Oct 19, 2018  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 [Archived Catalog]

Industrial and Systems Engineering (B.S.I.S.E.)

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Major code BS7255

Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
270 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1539
Fax: 740.593.0778

Dale Masel, contact person

Program Overview

Industrial and systems engineers obtain a broad technical background with special attention to productivity, costs, quality, and the human factor in production and other systems. The systems to which industrial engineering techniques can be applied are quite diverse. Typically, industrial engineers have worked in manufacturing systems, but the methods have found applications in many other systems, including distribution centers, information systems, hospitals, transportation networks, and financial systems.

To prepare our graduates for their job responsibilities, the primary objective of the Industrial and Systems Engineering program is to produce engineers who are able to apply ISE tools and knowledge to support, improve, manage, develop, design, or implement a project, process, or system that has a positive impact on relevant key-performance indicators, such as financial results, productivity, quality or safety. We want our graduates to actively seek to be leaders among their peers by demonstrating a professional attitude; a commitment to integrity and ethical behavior; effective communication across stakeholders; and engagement in life-long learning.

For assessment of student capability, the ISE program uses a set of student outcomes that have been defined by ABET, the organization which accredits the BSISE degree:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Courses in the first year of the program are similar to the curricula of the other engineering disciplines and include math, chemistry, and general education courses. Second year courses include a sequence in physics and several fundamental industrial engineering topics. The third year includes additional advanced industrial engineering topics.

An emphasis in the program is the development of good system design skills. In the senior year, all students complete a real-world project focusing on applied system design. Students work on a project related to the design or improvement of an actual system, such as a production system, an inventory control system, a distribution system, or a quality control system. The projects are provided by local companies who serve as project clients.

The senior year also contains courses in a professional concentration area (PCA). The goal of the PCA options is to provide students with a more specialized career preparation. The current options are Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Health Care, Information Systems, Human Factors, Facility Planning and Development, and Sustainability. For students who are unsure about their career path, there is also a general Industrial Engineering PCA. Additional concentration options can be developed to meet the interests of students who wish to pursue a career in a field not covered by one of the current PCAs.

All ISE students are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship during their sophomore and/or junior years in order to gain valuable career experience. Working in a real-world job for one or more semesters can enhance classroom instruction and also financially support college education. Students plan their internship in coordination with their academic advisor and the Russ College’s Office of Professional Experiences.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

ACT and grade requirements are the same as the general University guidelines. Students should take four years of mathematics and a year of chemistry and physics if possible.

Change of Program Policy (Internal Transfers)

Students who wish to transfer into an engineering or computer science program must have earned a C or better in a math course and a science course. The math course must be equivalent to MATH 1200 (College Algebra) or higher. The science course must be required for the program or preparatory for a required course such as CHEM 1210, 1500, 1510, or PHYS 2051. Students must have a GPA greater than 2.0 (i) for all courses at Ohio University, (ii) for all courses in the Russ College, and (iii) for all courses in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Students must have succeeded in all required courses taken previously in three or fewer attempts. For some courses, success means a grade of at least a C or C-.

External Transfer Admission

In addition to the general university admission requirements, a transfer student must have earned a

  • C (2.0) or better in a college mathematics course equivalent to MATH 1200 (College Algebra) or higher


  • C (2.0) or better in college chemistry course equivalent to CHEM 1210 or higher or a college physics course equivalent to PHYS 2001 or higher

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of the industrial and systems engineering program find employment in a wide variety of industries. Fields include manufacturing, distribution, health care, transportation, and more. Due to their systems training and experience, many industrial and systems engineers move into management positions after a few years on the job.

Salaries are competitive, and, because of the increasing need for the U.S. to improve productivity to keep pace with international competition, the need for industrial and systems engineers in manufacturing and other organizations is projected to remain strong.

For more information, see the Department’s website: http://www.ohio.edu/industrial/.

If you wish to increase the breadth or depth of your knowledge, the Department offers courses leading to the M.S.I.S.E. and the M.E. in Engineering Management and also participates in the College’s Mechanical and Systems Ph.D. degree program. The engineering management degree is only offered in an online format. Graduates frequently pursue degrees beyond the bachelor’s degree (typically, M.S., M.E. or M.B.A.). Some students enter graduate school immediately after finishing their B.S. degree, and others begin classes after working for a few years.

Degree Requirements

Major Hours Requirement

The industrial and systems engineering major requires a minimum of 126.5 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

ISE Electives

Complete a minimum of 14 credits of ISE Elective Classes, including all of the courses in one of the ISE Professional Concentration Areas. To create a personalized PCA, contact your advisor or the ISE undergraduate chair. A PCA must contain a minimum of 11 credits, of which at least 6 credits must be engineering topics.

Professional Concentration Area Options

General IE PCA Option

Complete the 3 required courses, plus 1 of the course options in Manufacturing Processes.

Manufacturing Processes Option

Complete one of the following courses:

Manufacturing PCA

Complete the 3 required courses, plus 1 of the course options in Manufacturing Processes. Note that ISE 4370 and ISE 4375 are typically offered in alternating years.

Manufacturing Processes Options

Complete one of the following courses:

Supply Chain PCA Option

Complete the 1 required course, plus 2 of the course options in Supply Chain Engineering and 1 of the course options in Supply Chain Management. Note that ISE 4365 is typically offered only every other year.

  • ISE 4325 - Supply Chain Engineering Credit Hours: 3 (pending approval)

Supply Chain Engineering Options

Complete 2 of the courses below

Supply Chain Management Options

Complete 1 of the courses below

Health Care PCA Option

Complete the 3 required courses, plus 1 of the course options in Health Care Administration. Note that ISE 4365 is only offered every other year.


Health Care Administration Options

Complete one of the following courses:

Information Systems PCA

Complete the 2 required courses plus a 3-credit information system development project and one of the programming options. The programming course that is used for the PCA cannot be the same class that was used for the Programming Elective (below, under Engineering and Technology).

Programming Options

Complete one of the following courses:

Human Factors PCA

Complete the 3 required courses, plus 1 of the optional courses.

Human Factors Options

Complete one of the following courses:

Facility Planning and Development PCA Option

Complete the following courses:

Sustainability PCA

Complete the 2 required courses, plus 2 of the optional courses.


Math and Science Requirements

In addition to completing all of the courses listed below. Students must also have a minimum of 31 semester credits in math and science courses. Students completing all of the courses at Ohio University will reach this threshold, but if a student transfers in a course that is fewer credits that the Ohio University equivalent (e.g., 3 credits for MATH 2301) additional credits of elective math/science courses may be needed to reach the minimum of 31 credits.

Complete the following courses:

Chemistry Requirement

Complete one of the following courses:

Math/Science Elective

Complete at least 6 credit hours from the following courses:

Engineering and Technology

Complete the following courses:

Programming Options

Complete 1 of the following courses:

Engineering Science Electives

Complete 8 hours from the following courses. Note that CE 3530 also appears in the Sustainability PCA and cannot be counted in both in both the PCA and in Engineering Science Electives. For students not pursuing the Sustainability PCA, CE 3530 will be moved to Engineering Science Electives and will not count toward the total number of ISE Electives.

College-Level Requirements for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology

View the College-Level Requirements for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology .

Core Curriculum

Complete the following course:

Non-Engineering Courses

Complete the 3 required courses, plus 1 of the course options in Public Speaking and 2 of the course options in Business.

Public Speaking Elective

Complete one of the following courses:

Business Electives

Complete two of the following courses:

General Education not covered by other ISE Requirements

Among the University’s General Education courses, several are covered by courses required in the ISE curriculum:

  • Tier I
    • Math
    • Junior Composition (ISE 2100 and ISE 3340)
  • Tier II
    • Applied Science and Mathematics (ISE 1100, MATH 2301, and MATH 2302)

    • Humanities and Literature (PHIL 1300)

    • Natural Sciences (CHEM 1210/1510, PHYS 2051, and PHYS 2052)

    • Social Sciences (ECON 1030, PSY 1010)

  •   Tier III (ISE 4192)


The only remaining General Education requirements are

  • First-year Composition (ENG 1510 or ENG 1610)
  • Tier II
    • Cross–Cultural Perspectives
    • Fine Arts

Note: the Tier II Fine Arts requirement could be satisfied by THAR 1130, which is also one of the options for the Public Speaking elective (listed under Non-Engineering Courses).

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