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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Professors Gallimore, Hill, Narayanan (Chair), Phillips

Associate Professor Ciarallo

Assistant Professors Gripper, Liu, Zhang

Lecturer Kender

The Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering offers an undergraduate program in industrial and systems engineering leading to the Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  The Industrial and Systems Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Industrial and Systems Engineering program emphasizes the evaluation, design, and improvement of complex systems. The program recognizes the central role of people in such systems, as both operators and beneficiaries, and provides the breadth of knowledge necessary to design systems from a user centered perspective. The curriculum provides a broad basis in mathematics, science, and engineering including core courses in industrial engineering, operations research, manufacturing, and the human aspects of system design. Students take a variety of courses across traditional engineering disciplines as well as other areas, depending on a chosen focus area of concentration.  Core industrial engineering topics include probability and statistics, ergonomics, system design, optimization, simulation, production systems, engineering economics, and software development.


Industrial and Systems Engineering Program Objectives

  • Graduates are expected to utilize their knowledge and problem-solving skills to design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.
  • Graduates are expected to apply their math, science and engineering skills in professional practice.
  • Graduates are expected to apply user-centered design methodologies in the development of integrated systems.
  • Graduates are expected to work productively in a team environment and communicate effectively, both written and orally.
  • Graduates are expected to have an understanding of their role as engineers in the context of a global society.
  • Graduates are expected to succeed in professional practice and/or graduate school.

The Industrial and Systems Engineering program emphasizes a broad background in user-centered design within an industrial and systems engineering framework. Students must choose electives within a focus area of application, in consultation with an advisor. The focus area often leads to employment or advanced studies in the area chosen. Currently there are five approved focus areas in industrial and systems engineering: Human Integrated Systems, Ergonomic Systems, Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, and Operations Management. Students may also elect to pursue an honors thesis. In the capstone course, students work in teams with a client from industry to identify and solve a real real-world design problem. 

Graduates of the program pursue careers in a wide range of settings including: manufacturing, health care delivery, information systems, aerospace, consulting, and telecommunications. In addition, students may choose to continue their education in graduate school.

Degree Requirements - Industrial and Systems Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering Degree

See General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements*


Required Substitutions

Area I: MTH 229, 230


Area V: PHY 240/200, 242/202, 244/204


Area VI: College Component: EGR 190**


*Courses taken to satisfy GE requirements may not be counted toward the major.
**For incoming freshmen only. Other students should take ISE 210.

Engineering Requirements


Core Engineering Requirements:


EGR 101


BME 428


CEG 220


EE 301/302, 321


ME 212, 213, 315


Major Courses


ISE 195, 301, 302, 406, 407, 451, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 477, 478, 481, 482, 483, 484



Related Course Requirements


CHM 121/125


MTH 231, 232, 235


Technical Communications Requirement


EGR 335



Elective/Concentration Requirement


ISE Honors Undergraduate Thesis:


ISE 499-9 and 499-10


Human Integrated Systems:


Select two: ISE 431, ISE 465 and PHY 110


*Operations Management:


MS 307 and MS 320


Ergonomic Systems:


ISE 480 and ISE 485


**Computer Science:


Select two: ISE 465, CS 240 and 241


***Materials Science and Engineering


Select two: ME 220, 370, 371, 472




Total (minimum) 195

*Minor in Operations Management available. See Raj Soin College of Business section for additional requirements and details.

**Minor in Computer Science for Engineers and Scientists available. See computer science department section for requirements and details.
***Minor in Materials Science and Engineering available. See Mechanical Engineering department section for additional requirements and details.

Minor in Operations Management

Students who successfully complete the courses for the operations management focus area and meet additional departmental requirements will receive a minor in operations management from the Raj Soin College of Business.  Interested students should apply to be admitted to the minor once they are established in the industrial and systems engineering major and have achieved junior status. Students must be enrolled in the minor in order to be permitted to sign up for courses in the operations management track.


Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in High Technology

The purpose of this certificate program is to enhance the technical expertise and business acumen of undergraduate students, regardless of professional pursuit. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be knowledgeable about the technical processes that drive innovation and will possess the business skills required of entrepreneurs.


Certificate Requirements


ISE 481, 490


MKT 475


MGT 499


ISE 405 (seminars)


ISE 499 (team project)


Honors Thesis

The honors thesis provides talented, highly motivated students the opportunity to develop their interests and professional skills by pursuing carefully structured programs of independent study and research, which culminates in completion of the undergraduate honors thesis.


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