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  • Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Industrial and systems engineering deals with the optimization of complex processes or systems. It typically focuses on the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, materials, etc. Industrial and systems engineering often relies on, among others, the analysis and synthesis of mathematical, physical, social sciences, and the principles and methods of engineering design to specify, predict and evaluate results from such systems or processes.

    About This Major


    Industrial and systems engineering prepares students for industrial practice in product design, process design, plant operation, production control, quality control, facilities planning, work system analysis and evaluation, and economic analysis of operational systems.

    Students are prepared to use engineering principles to solve problems that require a quantitative basis for decision making and the application of economics, operations research, statistics, mathematics and engineering analysis, with dependence on the computer. The curriculum also provides the preparation necessary for graduate study.

    Admission Requirements

    The minimum requirements for admission to the undergraduate program are an overall 2.5 grade point average and a 2.5 grade point average in the designated pre-engineering technical courses. Students who have not met these requirements at 60 credits may be admitted on probation with successful petition.

    Department Requirements

    Students must complete successfully every required course with minimum grades of C in at most three attempts. Grades of H, I, N, U, W and WF are considered attempts. Registration canceled for non-payment is also considered an attempt.

    Educational Objectives

    The objective of the industrial and systems engineering program is to produce graduates who

    • will be successful professionals in industrial and systems engineering or other disciplines
    • can acquire advanced knowledge through continuing education or advanced degree programs
    • can become active leaders in their profession and/or community


    The mission of the undergraduate program is to provide a top quality, state-of-the-art education in industrial and systems engineering and to foster leading-edge instruction. The program seeks national recognition by peer institutions and key employers of industrial and systems engineering graduates.

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    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students

    Semester 1

    • Complete 1 of 7 critical-tracking courses with a minimum grade of C within two attempts: COP 2271, MAC 2311, MAC 2312, MAC 2313, MAP 2302, PHY 2048,
      PHY 2049
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 3 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C within two attempts
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    If you do not place out of ENC 1101, take it in the fall.
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1 (GE-P) or
    CHM 2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 1
    ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics (GE-S) 1 4
    MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) 4
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (GE-S) 1 4
    ENC 3246 Professional Communication for Engineers (GE-C) 3
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​
    (Course must be completed in semester 1 or 2)
    MAC 2312 Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M) 4
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    EML 2023 Computer Aided Graphics and Design or
    CGN 2328 Technical Drawing and Visualization
    MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M) 4
    PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (GE-P) 2 3
    PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus 1 Laboratory (GE-P) 2 1
    Humanities (GE-H) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    COP 2271 Computer Programming for Engineers 2
    COP 2271L Computer Programming for Engineers Laboratory 1
    EIN 3101C Introduction to Industrial and Systems Engineering 5 2
    MAP 2302 Elementary Differential Equations 3
    PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 3
    PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus 2 Laboratory 1
    Financial Accounting 3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    EGM 2511 Engineering Mechanics: Statics 3
    EIN 4354 Engineering Economy 5 3
    ESI 4327C Matrix and Numerical Methods in Systems Engineering 5 4
    STA 4321 Introduction to Probability 5 3
    Total 13
    Semester 6 Credits
    ESI 4312 Operations Research 1 5 4
    ESI 4313 Operations Research 2 5 4
    EMA 3010 Materials 3
    STA 4322 Introduction to Statistics Theory 5 3
    Total 14
    Semester 7 Credits
    EIN 4360C Facility Planning and Work Design 5 4
    ​ESI 4356 Decision Support Systems for Industrial and Systems Engineers 5 ​3
    Technical elective 3 3
    Total 10
    Semester 8 Credits
    ​EEL 3003 Elements of Electrical Engineering ​3
    ​EIN 4343 Inventory and Supply Chain Systems 5 ​3
    ​ESI 4221C Industrial Quality Control 5 ​3
    ESI 4523 Industrial Systems Simulation 5 3
    Technical elective 3/4 3
    Total 15
    Semester 9 Credits
    EIN 4321 Industrial Energy Management or
    EML 3100 Thermodynamics
    ​EIN 4335 Senior Design Project 4/5 ​3
    ​EIN 4451 Lean Production Systems 5 ​3
    ESI 4357 Web-based Decision Support Systems for Industrial and Systems Engineering 5 3
    Technical elective 3/4 3
    Total 15
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    1 Acceptable courses in economics: ECO 2013 and 2023 or the single course ECO 3101. These courses satisfy general education social and behavioral sciences requirements. Students should complete EIN 4354 and ESI 4312 before taking ECO 3101. Admission to ECO 3101 may require instructor approval. If ECO 3101 is taken, one credit accrues to technical elective.

    2 Students with deficient backgrounds in physics should first take a lower-level course such as PHY 2020. After successful remediation, they can begin the physics sequence: PHY 2048/2048L and PHY 2049/2049L.

    3 The curriculum requires nine technical elective credits. Students should select technical electives that are related to one another and provide expertise in an ISE concentration area. Several minors provide such concentrations; information is available in 371 Weil.

    4 As an alternative, students can participate in the Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD) program. Multidisciplinary teams of engineering students in this program work closely with a liaison engineer to design a new product or process for an industry sponsor. The program requires students to take, typically in their senior year, a sequence of two 3-credit courses, EIN 4912 IPPD 1 in fall and EIN 4913 IPPD 2 in spring. The former is a course approved for a technical elective and the latter can replace EIN 4335 Senior Design Project.

    5 Minimum grade of C is required. A grade of C- will not satisfy the requirement.

    Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Preparation

    Approximately 10 percent of the members of the Institute of Industrial Engineers pursue a professional engineer (PE) license. A PE license is especially desirable for engineers who want to start their own businesses. The industrial and systems engineering curriculum does not require certain courses that are necessary for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam (also known as the Engineer Intern exam). The latter is also a prerequisite for pursuing professional engineer license.

    Students preparing for the FE exam should select a set of technical electives that properly prepare them for this exam, such as EGM 3520 Mechanics of Materials and EGM 3400 / EGM 3401 Elements of Dynamics / Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics.

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majors: industrial-and-systems-engineering