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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Industrial Engineering

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College IESBD

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. Participate in and lead cross-functional teams, designing, implementing and improving processes and systems in the manufacturing, service, or government sectors;
  2. Work effectively in managerial and leadership positions;
  3. Work and communicate effectively with internal and external team members in the global environment; and
  4. Engage in continuous learning through varied work assignments, graduate school, professional training programs, and independent study.

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.

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) and PHYS 211 (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.

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 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 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 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 37-06-041

Review Date: 4/14/09

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


Accreditation statement updated by Publications, per COE: 8/15/11 


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