Industrial and systems engineering is concerned with the analysis, design, and implementation of systems through optimal use of resources--human, materials, energy, information, and financial. Systems may range from small units to extremely large operations.
In order to accomplish these activities, the industrial engineer must be skilled in mathematics, physical sciences, management, and human relations, as well as manufacturing, computer systems, economics, optimization, human behavior, and systems analysis and design.
Industrial engineers improve the quality of our lives by making systems and process better, faster, cheaper, and safer. They excel at exploring business challenges and developing ways to make industries, hospitals, education, and government more effective. They know how to work with others and how to help people work more effectively, and they're typically responsible for implementing the delicate and complex process of system change.
Engineering student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and national honorary societies offer many opportunities to develop your leadership abilities.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Apply early for scholarships. The college offers Engineering First-Year Scholarships as well as many other scholarship opportunities for sophomore, junior, and senior students. Visit the College of Engineering Scholarships to learn more.
The major in industrial and systems engineering requires a strong foundation of courses in engineering science, mathematics, design, manufacturing, social science, and humanities.
Advanced work includes specialty courses in human factors and ergonomics, management, information systems, manufacturing, quality control, and operations research. Design is an integral part of the curriculum and all students complete a comprehensive design experience.
The industrial and systems engineering program emphasizes both a broad education in industrial engineering fundamentals and the opportunity for in-depth learning. All BSE students complete the BSE core requirements, as well as the curriculum designed for their major program, which covers four major stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, the general education component, and an elective focus area. Students may choose an approved focus area or work with their adviser to customize an area that aligns with their interests and career objectives.
See Industrial and Systems Engineering in the UI General Catalog to learn about required course work and graduating with honors.
BSE/MS Fast-Track Degree Program
The BSE/MS fast-track degree program is for eligible students who seek to complete both the BSE and MS degrees in industrial and systems engineering at Iowa. Students interested in this program apply in the second semester of their junior year and, if admitted, enter that program in the first semester of their senior year. The fast-track program allows 12 hours to be counted toward both their BSE and MS degrees.