May 28, 2023  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Engineering, B.S.

Program Director

Dr. Charlene A. Yauch, P.E.
Office: S-112H
Phone: (414) 277-7258

Industrial engineers play key roles in virtually every business and industry today. By focusing on critical processes and systems, industrial engineers are making these businesses more efficient, effective and productive. Industrial engineers are often seen as facilitators of change. Industrial engineering is primarily concerned with the design and continuous improvement of systems by effectively integrating people, processes and technology. Quality and productivity improvement are critical issues.

Industrial engineering course work establishes a solid engineering foundation, upon which specialized technical and management knowledge and skill sets are built. Educational experiences include a variety of business/industry projects, which enable our graduates to make significant contributions in diverse enterprises such as manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, retail, insurance, banking, consulting and health care.

Program Educational Objectives

The industrial engineering (IE) program at MSOE aims to be the program of choice for all students who desire a student- centered, interactive learning environment, with a hands-on orientation and practical industry-based project experiences. MSOE’s IE graduates are aggressively pursued by a diverse array of employers in manufacturing and service industries such as consulting, health care, logistics, and retail. Our faculty provide state-of-the art expertise, combining theoretical knowledge and practical experience to provide students with a solid foundation for future achievement. Internal and external customers seek out the program’s faculty and students for innovative solutions to their technical and business challenges.

MSOE’s IE program is committed to producing baccalaureate engineers who, within five years after graduation, will:

  • Demonstrate management and leadership skills, including self-awareness, negotiating with and influencing others, and leading a project team.
  • Employ problem-solving skills, utilizing relevant data-driven IE methods.
  • Uphold ethical standards and contribute to the broader engineering community.
  • Drive organizational improvement efforts, providing training, mentoring, or subject matter expertise to others.
  • Understand, adapt, and contribute to their organization’s long-term strategy, vision, and business objectives.
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness and agility by being able to identify and define problems from various perspectives, adapt to changing circumstances and conduct independent research.
  • Recognize the need for and be able to evaluate relevant design constraints and impacts such as those related to safety, the environment, and society.

Student Outcomes

At the conclusion of the industrial engineering program at MSOE, the student will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.

Industrial Engineering Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative education is designed to integrate classroom study with planned and supervised work experiences. The co-op program offers students an opportunity to gain industrial experience as part of their formal education. Industrial engineering co-op students are employed in technical capacities in a variety of industrial companies. Most co-op students are employed for a single co-op session in the sophomore or junior year which typically lasts for three consecutive quarters, always beginning or ending in summer. Variations on the co-op program and modifications to the student’s plan of study are made to accommodate particular co-op opportunities, depending on the company’s requirements. The co-op program is optional, and co-op positions are not guaranteed. Positions are awarded at the discretion of the employer after a competitive interviewing process.

Requirements for Industrial Engineering Co-op Program

  • Full-time student status in industrial engineering at MSOE.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  • Must have completed the freshman year and receive prior approval from the industrial engineering program director (co-op administrator) prior to accepting an offer of co-op employment.
  • Any student who wishes to pursue placement in a co-op position must have an application form on file in the Career Services Office and a resume completed on Handshake.

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Industrial Engineering Model Full-time Track - V7.1

Year One

Total: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Year Two

Year Three

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 17 credits


Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Four


Total: 14 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 15 credits


Total: 12 lecture hours - 5 lab hours - 15 credits


  • Elective (HU/SS)3 3 credits
  • Elective (HU/SS)3 3 credits
  • Elective (Technical)1 3 credits
  • Elective (Free)1 3 credits
  • Elective (Business Administration)1, 2 3 credits
Total: 15 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 15 credits


​1 There are 42 credits of elective subjects in the industrial engineering program. Students, in collaboration with their faculty advisors, select their electives from the following categories:

  • 12 credits from approved industrial engineering electives list
  • 3 credits from non-IE engineering electives list
  • 12 credits from humanities and social sciences (HU/SS), of which 6 must be in the humanities area (HU) and 6 in the social sciences (SS) area
  • 3 credits from approved list of math or science electives
  • 6 credits from business administration (BA) electives (see note 2)
  • 6 credits of free electives (see note 3)

​2 The BA electives must be 3000-level courses or higher unless they are applicable to a business minor or otherwise approved by the IE program director. Business classes that have considerable overlap with IE courses may not be taken for credit by IE students; the student should check with his/her academic advisor or the IE program director.

3 The free electives may be in any subject area. They must be 300/3000-level courses or higher unless they are applicable to an approved minor or otherwise approved by the IE program director. Classes that have considerable overlap with IE courses may not be taken for credit by IE students; the student should check with his/her academic advisor or the IE program director.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Industrial Engineering Electives


With the written consent of the IE program director and after careful review of both student developmental objectives and the science/design content of alternate selections, some engineering elective substitutions may be permitted. 

Elective combinations are restricted. Elective selection must be done in consultation with the faculty curriculum advisor.