The following is designed to help you, the industrial engineering student, to better understand not only what courses you will be taking, but what those courses really involve. If you have any questions, please contact your faculty advisor.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE)


Freshman Year

Fall Semester general engineeringCredits
CH101Chemistry, A Molecular Science 13
CH102General Chemistry Lab 11
E101Intro to Engineering & Problem Solving 11
E115Introduction to Computing Environments 1
ENG101Academic Writing and Research 14
MA141Calculus I 14
PE10 *Fitness and Wellness Course *1
Total Credits:15
Spring Semester general engineeringCredits
EC205Economics (or EC201 or ARE201 *)3
MA241Calculus II 14
PY205/PY206Physics for Engineers and Scientists I 1 and Lab4
E102Engineering in the 21st Century2
Physical Ed/Healthy Living Elective *1
GEP Requirement *3
Total Credits:17

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Credits
ISE135Computer Modeling for Engineers 63
become a Python guru and study BIG DATA
MSE200Mechanical Properties of Structural Materials3
MA242Calculus III4
PY208/PY209Physics for Engineers and Scientists II and Lab4
ST371Intro to Probability & Distribution Theory3
Total Credits:17
Spring Semester Credits
ECE331Principles of Electrical Engineering3
ISE216Product Development & Rapid Prototyping3
learn about product development
MA303Linear Analysis3
ISE215Foundations of Design and 3D Modeling1
ST372Intro to Stat Inference & Regression3
GEP Requirement *3
Total Credits:16

Junior Year

Fall Semester Credits
ENG331Technical Writing3
ISE316Manufacturing Engineering I: Processes3
make cool stuff
ISE315Introduction to CAM1
ISE443Quality Design and Control3
stop bad products before they ship
ISE361Deterministic Models in IE3
CE214Engineering Mechanics - Statics3
Total Credits:16
Spring Semester Credits
ISE352Fundamentals of Human-Machine Systems3
design safe and efficient processes
ISE362Stochastic Models in IE3
ISE441Intro to Simulation3
build a model of patients in a hospital
GEP Requirement *3
Engineering Science Elective 33
Total Credits:15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Credits
ISE311Engineering Economic Analysis3
ISE408Control of Production & Service Systems 3
optimize service systems
/ ISE520Technical Elective 7 / Healthcare Systems Performance Improvement I 83
ISE453Production Systems Design3
design a facility
Ethics (GEP Requirement *)3
Total Credits:15
Spring Semester Credits
ISE498 / ISE521Senior Design Project / Healthcare Systems Performance Improvement II 83
work on an industry project
Technical Elective 73
Technical Elective 73
GEP Requirement *3
GEP Requirement *2-3
Total Credits:14-15
Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation:124

Major/Program Requirements and Footnotes

1 For matriculation, courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

2 Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

3 Engineering science electives: CE 215, CE 313, MAE 201, MAE 208, MAE 214, or MAE 308.

4 Ethics elective: IDS 201, IDS 303, PHI 214, STS 214, STS 302, STS 304, STS 322, or STS 325.

5 Graduation requirements include: (a) 2.0 overall GPA, or higher, on all courses attempted at NCSU, and (b) a GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major (all courses bearing the ISE-designation) OR a grade of C- or higher in each ISE course used to satisfy the requirements in the major.

6 ISE/TE110 must be completed with a C or better.

7 For the current list of the technical electives, go to our Approved ISE Technical Electives page.

8 To earn a Health Systems Engineering Certificate, students will take ISE 520 as a technical elective and ISE 521 instead of ISE 498.

* General Education Program (GEP) requirements: To complete the requirements for graduation and the General Education Program, the following credit hours and co-requisites must be satisfied. University approved GEP course lists for each category can be found at

PHYSICAL EDUCATION – 2 hours to be selected from the approved GEP Physical Education list.

  • One fitness and wellness course (any PE 100-level course).
  • One additional credit hour of PE activity courses.

HUMANITIES – 6 credits to be selected in two different disciplines (two different course prefixes) from the approved GEP Humanities list.

SOCIAL SCIENCES – 3 credits to be selected in a discipline other than economics from the approved GEP Social Sciences list. EC 205 taken as part of the Major requirements satisfies 3 credit hours of the 6 credit hours needed to fulfill the GEP Social Sciences requirement.

ADDITIONAL BREADTH – 3 credits to be selected from the approved GEP Humanities, Social Sciences or Visual and Performing Arts lists.

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES – 5 credits to be selected from the approved GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives list. Ethics course taken as part of the Major requirements satisfies 3 credit hours of the 5-6 credit hours needed to fulfill the GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement.

Co-requisites: U.S. Diversity and Global Knowledge co-requisites must be satisfied to complete the General Education requirements. Choose course(s) that are identified on the approved GEP course lists as meeting the U.S. Diversity and Global Knowledge co-requisites.

Foreign Language proficiency at the FL_102 level will be required for graduation.