The Industrial Engineering curriculum prepares graduates to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy. The curriculum includes in-depth instruction to accomplish the integration of systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices.
Industrial Engineering, BS
Industrial Engineers apply science, mathematics, and engineering methods to complex system integration and operations. Because these systems are so large and complex, IEs need to have knowledge and skills in a wide variety of disciplines, the ability to work well with people, and a broad, systems perspective. Industrial engineers use their knowledge and skills to improve systematic processes through the use of statistical analysis, interpersonal communication, design, planning, quality control, operations management, computer simulation, and problem solving. The Industrial Engineering curriculum prepares graduates to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy. The curriculum includes in-depth instruction to accomplish the integration of systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices.
Program Educational Objectives
In accordance with ABET accreditation requirements, the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) describe the professional accomplishments that Industrial Engineering graduates are expected to achieve, within a few years of graduation. The PEOs are:
- Within one year of graduation from TAMU-CC, our graduates will be working in industry, government, construction, or other professional service as industrial engineers, or will be pursuing graduate degrees in industrial engineering or post-baccalaureate degrees in other fields, such as law, business, or medicine.
- Within five years of graduation from TAMU-CC our graduates will have
- advanced in their careers as indicated by obtaining promotions and positions of leadership, awards, recognitions as subject matter experts, and/or registration as professional engineers or in other professional disciplines; or by entrepreneurial activities, products or processes developed, patents, and/or publications;
- demonstrated the ability to increase their knowledge and expertise through continuing education or advanced degrees; and
- contributed to the improvement of the profession and of society through research, national and/or international collaboration, and/or professional and public service including mentoring.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates will have:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The Industrial Engineering curriculum consists of a minimum of 123 credit hours. It can be divided into five main areas:
I. Core Curriculum Program - 42 sem. hrs.
First-Year Seminars (as applicable) - (2 sem. hrs.)
II. Common Engineering, Math, and Science Courses - 48 sem. hrs
III. Required Industrial Engineering Courses - 21 sem. hrs.
IV. Capstone Project - 3 sem. hrs.
V. Technical Elective Block - 9 sem. hrs.
Total: 123 (125) sem. hrs.
University Core Curriculum and other General Education Requirements
See “Core Curriculum Program “ in this catalog. Industrial Engineering students should take the following courses in fulfillment of the mathematics and natural science components of the University Core Curriculum:
The 3 lecture hours in MATH 2413, CHEM 1411, and PHYS 2425 satisfy the required 3 and 6 core curriculum hours in math and science, respectively. The 1 lab hour from each of these three courses, and the 3 lecture hours from MATH 2414, satisfy the 6-hour component area option requirement in the core curriculum. Students transferring to Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi from other institutions may have various means for fulfilling the core curriculum. Please refer to the “General Education Requirement” in the catalog section entitled “Undergraduate Programs.”
Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:
Common Engineering, Math and Science Courses
Note: 15 of the 63 hours of courses listed in this section are used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, as described above.
Required Industrial Engineering Courses
Technical Electives Block
These electives provide students with the option to take courses that apply to their fields of study. Select three courses (9 sem. hrs. total) from the following list:
All industrial engineering students must complete a senior-level capstone project in ENGR 4370 Capstone Projects. Students will work with practicing engineers and engineering faculty. The Capstone Project will give engineering students practical, professional experience to prepare them for careers in electrical engineering.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Option
Industrial engineering students who have completed 96 credit hours toward the Industrial Engineering B.S. degree and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher may elect the MBA option in senior year. Students who elect the MBA option are required to take three MBA foundation courses to satisfy the Technical Elective Block requirements:
ACCT 5312 - Foundations of Accounting 3 sem. hrs.
ECON 5311 - Foundations in Economics 3 sem. hrs.
FINA 5311 - Financial Management Concepts 3 sem. hrs.
Students who plan to elect the MBA Option are encouraged to have summer internship experience before senior year, and will be able to complete an MBA degree study with 2 regular semesters and 1 summer session beyond an Industrial Engineering B.S. degree study.
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
All engineering students are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. This is exam is an important step toward licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.E.), which many engineers find useful and necessary in their careers. Close to the end of the B.S. degree program is an excellent time to take the exam, because the student has the best preparation for the exam at that point in the student’s academic career.