Industrial engineers improve the quality of our lives by making systems and processes 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.

Industrial engineers organize the efforts of workers, business owners, managers, salespeople, and other engineers by applying management, problem-solving, simulation, and analysis skills. They’re also typically responsible for implementing the delicate and complex process of system change.

Why Study at Iowa?

The BSE in industrial engineering is one of six Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering, which offers excellent opportunities for students to participate in research, internships, study abroad, and student organizations.

Course Work

Focus area options in industrial engineering include:

  • Computer and information systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Management
  • Medical systems

See Industrial Engineering in the UI General Catalog for more details.

Admission Requirements

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Student Opportunities

In addition to nearly 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Living-Learning CommunitiesStudy Abroad Programs, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Engineering students may enjoy the People in Engineering Living-Learning Community or the Be WISE: Women in Science and Engineering Living-Learning Community in the residence halls.


Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

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Apply to the College of Engineering.


Industrial Engineering (BSE)
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission