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Industrial and systems engineering (ISE) prepares students for careers in an increasingly diverse, dynamic, and technological world. Industrial and systems engineers integrate a systems approach to design and engineering, by integrating people, materials, information, equipment and energy to design, implement, and improve systems. Industrial and systems engineering involves the study of engineering design, system integration, optimization, quality and reliability, supply chain management, virtual reality, and manufacturing. The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the flexibility it offers. Industrial engineers have the opportunity to work in many different kinds of businesses and nonprofit organizations. Many industrial engineers eventually move into supervisory or management positions where they continue to draw on their technical background. Demand for industrial engineers has grown dramatically over the past two decades.

 Undergraduate Program


Industrial and Systems Engineering

G7A Mechanical Engineering Building
206-543-5041
ieadvise@uw.edu

 Program of Study: Major: Industrial Engineering


Program Overview

The Industrial & Systems Engineering curriculum focuses on system integration and methods to analyze, design, and improve manufacturing and service systems. The first two years include pre-engineering courses, basic mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals, humanities and social science. The last two years are devoted to studies in operations research, including optimization and stochastic models, manufacturing engineering, production planning and plant layout, human factors and human interface technology, statistics and design of experiments, quality and reliability engineering, and a comprehensive senior design experience. Industrial & Systems Engineering students are encouraged to take a systems view when solving problems, recognize the organizational and societal impact of technical decisions, develop good oral and written communication skills, participate in teams, and take initiative.

This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree: Data Science
Admission Requirements

Engineering Undeclared Students

See section on College of Engineering Admission for additional details on Direct-to-College admission and placement process for Engineering Undeclared students. The deadline to submit a request for placement in an engineering major occurs annually on July 1.

If the number of Engineering Undeclared students requesting the major exceeds the department capacity for such students, a matching process is implemented. Factors considered include performance in prerequisite courses, quality of overall academic record, content of personal statement, applicable work or extracurricular activities, and other special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

Engineering Undeclared students in good standing with respect to the continuation criteria described below may request placement into an engineering major after completion of minimum requirements as specified below:

  1. ENGR 101
  2. English composition
  3. MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 (or MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136)
  4. CHEM 142 (or CHEM 143 or CHEM 145)
  5. PHYS 121 (or PHYS 141)
  6. One course from the list on this website. Students are encouraged to choose a course required for graduation in the majors they are considering.
  7. Minimum 2.0 grade in all courses used to satisfy placement requirements
  8. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in courses used to satisfy placement requirements
  9. Minimum 12 credits as a matriculated UW student. Some departments require more credits. See department websites for details.

Students in good standing who do not meet the placement requirements by July 1 will be placed into a major on a conditional basis pending the completion of all placement requirements. Additional advising resources will be available to these students. See section on College of Engineering Continuation Policy for Engineering Undeclared Students for additional details.

Other Current UW students and Transfer Students

Current UW students without Engineering Undeclared status and transfer students may apply. Admission is competitive.

  1. Admission is for autumn quarter only. Application deadline: April 5
  2. Minimum course requirements for application: MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 (or MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136); CHEM 142 (or CHEM 143 or CHEM 145); PHYS 121, PHYS 122 (or PHYS 141, PHYS 142); A A 210; 5 credits English composition. All courses completed prior to application deadline. In addition, CHEM 152 (or CHEM 153 or CHEM 155); PHYS 123 (or PHYS 143); and CEE 220 or ME 230 completed with minimum 2.0 grades prior to autumn quarter
  3. Minimum 60 credits completed by application deadline
  4. Grade requirements: Minimum 2.0 grade in each course required for application; minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in courses required for application

Students are encouraged to complete MATH 207 (unless MATH 135 is completed), MATH 208 (unless MATH 136 is completed), and CSE 122 (or CSE 142) prior to autumn quarter.

Factors considered include performance in prerequisite courses, quality of overall academic record, demonstrated ability to complete a rigorous course load, record of honors, content of personal statement, applicable work or extracurricular activities, and other special circumstances as disclosed by the applicant.

 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree


Credential Overview

The BSIE curriculum focuses on system integration and methods to analyze, design, and improve manufacturing and service systems. The first two years include pre-engineering classes such as basic mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering fundamentals, technical writing, humanities and social science. The last two years are devoted to studies in operations research, including optimization and stochastic models, manufacturing engineering, production planning and plant layout, human factors and human interface technology, statistics and design of experiments, quality and reliability engineering, and a comprehensive senior design experience.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

General Education Requirements

  1. Basic Skills (20 credits)
    1. Written and Oral Communication (12 credits)
      1. English Composition: 5 credits from the University list
      2. Writing: ENGR 231; 4 remaining credits met by coursework in the major
    2. Reasoning (RSN) (5 credits): met by program requirements
    3. Diversity (DIV) (3 credits): courses may also apply to an Areas of Inquiry requirement
  2. Areas of Inquiry (79-81 credits)
    1. Arts and Humanities (A&H) and Social Sciences (SSc) (30 credits)
      1. A&H (10 credits)
      2. SSc (10 credits)
      3. Additional credits in A&H or SSc to bring total to 30 credits
    2. Natural Sciences (NSc) (49-51 credits)
      1. Mathematics (18-24 credits) complete one of the following:
        1. MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 207, MATH 208; IND E 315
        2. MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136, IND E 315
      2. Sciences (25-27 credits): CHEM 142, CHEM 152 (or CHEM 143, CHEM 153; or CHEM 145, CHEM 155); PHYS 121, PHYS 122, PHYS 123 (or PHYS 141, PHYS 142, PHYS 143)
      3. Additional NSc credits as necessary to reach 49 credits

Of Special Note:
The University of Washington formerly referred to Areas of Inquiry as Areas of Knowledge; Arts and Humanities (A&H) as Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA); Natural Sciences (NSc) as Natural World (NW); Social Sciences (SSc) as Individuals and Societies (I&S); and Reasoning (RSN) as Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR).

Major Requirements (87-93 credits)

  1. Engineering Fundamentals (28 credits): CSE 122 (or CSE 142); MSE 170; A A 210; E E 215; CEE 220; M E 230; IND E 250
  2. Industrial Engineering Core (37 credits): IND E 310, IND E 311, IND E 316/STAT 316, IND E 321, IND E 337, IND E 338, IND E 351, IND E 491, IND E 494, IND E 495
  3. Production Requirement (4 credits): IND E 430 or IND E 439
  4. Additional requirements specified below
  5. Grade Requirements: Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in all courses applied to the major, with no grade below 1.0 in these courses.

Additional electives to reach 180 credits

Additional Completion Requirements

20 credits

  1. Advanced Industrial Engineering Topics (4 credits): one of IND E 412, IND E 427, or IND E 455/HCDE 455
  2. Additional Technical Electives (16 credits): See adviser for approved list of additional technical electives.

 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree: Data Science


Credential Overview

The BSIE curriculum focuses on system integration and methods to analyze, design, and improve manufacturing and service systems. The first two years include pre-engineering classes such as basic mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering fundamentals, technical writing, humanities and social science. The last two years are devoted to studies in operations research, including optimization and stochastic models, manufacturing engineering, production planning and plant layout, human factors and human interface technology, statistics and design of experiments, quality and reliability engineering, and a comprehensive senior design experience. The emerging field of Data Science encompasses a broad set of interdisciplinary skills, including data management, programming, statistics, machine learning, visualization, and systems engineering tools. Data Science degree option in Industrial & Systems Engineering educates students in all aspects of the field of Data Science and enables them to contribute to solutions to the many critical data-intensive problems in the world today.

Completion Requirements

180 credits

General Education Requirements

  1. Basic Skills (20 credits)
    1. Written and Oral Communication (12 credits)
      1. English Composition: 5 credits from the University list
      2. Writing: ENGR 231; 4 remaining credits met by coursework in the major
    2. Reasoning (RSN) (5 credits): met by program requirements
    3. Diversity (DIV) (3 credits): courses may also apply to an Areas of Inquiry requirement
  2. Areas of Inquiry (79-81 credits)
    1. Arts and Humanities (A&H) and Social Sciences (SSc) (30 credits)
      1. A&H (10 credits)
      2. SSc (10 credits)
      3. Additional credits in A&H or SSc to bring total to 30 credits
    2. Natural Sciences (NSc) (49-51 credits)
      1. Mathematics (18-24 credits) complete one of the following:
        1. MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 207, MATH 208; IND E 315
        2. MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136, IND E 315
      2. Sciences (25-27 credits): CHEM 142, CHEM 152 (or CHEM 143, CHEM 153; or CHEM 145, CHEM 155); PHYS 121, PHYS 122, PHYS 123 (or PHYS 141, PHYS 142, PHYS 143)
      3. Additional NSc credits as necessary to reach 49 credits

Of Special Note:
The University of Washington formerly referred to Areas of Inquiry as Areas of Knowledge; Arts and Humanities (A&H) as Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA); Natural Sciences (NSc) as Natural World (NW); Social Sciences (SSc) as Individuals and Societies (I&S); and Reasoning (RSN) as Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR).

Major Requirements (87-93 credits)

  1. Engineering Fundamentals (28 credits): CSE 122 (or CSE 142); MSE 170; A A 210; E E 215; CEE 220; M E 230; IND E 250
  2. Industrial Engineering Core (37 credits): IND E 310, IND E 311, IND E 316/STAT 316, IND E 321, IND E 337, IND E 338, IND E 351, IND E 491, IND E 494, IND E 495
  3. Production Requirement (4 credits): IND E 430 or IND E 439
  4. Additional requirements specified below
  5. Grade Requirements: Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in all courses applied to the major, with no grade below 1.0 in these courses.

Additional electives to reach 180 credits

Additional Completion Requirements

Option specific credits (18-24 credits)

  1. Data Science Core (11-14 credits): one of CSE 123, CSE 143, CSE 160, or CSE 163; IND E 427; one of SOC 225, INFO 350, or HCDE 410
  2. Data Science Technical Electives (7-10 credits): At least one class each from approved courses in two of the following three areas: data analytics, data management and data visualization. See adviser for approved list of data science electives.
Additional Information

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Industrial and systems engineering graduates are proficient in mathematics, sciences, engineering fundamentals, and the use of computers; use a broad knowledge of industrial engineering methods and tools associated with operations research, quality engineering, and human factors; apply engineering design methods and tools to represent, integrate, and solve problems, including the ability to recognize problem context and integrate knowledge and skills from allied disciplines; communicate effectively; and possess the professional characteristics of leadership, ethics, and the ability to motivate and work with others.

    IE prepares students to serve as the efficiency experts of organizational change. Students are encouraged to take a systems view when solving problems, recognize the organizational and societal impact of technical decisions, develop good oral and written communication skills, participate in teams, and take initiative. Industrial engineers draw upon specialized knowledge and skills in math, the physical sciences, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design.

  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Industrial and systems engineering provides designated computing facilities for undergraduate students. Research facilities include the Human Interface Technology Laboratory, the Production Systems Laboratory, the Manufacturing Laboratory, and the Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Students have the opportunity to pursue cooperative and internship programs at the College level through the College's Engineering Co-op Program.
  • Department Scholarships: ISE offers scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students. All applicants to the BSIE program are considered for these scholarships. Awards are made based on both merit and financial need.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Students are actively involved in the UW student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE); the ISE National Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu; and the IE Student Advisory Board.

 Graduate Programs


Industrial and Systems Engineering

isemengr@uw.edu

 Program of Study: Doctor Of Philosophy (Industrial Engineering)


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Industrial Engineering)
Admission Requirements

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 Doctor Of Philosophy (Industrial Engineering)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Industrial And Systems Engineering


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Industrial And Systems Engineering
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Industrial And Systems Engineering


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Program of Study: Master Of Science In Industrial Engineering


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Science In Industrial Engineering
Admission Requirements

Contact department for requirements.

 Master Of Science In Industrial Engineering


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.