Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Industrial Engineering - About The Program

About Our Degrees

The industrial engineering BS degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Acceptance Criteria
See the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Acceptance Criteria in the Undergraduate Catalog

Current Application Information
Non-engineering students seeking to change their major to IE should first apply to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Degree Requirements
Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

Freshman and sophomore course requirements are consistent with those of other engineering departments, and consist of mathematics, physical (and/or biological) sciences, engineering science, and computer programming. It is simple to transfer among engineering majors in the freshman and sophomore years.

Junior and senior level IE courses focus on the application of mathematics and engineering science to IE problems in areas of operations research, human factors, facility design, engineering economy, quality control, production planning, and simulation.

The typical class size for:
Freshman/introductory courses is: over 100 (engineering-wide courses)
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 50-80 (engineering-wide courses)
Upper level/advanced courses is: 30-40 (industrial engineering courses)

In the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?
TAs hold office hours to answer students' questions about homework and exam preparation, grade homework (exams are normally graded by instructors), manage lab assignments, and hold recitation sessions.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

In surveys of our graduating seniors, interactions with faculty are consistently cited as one of the best aspects of the department. Undergraduate IE students at UB have access to award-winning faculty who maintain high standards in teaching and research activities in diverse expertise areas (Human Factors, Operations Research, and Production Systems). The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has 19 full-time faculty, and other affiliated or adjunct faculty, all holding Ph.D. degrees. Class sizes in IE are small (often less than 40 students) insuring personal connections between students and faculty. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, our faculty regularly engage undergraduate students in ongoing engineering research.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Jun Zhuang, can answer questions about the programs.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Notable Program Features
All undergraduate IE students complete a faculty supervised, industry based internship that provides them with valuable professional experience that gives them an advantage over other students when pursuing job opportunities after graduation.

The IE department provides its students with newly renovated collaborative laboratory equipped with state of the art software, as well as a work simulation laboratory equipped with current manufacturing and healthcare equipment.

Students have the flexibility to take technical electives from a broad range of disciplines including behavioral sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and management.

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience
Undergraduates are encouraged to work with faculty members on independent study (student initiated) or participate in faculty members' ongoing research involving studies of systems, humans, and their interaction. Students may receive academic credit or in some cases may be paid as undergraduate research assistants. Recently, undergraduates have participated in projects involving aviation safety and security, production systems, and human decision-making. Students may also complete a senior thesis.

Internships and Co-op Opportunities
All undergraduate IE students complete supervised projects as a required part of the IE curriculum. These projects are completed as a one-day per week internship during the spring semester of the senior year.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
The department annually awards the Frederick Thomas Scholarship and the Thomas-Karwan Scholarship to outstanding undergraduate students; students are also eligible for a number of other School of Engineering scholarships.

Extracurricular Activities

Our undergraduate students are active in student chapters of many national professional societies, including:

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME)
American Society for Quality (ASQ)
Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society
Omega Rho, the operations research honor society
Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Industrial Engineering
Minors that Complement Industrial Engineering
Courses outside Industrial Engineering that could improve employment opportunities or can serve as technical electives:

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55