Oct 02, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Engineering B.S.I.E.


Industrial engineering (IE) is a field of study intended for individuals who are interested in formulating mathematical, statistical, and computer simulation models of complex systems in manufacturing, logistics, information, healthcare, transportation, financial, utilities, entertainment, and service. IEs connect big data sets and models to make engineering decisions for improving system performance and developing public policies. Unlike traditional disciplines in engineering, the scope of the industrial engineering field is very broad.

Mission Statement

The mission of the IMSE Department is to:

  • Assure student success through a high quality education which integrates the latest research and practices of the field;
  • Pursue excellence in interdisciplinary research and innovation;
  • Engage with the profession and the community.

Please see the mission statement on the department website for additional information.

Program Educational Objectives

Our graduates are expected to:

  1. Have applied concepts industrial engineering effectively and creatively
  2. Have demonstrated effective communication and teamwork
  3. Have engaged in community service and leadership
  4. Have continued to pursue life-long learning

Student Outcomes

​The graduates of the B.S. degree program in Industrial Engineering at USF will demonstrate that they have an ability to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. ​Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social environmental, and economic factors.
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. ​Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Student Enrollment Data

​Student enrollment data is posted on the Department website.

University Admissions

Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Engineering, see the information at College of Engineering .

Industrial Engineering Minimum Requirements for Progression into the Upper Division

Industrial Engineering students who have fully met the below requirements and are in good academic standing, may progress into the upper division for the major. Prior to progression into the upper division, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental Engineering courses.  The department may have continuation requirements which specify minimum performance standards in core major courses which must be met before further registration in the department is granted.

  1. Completion of with a minimum grade of C in each course and a 3.0 GPA based upon the best attempt in these courses:
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  3. A minimum USF GPA of 2.5

Students who meet the minimum USF GPA and overall GPA requirements, but not the preferred qualifications (#1 above) may submit a Conditional Progression form to the IMSE Undergraduate Committee for consideration. Forms for the Fall term are due by October 1st and Spring term are due by March 1st

Minimum Continuation Requirement for the Industrial Engineering Department

Continuation in the major requires successful completion of EGN 3443  - Probability and Statistics for Engineers for Engineers with a grade of B (not B-) or higher (best attempt).

Departmental Policies

The Department has the following policies:

  • Mandatory academic advising of students for each term,
  • Exit interviews as a graduation requirement,
  • Students are encouraged to take the FE Exam.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Students qualify for direct entry to the department if they have completed the following courses at a Florida College System institution or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all other admissions requirements of the University and College.

Courses at USF

Courses at a Florida College System Institution

  • MAC X311 or MAC X281 - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X312 or MAC X282 - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X313 or MAC X283 - 4 credit hours
  • MAP X302 or MAP X305 - 3 credit hours

Natural Sciences:
Courses at USF

Courses at a Florida College System Institution

  • (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or CHM X045C or (CHS X440 and CHS X440L)  - 4 credit hours
  • (PHY X048 and PHY X048L) or PHY X048C - 4 credit hours
  • (PHY X049 and PHY X049L) or PHY X049C or (PHY X044 and PHY X049L) - 4 credit hours

Total Major Hours: 113

Major Core (102 Credit Hours)

The BSIE Senior Design Project is a full academic year experience. Therefore EIN 4890  (Senior Design Project I) and EIN 4891  (Senior Design Project II) must be taken sequentially and completed within the same academic year.

Technical Writing (3 Credit Hours)

GPA Requirements

Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 semester GPA, 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 overall GPA.

Grading Requirements

The minimum acceptable grade in all BSIE required math, science, engineering, and specialization courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient).

Major Course Grade Requirement

Continuation in the major requires successful completion of EGN 3443 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers  with a grade of B (not B-) or higher (best attempt).

Residency Requirement

Transfer students must complete a minimum number of approved specialization courses in the major at USF. The minimum number of USF specialization credit hours required is established by the respective academic department. In no case will this be less than 18 hours. Basic engineering courses are not considered specialization courses. The University residency requirement must also be met.

A dual degree student must meet the requirements of each major and have a minimum of 18 approved specialization hours taken in the degree granting department beyond those specialization hours required for the first degree.

Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914 course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Internship Opportunities

The College of Engineering and USF’s Career Services Cooperative Education (Co-Op) program provides services for students interested in experiential educational experiences. A wide variety of industries and government agencies offer internships and cooperative education employment opportunities for engineering students. Participants gain valuable expertise in practical applications and other aspects of operations and development in a professional engineering environment. Students normally apply for participation in this program during their first year in the engineering college and pursue actual internships during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. The IMSE department strongly encourages all BSIE students to pursue internship opportunities and provides continual information to students as new opportunities become available.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways

Students majoring in Industrial Engineering have the option to pursue one of the following Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways:

  • B.S.I.E. in Industrial Engineering and M.S.B.E. in Biomedical Engineering
  • B.S.I.E. in Industrial Engineering and M.S.E.M. in Engineering Management

For more information, see the Graduate Catalog.

Accreditation Information

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Advising Information

Students who wish to declare Industrial Engineering as their major must apply to be admitted into the department. A department application and an IE flowchart with courses completed must be obtained from Engineering Student Services in Engineering Building III (ENC) 1302 prior to an initial advising appointment request in the department. This should be done when the four core prerequisites of EGN 1113 - Introduction to Design Graphics , EGN 3443 - Probability and Statistics for Engineers , EGN 4450 - Introduction to Linear Systems , and EGN 3615 - Engineering Economics with Social and Global Implications  have been satisfactorily completed, and the minimum entrance requirements are met. The first departmental advising session will be scheduled with the Undergraduate Director, Dr. Kingsley Reeves. Subsequently, the student will be assigned to an IE faculty as their permanent advisor for the remainder of their semesters until completion of their degree.

Visit http://www.usf.edu/engineering/imse/about-us/contacts.aspx for contact information.

4 Year Plan of Study - Industrial Engineering B.S.I.E.


Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Data Analyst
  • Health Care Optimization Manager
  • Manufacturing Product and Process Improvement Engineer
  • Transportation Systems Analysis and Design Analyst
  • Logistics Director in U.S. Military

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$60,000 - $72,000

Year 1

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 17

Semester 3 (Summer)

Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2

Semester 4 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 6 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 9

Year 3

Semester 7 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 9 (Summer)

  • Internship/Co-op Participation

Total Credit Hours: 0

Year 4

Semester 10 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 15

2 Year Plan of Study - Industrial Engineering B.S.I.E.


Year 1

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Year 2

Semester 4 (Fall)

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)

Total Credit Hours: 15