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Industrial & Systems Engineering

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts Dual Degree Program in Industrial & Systems Engineering

Industrial & Systems Engineering (A professional program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) applies basic engineering skills from mathematics and the physical sciences, specialized analysis techniques, and an understanding of how people interact with machines and each other to design and evaluate the performance of systems in industry and in the service sector. Examples of the types of systems that may be analyzed by ISyEs include health care delivery systems, product distribution systems, and manufacturing systems. The factor that most distinguishes ISyE from other engineering disciplines is the attention devoted to human involvement in the systems being analyzed.

Educational Objectives

  • The ISyE program seeks to develop graduates who:
    have established careers in Industrial & Systems Engineering in industry, service, consulting, or government organizations
  • design, develop, implement and improve integrated industrial and service systems to achieve organizational goals
  • collaborate with others as members or leaders of engineering or multidisciplinary teams
    continue to develop skills in engineering, business, management, or other Industrial & Systems Engineering related fields.

To achieve these objectives coursework in the ISyE program emphasizes the process of developing analytical models for real-world systems and using computer-based techniques to explore ways in which the systems can be made to function more efficiently. The upper-division ISyE courses emphasize the general principles of designing and evaluating systems and the application of these principles to many different types of systems. Because the analysis of systems frequently requires an understanding of topics from the field of business administration, the ISyE program appropriately draws upon the expertise of the faculty in the School of Business Administration.

The ISyE major student is expected to be involved in professional aspects of the field. Since the engineering profession places a high value on professional society involvement, students enrolled in the Industrial & Systems Engineering major are expected to be active student members of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

Industrial & Systems Engineering Advisory Board

The Industrial & Systems Engineering Advisory Board (ISyEAB) was organized in Summer 2001 to represent the interests of the Industrial & Systems Engineering industry and alumni to the industrial and systems engineering program. The board, composed of representatives from companies such as Northrop Grumman, Rain Bird, HME, Sharp Healthcare, Scripps Health, Flextronics, BAE Systems, SPAWAR Systems Center, and Karen Martin and Associates, serves to expand the level and role of industry affiliates in the continued development of the program and in the promotion of cooperative programs and relations with industry and the San Diego community.

Requirements for the ISyE Major (147 units)

The mathematics, science, and engineering courses listed below also satisfy the core curriculum requirements in mathematics competency, natural sciences, and the upper division writing course.

Mathematics and Basic Science requirements (33 units):

Mathematics (18 units): MATH 150, 151, 250, 310 or 320, ISYE 330;
Physics (8 units): PHYS 270, 271
Chemistry (4 units): CHEM 151, 151L
Life Science Elective (3 units)

Engineering Core Requirements (22 units):

These courses include units in engineering science and other subject requirements in support of engineering practice: ELEC 201 (or 200); ENGR 101, 102, 121 (or COMP 150), 311;, MENG 210, MENG 260 (or PHYS 272).

Engineering Professional Practice Requirements (9 units):

In support of the professional practice of engineering, there are requirements for knowledge of engineering economics, communications, and engineering ethics. Some of these requirements can be chosen in such a way as to also fulfill university core requirements: ISyE 220; COMM 203 (or NAVS 201 for students in NROTC, MILS 301 for students in ROTC, or AS 300A for students in AFROTC); PHIL 342 or PHIL 345.

Industrial & Systems Engineering Requirements (46 units)

These courses include units in ISyE science and design. There are 11 required ISyE courses: ISyE 220, 310, 320, 335, 340, 350 (also listed as MENG 350), 391W, 420, 430, 460, 470, and 492. Students also select fourteen units of ISyE program electives, to include at least one lab course, approved by the student’s advisor. Nine units of these electives must be engineering courses. Approved engineering electives include ISyE 410, 440, 450, and approved offerings of 494 Special Topics courses.

Core Curriculum Requirements (30 or more additional units):

All ISyE majors must satisfy the core curriculum specified by the university.