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Industrial Engineering BS

Semester Requirements

Scott E. Grasman, Head and Professor
(585) 475-2598, segeie@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/ise/

Program overview

Faculty from the department of industrial and systems engineering, in conjunction with its constituents, have established the following educational objectives for the industrial engineering major:

Systems integrators—Graduates will draw upon broad knowledge to develop integrated systems-based engineering solutions that include the consideration of realistic constraints within contemporary global, societal, and organizational contexts.

Lifelong learners—Graduates will develop engineering solutions using the skills and knowledge acquired through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.

Graduate education—Graduates will successfully pursue graduate degrees.

Engineering professionals—Graduates will work independently as well as collaboratively with others and demonstrate leadership, accountability, initiative, and ethical and social responsibility.

With rapidly changing work environments, students need a well-rounded education that will allow them to apply engineering principles to new situations.

Industrial engineers design, optimize, and manage the process by which products are made and distributed across the world (i.e., global supply chain), or the way services are delivered in industries such as banking, health care, or entertainment. Industrial engineers ensure that high-quality products and services are delivered in a cost-effective manner.

Industrial engineering is ideal for those who enjoy both technology and working with people. Industrial engineers frequently spend as much time interacting with other engineers and product users as they do at their desks and computers. Typical work involves developing applied models and simulations of processes to evaluate overall system efficiency.

A degree in industrial engineering offers students a significant opportunity for a flexible long-term career. Employers have consistently praised the quality of RIT's industrial engineering graduates, noting that the range of their abilities includes both strong technical knowledge and communication skills. Graduates have used their technical base as a springboard to careers in management, consulting, manufacturing, sales, health care, law, and education.

Because of the flexible nature of the program, the industrial engineering student can gain breadth of knowledge in many different areas of industrial engineering, including, but not limited to lean manufacturing, distribution/logistics, ergonomics/human factors, modeling/simulation, and sustainable design and development. Students may choose free and professional electives for this purpose. The program's faculty is committed to high-quality engineering education as well as the program's educational objectives.

The industrial engineering curriculum covers the principal concepts of engineering economics and project management, facilities planning, human performance, mathematical and simulation modeling, production control, applied statistics and quality, and contemporary production processes that are applied to solve the challenges presented by the global environment and economy of today. The curriculum stresses the application of contemporary tools and techniques in solving engineering problems.

As described by the Institute of Industrial Engineers on the organization's website:

"Industrial engineering is about choices. Other engineering disciplines apply skills to very specific areas. IE gives practitioners the opportunity to work in a variety of businesses.

Many practitioners say that an industrial engineering education offers the best of both worlds: an education in both engineering and business.

The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the flexibility it offers. Whether it's shortening a roller coaster line, streamlining an operating room, distributing products worldwide, or manufacturing superior automobiles, these challenges share the common goal of saving companies money and increasing efficiencies.

As companies adopt management philosophies of continuous productivity and quality improvement to survive in the increasingly competitive world market, the need for industrial engineers is growing. Why? Industrial engineers are the only engineering professionals trained specifically to be productivity and quality improvement specialists.

Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy and other commodities. This is why many industrial engineers end up being promoted into management positions.

Many people are misled by the term industrial engineer. It's not just about manufacturing. It also encompasses service industries, with many IEs employed in entertainment industries, shipping and logistics businesses, and health care organizations."

Industrial engineers are "big-picture" thinkers, much like systems integrators. IEs spend most of their time out in the work environment, using scientific approaches to solve today's problems while they develop solutions for the future.

Accreditation

The BS program in industrial engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Industrial engineering, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181, 182 Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251, 252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I, II 6
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
EGEN-099 Engineering Co-op Preparation 0
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors (WI) 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-304 Fundamentals of Materials Science 2
MECE-306 Materials Science with Applications Laboratory 1
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISEE-460 Applied Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 Design and Analysis of Production Systems 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-497 Multidisciplinary Senior Design I 3
  Professional Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
ISEE-498 Multidisciplinary Senior Design II 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 129

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Accelerated 4+1 BS/MBA option

An accelerated 4+1 option is available for students who wish to earn a BS in industrial engineering and an MBA. The option is offered in conjunction with Saunders College of Business and allows students to obtain both degrees in five years of study.

Accelerated dual degree options

The department offers several accelerated dual degree (BS/MS and BS/ME) options, where select students may complete a BS and an MS or ME in industrial engineering in five years. The following options are available:

  • BS in industrial engineering and an ME in industrial and systems engineering
  • BS in industrial engineering and an MS in industrial and systems engineering
  • BS in industrial engineering and an ME in sustainable engineering
  • BS in industrial engineering and an MS in sustainable engineering
  • BS in industrial engineering and an ME in engineering management
  • BS in industrial engineering and an MS in applied statistics

Industrial engineering, BS degree/Industrial and systems engineering, ME degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181, 182 Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251, 252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I, II 6
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
EGEN-099 Engineering Co-op Preparation 0
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors (WI) 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-304 Fundamentals in Materials Science 2
MECE-306 Materials Science with Applications Laboratory 1
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISEE-460 Applied Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Free Electives 6
  Professional Electives 9
ISEE-760 Design of Experiments 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497, 498 Multidisciplinary Senior Design I, II 6
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
  Graduate Electives 15
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ISEE-792 Engineering Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 153

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Industrial engineering, BS degree/Industrial and systems engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181, 182 Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251, 252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I, II 6
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
EGEN-099 Engineering Co-op Preparation 0
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors (WI) 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-304 Fundamentals in Materials Science 2
MECE-306 Materials Science with Applications Laboratory 1
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISEE-460 Applied Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Professional Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
ISEE-795, 796 Graduate Seminar I, II 0
ISEE-760 Design of Experiments 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497, 498 Multidisciplinary Senior Design I, II 6
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
  Graduate Electives 9
  Thesis 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 150

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Industrial engineering, BS degree/Sustainable engineering, ME degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181, 182 Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251, 252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I, II 6
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
EGEN-099 Engineering Co-op Preparation 0
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors (WI) 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-304 Fundamentals in Materials Science 2
MECE-306 Materials Science with Applications Laboratory 1
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISEE-460 Applied Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Professional Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
ISEE-795, 796 Graduate Seminar I, II 0
  Engineering Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497, 498 Multidisciplinary Senior Design I, II 6
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
ISEE-785 Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering 3
MECE-629 Renewable Energy Systems 3
  Social Context Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ISEE-786 Lifecycle Assessment 3
ISEE-787 Design for the Environment 3
  Technology Elective 3
ISEE-792 Engineering Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 156

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Industrial engineering, BS degree/Sustainable engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181, 182 Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251, 252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I, II 6
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
EGEN-099 Engineering Co-op Preparation 0
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors (WI) 4
ISEE-323 Systems/Facilities Planning 3
MECE-304 Fundamentals in Materials Science 2
MECE-306 Materials Science with Applications Laboratory 1
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISEE-460 Applied Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Professional Electives 6
  Free Electives 6
ISEE-795, 796 Graduate Seminar I, II 0
  Technology Elective 3
  Social Context Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497, 498 Multidisciplinary Senior Design I, II 6
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
ISEE-785 Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering 3
MECE-629 Renewable Energy Systems 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ISEE-786 Lifecycle Assessment 3
ISEE-787 Design for the Environment 3
ISEE-790 Thesis 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 153

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Industrial engineering, BS degree/Engineering management, ME degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181, 182 Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
EGEN-099 Engineering Co-op Preparation 0
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors (WI) 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-304 Fundamentals in Materials Science 2
MECE-306 Materials Science with Applications Laboratory 1
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Professional Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
ISEE-760 Design of Experiments 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497, 498 Multidisciplinary Senior Design I, II 6
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
ISEE-750 Systems and Project Management 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ACCT-603    Accounting for Decision Makers   
   ACCT-706    Cost Management  
  Engineering Management Electives 9
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ISEE-792 Engineering Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 153

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Industrial engineering, BS degree/Applied statistics, MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of IE 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181, 182 Project-based Calculus I, II 8
  LAS Foundation 1, 2 (WI) 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
EGEN-099 Engineering Co-op Preparation 0
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors (WI) 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-304 Fundamentals in Material Science 2
MECE-306 Materials Science with Applications Laboratory 1
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Planning and Scheduling 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
CQAS-721, 722 Theory of Statistics I, II 6
CQAS-741 Regression Analysis 3
CQAS-611 Statistical Software 3
  Professional Elective 3
CQAS-701 Foundations of Experimental Design 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Free Elective 3
Fifth Year
ISEE-497, 498 Multidisciplinary Senior Design I, II 6
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
  Professional Elective 3
  Graduate Electives 9
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Free Elective 3
CQAS-794 Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 150

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Additional information

Facilities

The industrial and systems engineering department is located in the James E. Gleason Building and houses several state-of-the-art laboratories, including the Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Lab, the Metrology and Rapid Prototyping Lab, the Toyota Production Systems Lab, the Human Performance Lab, the Advanced Systems Integration Lab, the Sustainable Engineering Research Group (SERG) Lab, and the Print Research and Image Systems Modeling (PRISM) Lab. Ample computing facilities reside within each of these specialized labs, as well as a dedicated PC computer lab. These labs offer an extensive library of software to support industrial engineering course work, project work, and research, including conventional word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications (e.g., Microsoft Office), database management (e.g., Microsoft ACCESS), data acquisition (e.g., Lab View), statistical analysis (e.g., Minitab, SAS), facilities layout (e.g., AutoCad, Factory Flow, Factory Plan, LayoutIQ), manufacturing (e.g., MasterCam Cambridge Engineering Selector Software), optimization (e.g., ILOG OPL-CPLEX, LINDO, KNITRO, AMPL, Gurobi, Mathematica), systems simulation software (e.g., Solver, Arena, Promodel), biomechanics (3DSSPP) and lifecycle assessment and costing tools (e.g., SimaPro, CES Eco-Audit).

Careers

In order to optimize processes and systems, industrial engineers apply their knowledge in a wide range of areas, including systems simulation modeling, quality, logistics and supply chain management, ergonomics and human factors, facilities layout, production planning and control, manufacturing, management information systems, and project management. Upon graduation, our students work for a wide array of fields, ranging from manufacturing, to distribution/logistics, to health care, energy and other services, and companies, including Boeing, IBM, Toyota, Xerox, Intel, General Electric, Hershey, Walt Disney World, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Lockheed Martin, and Wegmans Food Markets, to name a few.

Balance, as well as specialization, has allowed our graduates to pursue varied paths. Examples of the diversity, along with the roles in which an industrial engineer might function, are reflected in the following list of sample industrial engineering co-op assignments.

In manufacturing industries:

  • Perform product life studies
  • Lay out and improve work areas
  • Design production processes to improve productivity
  • Investigate and analyze the cost of purchasing new vs. repairing existing equipment
  • Investigate delivery service, including scheduling, route modification, and material handling
  • Create computer programs to track pricing policies and truck scheduling
  • Perform downtime studies of various operations using time study and work sampling
  • Develop and computerize a forecasting model
  • Perform ergonomic studies and evaluations of workstations and product designs
  • Participate in the design process of products and processes to ensure ease of manufacture, maintenance, and remanufacture or recycling

In service industries:

  • Design information systems
  • Monitor safety and health programs
  • Manage hazardous and toxic materials storage and disposal programs
  • Manage a facility's projects to ensure they are completed on time and on budget
  • Conduct cost analysis of procedures to support decision making
  • Schedule operations and manage information flow
  • Design supply-ordering systems
  • Improve processes in a hospital
  • Evaluate waiting time and space utilization in an amusement park

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The industrial engineering faculty, in conjunction with its constituents, has established the following educational objectives for the industrial engineering program:

Systems integrators—Graduates will draw upon broad knowledge to develop integrated systems-based engineering solutions that include the consideration of realistic constraints within contemporary global, societal, and organizational contexts.

Lifelong learners—Graduates will develop engineering solutions using the skills and knowledge acquired through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.

Graduate education—Graduates will successfully pursue graduate degrees.

Engineering professionals—Graduates will work independently as well as collaboratively with others and demonstrate leadership, accountability, initiative, and ethical and social responsibility.

With rapidly changing work environments, students need a well-rounded education that will allow them to apply engineering principles to new situations.

Industrial engineers design, optimize, and manage the process by which products are made and distributed across the world (i.e., global supply chain), or the way services are delivered in industries such as banking, health care, or entertainment. Industrial engineers ensure that high-quality products and services are delivered in a cost-effective manner.

Industrial engineering is ideal for those who enjoy both technology and working with people. Industrial engineers frequently spend as much time interacting with other engineers and product users as they do at their desks and computers. Typical work involves developing applied models and simulations of processes to evaluate overall system efficiency.

A degree in industrial engineering offers students a significant opportunity for a flexible long-term career. Employers have consistently praised the quality of RIT's industrial engineering graduates, noting that the range of their abilities includes both strong technical knowledge and communication skills. Graduates have used their technical base as a springboard to careers in management, consulting, manufacturing, sales, healthcare, law, and education.

Because of the flexible nature of the program, the industrial engineering student can gain breadth of knowledge in many different areas of industrial engineering, including, but not limited to lean manufacturing, distribution/logistics, ergonomics/human factors, modeling/simulation, and sustainable design and development. Students may choose free and professional electives for this purpose. The program's faculty is committed to high-quality engineering education as well as the program's educational objectives.

The industrial engineering curriculum covers the principal concepts of engineering economics and project management, facilities planning, human performance, mathematical and simulation modeling, production control, applied statistics and quality, and contemporary production processes that are applied to solve the challenges presented by the global environment and economy of today. The curriculum stresses the application of contemporary tools and techniques in solving engineering problems.

As described by the Institute of Industrial Engineers on the organization's website:

"Industrial engineering is about choices. Other engineering disciplines apply skills to very specific areas. IE gives practitioners the opportunity to work in a variety of businesses.

Many practitioners say that an industrial engineering education offers the best of both worlds: an education in both engineering and business.

The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the flexibility it offers. Whether it's shortening a rollercoaster line, streamlining an operating room, distributing products worldwide, or manufacturing superior automobiles, these challenges share the common goal of saving companies money and increasing efficiencies.

As companies adopt management philosophies of continuous productivity and quality improvement to survive in the increasingly competitive world market, the need for industrial engineers is growing. Why? Industrial engineers are the only engineering professionals trained specifically to be productivity and quality improvement specialists.

Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy and other commodities. This is why many industrial engineers end up being promoted into management positions.

Many people are misled by the term industrial engineer. It's not just about manufacturing. It also encompasses service industries, with many IEs employed in entertainment industries, shipping and logistics businesses, and health care organizations."

Industrial engineers are "big-picture" thinkers, much like systems integrators. IEs spend most of their time out in the work environment, using scientific approaches to solve today's problems while they develop solutions for the future.

Accreditation

The BS program in industrial engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Industrial engineering, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0303-201 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 4
0303-204 Computer Tools for Increased Productivity 2
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
1016-281, 282, 283 Calculus I, II, III 12
1017-311, 312 University Physics I, II 10
0303-343 Materials Processing 3
  Liberal Arts* 16
0303-051 Discovery Industrial Engineering 1
1720-052 Pathways‡ 1
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
0304-331 Mechanics I 3
0304-332 Mechanics II 3
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
0303-302 Computing for Engineers 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1016-331 Linear Algebra 4
1017-313 University Physics III 4
1004-212 Human Biology II 3
0304-344 Materials Science 4
  Free Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-520 Engineering Economy 4
0303-401 Introduction to Operations Research 4
0307-361, 362 Probability and Statistics I, II 8
0303-415 Ergonomics 4
0303-481 Engineering Management 4
0303-422 Systems and Facilities Planning 4
  Cooperative Education§ Co-op
Fourth Year
0303-510 Applied Statistical Quality Control 4
0303-511 Applied Linear Regression Analysis 4
0303-402 Production Control 4
0303-503 Systems Simulation 4
0303-516 Human Factors 4
0303-526 Design and Analysis of Production Systems 4
  Professional Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Cooperative Education§ Co-op
Fifth Year
0303-630 Advanced Systems Integration 4
0303-560, 561 Multidisciplinary Senior Design I, II 8
  Professional Electives 12
  Free Electives 8
  Cooperative Education§ Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 198

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Students are required to complete one Pathways course. Students may choose from Innovation/Creativity (1720-052), Leadership (1720-053), or Service (1720-054). These courses may be completed in the winter or spring quarter.

§ Students are required to complete five quarters of cooperative education.

Industrial engineering, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181 Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
MATH-182 Project-Based Calculus II 4
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-305 Materials Science and Apps 3
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Control 3
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 Design and Analysis of Production Systems 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-497 Senior Design I 3
  Professional Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
ISEE-498 Senior Design II 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 129

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Accelerated dual degree options

The department offers accelerated dual degree (BS/MS and BS/ME) options, where select students may complete a BS and an MS or ME in industrial engineering in five years. An arrangement with the E. Philip Saunders College of Business allows for an accelerated BS/MBA option. For more information, contact the department or visit its website.

Industrial engineering, BS/ME degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0303-051, 052 Discovery, Pathways 2
0303-201 Fundamentals of IE 4
0303-204 Computer Tools 2
0303-343 Materials Processing 3
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
1016-281 Calculus I 4
1016-282 Calculus II 4
1016-283 Calculus III 4
1017-311 University Physics I 5
1017-312 University Physics II 5
  Liberal Arts* 16
Second Year
0303-302 Computing for Engineers 4
0304-331 Mechanics I 3
0304-332 Mechanics II 3
0304-344 Materials Science 4
1004-212 Human Biology 3
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1016-331 Linear Algebra 4
1017-313 University Physics III 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Free Elective 4
Third Year
0303-401 Operations Research 4
0303-415 Ergonomics 4
0303-481 Engineering Management 4
0303-422 Facilities Planning 4
0303-520 Engineering Economy 4
0307-361 Probability and Statistics I 4
0307-362 Probability and Statistics II 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Wellness Education† 0
Fourth Year
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
0303-402 Production Control 4
0303-503 Simulation 4
0303-510 Statistical Quality Control 4
0303-511 Linear Regression Analysis 4
0303-516 Human Factors 4
0303-526 D/A of Production Systems 4
0303-630 Advanced System Integration 4
  Free Elective 4
  Professional Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-890 Thesis 1
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0303-560 Senior Design I 4
0303-561 Senior Design II 4
0303-630 Professional Elective 4
  Graduate Electives 20
  Free Elective 4
0303-890 Thesis 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 227

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Industrial engineering, BS/ME degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181 Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
MATH-182 Project-Based Calculus II 4
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-305 Materials Science and Apps 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Control 3
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Free Electives 6
  Professional Electives 9
ISEE-760 Design of Experiments 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497 Senior Design I 3
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
  Graduate Electives 15
ISEE-498 Senior Design II 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ISEE-792 Engineering Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 153

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/ME, Sustainable engineering, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0303-051, 052 Discovery/Pathways 2
0303-201 Fundamentals of IE 4
0303-204 Computer Tools 2
0303-343 Materials Processing 3
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
1016-281 Calculus I 4
1016-282 Calculus II 4
1016-283 Calculus III 4
1017-311 University Physics I 5
1017-312 University Physics II 5
  Liberal Arts* 16
Second Year
0303-302 Computing for Engineers 4
0304-331 Mechanics I 3
0304-332 Mechanics II 3
0304-344 Materials Science 4
1004-212 Human Biology 3
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1016-331 Linear Algebra 4
1017-313 University Physics III 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Free Elective 4
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
0303-401 Operations Research 4
0303-415 Ergonomics 4
0303-481 Engineering Management 4
0303-422 Facilities Planning 4
0303-520 Engineering Economy 4
0307-361 Probability and Statistics I 4
0307-362 Probability and Statistics II 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0303-402 Production Control 4
0303-503 Simulation 4
0303-510 Statistical Quality Control 4
0303-511 Linear Regression Analysis 4
0303-516 Human Factors 4
0303-526 D/A of Production Systems 4
  Professional Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0303-560 Senior Design I 4
0303-561 Senior Design II 4
0303-630 Advanced Systems Integration 4
  Professional Electives 12
  Free Electives 8
0303-786 Engineering of Systems I 4
0303-790 Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering 4
0304-729 Renewable Energy Systems 4
0303-758 Design of Experiments 4
0303-791 Lifecycle Assessment/Costing 4
0303-792 Design for the Environment 4
  Technology Elective 4
  Social Context Elective 4
0303-779 Engineering Capstone 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 234

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/ME, Sustainable engineering, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181 Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
MATH-182 Project-Based Calculus II 4
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-305 Materials Science and Apps 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Control 3
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Professional Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
ISEE-795 Graduate Seminar I 0
ISEE-xxx Engineering Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-796 Graduate Seminar II 0
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497 Senior Design I 3
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
ISEE-785 Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering 3
MECE-729 Renewable Energy Systems 3
  Social Context Elective 3
ISEE-498 Senior Design II 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ISEE-786 Lifecycle Assessment 3
ISEE-787 Design of the Environment 3
  Technology Elective 3
ISEE-792 Engineering Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 156

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/ME, Engineering management, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0303-051, 052  Discovery/Pathways 2
0303-201 Fundamentals of IE 4
0303-204 Computer Tools 2
0303-343 Materials Processing 3
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
1016-281 Calculus I 4
1016-282 Calculus II 4
1016-283 Calculus III 4
1017-311 University Physics I 5
1017-312 University Physics II 5
  Liberal Arts* 16
Second Year
0303-302 Computing for Engineers 4
0304-331 Mechanics I 3
0304-332 Mechanics II 3
0304-344 Materials Science 4
1004-212 Human Biology 3
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1016-331 Linear Algebra 4
1017-313 University Physics III           4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Free Elective 4
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
0303-401 Operations Research 4
0303-415 Ergonomics 4
0303-481 Engineering Management 4
0303-422 Facilities Planning 4
0303-520 Engineering Economy 4
0307-361 Probability and Statistics I 4
0307-362 Probability and Statistics II 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-499                 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0303-402 Production Control 4
0303-503 Simulation 4
0303-510 Statistical Quality Control 4
0303-511 Linear Regression Analysis 4
0303-516                 Human Factors 4
0303-526 D/A of Production Systems 4
0303-630 Adv. System Integration 4
  Free Elective 4
  Professional Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0303-560 Senior Design I 4
0303-561 Senior Design II 4
0303-630 Adv. Systems Integration 4
  Graduate Electives 28
  Free Elective 4
0303-779 Capstone                  4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 230

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/ME, Engineering management, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181 Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Perspective 1 3
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
MATH-182 Project-Based Calculus II 4
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 2 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3 3
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-305 Materials Science and Apps 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Control 3
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Professional Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
ISEE-760 Design of Experiments 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497 Senior Design I 3
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
ISEE-750 Systems and Project Management 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ACCT-703    Accounting for Decision Makers   
   ACCT-706    Cost Management  
  Engineering Management Electives 9
ISEE-498 Senior Design II 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ISEE-792 Engineering Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 153

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/MS, Industrial and systems engineering, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0303-051, 052  Discovery/Pathways 2
0303-201 Fundamentals of IE 4
0303-204                 Computer Tools 2
0303-343 Materials Processing 3
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
1016-281 Calculus I 4
1016-282 Calculus II 4
1016-283 Calculus III 4
1017-311 University Physics I 5
1017-312 University Physics II 5
  Liberal Arts* 16
Second Year
0303-302 Computing for Engineers 4
0304-331 Mechanics I 3
0304-332 Mechanics II 3
0304-344 Materials Science 4
1004-212 Human Biology 3
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1016-331 Linear Algebra 4
1017-313 University Physics III 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
  Free Elective 4
Third Year
0303-401 Operations Research 4
0303-415 Ergonomics 4
0303-481 Engineering Management 4
0303-422 Facilities Planning 4
0303-520 Engineering Economy 4
0307-361 Probability and Statistics I 4
0307-362 Probability and Statistics II 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
Fourth Year
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
0303-402 Production Control 4
0303-503 Simulation 4
0303-510 Statistical Quality Control 4
0303-511 Linear Regression Analysis 4
0303-516 Human Factors 4
0303-526 D/A of Production Systems 4
0303-630 Adv. System Integration 4
  Free Elective 4
  Professional Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-890 Thesis 1
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0303-560 Senior Design I 4
0303-561 Senior Design II 4
  Professional Elective 4
  Graduate Electives 20
  Free Elective 4
0303-890 Thesis 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 227

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/MS, Industrial and systems engineering, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181 Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
MATH-182 Project-Based Calculus II 4
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-305 Materials Science and Apps 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Control 3
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
  Professional Electives 9
  Free Electives 6
ISEE-795 Graduate Seminar I 0
ISEE-760 Design of Experiments 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-796 Graduate Seminar II 0
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497 Senior Design I 3
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
  Graduate Electives 9
  Thesis 6
ISEE-498 Senior Design II 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 150

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/MS, Sustainable engineering, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0303-051, 052 Discovery/Pathways 2
0303-201 Fundamentals of IE 4
0303-204 Computer Tools 2
0303-343 Materials Processing 3
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
1016-281 Calculus I 4
1016-282 Calculus II 4
1016-283 Calculus III 4
1017-311 University Physics I 5
1017-312 University Physics II 5
  Liberal Arts* 16
Second Year
0303-302 Computing for Engineers 4
0304-331 Mechanics I 3
0304-332 Mechanics II 3
0304-344 Materials Science 4
1004-212 Human Biology 3
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1016-331 Linear Algebra 4
1017-313 University Physics III 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Free Elective 4
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
0303-401 Operations Research 4
0303-415 Ergonomics 4
0303-481 Engineering Management 4
0303-422 Facilities Planning 4
0303-520 Engineering Economy 4
0307-361 Probability and Statistics I 4
0307-362 Probability and Statistics II 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0303-402 Production Control 4
0303-503 Simulation 4
0303-510 Statistical Quality Control 4
0303-511 Linear Regression Analysis 4
0303-516 Human Factors 4
0303-526 D/A of Production Systems 4
  Professional Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
0303-560 Senior Design I 4
  Senior Design II 4
0303-630 Adv. Systems Integration 4
  Professional Electives 12
  Free Electives 8
0303-786 Engineering of Systems I 4
0303-790 Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering 4
0304-729 Renewable Energy Systems 4
0303-758 Design of Experiments 4
0303-792 Design for the Environment 4
0303-791 Lifecycle Assessment/Costing 4
0303-890 Thesis 9
Total Quarter Credit Hours 231

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/MS, Sustainable engineering, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181 Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
MATH-182 Project-Based Calculus II 4
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors 4
ISEE-323 Systems/Facilities Planning 3
MECE-305 Materials Science and Apps 3
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Control 3
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
ISEE-xxx Professional Electives 6
  Free Electives 6
ISEE-795 Graduate Seminar I 0
  Technology Elective 3
  Social Context Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ISEE-796 Graduate Seminar II 0
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
ISEE-497 Senior Design I 3
ISEE-561 Linear Regression Analysis 3
ISEE-771 Engineering of Systems I 3
ISEE-785 Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering 3
MECE-729 Renewable Energy Systems 3
ISEE-498 Senior Design II 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ISEE-786 Lifecycle Assessment 3
ISEE-787 Design of the Environment 3
ISEE-790 Thesis 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 153

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

BS, Industrial engineering/MS, Applied statistics, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0303-051, 052 Discovery/Pathways 2
0303-201 Fundamentals of IE 4
0303-204 Computer Tools 2
0303-343 Materials Processing 3
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
1016-281 Calculus I 4
1016-282 Calculus II 4
1016-283 Calculus III 4
1017-311 University Physics I 5
1017-312 University Physics II 5
  Liberal Arts* 16
Second Year
0303-302 Computing for Engineers 4
0304-331 Mechanics I 3
0304-332 Mechanics II 3
0304-344 Materials Science 4
1004-212 Human Biology 3
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1016-331 Linear Algebra 4
1017-313 University Physics III 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Free Elective 4
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
0303-401 Operations Research 4
0303-415 Ergonomics 4
0303-481 Engineering Management 4
0303-422 Facilities Planning 4
0303-520 Engineering Economy 4
0307-361 Probability and Statistics I 4
0307-362 Probability and Statistics II 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0303-402 Production Control 4
0303-503 Simulation 4
0303-510 Statistical Quality Control 4
0303-511 Linear Regression Analysis 4
0303-516 Human Factors 4
0303-526 D/A of Production Systems 4
0303-630 Adv. System Integration 4
  Professional Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 4
0303-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year  
0303-560 Senior Design I 4
0303-561 Senior Design II 4
0307-801 Design of Experiments I 3
0307-802 Design of Experiments II 3
0307-821 Theory of Statistics I 3
0307-822 Theory of Statistics II 3
0307-742 Statistical Computing 3
0307-842 Regression Analysis II  3
  Graduate Electives 12
  Professional Elective 4
  Free Elective 4
Total Quarter Credit Hourse 228

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. 

BS, Industrial engineering/MS, Applied statistics, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ISEE-120 Fundamentals of IE 3
CHMG-131 General Chemistry for Engineers 3
MATH-181 Project-based Calculus I 4
  LAS Foundation 1, 2 (WI) 6
ISEE-140 Materials Processing 3
MATH-182 Project-based Calculus II 4
PHYS-211 University Physics I 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
ISEE-200 Computing for Engineers 3
MATH-221 Multivariable Calculus 4
PHYS-212 University Physics II 4
CQAS-251 Probability and Statistics for Engineers I 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
MECE-200 Fundamentals of Mechanics 4
MATH-233 Linear Systems and Differential Equations 4
CQAS-252 Probability and Statistics for Engineers II 3
ISEE-250 Engineering Economy 3
Third Year
ISEE-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
ISEE-301 Operations Research 4
ISEE-350 Engineering Management 3
ISEE-330 Ergonomics and Human Factors 4
ISEE-323 Facilities Planning 3
MECE-306 Materials Science 3
Fourth Year
ISEE-420 Production Control 3
ISEE-421 D/A Production Systems 3
ISEE-410 Simulation 3
CQAS-721 Theory I 3
CQAS-741 Regression Analysis 3
CQAS-611 Statistical Software 3
  Professional Elective 3
CQAS-722 Theory II 3
CQAS-701 Foundations of Experimental Design 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Free Elective 3
Fifth Year
ISEE-590 Senior Design I 3
ISEE-460 Statistical Quality Control 3
  Professional Elective 3
  Graduate Electives 9
ISEE-591 Senior Design II 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Free Elective 3
CQAS-794 Capstone 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 150

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Additional information

Facilities

The industrial and systems engineering department is located in the James E. Gleason Building and houses several state-of-the-art laboratories, including the Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Lab, the Metrology and Rapid Prototyping Lab, the Toyota Production Systems Lab, the Human Performance Lab, the Advanced Systems Integration Lab, the Sustainable Engineering Research Group (SERG) Lab, and the Print Research and Image Systems Modeling (PRISM) Lab. Ample computing facilities reside within each of these specialized labs, as well as a dedicated PC computer lab. These labs offer an extensive library of software to support industrial engineering course work, project work, and research, including conventional word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications (e.g., Microsoft Office), database management (e.g., Microsoft ACCESS), data acquisition (e.g., Lab View), statistical analysis (e.g., Minitab, SAS), facilities layout (e.g., AutoCad, Factory Flow, Factory Plan, LayoutIQ), manufacturing (e.g., MasterCam Cambridge Engineering Selector Software), optimization (e.g., ILOG OPL-CPLEX, LINDO, KNITRO, AMPL, Gurobi, Mathematica), systems simulation software (e.g., Solver, Arena, Promodel), and lifecycle assessment and costing tools (e.g., SimaPro, CES Eco-Audit).

Careers

In order to optimize processes and systems, industrial engineers apply their knowledge in a wide range of areas, including systems simulation modeling, quality, logistics and supply chain management, ergonomics and human factors, facilities layout, production planning and control, manufacturing, management information systems, and project management. Upon graduation, our students work for a wide array of fields, ranging from manufacturing, to distribution/logistics, to healthcare, energy and other services, and companies, including Boeing, IBM, Toyota, Xerox, Intel, General Electric, Hershey, Walt Disney World, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Lockheed Martin, and Wegmans, to name a few.

Balance, as well as specialization, has allowed our graduates to pursue varied paths. Examples of the diversity, along with the roles in which an industrial engineer might function, are reflected in the following list of sample industrial engineering co-op assignments.

In manufacturing industries:

  • Perform product life studies
  • Lay out and improve work areas
  • Design production processes to improve productivity
  • Investigate and analyze the cost of purchasing new vs. repairing existing equipment
  • Investigate delivery service, including scheduling, route modification, and material handling
  • Create computer programs to track pricing policies and truck scheduling
  • Perform downtime studies of various operations using time study and work sampling
  • Develop and computerize a forecasting model
  • Perform ergonomic studies and evaluations of workstations and product designs
  • Participate in the design process of products and processes to ensure ease of manufacture, maintenance, and remanufacture or recycling

In service industries:

  • Design information systems
  • Monitor safety and health programs
  • Manage hazardous and toxic materials storage and disposal programs
  • Manage a facility's projects to ensure they are completed on time and on budget
  • Conduct cost analysis of procedures to support decision making
  • Schedule operations and manage information flow
  • Design supply-ordering systems
  • Improve processes in a hospital
  • Evaluate waiting time and space utilization in an amusement park