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Industrial engineering degree requirements

Our program in Industrial Engineering concentrates on the design, operation and improvement of the systems required to meet societal needs for products and services. Our undergraduates learn to apply systems modeling and analysis skills to ensure that high-quality products and services are achieved with the optimal use of resources.

Critical requirements

Arizona State University has adopted an 8 semester tracking model, which monitors completion of “critical” lower division and “necessary” upper division courses specific to each degree. This set of courses was designed to serve as predictors of academic success in the degree program. The lower division “critical” courses are shaded grey on the flowcharts and indicated on the major map. Upper division “necessary” courses are indicated with stars on the major maps. All courses listed on both the major map and the flowchart are required.

University policy allows students to retake a course one time. Students who are not successful in passing a course after a second attempt will be asked to identify a new major. CIDSE Advising will only entertain third time repeat petitions for students with extenuating circumstances. Please see your academic advisor if you have questions related to 8 semester tracking or course third time repeats.

**Students are subject to any individual course prerequisite changes despite their catalog year.

Industrial engineering curriculum updates

  1. Fall 2016 students who have not yet taken MAE 212 should plan to change to 2017 or later catalog years. This new catalog year will require MAE 201 and IEE 321 OR they must take MAE 201 and 202 to equal MAE 212 to complete the requirements under their earlier catalog year along with IEE 321.
  2. Spring 2019: IEE 485 – Systems Design Capstone I: IEE 321 is now a prerequisite.
    • Prerequisite(s): Engineering Management BSE major; IEE 321 with C or better; IEE 458 with C or better OR Industrial Engineering BSE major; IEE 321 with C or better; IEE 376 with C or better; Pre- or corequisite(s): IEE 475 or 477
    • *Starting Fall 2019, this prerequisite will be strictly enforced. No additional overrides will be granted!
  3. Fall 2019: IEE 376 – Oper Rsrch Det Tech/Apps: IEE 210 is now a prerequisite for IE majors.
    • Prerequisite(s): Industrial Engineering Majors; IEE 210 and CSE 205 with C or better; MAT 242, 342 or 343 with C or better OR Engineering Management Majors; CSE 205 with a C or better; MAT 242, 342 or 343 with C or better OR Industrial Engineering graduate student
  4. Fall 2019: IEE 475- Simulating Stochastic Systems: IEE 385 is now a prerequisite.
    • Prerequisite(s): Fulton Engineering undergraduate student; CSE 205 and IEE 385 with C or better OR Non-Engineering majors; minimum 3.0 GPA; CSE 205 and IEE 385 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only IEE 475 or IEE 545
  5. Fall 2019: IEE 485 – Systems Design Capstone I: IEE 369 is now a prerequisite.
    • Prerequisite(s): Engineering Management BSE major with IEE 458, IEE 369 and IEE 321 with C or better or Industrial Engineering BSE major with IEE 376, IEE 369, and IEE 321 with C or better.
    • Pre- or corequisite(s): Industrial Engineering students with IEE 475 or Engineering Management students with IEE 477
  6. Fall 2019: IEE 486 – Systems Design Capstone II: prerequisite adjusted: IEE 485 with C or better (IEE 369 removed)
    • Prerequisite(s): Engineering Management BSE or Industrial Engineering BSE major; minimum senior standing or post-baccalaureate; IEE 485 with C or better

*****See CIDSE Advising for any questions or concerns*****

Humanities and social behavioral university general studies requirements

HU/SB Guidelines (15 semester hours or five 3-semester hour classes)

One Class Upper Division (HU or SB) – 3 semester hours ~MUST BE TAKEN AT A 4-YEAR INSTITUTION

  • Two Classes HU (Humanities) – 6 semester hours minimum
  • Two Classes SB (Social Behavioral) – 6 semester hours minimum

Within these five classes, select courses that include three awareness areas: cultural, global, and historical. No one class contains more than two awareness areas and must be met with two classes minimum. You may fulfill the awareness areas with two classes (minimum). Contact your advisor if you have questions.

Industrial Engineering requires you to take ECN 211 as a part of the degree requirements.  This course will count as a SB course (see example below).


  • At least one Upper Division (HU or SB) – 3 semester hours
  •  REL 321 (Religion in America) – Humanities (HU) plus cultural diversity and historical awareness
  •  Two Classes HU (Humanities) – 6 semester hours minimum
  1. CON 101 (Construction and Culture: A Built Environment) – Humanities (HU) plus global and historical
  2. PHI 101 (Introduction to Philosophy) – Humanities (HU)
  • Two Classes SB (Social Behavioral) – 6 semester hours minimum
  1. ECN 211 – Macroeconomics (required for IE Degree) – Social Behavioral (SB)
  2. PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology) – Social Behavioral (SB)

Math requirements

Industrial Engineering is a math intensive major, as such it requires three levels of calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and statistics and probability.

Science requirements

Industrial Engineering students must complete the following 15 credit hours of Lab Science:

  • Basic Science Elective – Students choose one of the following: BME 111, BIO 181, BIO 182, CHM 113, GLG 101, GLG 102, or GLG 110, PHY 111/113.
  • Additional Lab Science – Students must also complete the following: PHY 121/122 and PHY 131/132 and CHM 114 or CHM 116.

Engineering science electives

Industrial Engineering students on 15-16 or later catalog years are required to pick a three hour engineering science elective.  Please choose one from the options below:

  • EEE 202 (Circuits) – which is still four hours
  • MAE 213 (Mechanics of Materials)
  • MAE 240 (Thermal Fluids)
  • MAE 241 (Intro to Thermodynamics)
  • CEE 384 (Numerical Methods for Engineering)
  • CSE 120 (Digital Design Fundamentals)
  • CSE 240 (Programming Languages)

**Note that IEE 220 is no longer required in this area for 2015 catalog years and forward.

IEE course frequency

The following courses are only offered during certain semesters. Students should consult with their advisors to plan their schedules accordingly to ensure that they are on track for a timely graduation.

  • Fall Only Courses – IEE 412, IEE 431, IEE 454
  • Spring Only Courses – IEE 381, IEE 426 (every other year), IEE 456, IEE 477

Career focus/technical elective courses

Students have several categories/course options for the Career Focus Area of the degree. Students should schedule an appointment with their advisor to discuss course approved course options.

Students can mix and match the Career Focus Area courses and can select any of these courses for their TE requirements.

Industrial Engineering Career Focus and Technical Elective List

**Students admitted into the 4+1 Program for Industrial Engineering will need to consult with an academic advisor to determine the courses that will be shared between the both degrees, i.e. bachelor’s and the master’s.

Lean/Six Sigma Certifications

Many employers are now requiring Lean and/or Six Sigma certifications for Industrial Engineering and Technical Project Manager positions.  Lean focuses on removing non-value added processes and waste, while Six Sigma focuses on reducing variation and improving quality in value added processes.

Our undergraduate Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering programs currently offer Green Belt certificates for both Lean and Six Sigma. These certificates can be completed by achieving excellent grades in the key courses as identified below.

A minimum of two A grades and one B grade must be earned in the three classes identified for the Green Belt certificates. For most students, this can be completed without taking additional classes as long as students choose their courses wisely and achieve the required grades.

IEE 369 Work Analysis and Design
IEE 461 Production Control
IEE 486 Capstone

Six Sigma:
IEE 381 Six Sigma
IEE 474 Quality Control
IEE 486 Capstone

Students interested in either Green Belt Certificate must apply with their capstone instructor in IEE 485 and reaffirm their intention to complete the certificate/s with their instructor in IEE 486.