Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Become part of one of the most highly ranked and unique industrial and systems engineering departments in the country!

Our undergraduate course curriculum is designed to give you the technical knowledge and people skills you need to succeed in a variety of industries or settings while allowing you choices along the way to match your interests. As a student in one of the nation’s Top10 IE programs you will have the chance to explore all five areas of industrial and systems engineering that the department currently specializes in: Decision Science and Operations Research, Health Systems Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Manufacturing and Production Systems, and Quality Engineering. To help prepare you for future success in the workplace many of our courses focus on team and design projects and give you the opportunity to work on real problems for real companies.

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The Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of

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Program Educational Objectives

During the first several years following graduation from the program, a graduate from UW-Madison with a B.S. in industrial engineering would be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the professional practice of industrial engineering.​
  2. Demonstrate industrial engineering skills needed as a foundation for leadership in a career and the profession.​
  3. Act with professional and ethical responsibility, fostering an inclusive work environment, and appreciate the impact of proposed solutions to a global and/or societal context.​

Student Outcomes

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. Recognize, describe, predict and analyze systems behavior
  9. Understand physiological, cognitive, and sociotechnical aspects of humans as components in complex systems
  10. Apply the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice, such as quality engineering, optimization, simulation, and project management

Enrollment and Degrees Conferred

  • Annual number of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degrees awarded, August 2018-May 2019:  129
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in BSIE program Fall 2019-2020:  380