Undergraduate Programs & Courses

Bachelors and Minors

We offer the following Bachelor Degrees

Minors are available in

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B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) is concerned with the analysis, design, and implementation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, and equipment to accomplish useful work.

Production Systems Track

The discipline of industrial & systems engineering is applicable in nearly all industries, whether the industry involves manufacturing of a product or delivery of a service. Job functions performed by ISEs include: systems analysis, cost estimation, capital equipment selection, engineering economy, facilities planning, production planning and scheduling, inventory control, quality control, information systems, project management, operations management, engineering management, as well as methods analysis and work measurement.

Manufacturing systems engineering (MSE) is a specialty field associated with industrial engineering that emphasizes functions and technologies such as process planning, plant layout design, manufacturing resource planning, production management, production line design, automation, robotics, flexible manufacturing systems, and computer integrated manufacturing.

Information Systems Track

The Information Systems track in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program produces graduates who understand the complex facets of modern information systems, and the integration of these systems in industrial, service and financial organization.

This track constitutes a broad based curriculum focusing on three core areas:
(1) Information Economics
(2) Quantitative Systems Analysis
(3) Information Technology
The core areas are coupled with general engineering and business background courses. Information economics studies the formulation, structure, and operational dynamics of information-centric systems in the context of industrial organizations, service sector economics, and financial institutions.

Quantitative systems analysis studies operations research and computational tools for analyzing complex systems and their information components. Information technology and applications studies computer and communication technologies needed to design and implement information system applications. Topic areas include the applications of information technology in manufacturing and business environments, including electronic commerce, supply chain and enterprise information systems, manufacturing information systems, and intelligent manufacturing control.

Career Opportunities

ISE graduates are sought by nearly all industrial corporations as well as government agencies and other service institutions. Major employers of our graduates include management consulting firms, manufacturing companies, banks, hospitals, railroads, the postal service, and transportation/logistics services. A typical career path of an industrial engineer is to start in an entry-level engineering position or as a technical analyst and to progress through various management positions in the firm or institution. Significant numbers of industrial & systems engineers ultimately become chief executive officers, chief operating officers, and chief technology officers in their respective organizations.

Undergraduate Enrollment and Degrees Granted

The following link connects to a table reporting the total undergraduate enrollment in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program beyond the first year.  The table gives total enrollment in each of the last five years.  In addition, the number of undergraduate degrees granted in Industrial and Systems Engineering in each of the last five years is reported in the table as well:

ISE Major Requirements

To see the full up to date listing of ISE major requirements, please visit the Lehigh Registrar's web site.

Please select from below based on year of entry into the College of Engineering. The Industrial Engineering (IE) and Information and Systems Engineering (ISE) degrees will continue to be available for individuals 

ISE Prerequisites Map


The ISE curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that employers expect of young industrial engineers beginning their professional careers, and to instill the ability for life-time learning. It includes the basic mathematical, physical, and social sciences, together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design that are specific to industrial engineering. These principles and methods include probability and statistics, engineering economy, cost accounting, operations research, computer simulation, work methods and measurement, manufacturing processes, production and inventory control, and information technology.

ISE Curriculum

Specialized industrial engineering electives in the senior year include: advanced operations research, operations management, organization planning and control, statistical quality control, database design, web technologies, and data communications technologies. Electives related to manufacturing systems engineering include: computer integrated manufacturing, industrial robotics, facilities planning and material handling, production engineering, and metal machining analysis. The ISE degree requires a minimum of 130 credit hours.

Program Educational Objectives

The set of key, over-arching objectives of the Industrial Engineering program are to prepare our students, within the first several years of the beginning of their careers, to

1. Meet the expectations of employers of industrial engineers,
2. Pursue advanced study, if desired,
3. Be active leaders in their profession and/or community.

Specifically, these general objectives can be met by graduates that

1. Recognize and analyze problems, design innovative solutions, and lead their implementation,
2. Excel as industrial and systems engineering professionals who are able to operate effectively in a global, culturally diverse society,
3. Communicate effectively using written, oral, and electronic media,
4. Pursue life-long learning and professional growth as ethical and responsible members of society,
5. Form, lead, and participate on multi-disciplinary teams that solve problems in engineering and business.

In each course in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program, a subset of the course achievement outcomes, listed below, are pursued to prepare students to achieve the Industrial Engineering program’s stated objectives. This list of student outcomes articulated by the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology, Inc., (ABET) have been adopted by the program and are as follows:

a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) An ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.