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Industrial Engineering (I E) - ARCHIVE

Begin Date: Summer Session 2005
End Date: Spring Semester 2007 -UCA

Industrial Engineering - ARCHIVE

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 processes, systems and work environments for manufacturing and service applications.
  2. Utilize information systems and tools, modeling, and quanitative analyses to collect, analyze, and interpret data in order to make sound managerial decisions.
  3. Present work and ideas effectively through oral and written communications.
  4. Demonstrate ability for independent learning.
  5. 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; 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; understand object oriented programming foundations and develop applications of information technology in industrial engineering.
  2. Manufacturing Engineering: understand the fundamentals of modern manufacturing enterprise and economic manufacture; use product specifications as the keystone of part interchangeability; verify conformance of a product's conformance to its specifications; apply manufacturing principles to a manufacturing process; program flexible manufacturing equipment and system controllers; design logical manufacturing layouts and implement contemporary systems issues such as lean manufacturing.
  3. Human Factors: analyze and design both the job and the worksite in a cost-effective manner using time studies, as well as measure the resulting output; design, implement, and evaluate human-computer interfaces according to principles outlined in foundational human-computer interaction readings.

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

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 front of 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 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)
E MCH 210(5)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 231(2), MATH 250(3), PHYS 212 GN(4), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (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 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F 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: Summer Session 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-07-019

Review Date: 12/4/05



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