Industrial and Systems Engineering (BS)

Program Overview

We live in a complex society, but in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, we do our best to make it less complicated. In fact, that's exactly what we do — we study complex systems and look for simplifying solutions.

We work across all environments and fields of study including manufacturing, management, service industries, healthcare systems and others. So, our time could be spent at a hospital developing ways to decrease wait times in emergency rooms, or you might find us in a manufacturing facility working on quality assurance issues or consulting.

Degrees Offered

  • BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Internships, research opportunities and more

Watson School students learn from and work with outstanding and experienced faculty engaged in leading research areas. Students who participate in undergraduate research have the opportunity to delve into a focused area of interest, while gaining meaningful hands-on experience applying technical skills and putting their analytical and critical-thinking abilities into practice.

Research conducted in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering focuses on:

  • applied statistics and design of experiments, artificial intelligence and expert systems, computer integrated manufacturing, data mining
  • electronics packaging and manufacturing, manufacturing, supply chain modeling and management, quality, reliability, system optimization
  • healthcare systems, human factors and ergonomics

After You Graduate

Earning a degree in industrial and systems engineering provides students the opportunity to integrate engineering, business and communication skills into the professional world. ISE graduates, unlike other engineers, have the ability to apply their skills to work across all environments and fields of study including health systems, production/manufacturing, ergonomics, management, operations research, quality control and information technologies.

Students who graduate from the industrial and systems engineering program may elect to continue on to earn a graduate degree or PhD in industrial engineering, systems engineering, business or other engineering discipline to gain further skills to apply to the professional world.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years:


For more information, visit the Industrial and Systems Engineering website.