Minor in Industrial Engineering

Choosing a minor in IE could be the "x-factor" in your education that will:

  • Boost your credentials by giving you highly valued skills
  • Improve your immediate marketability
  • Prepare you for long-term career growth

The minor in industrial engineering (IE) is a new program designed to give engineering and science undergraduate students a core of systems/business thinking, applied statistics, lean management, quality management and operations research skills to approach design, monitoring and control problems arising in complex systems and industrial settings.

About

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

The learning objectives of minor in industrial engineering program are:

  • Students identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles and tools of industrial engineering
  • Students communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Students function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • Students develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

Curriculum

Students who have taken a probability and statistics course other than BE 2100 are required to take IE 4250 Engineering Data Analysis or IE 6210 Applied Engineering Statistics as one of  their electives. 

In order to give students the foundation needed to take their advanced coursework and help them develop the integrated view of industrial engineering, students are expected to take two of the courses listed in Table 2. The remaining nine credits (equivalently, three courses) can be selected from the core courses in Table 2 or elective courses in Table 3.

Table 2 and Table 3 list the IE core and elective courses, respectively, with the prerequisite, number of credits and the semester(s) offered information for each course.  BE 2100 is offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. The prerequisite for BE 2100 is MAT 2020, which can be taken concurrently.

Semester

Course Title

Prerequisites

Credits

Fall

IE 3120 Work Design

BE 2100

3

Winter

Fall/Winter

IE 4250 Engineering Data Analysis or

IE 6210 Applied Engineering Statistics

BE 2100

None

3

Winter

DSA 6100 Statistical Methods for Data Science and Analytics

None

3

Fall

IE 4260 Principles of Quality Control

BE 2100

3

Winter

IE 4310 Production Control

ENG 3050

3

Winter

IE 4330 Facilities Design

None

3

Winter

IE 4420 Systems Simulation

BE 2100

3

Fall

Fall/Winter

IE 4560 Operations Research or

IE 6560 Deterministic Optimization

BE 2100 and MAT 2150

None

3

Fall

DSA 6200 Operations Research

None

3

Fall

IE 4850 Engineering Economy

BE 2100

3

Winter/Spring-Summer

IE 6611 Fundamentals of Six Sigma​

None

3

Winter/Spring-Summer

IE 6840 Project Management​

None

3

Table 2. IE core courses and the semesters they are offered (should take at least two of these courses).

Semester

Course Title

 

Credits

Fall

IE 6000 Digital Automation​

None

3

Spring/Summer

IE 6220 Value Engineering

None

3

Winter

IE 6240 Quality Management Systems​

None

3

Winter

IE 6270 Engineering Experimental Design​

IE 4250 or IE 6210

3

Fall

IE 6275 Reliability Estimation

IE 4250 or IE 6210

 

Fall/Spring-Summer

IE 6310 Lean Operations and Manufacturing​

IE 4250 or IE 6210

3

Winter

IE 6315 Production and Service Systems​

IE 6210

3

Fall (Every other year)

IE 6405 Integrated Product Development​

None

3

Winter

IE 6425 Product Lifecycle Management and Sustainable Design​

None

3

Fall

IE 6325 Supply Chain Management

None

3

Fall (Every other year)

IE 6435 Fundamentals of Sustainable Manufacturing​

None

3

Fall

IE 6490 Introduction to Systems Engineering in Design​

None

3

Fall

IE 6510 Information Systems for the Manufacturing Enterprise​

None

3

Fall

DSA 6000 Data Science and Analytics​

None

3

Winter

DSA 6300 Decision Analysis and Simulation

None

3

3. List of IE electives and the semesters they are offered.

Minor in IE provides flexibility for course selection. Minor in IE students may select courses to specialize in fields of industrial engineering, including analytics and data science, operations research, quality and statistics, supply chain engineering, and manufacturing systems. The suggested courses for each of these specializations are given in Figure 1.

Specializations

Analytics & Data Science
BE 2100 Probability and Statistics
IE 4250 Engineering Data Analytics (or IE 6210/DSA 6100)
IE 4560 Operations Research (or IE 6560 or DSA 6200)
IE 6270 Engineering Experimental Design
IE 6510 Information Systems for the Manufacturing Enterprise
IE 6840 Project Management
Operations Research
BE 2100 Probability and Statistics
IE 4560 Operations Research (or IE 6560 or DSA 6200)
IE 4420 Systems Simulation
IE 4850 Engineering Economy
IE 6270 Engineering Experimental Design
IE 6840 Project Management
Quality & Statistics
BE 2100 Probability and Statistics
IE 4560 Operations Research (or IE 6560 or DSA 6200)
IE 4250 Engineering Data Analytics (or IE 6210/DSA 6100)
IE 6611 Fundamentals of Six Sigma
IE 6240 Quality Management Systems
IE 6840 Project Management
Supply Chain Engineering
BE 2100 Probability and Statistics
IE 4560 Operations Research (or IE 6560 or DSA 6200)
IE 4420 Systems Simulation
IE 6315 Production and Service Systems
IE 6325 Supply Chain Management
IE 6840 Project Management
Manufacturing Systems
BE 2100 Probability and Statistics
IE 4310 Production Control
IE 4330 Facilities Design
IE 6310 Lean Operations and Manufacturing
IE 6510 Information Systems for the Manufacturing Enterprise
IE 6840 Project Management

Degree requirements

The program requires students to complete a minimum of 18 credits in course work. The program is made up of one required course (BE 2100 or an equivalent probability and statistics course(s)), two courses to be elected among 14 IE core courses and at least three additional 3000 level or above IE courses. All courses will be three credits each and will be offered by the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the College of Engineering, except for BE 2100. This curriculum will provide an integrated breadth of industrial engineering tailored to students' specific interests and career goals.

A minimum 2.50 grade point average among the courses taken towards minor in industrial engineering is required to complete the program. A maximum of one course in which a C has been received may be used to meet minor requirements, provided this is offset by sufficient grades to maintain the required 2.50 average.

Admission requirements

Students from all science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines will be considered for admission. Students must have completed at least 60 credits and declare their major before applying for the minor in IE program. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required for admission to the minor in Industrial Engineering. No accreditation is available for the minor in industrial engineering.