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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial Engineering Curriculum

3270 Mechanical Engineering Building; 1513 University Avenue; Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2686; ie@engr.wisc.edu; www.engr.wisc.edu/ie

Professors Bier (chair), Brennan, Carayon, Lee, Linderoth, Radwin, Shi, Vanderheiden, Veeramani, Zhou; Associate Professors Alagoz, Krishnamurthy, Li, Wiegmann; Assistant Professors Luedtke, Montague

The first bachelor of science in industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison was awarded in 1972. Since that time the demand for industrial engineers has grown dramatically for one chief reason: the need for organizations to raise their level of productivity through thoughtful, systematic applications.

Becoming an industrial engineer (IE) places one in an exciting field of engineering that focuses on productivity improvement worldwide. It is a field that deals as much with human aspects of work as with today's sophisticated tools of work.

What sets industrial engineering apart from other engineering disciplines is its broader scope. An IE deals with people as well as things. The industrial engineer applies problem-solving techniques in almost every kind of industry, business, or institution. There are IEs in banks, hospitals, government at all levels, transportation, construction, processing, social services, electronics, facilities design, manufacturing, and warehousing.

An IE looks at the "big picture" of what makes society perform best—the right combination of human resources, natural resources, and human-made structures and equipment. An IE bridges the gap between management and operations, dealing with and motivating people as well as determining what tools should be used and how they should be used. Industrial engineering is concerned with performance measures and standards, research of new products and product applications, ways to improve use of scarce resources, and many other problem-solving adventures.

Because industrial engineering serves a broad cross-section of business, industry and institutions, the IE's work environment varies from office to plant to field. Choices can be made even after the IE begins his or her career. Few other vocations offer a graduating student such a wide selection of places to work or kind of work to perform. Need for industrial engineers makes this profession particularly attractive from the financial standpoint. Beginning salaries rank in the top group of high-paying engineering disciplines, and fast advancement is not unusual.

In the industrial and systems engineering department at UW–Madison, the course curriculum is set up to provide a diversified background and at the same time allow choices according to individual interests. Specialized course work might be categorized in five main areas:

  • Decision Science and Operations Research
  • Health Systems Engineering
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Manufacturing and Production Systems
  • Quality Engineering

Although there is no submajor within IE, it is possible to achieve a degree of specialization through a judicious choice of IE technical electives. Courses focusing on teams and design projects prepare students to succeed in the workplace.

Industrial Engineering Curriculum

The following sample curriculum applies to students admitted to the industrial engineering degree program in fall 2008 or later. Required courses are indicated. The Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Guide (available in the department office or here) contains lists of courses that fulfill the requirements in the following categories: General Education Communication Elective, IE Technical Electives, Junior Design Elective, and Senior Design Elective. For Liberal Studies Electives refer to the College of Engineering Liberal Studies Guidelines. Engineering science electives are any courses at the 200 level and above which are not IE, EPD or Professional Orientation (Pro Or) courses or crosslisted with IE, EPD or Pro Or with the exception of classes that teach principles other than engineering science principles, like business or leadership. While business and leadership courses are excellent and beneficial to the student's future, they are not approved as engineering science electives.

Freshman Year, First Semester, 15–16 credits

Math 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry or Math 217 Calculus with Algebra and Trigonometry II or Math 275 Topics in Calculus I, 5 cr
Chemistry 109 Advanced General Chemistry, 5 cr
InterEngr 160 Introduction to Engineering, 3 cr (or an IE Technical Elective in a later semester)
General Education Communication Elective, 2–3 cr

Freshman Year, Second Semester, 16–17 credits

Math 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry or Math 276 Topics in Calculus II, 5 cr
Physics 201 General Physics, 5 cr
Economics 111 (or 101, 3 cr) Principles of Economics—Accelerated Treatment, 4 cr
Liberal Studies, 3 cr

Sophomore Year, First Semester, 15 credits

Math 234 Calculus—Functions of Several Variables, 3 cr
Physics 202 General Physics, 5 cr
Stat 311 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I, 4 cr
Computer Science Elective (Comp Sci 302 or 310), 3 cr

Sophomore Year, Second Semester, 16 credits

Stat 312 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II, 4 cr
IE 313 Engineering Economic Analysis, 3 cr
IE 315 Production Planning and Control, 3 cr
Biology Elective (Zoo 101/220/260 or Bio 153), 3 cr
Math Elective (Math 320 or 340), 3 cr

Junior Year, First Semester, 15 credits

IE 323 Operations Research—Deterministic Modeling, 3 cr
IE 349 Introduction to Human Factors, 3 cr
Acct IS 300 (or 100) Accounting Principles, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr
Math/Statistics Elective (Math 319, Stat 333 or Stat/ME 424), 3 cr

Junior Year, Second Semester, 16 credits

IE 320 Simulation and Probabilistic Modeling, 3 cr
IE 321 Simulation Modeling Laboratory, 1 cr
IE 350 Junior Design Elective, 3 cr
EPD 397 Technical Communication, 3 cr
Engineering Science Elective, 3 cr
ISyE Technical Elective (QE), 3 cr

Senior Year, First Semester, 15 credits

IE 415 Intro to Manufacturing Systems, 3 cr
ISyE Technical Elective (HF), 3 cr
ISyE 417 Health Systems Engineering, 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr
Engineering Science Elective, 3 cr

Senior Year, Second Semester, 12 credits

Senior Design Elective, 3 cr
ISyE Technical Elective (Quan), 3 cr
ISyE Technical Elective (Open), 3 cr
Liberal Studies Elective, 3 cr

Total credits required for graduation: 120–122