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Industrial and Systems Engineering

BS Industrial Engineering

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The bachelor's program in Industrial Engineering at Wayne State is home to more than 80 full- and part-time students working to complete the 125 credits necessary for graduation. Our undergraduate degree is built upon a strong core of common courses generally completed in the freshman and sophomore years under the Pre-Professional Engineering status. They satisfy the University General Education Requirements, and provide the foundation for more targeted study at the department level.

Admission to the Program

To be admitted to the pre-professional program,  you must meet the following requirements:

  • a 2.8 GPA with a 3.0 in math and science courses from high school or community college 
  • a minimum Math ACT score of 22 (Math SAT of 550) if you are applying directly from high school
  • completed courses in pre-calculus, chemistry, and physics
  • receive scores on the Mathematics Placement (MP) and Chemistry Qualifying (CQ) exams to place you in MAT 2010 and CHM 1225.

Students who do not meet these requirements will need to complete coursework at Wayne State or a community college in order to reach these expected levels.

Transferring to the Program

In your junior year, you’ll transfer to the Professional Industrial Engineering program and focus on courses that support your major. Professors in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have developed classes and sequences that provide in-depth understanding of the principles of industrial engineering.

For admission to the professional program and continuation on to 3000- and 4000-level engineering courses, students will need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Direct from High School – must have earned a GPA of 3.5 or above in science/math, along with a score on the Math ACT > 26 or Math SAT > 650. In addition, scores on the MP and CQ (see Testing and Placements Services) must be sufficient to enter MAT 2010 and CHM 1225/1230.
  • Direct from Community College – must have earned a GPA > 3.0 in MAT sequence (16 cr), CHM 1225/1230, and physics sequence (8 cr), with no grade lower than a C
  • From Pre-Professional Program – must have completed pre-professional courses with a GPA of 2.5 or above and no grade lower than a C-. Must also have completed Critical Thinking and English Proficiency Exams.

Please spend some time reviewing the curriculum requirements, internship opportunities, and options for community college transfer students to begin developing your specific plan. If you have questions, please contact Gail Evans at (313) 577-2660 or gevans@wayne.edu.

Program Mission

The mission of the undergraduate program in industrial engineering is to educate our students for leadership positions in a broad spectrum of employment including: manufacturing, supply chain management and logistics, health care, banking, information management, and related disciplines.

Program Educational Objectives (updated 9/6/2006)

Building on skills developed in the academic program, and extended by experience and personal self-improvement, the graduates of our program have ability to:

  • Apply the tools and techniques of industrial engineering to make value-based decisions,
  • Identify opportunities and formulate solutions which integrate technological and human systems to create value, and
  • Provide leadership as a member of high performance teams in a diverse global business environment

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the Industrial Engineering Program, our graduates will exhibit skills necessary of all engineering professionals, including an ability to:

IE Program Student Learning Outcomes 2006 to 2012


An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering


An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.


An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.


An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.


 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve applied science problems.


 An ability to understand professional and ethical responsibility.


 An ability to communicate effectively.


The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, and societal context.


A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.


A knowledge of contemporary issues. (Emerging issues important to professional practice.)


An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Consistency of Program Objectives with University Mission Statement

The Wayne State University mission statement recognizes a dual character of the university and its programs. It is "a national research university... committed to high standards in research and scholarship." At the same time, the university describes itself as "an urban teaching university"... whose "graduates typically remain to live and work in the area throughout their lives." The industrial engineering program defined by the objectives stated above, aims to prepare graduates for careers applying skills and knowledge to benefit the manufacturing and service industries in southeast Michigan and beyond.

Relationship of Program Outcomes to Program Objectives

The industrial engineering program at Wayne State University sets the foundation for achieving our program educational objectives.


The undergraduate industrial engineering program at Wayne State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700. Wayne State University is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).