time value of money to make financial decisions; use probability concepts to solve engineering problems; estimate parameters; conduct tests of hypotheses and create regression models; apply statistical quality control methods such as process capability, control charts and tolerance allocation; design experiments; optimize and solve mathematical models of real problems using linear programming, dynamic programming, networking, Markov chains, queuing and inventory models; and create simulation models of manufacturing and service systems and analyze simulation output.
  2. Manufacturing Engineering: understand manufacturing processes for metal parts, and determine machine tool requirements; create solidification models and use them for casting design; select appropriate manufacturing processes based on part design; generate feasible process plans and develop part plans utilizing accepted tolerance specifications; program flexible manufacturing equipment and system controllers; and design logical manufacturing layouts.
  3. Human Factors: measure work by applying work measurement including time studies, MTM analysis and work sampling studies; 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.

Students are allowed considerable flexibility in selecting their own programs. Interested students may further specialize in one or two of the above areas by appropriate use of 12 credits of engineering and science electives.

For the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering, a minimum of 132 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

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

(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], CHEM 014 GN(1), ED&G 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CSE 271(3), E MCH 012(3), E MCH 210(5)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 231(2), MATH 250(3), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), I E 302(3)[1], I E 310(3)[1], I E 311(3)[1], I E 322(3)[1], I E 323(3)[1], I E 327(3)[1], I E 328(3)[1], I E 425(3)[1], MATSE 259(3) (Sem: 5-6)
I E 405(3), I E 408W(3), I E 423(3), I E 450(3), I E 453(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 002 GS(3) or ECON 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
M E 023(3) or M E 030 (3) (Sem: 3-4)

Select 3 credits as a science selection from department list (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits as a technical selection from department list[28] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 6 credits in I E from senior selections 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.
[28] Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC towards the technical and senior electives or 3 credits of ENGR 295(1), ENGR 395(1), and ENGR 495(1) towards the technical elective.

The Pennsylvania State University � 2001

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

This electronic Undergraduate Bulletin is a version of the official bulletin of The Pennsylvania State University. It is suggested that users refer to this electronic bulletin when seeking the latest information about the University's academic programs and courses. Printed versions of the Bulletin are also official copies of the programs, courses, and policies in effect at the time of printing. Programmatic expectations for general education are those in effect at the time of admission to degree candidacy, and college and major requirements are those in effect at the time of entry to college and major. These are accurately indicated in each student's degree audit.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2002

Blue Sheet Item #: 30-03-100D

Review Date: 11/20/01


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