BS in Industrial Engineering

The Industrial Engineering undergraduate program is designed to develop the technical skills and intellectual discipline needed by our graduates to become leaders in industrial engineering and related professions. The program is distinctive in its emphasis on quantitative, economic, computer-aided approaches to production and service management problems. It is focused on providing an experimental and mathematical problem-formulating and problem-solving framework for industrial engineering work. The curriculum provides a broad foundation in the current ideas, models, and methods of industrial engineering. It also includes a substantial component in the humanities and social sciences to help students understand the societal implications of their work.

Program Objectives

1. To provide students with the requisite analytical and computational skills to assess practical situations and academic problems, formulate models of the problems represented or embedded therein, design potential solutions, and evaluate their impact.

2. To prepare students for the workplace by fostering their ability to participate in teams, understand and practice interpersonal and organizational behaviors, and communicate their solutions and recommendations effectively through written, oral, and electronic presentations.

3. To familiarize students with the historical development of industrial engineering tools and techniques, the contemporary state of the art, and to instill the need for lifelong learning within their profession.

4. To instill in our students an understanding of ethical issues and professional and managerial responsibilities.


Undergraduates are strongly recommended to follow the sequence of courses as outlined in the SEAS Bulletin. The prerequisites for this program are courses equivalent to those listed in the first- and second-year program. We encourage all students to take ECON W1105, IEOR E2261, COMS W1004/W1007 (JAVA), IEOR E3658, IEOR E4307, Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Ordinary Differential Equations during their first two years.

It is recommended that required courses are taken in the semester specified in the Bulletin since later courses will assume adequate preparation.

We ask all IEOR majors to take the core courses during the prescribed semester.  Delaying core courses is not permitted and may result in future scheduling conflicts and delay in graduation. Request to drop an IEOR core course during the designated semester may result in an unofficial withdrawal (UW) on the transcript. Only students with special academic circumstances may be allowed to take these courses in alternate semesters with the consultation of CSA and Departmental advisors.

IE majors are required to take a total of nine (9) points of technical electives equivalent to three (3) courses. If a required technical course is not available, it must be replaced by a technical elective with the written approval of a faculty adviser.

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