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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Engineering, BSIE

About the Program

The Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Industrial engineers design, analyze, and manage complex human-integrated systems such as manufacturing systems, supply chain networks, and service systems.  These systems typically consist of a combination of people, information, material, and equipment. In such systems industrial engineers determine how to optimize the system for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, throughput, safety, or some other objective of interest to the stakeholders of the system.  To achieve these objectives, an industrial engineer draws upon knowledge of mathematics, along with physical, engineering, management, and behavioral sciences to function as a problem-solver, innovator, designer, coordinator, and system integrator. Industrial engineers are employed in and apply their skills in an extremely wide range of organizations, including manufacturing industries, service industries, and governmental agencies.

The complexity of these organizations and the emphasis on increased effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity have led to a growing need for industrial engineering analysis and design, resulting in an increased demand for industrial engineering graduates. This increased demand recognizes the modern industrial engineer’s versatility and responsiveness to the challenges of a rapidly changing society. Industrial engineering is one of the nation’s largest and most rapidly growing engineering professions.

The industrial engineering program prepares graduates for careers in all phases of industrial engineering and enables them to perform both technical and managerial functions that require scientific and engineering backgrounds. By combining the study of science, mathematics, engineering fundamentals, design, and management principles, an industrial engineering education provides a unique background and a sound basis for lifelong career development in engineering practice, research, or management.

Senior design projects consist of a real-world application of IE principles by teaming students with a local industry in Indiana. Teams have taken on full-scale projects like designing floor layouts for factories and hospitals, designing operations to improve system efficiency, reducing time and waste in processing, allocating resources to optimize system performance, and developing a safety plan for preventing work-related injuries.

Degree Requirements

123 Credits Required

Industrial Engineering Major Requirements (51 credits)

IE Technical Electives (15 credits)

Basic Requirements IE Courses Tech Electives (6 credits)

IE Technical Electives (9 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (54-55 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering   Requirements

  • (If pursuing Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, CS 15900 - Prog Appl for Engineers is required to graduate, but not required to complete the First Year Engineering program.)

General Education Elective Requirements (18 credits)

  • General Education Elective I - Credit Hours: 3.00 (Satisfies Humanities for core)
  • General Education Elective II - Credit Hours: 3.00 (Satisfies Behavioral/Social Science for core)  
  • General Education Elective III - Credit Hours: 3.00 (Satisfies Science, Tech & Society for core)
  • General Education Elective IV - Credit Hours: 3.00 (Satisfies Information Literacy for core, if needed)
  • General Education Elective V - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • General Education Elective VI - Credit Hours: 3.00 

Additional Requirements

Click here for Industrial Engineering Technical Electives  

Click here for Industrial Engineering General Education Requirements   

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


First Year Engineering Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Industrial Engineering Program Requirements

16 Credits

15 Credits

18 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • IE Technical Elective I - Credit Hours: 3.00  
  • IE Technical Elective II - Credit Hours: 3.00  
  • Technical Elective III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective VI - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Critical Course

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In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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