IE Curriculum

B.S.I.E. Undergraduate Advising Manual 

Freshman Year


First Semester Credits
Total 15
MAT 2010 - Calculus I 4
CHMS 1225 - Chemical Structure, Bonding and Reactivity (PS) 3
CHM 1230 - Chemical Principles in the Laboratory 1
ENG 1020 - Introductory College Writing (BC) 4
BE 1200 - Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering (CL) 3


Second Semester Credits
Total 15
MAT 2020 - Calculus II 4
PHY 2175 – General Physics (PS) 4
BE 1300 - Basic Engineering II: Science of Engineering Materials I 3
BE 1310 - Basic Engineering II: Science of Engineering Materials Lab 1
American Institutions general education requirement - (AI) 3


Sophomore Year

First Semester: Credits
Total 15
MAT 2030 – Calculus III 4
PHY 2185 – General Physics 4
BE 2100 – Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering 3
Engineering Breadth Option (See note 1) 4


Second Semester: Credits
Total 16
MAT 2150 – Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
BE 2550 - Basic Engineering IV: Computer Applications in Engineering 3
Social Sciences General Ed. (SS) 3
BIO 1510 or PSY 1010 Life Sciences Gen. Ed. (LS) 3
Visual and Performing Arts General Requirement - (VP) 3
Proficiency Exam: Critical Thinking Exam 0


Junior Year

First Semester: Credits
Total 15
IE 4850 – Engineering Economy 3
IE 3120 – Work Design 3
ENG 3050 – Technical Communication I: Report Writing (IC) 3
Historical Studies Gen Ed. (HS) 3
PHI 1120- Professional Ethics (PL/EI) Gen Ed. 3


Second Semester: Credits
Total 16
IE 4420 - Systems Simulation 3
IE 4250 - Engineering Data Analysis 3
ENG 3060 – (OC) Technical Communication II: Writing & Speaking 3
Engineering Breadth Option (See note 1) 4
Foreign Culture Gen. Ed. (FC)
(See note 3)


Senior Year

First Semester: Credits
Total 17
IE 4800 - Engineering Design Project I 2
IE 4560 - Operations Research 3
IE 4260 - Principles of Quality Control 3
IE Technical Elective (note 2) 3
IE Technical Elective (note 2) 3
Directed Elective (note 3) 3


Second Semester: Credits
Total 15
IE 4880 – Engineering Design Project II  2
IE 4310 – Production Control 3
IE 4330 - Facilities Design 3
IE Technical Elective (note 2) 4
IE Technical Elective (note 2) 3


Note 1: Engineering Breadth Elective 

Options listed in IE student handbook. Examples include: CE2400 Statics & Mechanics of Materials, ME2210 Thermodynamics, ME3300 Fluid Mechanics, ECE3300/10 Electrical Circuits or a course outside the list which has a math and/or science component and at the same time relevant to the IE discipline, such as econometrics, advanced mathematics, etc. Some students do not elect to take the engineering breadth courses in the semesters as outlined on the curriculum guide. Therefore, students did not take any engineering breadth course during the Sophomore Semester 1 in Fall 2011 and Winter 2012.

Note 2: Industrial Engineering Technical Electives (13 cr.)

Any course in with the IE designation from the 0000-6999, that is not otherwise required (see exceptions below) is a candidate for IE technical elective credit. Some courses at the master’s level, including IE 6210, IE 6260, IE 6442 and IE 6560 may not be taken for undergraduate credit because their content overlaps with undergraduate required courses. Additionally, some 6000-level courses require graduate standing and are thus not eligible for undergraduate technical elective credit. A full list of courses will be available at the ABET campus visit. For students enrolled in the Operations Management and Leadership Program (OMLP) these electives are designated to support this specialization.

Note 3: Directed Elective

The directed elective package includes courses in the College of Engineering as well as others outside the college. Some examples include: Elementary Financial Accounting Theory (ACC 3010), Problem Solving and Programming (CSC 1100), Industrial Noise Control (ME 5440), Managing Organization Behavior (MGT 4520), and Psychology and the Workplace (PSY 3500). Students may, after consultation with the program advisor, select courses outside the approved list. The full list will be available at the ABET campus visit.


ABET Syllabi (4/20/11)

The Industrial Engineering Program at Wayne State University is 124 semester credits. It is organized into eight course groupings

Communications (10 credits)

Includes basic college writing skills, report writing, and oral communicaion skills. All students are required to pass an English proficiency exam.

Liberal Education (18 credits)

The liberal education component of the program includes electives in social science, visual and performing arts, American institutions, historical studies, foreign culture, and life sciences. PHIL1120 Professional Ethics is required of all of students in our program. The university requires each student pass an examination in critical thinking.

Mathematics (16 credits)

The mathematics requirement includes Calculus I, II, and III as well as Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra. We count one credit of BE 2100 – Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering in the mathematics group

Science (15 credits)

The science sequence includes Chemistry (with laboratory), Life Science, as well as Physics I and II.

Basic Engineering (13 credits)

The College of Engineering supports a core of 13 credits of courses shared by most of its programs. Our students take BE1200 Introduction to BE1300/10 Engineering Design, Science of Engineering Materials (with lab), BE2100 Probability and Statistics, and BE2550 Computer Applications in Engineering. (Note: 1 credit of BE2100 counted in the mathematics group).

IE Core (24 credits)

The IE core is a grouping of 8 foundation courses for industrial engineers including: Engineering Economy, Work Design, Operations Research, Principles of Quality Control, Production Control, Systems Simulation, Facilities Design, and Engineering Data Analysis.

Electives (24 credits)

IE students may select 16 credits of electives.  13 credits must be selected from IE courses.  For students enrolled in the Operations Management and Leadership Program (OMLP) these electives are designated to support this specialization.

Capstone Design Project (4 credits)

In the capstone design project, students form a consulting company and work on a year long project which is industry focused and client driven.