Undergraduate Course Planning

Our Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering curriculum emphasizes the fundamentals of analytics and management to support the modeling, design, and optimization of systems across a wide range of applications and domains. Students will learn the skills and tools necessary to succeed in a variety of industry, nonprofit and government settings.

Undergraduate Curriculum

All students are required to take a core set of courses that together ensure a strong foundation in the fundamentals of industrial and systems engineering. After the completion of core coursework covering calculus, chemistry, physics, computer science, probability and statistics, students gain solid industrial and systems engineering competencies through a rigorous curriculum of required ISyE courses.  Each student customizes a technical elective course plan to prepare them for the career that most interests them. Student's chosen electives can result in a minor or emphasis in one of a number of fields, such as financial services, manufacturing and service operations, supply chain management, and healthcare operations.

All students complete a final capstone project that provides them with real-world experience by collaborating with a sponsoring company or organization. Students work in teams of four to five and receive guidance from a faculty advisor and industry mentor for 15 weeks during their senior year. This capstone project provides students with hands-on experience and proof of their abilities as they prepare to launch their career.

Sample Course Schedule

This plan is not a contract and is subject to variation. Students are required to complete 122 class credits to acquire their degree.

Technical Elective Courses

By the end of their sophomore year, it is recommended that each student starts thinking about potential areas of focus or career paths so that they may begin technical elective courses during their junior year. During the spring semester of their junior year, each student submits an ISyE Technical Elective Approval Form to an ISyE Adviser for review.

Fifteen credits of technical electives are required for degree completion, although students are eligible to take more out of personal interest or in pursuit of a minor or second major. A list of approved courses is available below.

If a student would like a course not in the above list evaluated for technical elective credit, they must send an email to info@isye.umn.edu with a (1) copy of the course's syllabus, and (2) a completed copy of the Technical Elective Evaluation Form. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students pursuing their Bachelor's in ISyE have the chance to deepen their academic and career interests by taking part in research, scholarly and creative projects with a faculty member. ISyE's diverse faculty offer many opportunities for students to prepare for their career or graduate school, or even start a research project of their own creation.

Engineering Co-op Program

After the completion of their sophomore year, students have the opportunity to make money while gaining valuable on-site engineering work experience with leading companies in their intended field. At least two semesters of co-op experience can earn a student technical elective credit.

How Kaitlyn Erdmann is utilizing her degree...

Before earning her Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Kaitlyn interned at Boston Scientific and worked part-time at the medical device manufacturer's local offices during her senior year. When she graduated, Boston Scientific hired Kaitlyn as an internal consultant for process improvement. She now supports two divisions within the medical device manufacturer. Her role includes engaging with leaders and contributors across all of the company's non-operations based functions (such as sales, research and development, supply chain, and marketing) to uncover ways to reduce waste and improve productivity.

In her job, Kaitlyn facilitates many kaizen events, which focus on mapping out a current process and identifying potential solutions for improvement. She also develops and teaches lean training so her colleagues may apply those principles in the office space.

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How David Busacker is utilizing his degree...

David, a summa cum laude graduate from the ISyE program, began focusing his electives and honors thesis work on additive manufacturing after taking a technical elective on 3D printing in the fall of his junior year. Upon graduating, he began consulting Fortune 500s as a business consultant at branding agency SGK Inc. Separately but at the same time, David started teaching the same 3D printing class that had captivated his attention as an undergraduate student.

Eventually, after growing his teaching network, he became an Applications Engineer at Stratasys, the world's largest 3D printing company. There he advised the most advanced additive users in the Midwest territory on additive applications and best practices. In 2018, he joined a growing consultancy within Stratasys focused on driving additive adoption in a variety of industries including medical, automotive, and consumer goods.

David's philosophy on additive manufacturing is that the true barriers to 3D printing adoption are more often a lack of strategy or knowledge than the technical immaturity of the manufacturing practice. His goal is to bring future-ready companies to the doorstep of innovation.

How Olivia Evanson is utilizing her degree...

Olivia is currently in her fifth year at the University of Southern California, pursuing her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Her dissertation research focuses on using health analytics to understand the role of patient-reported outcomes in the evaluation of chronic disease care-management models.

She plans to complete her Ph.D. in December 2019 and pursue a career in industry working as a product manager for a digital health startup. Long term, her goal is to return to USC as a teaching professor of industrial and systems engineering courses.

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Questions?

Reach out to Katie Sharpe at Student Services at info@isye.umn.edu or (612) 625-4469 with any additional questions about the ISyE Undergraduate program.