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Industrial Engineering

BS in Industrial Engineering

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Industrial engineers design and implement systems integrating people, materials, machines, energy, and information. Such systems might include production planning, quality assurance, management information, facility planning, inventory control, and workplace design. Students learn how to design and operate manufacturing and services systems. In addition to basic engineering, courses include mathematical and computer modeling and decision making.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 124 Calculus I with Applications 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102 Introduction to Engineering 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II or MCB 181 R Introductory Biology I or MSE 110 Solid State Chemistry 4
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Laboratory I 1
ECE 175 Computer Programming for Engineering Applications 3
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
3rd Semester
SIE 250 Introduction to Systems Engineering 3
SIE 277 Object-Oriented Modeling and Design 3
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism 4
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
SIE 265 Engineering Management I 3
SIE 270 Mathematical Foundations of Systems and Industrial Engineering 3
SIE 295S Systems and Industrial Engineering Sophomore Colloquium 1
ENGR Science CE 214 Statics or ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engineering or AME 230 Thermodynamics 3
ENGR 221 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
SIE 305 Introduction to Engineering Probability and Statistics 3
SIE 340 Deterministic Operations Research 3
SIE 377 Software for Engineers 3
SIE 410A Human Factors & Ergonomics in Design 3
ENGL 308 Technical Writing 3
6th Semester
SIE 321 Probabilistic Models in Operations Research 3
SIE 383 Integrated Manufacturing Systems 3
SIE 330R Engineering Experiment Design 3
SIE 370 Embedded Computer Systems 4
7th Semester
SIE 462 Production Systems Analysis 3
ENGR 498A Cross-disciplinary Design 3
SIE 431 Simulation Modeling and Analysis 3
Option Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
Option Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
ENGR 498B Cross-disciplinary Design 3
Option Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
Option Elective - See advisor for course approval 3
BNAD 302 Human Side of Orgs, PSY 319 Mechanisms of Learning, 325 Cognitive Psych, 326 Human Memory, 346 Minds, Brains and Computers, 352 Personality, 360 Social Psychology, 375 Industrial-Organizational Psychology, 376Human Factors: User Interface Design 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
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  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a major in Industrial Engineering of systems engineering, mathematics, computer programming, production, and design creates a strong career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in planning, workplace design, operations, quality assurance, and information management for employers including manufacturers, energy companies, the U.S. government, and the construction industry.

Potential Career Areas

  • Facilities management
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Computer systems coordination
  • Energy production
  • Planning
  • Consulting

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • U.S. Military
  • Aerospace systems companies
  • Automobile companies
  • Consumer electronics producers
  • Energy companies
  • Transit authorities
  • Consulting firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Industrial Engineer $43,000 - $96,000
Manufacturing Director $49,500 - $90,300
Industrial Production Manager $41,270 - $76,710
Engineering Consultant $42,000 - $141,000
Facilities Engineer $33,000 - $99,000
Construction Engineer $4,600 - $109,000
Computer Systems Architect $44,000 - $113,000
Project Manager $60,000 - $146,000
Nondestructive Tester $28,000 - $50,520
Engineering Manager $80,300 - $124,870