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Undergraduate Technical Electives

All industrial engineering students must take four technical electives. If a student participates in co-op, ENGR 1090 will count as one of these as long as at least three rotations are completed and a final co-op report (that meets required specifications) is submitted.

At least two of the four technical electives must come from the industrial engineering elective undergraduate course offerings. The only time this requirement can be relaxed is when a student participates in co-op and also opts to get a minor in another technical field; in such instances, only one industrial engineering technical elective is required.

The other two technical electives may either be IE courses or they may come from a variety of other technical areas. There is no exhaustive list of technical electives from outside the department and approval of a particular course is left to the discretion of the student's adviser.

In general, some guidelines must be followed when choosing these. First, the course must be from an area that is related to industrial engineering. Second, it must not be a course that is offered at a very basic or introductory level (e.g., lower level math, science, business or computer programming courses). Third, it must not significantly duplicate courses that are required as part of the student's industrial engineering program (e.g., project or operations management).

Typical areas from which Industrial Engineering students select technical electives include:

  • All other engineering disciplines
  • Math
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science
  • Economics – The following courses are currently approved:
    ECON 1100 Intermediate Microeconomics
    ECON 1110 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    ECON 1150 Applied Econometrics 1
    ECON 1200 Introduction to Game Theory
    ECON 1440 Economics of Corporation Finance
    ECON 1470 Market Structure and Competition
    ECON 1500 Intermediate International Trade
    ECON 1510 Intermediate International Finance
    ECON 1540 Theory of Economic Growth
  • Business – the following courses are currently approved
    BUSERV 1920 Financial Accounting
    BUSMKT 1040 Introduction to Marketing
    BUSORG 1020 Organizational Behavior
    BUSMKT 1431 Product Development and Management
    BUSERV 1985 Small Business Management (also for PR Certificate)
    BUSMIS 1635 Information Technology Systems in Supply Chains
    BUSQOM/BUSSCM 1730 Managing Global Supply Chains
    BUSQOM/BUSSCM 1740 Procurement and Distribution management
    BUSQOM 1765 Projects in Global Supply Chains
    BUSSCM 1750 Revenue Management
  • Other sciences (Physics, Chemistry Biology)