Courses


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

ISYE 220 , ISYE 294 , ISYE 299 , ISYE 305 , ISYE 310 , ISYE 320 , ISYE 330 , ISYE 335 , ISYE 340 , ISYE 350 , ISYE 350L , ISYE 380 , ISYE 385 , ISYE 391W , ISYE 410 , ISYE 410L , ISYE 420 , ISYE 430 , ISYE 440 , ISYE 450 , ISYE 460 , ISYE 470 , ISYE 480 , ISYE 492 , ISYE 494 , ISYE 496 , ISYE 498 , ISYE 499

ISYE 220 | ENGINEERING ECONOMICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Principles of financial analysis appropriate for evaluating the economic impact of engineering projects. Three hours lecture weekly.

ISYE 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to Industrial & Systems Engineering. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. Upper division standing in the ISYE major.

ISYE 299 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.

ISYE 305 | INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency, Oral communication competency

Prerequisites: FYW 150 and ISYE 310 (Can be taken Concurrently)

An introduction to professional skills needed for success in industry including written communication, oral communication, teamwork, leadership skills, and career management. Topics and projects include iterative writing process, literature reviews, technical reports, peer review techniques, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, personal branding, and global/intercultural awareness. Three hours lecture weekly.

ISYE 310 | WORK ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the fundamental methods for analyzing and designing procedures to perform operations in the workplace. Includes time and motion study, methods improvement and workplace design. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Junior standing in engineering. Fall semester.

ISYE 320 | INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 and ISYE 305

Introduction to the theory and methods used to design and analyze systems. Principles of the system life-cycle including problem identification, description, modeling, solution and implementation. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 330 | ENGINEERING PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

Core Attributes: Quantitative reasoning comp

Prerequisites: MATH 151

Introduction to probability and applied statistics within an engineering context. Topics include probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and statistical tests and confidence intervals for one and two samples. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall and Spring semesters.

ISYE 335 | SIX SIGMA - PROCESS IMPROVEMENT METHODS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 310 and ISYE 330

Application of statistics to improving quality and productivity. Introduction to Six Sigma quality methodology and the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) problem-solving strategy for continuous quality improvement. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 340 | OPERATIONS RESEARCH I

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (MATH 310 or MATH 320)

Methods for developing and analyzing deterministic operations research models. Topics include linear programming, networks, and Integer programming. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 350 | MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (MENG 311 or ENGR 311) and MENG 210

Corequisites: ISYE 350L

Description, classification and analysis of manufacturing processes used in the transformation of different raw materials (e.g. metals, polymers, composites, etc.) into consumer or capital goods. Topics include: analysis of variables that affect process operations, performance, quality, cost, sustainability and the design of process plans.

ISYE 350L | MANUFACTURING PROCESSES LABORATORY

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

Corequisites: ISYE 350

Applications of theoretical concepts learned in the Manufacturing Processes lecture class to design products, develop computer codes for machining, and produce parts out of various starting materials such as metals and plastics while considering quality, cost and sustainability implications. Manufacturing methods include, but not limited to: computer numerical control (CNC) machining, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), welding, plastics forming, and design for manufacturing and assembly.

ISYE 380 | SUSTAINABILITY AND ENGINEERING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

The course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the engineering roles and opportunities to improve the sustainability of engineering products, processes and systems. Topics include carbon footprint, life cycle assessment, design for sustainability, wastes and recycling, energy and water.

ISYE 385 | TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 380

An interdisciplinary course that evaluates options for improving energy and resource productivity from the perspective of technology, economics, natural ecosystems, and public policy. Course covers methods for analyzing the environmental impacts of industrial and consumer activities. Topics include industrial ecosystems, life cycle assessments, and policy options for environmental sustainability. Analysis of the balance between resource availability and demand, and the relationship between energy use and technology will be explored.

ISYE 391W | INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency, Oral communication competency

Prerequisites: ISYE 310 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Development of skills and knowledge needed to successfully manage projects in ISyE. Topics include project management, teamwork, the role of ISyE in an organization, career planning, formal memo writing, oral and written reports incorporating peer review, iterative drafting techniques, and formal final multimedia presentation incorporating peer review. Three hours lecture weekly.

ISYE 410 | HUMAN FACTORS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ISYE 330

An introduction to the field of ergonomics/human factors engineering. Principles of workplace and environmental design to conform to the physical and mental abilities and limitations of people are presented. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 410L | HUMAN FACTORS LABORATORY

Units: 1

Corequisites: ISYE 410

Laboratory for ISYE 410. Three hour laboratory weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 420 | SIMULATION OF PRODUCTION AND SERVICE SYSTEMS

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (ENGR 121 or COMP 150) and ISYE 440

Modeling and analysis of systems using computer-based discrete event simulation. Principles of modeling, validation, and output analysis are developed using high-level simulation languages. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 430 | DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF ENGINEERING EXPERIMENTS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 and ISYE 335

Systematic application of statistical techniques to the design and analysis of engineering experiments. Application of experimental design to the improvement of products, processes, and services. Topics will include analysis of variance, single factor experiments, factorial and fractional factorial experimental designs, robust design, and response surface methods. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 440 | OPERATIONS RESEARCH II

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 and ISYE 340

Methods for developing and analyzing stochastic operations research models. Topics include Poisson processes, Markov processes, queuing, and decision theory. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 450 | MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 350 and (ENGR 121 or COMP 110 or COMP 150)

Introduction to principles of manufacturing automation and analysis of automated systems. Topics include process and machine control, control systems, programmable logic controllers, robotics, computer vision and material handling systems. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 460 | OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ISYE 220 and ISYE 340

Concepts in planning, controlling, and managing the operations function of manufacturing and service firms. Topics include operations strategy, forecasting, capacity, production planning and control, and trends in operations and supply chain management. Emphasis on the development and use of mathematical models and algorithms used to analyze and improve the use of material, labor and information in various processes. Three hours lecture weekly. Spring semester.

ISYE 470 | FACILITIES PLANNING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 310 and ISYE 340

Analysis and design of production and service facilities. Analytical and computer-based techniques to assist with strategic planning, process design, material handling and flow, layout and facility location. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ISYE 480 | DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYTICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ISYE 330 and (ENGR 121 or COMP 110)

Course explores different types of statistical methods for analyzing data. The course begins with a focus on measurement, inferential statistics, and causal inference. Then different techniques are applied for analyzing and viewing data with a strong focus on applying this knowledge to real-world data problems. Topics in quantitative techniques include descriptive and inferential statistics, regression, classification, clustering, and machine learning (ML) algorithms. Three hours of lecture weekly.

ISYE 492 | INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECT

Core Attributes: Advanced Integration

Prerequisites: ISYE 310 and ISYE 320 and ISYE 335 and ISYE 350 and ISYE 420 and ISYE 470

Capstone Senior design project. Application of principles of Industrial & Systems Engineering from throughout the curriculum to a design project. Written and oral reports, design reviews, final project report and presentation. Spring semester.

ISYE 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics seminar in areas of special interest to Industrial & Systems Engineering. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. Upper division standing in the ISYE major.

ISYE 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in industrial and systems engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in the ISYE major. Prior approval by the department chair is required. May be repeated for credit.

ISYE 498 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Directed upper division level internship/ co-operative experience in engineering research, design, development, manufacturing, or the engineering activity. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum program graduation requirement. Placement contingent upon approval of participating organization. May be repeated for credit.

ISYE 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

ENGR 101 , ENGR 102 , ENGR 103 , ENGR 110 , ENGR 121 , ENGR 241 , ENGR 294 , ENGR 296 , ENGR 298 , ENGR 299 , ENGR 311 , ENGR 351 , ENGR 421 , ENGR 465 , ENGR 494 , ENGR 496 , ENGR 499

ENGR 101 | INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area

Prerequisites: MATH 150 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the field of engineering. Students work in small teams to solve open-ended interdisciplinary design problems, including concept generation, analysis, computer aided design (CAD) modeling, construction, testing, development, and documentation. The project work is enhanced with lectures, activities, and reading on design, manufacturing, and engineering tools. Intended for majors in engineering or those exploring careers in engineering. Four hours lecture-laboratory weekly.

ENGR 102 | INTRODUCTION TO ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEM DESIGN

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ENGR 101 and MATH 150 and MATH 151 (Can be taken Concurrently) and (ENGR 121 or COMP 110 or COMP 150) and PHYS 270 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to the use of sensors, actuators, controllers, and computer interfaces for the use with electro-mechanical systems. Application of the engineering design process culminating in a team-based design project.

ENGR 103 | USER-CENTERED DESIGN

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1

Prerequisites: ENGR 101 and MATH 150 and MATH 151 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Introduction to strategies for developing designs that emphasize how users will interact with the final product. Iterative design methods to elicit user requirements, generate alternative designs, develop low-fidelity prototypes, and evaluate designs from the user’s perspective. Individual and collaborative strategies for design thinking, concept development, and functional evaluation.

ENGR 110 | THE DESIGN OF COFFEE

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area, Lab

This course serves as an introduction to how engineers approach and solve problems, demonstrated by the process of roasting and brewing coffee. Students will be introduced to basic principles of engineering analysis and design, and guided through a series of laboratory experiments testing the effect of design choices on the sensory quality of coffee. Both qualitative and quantitative concepts will be included in the course, along with discussion on the implications of coffee production and harvesting on land use, agriculture industry, labor force, economies, and societies. This course fulfills a Scientific and Technological Inquiry core curriculum requirement for non-majors. Concurrent registration in MATH 115 or higher recommended.

ENGR 121 | ENGINEERING PROGRAMMING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 150 (Can be taken Concurrently)

Fundamentals of computer usage and programming in a structured, high-level language as commonly used in engineering systems development and applications; modular programming principles; use of the operating system and language constructs for program input/output; object-oriented programming. Three hours lecture weekly.

ENGR 241 | ACOUSTICS OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Core Attributes: Science/Tech Inquiry area

An exploration of the acoustical properties of musical instruments that combines the concepts of musical acoustics with the design and construction of musical instruments. Analysis of musical tones using instrumentation. Analysis of vibrating structures using SolidWorks. The course will culminate in student innovative design projects. Not intended for engineering majors.

ENGR 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics in various areas of engineering theory and practice. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

ENGR 296 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem selected after consultation with faculty. Written report required. Prior approval by department chair or dean is required.

ENGR 298 | INTERNSHIP/CO-OP EXPERIENCE

Units: 1-3

Directed lower division internship or co-operative experience in an engineering or related activity. Usually involves a three-month summer work assignment with industrial firms or government agencies. Written report required. Credit not applicable to minimum engineering program graduation requirements. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 299 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 311 | ENGINEERING MATERIALS SCIENCE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: (CHEM 151 and CHEM 151L) and MATH 151 and PHYS 271

Basic concepts of material structure and its relation to properties; atomic structure; mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties; engineering applications; introduction to semiconductor physics. Three hours lecture weekly. Fall semester.

ENGR 351 | COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 2

Prerequisites: ENGR 103

Interdisciplinary apprenticeship course to support engineers’ ability to work with community groups around socio-technical problems. Explorations of the historical and contemporary contexts and impacts of designs, systems, processes and products surrounding and involving engineering and engineers will be applied to a community context. Collaborations with communities to share knowledge and understanding and to co-create project briefs related to engineering in support of social justice.

ENGR 421 | EMBEDDED SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: COMP 385

This course will focus on the application of all available processing power to implement system solutions. Parallel processing, core sequestration, processor affinity, CPU programming, DSP programming, and the integration of disparate processing elements via OpenCL will all be addressed in this course. The impact of coherent and non-coherent memory models will be addressed and the notion of data hazards in non-coherent systems will be detailed. We will also consider the application specific impacts of the relative power efficiency of alternative processing models. Every Spring.

ENGR 465 | FORENSIC ENGINEERING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

This course deals with the interaction between the engineering and legal communities. Through case studies, students will learn about the legalities associated with being an engineer. The analysis stage of the engineering design process will be dissected and viewed as it is interpreted by the courts. Standard of care and legal standards for review of engineering design will be discussed. Duties of the engineer, the manufacturer, and the end user will be compared and contrasted. Students will perform forensic analyses of product failure cases. Legal concepts will be conveyed via case studies and Law Review articles.

ENGR 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGINEERING

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Special topics course in areas of special interest to engineering. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

ENGR 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 0.5-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Faculty-directed undergraduate research in engineering. Problem proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Written report required. Upper division standing in engineering. Prior approval by department chair or dean is required. May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: (MATH 130 or MATH 150)

Individual project in creative design and synthesis under the general supervision of a participating professor. Project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. May be repeated for credit.


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The ISYE Major

Preparation for the Major

Preparation for the major requirements are the completion of the following courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. 

Mathematics and Science
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
Math Elective 13-4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
Total Mathematics and Science Units26-27
Engineering Core:
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR 102Introduction to Electromechanical System Design3
ENGR 103User-Centered Design3
ENGR 121Engineering Programming3
or COMP 110 Computational Problem Solving
MENG 210Statics3
Engineering Elective 23-4
Total Engineering Core Units18-19
Engineering Professional Practice Requirements
ISYE 305Industrial and Systems Engineering Professional Practice3
PHIL 342Engineering Ethics 33
Total Preparation for Major Units51

Industrial & Systems Engineering Requirements

These courses include units in ISyE science and design. These classes are required by the major, with a grade of C- or better in ISYE 330:

MENG 311Materials Science and Engineering3
or ENGR 311 Engineering Materials Science
ISYE 220Engineering Economics3
ISYE 310Work Analysis and Design4
ISYE 320Introduction to Systems Engineering3
ISYE 335Six Sigma - Process Improvement Methods4
ISYE 340Operations Research I3
ISYE 350
350L
Manufacturing Processes
and Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
4
ISYE 420Simulation of Production and Service Systems4
ISYE 430Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments3
ISYE 440Operations Research II3
ISYE 460Operations and Supply Chain Management3
ISYE 470Facilities Planning3
ISYE 492Industrial and Systems Engineering Design Project3
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
ISYE Electives 415
Total Units61

Note: Most engineering, and many mathematics and science courses, required by the engineering program are offered only in the fall or spring semester, but not both. Consult individual course sections for semester offering pattern, or see an engineering advisor.

Additional Requirements 

All industrial and systems engineering majors must satisfy the core curriculum specified by the university and the Connect Career Readiness Program (https://www.sandiego.edu/engineering/resources/careers/connect).

Concentration in Sustainability (12 units)

This Concentration in Sustainability allows ISyE majors to delve more into sustainable engineering concepts and practices to improve process and system designs/configurations.  Upon completing the cluster of required courses, students will have a portfolio of projects, problem solving and hands-on practices demonstrating their competency in the subject matter. The Sustainability Concentration is intended to be an integral part of the existent ISyE BS/BA degree program. Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 course units with letter grades of C- or better. Students may use all 12 concentration units towards their ISyE program electives. Course requirements include the following:

Required Courses:
ISYE 380Sustainability and Engineering3
ISYE 385Technology, Environment and Society 3
Select two of the following courses:
EOSC/BIOL 112Ecology and Environmental Biology3-4
EOSC 305Environmental Assessment Practices3
CHEM 355Environmental Chemistry3
BSCM 305Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management 3
ECON 308Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
ETLW 302Business and Society3
ETLW 403Environmental Management3
MSRE 517Sustainable Real Estate3
Or another sustainability related course approved by ISyE department chair.

Recommended Program of Study: Industrial & Systems Engineering

First Year
Semester IUnits
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering3
MATH 150Calculus I4
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
Or 
ENGR 121
or COMP 110
Engineering Programming
Computational Problem Solving
3
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ENGR 103
or 102
User-Centered Design
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
3
ENGR 121
or COMP 110
Engineering Programming
Computational Problem Solving
3
Or 
CHEM 151
151L
General Chemistry I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC Elective3
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
ENGR 103
or 102
User-Centered Design
Introduction to Electromechanical System Design
3
MATH 310Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I3
PHYS 271
271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism4
CC Electives6
Semester IIHours
ISYE 330Engineering Probability and Statistics3
MENG 210Statics3
Math Elective3-4
Engineering Elective3-4
CC Elective3
Junior Year
Semester IHours
ISYE 220Engineering Economics3
ISYE 310Work Analysis and Design4
ISYE 340Operations Research I3
ISYE 305Industrial and Systems Engineering Professional Practice3
MENG 311
or ENGR 311
Materials Science and Engineering
Engineering Materials Science
3
Semester IIHours
ISYE 320Introduction to Systems Engineering3
ISYE 335Six Sigma - Process Improvement Methods4
ISYE 350
350L
Manufacturing Processes4
ISYE 440Operations Research II3
ISyE Program Elective I3
Senior Year
Semester IHours
ISYE 420Simulation of Production and Service Systems4
ISYE 430Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments3
ISYE 470Facilities Planning3
ISyE Program Elective II3
CC Elective3
Semester IIHours
ISYE 460Operations and Supply Chain Management3
ISYE 492Industrial and Systems Engineering Design Project3
ISyE Program Elective III3
ISyE Program Elective IV3
CC Elective3
Senior Year 2
Semester IHours
CC Electives15
ISyE Program Elective V3