The School of Industrial Engineering strongly recommends minors (and other methods of developing a coherent curriculum plan) to supplement the core coursework required for the B.S.I.E. degree. Many minors contain courses that count as either technical electives or general education electives, or both (e.g., Management minor). More information about coherent curriculum plans and minors can be found in both the General Education Elective Program manual and the Technical Elective Program manual. It is possible to complete more than one minor. Minors do not necessarily increase the number of courses necessary to graduate with the B.S.I.E. degree and minor.
Not all courses used for a minor may count towards degree requirements. For example, the Management minor requires 6 courses for the minor, but only 4 may be used towards elective requirements of the B.S.I.E. degree. Regardless of the additional classes, the Management minor easily fits into the B.S.I.E. program. When selecting a minor, the student should consider the impact on their semester credit hours and workload to determine if a minor is in their best interests. Consulting the technical elective and general education elective manuals will assist a student in determining how their minor coursework will fit their B.S.I.E. program. Consulting with Dr. Brunese is strongly recommended. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the requirements of a minor.
In most cases, simply notifying Dr. Brunese of your interest in a minor and pursuing the classes is enough to formally “enter” the minor. Dr. Brunese takes care of adding it to your record. In some cases, departments will require the student apply for the minor and fill out extra paperwork to take courses required for the minor (e.g., ECE). Dr. Brunese will direct a student as to any extra tasks needed to enter the minor.
The Mechanical Engineering department maintains the most complete and up-to-date listing of minors available to engineering students and their policy documents, available here.
Minors with special restrictions
In some cases, due to overlap with IE coursework, certain courses that would satisfy minor requirements cannot be taken to satisfy the B.S.I.E. degree requirements. A list of common minors with these restrictions, among other restrictions, is given below.
IE students cannot use MGMT 304, MGMT 305, MGMT 306, or MGMT 361 to satisfy BSIE requirements. These courses can be taken as the “excess” courses (i.e., those not used for TE requirements).
IE students cannot use ECON 360 towards degree requirements. In addition, ECON 451 can only be used as a TE. ECON 461 can be used as either a GE or TE, but only if IE 545 is not taken. If IE 545 is taken, ECON 461 cannot be used for IE degree requirements.
IE students are allowed to substitute IE 230 and 330 to satisfy the basic probability and statistics component of the STAT minor; however, IE students must take at least 3 STAT-titled courses to satisfy the minor, with one small caveat. STAT 513 is cross-listed with IE 530, so students could take that course as IE 530 and take two additional STAT-titled courses to complete the minor. Students may not use IE 336 to satisfy the STAT minor, although this course is listed on the minor document available here as an acceptable course.