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Industrial Engineering, BSIE

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About the Program

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 Courses (36 credits)

IE Technical Electives (15 credits)

Basic requirements:

6 credits required in IE courses.
9 credits required from approved list of courses to bring total to 15 credits.

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (55-57 credits)

Mathematics Requirements (18 - 20 credits)

*Satisfies a University Core Requirement

Science Requirements (14 credits)

General Education Elective Requirements (24 credits)

Foundational Core


  • (satisfies Information Literacy selective for core; ENGL 10600 /ENGL 10800  strongly recommended) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Written Communication selective for core; ENGL 10600 /ENGL 10800  strongly recommended) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Oral Communication selective for core; COM 11400  strongly recommended) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Human Cultures: Humanities selective for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science selective for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • (satisfies Science, Technology, and Society selective for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
IE General Education Electives

See general education program document (attached: general education electives program ) to identify additional 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.

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

16 Credits

15 Credits

18 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • IE 43100 - Industrial Engineering Design
  • 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 VIII - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


*Satisfies a University Core Requirement

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Engineering degree.

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