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2009-10 Undergraduate Catalog


Industrial and Systems Engineering
College: Engineering
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering
Hours for the Degree: 125
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: Yes

Industrial and systems engineers specialize in coordination, planning and control. Industrial growth has created unusual opportunities for the industrial and systems engineer. Due to increased emphasis on automation and productivity, coupled with higher levels of systems sophistication, there is great demand for engineering graduates with broad interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Industrial and systems engineering prepares students for industrial practice in product design, process design, plant operation, production control, quality control, facilities planning, work system analysis and evaluation, and economic analysis of operational systems.

Students are prepared to use engineering principles to solve problems that require a quantitative basis for decision making and the application of economics, operations research, statistics, mathematics and engineering analysis, with dependence on the computer. The curriculum also provides the preparation necessary for graduate study.


The mission of the undergraduate program is to provide a top quality, state-of-the-art education in industrial and systems engineering and to foster leading-edge instruction. The program seeks national recognition by peer institutions and key employers of industrial and systems engineering graduates.

Educational Objectives
  • To have graduates of the program who are successful in professional careers that employ Industrial and systems engineering concepts and principles and who successfully pursue further education;
  • To have graduates of the program take a comprehensive multidisciplinary view of complex industrial and service systems in the solution to engineering problems; and
  • To have graduates of the program apply skills in system modeling and design, optimization, analytical problem solving, process improvement, economic analysis, decision support systems, and information technology, in order to add value to their organizations' products, processes, and services.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission into the undergraduate program are an overall grade point average of 2.5 and a 2.5 grade point average in the designated pre-engineering technical courses. Students who have not met these requirements at 60 hours may be admitted on probation with successful petition.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
  • 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking coursework for semesters 1-5
  • Complete 1 of 7 critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: CGS 2421, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048, PHY 2049

Semester 2:

  • Complete 1 additional course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts

Semester 3:

  • Complete 2 additional courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts

Semester 4:

  • Complete 3 additional courses with minimum grades of C in each course within two attempts

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
If you do not place out of ENC 1101, take it in the fall.
CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-P)4
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (GE-S) 14
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M)4
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 15
Semester 2Credits
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (GE-S) 14
ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline (GE-C)3
MAC 2312 Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M)4
Humanities (GE-H)3
Total 14
Semester 3Credits
EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design or
CGN 2328 Technical Drawing and Visualization
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M)4
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE-P) 23
PHY 2048L Laboratory for PHY 2048 (GE-P) 21
Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 14
Semester 4Credits
CGS 2421 Computer Programming for Engineers2
CGS 2421L Computer Programming for Engineers Laboratory1
EIN 3101C Introduction to Industrial and Systems Engineering 52
MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations3
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 23
PHY 2049L Laboratory for PHY 20491
Financial Accounting3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics - Statics3
EIN 4354 Engineering Economy 53
ESI 4567C Matrix and Numerical Methods in Systems Engineering 54
STA 4321 Mathematical Statistics 1 53
Total 13
Semester 6Credits
EIN 4365 Facilities Planning and Material Handling 53
ESI 4221C Industrial Quality Control 53
ESI 4312 Operations Research 1 53
STA 4322 Mathematical Statistics 2 53
Total 12
Semester 7Credits
EIN 3314C Work Design and Human Factors 53
Technical elective 33
Total 6
Semester 8Credits
EIN 4401 Lean Production Systems 53
EMA 3010 Materials3
ESI 4313 Operations Research 2 53
ESI 4356 Decision Support Systems for Industrial and Systems Engineers 53
Total 12
Semester 9 Credits
EIN 4321 Industrial Energy Management or
EML 3100 Thermodynamics
EIN 4343 Inventory and Supply Chain Systems 53
ESI 4523 Industrial Systems Simulation 53
Technical elective 3/43
Total 12
Semester 10 Credits
EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering3
EIN 4335 Senior Design Project 4/53
ESI 4357 Web-based Decision Support Systems for Industrial and Systems Engineers 53
Technical elective 33
Total 12

1 Acceptable courses in economics: ECO 2013 and 2023 or the single course ECO 3101. These courses satisfy general education social and behavioral sciences requirements. Students should complete EIN 4354 and ESI 4312 before taking ECO 3101. Admission to ECO 3101 may require instructor approval. If ECO 3101 is taken, one credit accrues to technical elective.

2 Students with deficient backgrounds in physics should first take a lower-level course such as PHY 2020. After successful remediation, they can begin the physics sequence: PHY 2048, 2048L, 2049 and 2049L.

3 The curriculum requires nine technical elective credits. Students should select technical electives that are related to one another and provide expertise in an ISE concentration area. Several minors provide such concentrations; information is available from Academic Services, Weil Hall, Room 371.

4 Students are encouraged to participate in the Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) program, which requires six hours of coursework and is offered as a sequence of two 3-credit courses during fall and spring of the senior year. Multidisciplinary teams of engineering students work closely with an industry liaison engineer to design a new product or process for an industry sponsor. The first of these courses is an approved substitute for three credits of technical electives; the second course is an approved substitute for the capstone design course (senior project) EIN 4335.

5 Grade of C or is better required. A grade of C- will NOT satisfy the requirement.

Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Preparation

Approximately 10 percent of the members of the Institute of Industrial Engineers pursue a Professional Engineer (PE) license. A PE license is especially desirable for engineers who want to start their own business. The industrial and systems engineering curriculum does not require certain courses that are necessary for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, which is also known as the Engineer Intern exam, and is a prerequisite for pursuing Professional Engineer certification.

Students preparing for the FE exam should select a set of technical electives that properly prepare them for this exam, such as EGM 3520, Mechanics of Materials and EGM 3400, Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics. Students should not substitute EIN 4321, Industrial Energy Management for EML 3007, Thermodynamics.