IE Core Curriculum Requirements

Fall 2015 - Summer 2016

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1. Background

The Industrial Engineering curriculum requires a minimum of 123 credit hours to complete a Bachelor of Science (BSIE) Degree. The projected plan of study 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.

2. Prerequisites and Course Grade Requirements

Many of the courses within the Industrial Engineering curriculum have pre-requisites to which students must adhere, which are outlined in the projected plan of study. The prerequisites listed are based on the required coursework for the BSIE program. The included prerequisites are not exhaustive, and are based solely on those courses required for the BSIE degree according to the engineering catalog. For the complete list of prerequisite requirements for any course one should consult the course catalog in myPurdue using the appropriate catalog term.

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.

Other Requirements

  • All students must have a minimum cumulative GPA (graduation index) of 2.0 to graduate as per Purdue Student Regulations (see Sections VII-J and VII-A).
  • At least 32 credit hours at the 30000, 40000, or 50000-level.
  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree.

3. Projected Plan of Study

This projected plan of study is contained within the official Degree Map for the BSIE degree, which can also be used as a planning tool.

First Semester (As part of First-Year Engineering)

Course ID Course Title Credit Hours Requisites
MA 16500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 4  
CHM 11500 General Chemistry 4  
ENGL 10600 First-Year Composition 3  
ENGR 13100 Transforming Ideas to Innovation I 2  


Second Semester (As part of First-Year Engineering)

Course ID Course Title Credit Hours Requisites
MA 16600 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 4 MA 16100/16500 (C- or better)
PHYS 17200 Modern Mechanics 4  

CS 15900/


Programming Applications for Engineers/Problem Solving and O-O- Programming 3/4  
ENGR 13200 Transforming Ideas to Innovation II 2  
COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3  


Third Semester

Course ID Course Title Credit Hours Requisites
MA 26100 Multivariate Calculus 4 MA 16200/16600
ME 27000 Basic Mechanics I 3 PHYS 17200; MA 16200/16600; MA 26100 (co-requisite); ENGR 13200/14200/13300 (co-requisite)
IE 20000 Industrial Engineering Seminar 0  
IE 23000 Probability and Statistics in Engineering I 3 MA 26100 (co-requisite)
IE 34300 Engineering Economics 3 ENGR 13100/14100/(EPCS 111000 and 12100); MA 16200/16600
GE   3  


Fourth Semester

Course ID Course Title Credit Hours Requisites
MA 26500 Linear Algebra 3 MA 16600; MA 26100 (Co-requisite)
NUCL 27300 Mechanics of Materials 3 ME 27000
PHYS 24100 Electricity and Optics 3 PHYS 17200; MA 16600
IE 33000 Probability and Statistics in Engineering II 3 ENGR 13100/14100/(EPCS 111000 and 12100); IE 23000
GE   3  


Fifth Semester

Course ID Course Title Credit Hours Requisites
MA 26600 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 MA 26100
ECE 20100 Linear Circuit Analysis 3 ENGR 13100/14100/13300; PHYS 17200; MA 16200/16600 (C- or better); MA 26100 (co-requisite)
IE 33200** Computing in Industrial Engineering 3 CS 15900; IE 33000 (co-requisite)
IE 33500 Operation Research - Optimization 3 MA 26500
IE 37000 Manufacturing Processes I 3 IE major; ME 27000; NUCL 27300 (co-requisite)
GE   3  


Sixth Semester

Course ID Course Title Credit Hours Requisites
IE 33600 Operations Research - Stochastic Models 3 IE 23000; MA 26500; MA 26600 (co-requisite)
IE 38300 Integrated Production System I 3 IE major; IE 33500
IE 38600 Work Analysis and Design I 3 IE major; IE 33000
ME 20000 Thermodynamics I 3 MA 26100 (co-requisite); CHM 11500; ENGR 13200/14200/13300 (co-requisite)
GE   3  


Seventh Semester

Course ID Course Title Credit Hours Requisites
IE 47400 Industrial Control Systems 3 IE major; CS 15900; ECE 20100; ME 27000; MA 26500; MA 26600
IE 48600 Work Analysis and Design II 3 IE major; IE 38600
SEE***   3  
TE*   3  
GE   3  


Eighth Semester

Course ID Course Title Credit Hours Requisites
IE 43100 Industrial Engineering Design 3 IE major; IE 34300; IE 33200; IE 38600; IE 33600; IE 38300; IE 37000
IE TE   3  
IE TE 5XXXX*** 3  
TE   3  
GE   3  


GE = General Education Elective
TE = Technical Elective

The Degree Map mentioned above can also be used to evaluate potential plans of study.

4. General Education Elective Program

While a comprehensive understanding of science and mathematics is central and foundational to effective engineering practice, real-world engineering problems are both complex and situated within dynamic social, political, and cultural contexts. Therefore, well-rounded engineering curricula must also include courses that encompass the breadth of human experience and culture, both past and present. Such courses may include, but are not limited to, those that explore individual behavior, social and political structures, aesthetic values, modes and dynamics of communication, philosophical and ethical thought, and cognitive processes. These types of courses provide engineering students with a framework for rational inquiry, critical evaluation, and judgment when dealing with issues that are non-quantifiable, ambiguous, and/or controversial. In addition, they offer engineering students the opportunity to develop interests and insights that will deepen their appreciation for the diversity of the world in which they live and work.

Based on these premises, the goals of the College of Engineering General Education Program are to

  • Provide the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Support and complement the technical content of the engineering curricula through coursework that emphasizes such skills as written communication, oral communication, information literacy, cultural awareness, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and managing change.

General Education Elective Program

5. Technical Elective Program

In general, a technical elective is a course that develops new professional skills and/or builds upon previously obtained skills. Courses must focus on the development of skills in engineering, mathematics, business, or selected natural or social sciences.

Technical Elective Program