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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Engineering, BS

Program Description

Industrial engineers design, install, and improve the complex systems that provide goods and services vital to our society and economy. These systems place unique demands for breadth of preparation on industrial engineers. The Industrial Engineering baccalaureate program prepares graduates to: (1) design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy using appropriate analytical, computational and experimental practices; (2) apply information technologies to the practice of industrial engineering; (3) conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner; and (4) work and communicate effectively with colleagues at every level in the organization.

The traditional arenas for the practice of industrial engineering are the manufacturing facilities of industry; however, many practicing industrial engineers are employed in non-manufacturing institutions such as hospitals, financial institutions, consulting firms and government agencies. In addition to numerous employment opportunities in professional practice, industrial engineering graduates may further their formal education. The Department of Industrial Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The Department of Industrial Engineering also offers a combined Bachelor’s/Master’s plan in which accepted students may count up to 12 hours of graduate credit (approved 6000- and 8000-level courses) toward both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, with the stipulation that a minimum of 150 credit hours must be earned. To be eligible, the student must have senior standing and a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.4. Most students completing the joint BS/MS program in IE can only double count nine units. Details of the suggested curriculum and program information are available from the Industrial Engineering Department.

Detailed curriculum and department information is available at https://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/ie/.

Industrial Engineering Change of Major Policy

To transfer into the Industrial Engineering BS program, students must have completed the following courses with a grade of C or better: CH 1010 , ENGL 1030 , ENGR 1020  (or both ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060 ), ENGR 1410  (or all three of ENGR 1070 , ENGR 1080  and ENGR 1090 ), MATH 1060  (or both MATH 1040  and MATH 1070 ), MATH 1080 , and PHYS 1220 .

Paperwork for students transferring from General Engineering is handled by their College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences advisors. As long as a student has a minimum Engineering GPA (EGPA) of 2.0, has a minimum overall GPA of 2.0, and has completed the courses listed above with a grade of C or higher, the student’s change of major request will be processed.

Paperwork for students transferring from any other major is handled by the industrial engineering undergraduate program coordinator. A student must have a minimum Engineering GPA (EGPA) of 2.0, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0, and have completed the courses listed above with a grade of C or higher. Additionally, non-General Engineering students are required to complete a plan of study that documents all courses to be taken until graduation. Click here for the Course Planning Guide.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

First Semester

All General Engineering students take the same classes their first term, regardless of their intended major. Coursework in the second term varies. Students should consult with a General Engineering advisor to determine appropriate courses.

Credit Hours: 16


1 ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  may be substituted for ENGR 1020 .

2 Depending on a student’s Clemson Mathematics Placement Test score, MATH 1040  and MATH 1070  may be substituted for MATH 1060 ; or the student may be required to take MATH 1050  before enrolling in MATH 1060 .

3  See Policy on Humanities and Social Sciences for Engineering Curricula .

Note: CH 1010 , ENGL 1030 , ENGR 1020  (or ENGR 1050  and ENGR 1060  if substituted for ENGR 1020 ), and MATH 1060  must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 17

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Senior Year

First Semester

  • 3 Credits
  • Electrical Engineering Requirement 3 Credits 8
  • Ethics & Professional Practice Requirement 3 Credits 9
  • Technical Requirement 6 Credits 10
Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester

  • 4 Credits
  • Management Requirement 3 Credits 11

  • Arts and Humanities Requirement 3 Credits 3 or
  • Social Science Requirement 3 Credits 3

  • Technical Requirement 3 Credits 10
Credit Hours: 13

Total Credits: 125


1 ENGR 1070 , ENGR 1080  and ENGR 1090  may be substituted for ENGR 1410 .

2 This course must be passed with a C or better either to transfer into IE from General Engineering or to satisfy later course prerequisites.

3 See General Education Requirements . Six of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements.

4 Select from BIOL 1030 /BIOL 1050 ; BIOL 1040 /BIOL 1060 ; BIOL 1100 ; BIOL 1220 /BIOL 1200 ; BIOL 1230 /BIOL 1200 ; CH 1020 ; or GEOL 1010 /GEOL 1030  

5 ME 2010  may be substituted.

6 PHYS 1240  may be substituted.

7 See General Education Requirements . COMM 1500  is recommended.

8 Select either ECE 2020  and ECE 2110 ; or ECE 2070  and ECE 2080  

9 Select from LAW 3220 PHIL 1030 , PHIL 3440 , PHIL 3450 , PHIL 3460  

10 Select from IE 4000 , IE 4040 , IE 4300 , IE 4460 IE 4510 , IE 4520 IE 4530 , IE 4560 , IE 4570 , IE 4600 , IE 4620 , IE 4630 , IE 4810 , IE 4850 , IE 4860 , IE 4870 , IE 4890 , IE 4910  

11 Select from ACCT 2010 , ACCT 2020 , AS 3090 , ELE 4000 , MGT 2010 , MGT 3070 , MGT 4110 , MKT 4210 , ML 3010  


  1. No student may exceed three attempts, including a W and academic forgiveness (with the exception of a withdrawal from the University), to successfully complete any IE course (with a grade of D or better). Moreover, a third attempt is only granted by a written request to the department chair before the deadline to add a course in a subsequent term.
  2. Industrial Engineering students who have a cumulative grade-point average or cumulative engineering grade-point average (EGPA) below 2.0 are on probation and will have restricted enrollment in classes. Students whose cumulative grade-point average is below 2.0 are subject to the regulations stipulated under the University’s Academic Eligibility Policy. Students on probation for an EGPA below 2.0 who fail to recover (i.e. raise their EGPA above 2.0) in the first regular semester (fall or spring) will not be allowed to register for industrial engineering classes. After one year, such students may petition the Industrial Engineering Department for continued enrollment. An advising policy for students on probation is available from the Industrial Engineering Department.