Mar 21, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Engineering B.S.

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Program Director

Dr. Leah Newman
Office: S-112H
Phone: (414) 277-7166

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 identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Industrial Engineering Model Full-time Track - V7.3

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


  • Elective1,2 (Business Administration) 3 credits
  • Elective1 (Free) 3 credits 
  • Elective(HU/SS) 3 credits
  • Elective1 (HU/SS) 3 credits
  • Elective1 (Technical) 3 credits 
Total: 15 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 15 credits


1 There are 39 credits of elective subjects in the industrial engineering program. Students, in collaboration with their faculty advisors, design their program from the following elective 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 are (HU) and 6 in the social sciences (SS) area 
  • 6 credits of free electives (junior or senior level courses in any subject area)
  • 3 credits from approved list of math or science electives 
  • 3 credits from business administration elective (see note 2)

2 The BA elective must be 300/3000 level or higher unless 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. 

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Industrial Engineering Electives

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