IE Core Curriculum Requirements

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1. Background and Required Coursework

The Industrial Engineering curriculum requires a minimum of 123 credit hours to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.I.E.) Degree. The table below outlines the required coursework. Nearly all students will end up taking more than 123 credit hours of coursework, depending on how they complete the First-Year Engineering program, potential minors, etc.

Category Courses and Notes Credit Hours
First-Year Engineering First Year Engineering Plan of Study 29-31
Math and Physics MA 26100, MA 26500, MA 26600, PHYS 24100 13
Engineering Science CS 15900*, ME 20000, ME 27000, NUCL 27300, ECE 20100 15
Industrial Engineering IE 20000, IE 23000, IE 33000, IE 33200, IE 33500, IE 33600, IE 34300, IE 37000, IE 38300, IE 38600, IE 43100, IE 47400, IE 48600 36
Technical Electives **; Technical Elective Program 15
General Education Electives COM 11400*** and 18 additional credit hours; General Education Elective Program 21
  Minimum Total Credit Hours 123

* Normally taken as the Science Selective as part of the First-Year Engineering program

**  At least 6 of the 15 required credit hours must come from IE courses. The policy is found in the above link.

*** COM 11400 is normally taken as the General Education Elective in the First-Year Engineering Program. The remaining 18 credit hours is governed by the General Education Elective Program, which can be found in the above link.

2. Prerequisites and Course Grade Requirements

Many of the courses within the Industrial Engineering curriculum have pre-requisites to which one must adhere. The following list of prerequisites is based on the required coursework for the BSIE program. If a course is not listed, it has no prerequisites. The following list is not exhaustive concerning pre-requisites, and is based solely on those courses required for the B.S.I.E. degree according to the engineering catalog. For the complete list of prerequisite requirements for any course one should consult the course catalog in myPurdue.

No IE course has a minimum grade requirement for successful completion (i.e., all IE courses require a D- or better). In addition, any IE course that has on a non-IE course (e.g., ME 27000)  as a prerequisite does not require a specific minimum grade in the pre-requisite course unless otherwise noted. However, all students must have a minimum cumulative GPA (graduation index) of 2.0 to graduate. 

Course Pre- and Co-requisites
IE 23000 MA 26100 (co-requisite)
IE 33000 ENGR 13100 or ENGR 14100; IE 23000
IE 33200 CS 15900; IE 33000
IE 33500 MA 26500; IE 33200 (co-requisite)
IE 33600 IE 23000; IE 33200 (co-requisite); MA 26500; MA 26600 (co-requisite)
IE 34300 ENGR 13100; MA 16200/16600
IE 37000 IE major; NUCL 27300
IE 38300 IE major; IE 33500
IE 38600 IE major
IE 43100 IE major; IE 34300; IE 33200; IE 38600; IE 33600; IE 38300; IE 37000
IE 47000 IE major; IE 37000
IE 47400 IE major; CS 15900; ECE 20100; ME 27000; MA 26500; MA 26600
IE 48400 IE major; IE 38300
IE 48600 IE major; IE 38600
ME 20000 MA 26100 (co-requisite); CHM 115; ENGR 13200 (co-requisite)
ME 27000 PHYS 17200; MA 16600; MA 26100 (co-requisite); ENGR 13200 (co-requisite)
ECE 20100 ENGR 13100; PHYS 17200; MA16600 (C- or better); MA 26100 (co-requisite)
NUCL 27300 ME 27000

3. Sample Plan of Study

A team of Purdue IE students have developed sample plans of study for a variety of paths through the curriculum (3.5 years, 4 years, etc.), contained in the following document. These sample plans do not contain all of the rules regarding courses, so they should be used in conjunction with information about curriculum requirements above to develop a more complete plan.

IE Sample Plan of Study Guide

In addition, the guide contains a map of the relationships between courses in the curriculum, which students may find useful for making changes to the sample plans.

Students are encouraged to plan their entire academic program and are always free to discuss longer range planning during advising meetings. Students may use the IE Plan of Study Planning Sheet to accomplish this.