BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Industrial and Systems Engineering Curriculum is designed for students who desire to enter industry or pursue advanced studies. The curriculum provides a broad range of courses in the areas of human interface design and management, plant design, operations research, production and inventory control and quality control.

Marketable Skills

Students will develop the following marketable skills:

  1. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  2. Decision Making
  3. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  4. Research: Be able to search, investigate and critically analyze information in response to a specific research question


The Industrial and Systems Engineering program strives to graduate industrial engineers of the highest quality and to conduct state-of-the-art research for the end-to-end enterprise.


The Industrial and Systems Engineering program makes available a high quality, relevant engineering education available to all residents of the El Paso bi-national region. The department dedicates itself to providing Indicates Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) students with a set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that will permit its graduates to succeed and thrive as engineers and leaders.

Program Educational Objectives

The Industrial and Systems Engineering program produces diverse and exceptional graduates who within a few years after graduation will:

  • Gain successful employment in a competitive global marketplace in leadership positions.
  • Engage and be successful in graduate studies and/or professional training programs

Student Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (BSISE) program has seven student outcomes that we expect our students to achieve at the time of graduation. These student outcomes support the BSISE program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering. The student outcomes are:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Fast-Track Combined BSISE/Master Program in Industrial, Manufacturing, or Systems Engineering

Students with at least 90 hours accumulated toward their BSISE degree and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 may be eligible for admission into the fast-track BSISE/Master Program. Students admitted to this program take graduate classes that count both toward graduate degree requirements and undergraduate degree requirements, for up to 9 credit hours of IE, MFG, or SE graduate courses per approval of the undergraduate and graduate advisors. Eligible IE, MFG, or SE graduate courses come from a list approved for fast-track by the IMSE Faculty. Students must earn a B or better in the graduate course to count as graduate credit for the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, or for the Master of Science in Systems Engineering. If the grade is a C, it will not count towards the graduate degree but will still count towards the undergraduate degree.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 120

University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Industrial Engineering Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
MATH 1508Precalculus ((Listed if completed, but not required))3-5
or MATH 1310 Trigonometry and Conics
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
Industrial Engineering Prerequisites (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
MATH 1411Calculus I4
Industrial Engineering Core (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
CE 2315Statics3
or MECH 1321 Mechanics I-Statics
IE 1333Computational Methods3
MECH 2331Matl & Manufacturing Processes3
or MME 2303 Intro to Materials Sci & Engrg
IE 2333Decision Support Systems3
IE 2377Electro-Mechanical Systems3
or MECH 2342 Electro Mechanical Systems
or EE 2350 Electric Circuits I
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
MECH 1305Graphic & Design Fundamentals3
MECH 2131Manufacturing Engineering Lab1
Industrial Engineering Major
Required Courses:
IE 3331Systems Engineering3
IE 3334Intro to Work Design3
IE 3352Design of Experiments3
IE 3373Engr Probability & Stat Models C3
IE 3390Oper Research I: Deter Models3
IE 4266Senior Design2
IE 4334Work Design- Prod. & Safety3
IE 4353Industrial Systems Simulation3
IE 4385Statist Quality Cntrl/Reliabil3
IE 4390Oper Research II: Stoch Models3
IE 4391Prod Plan & Inv Cont Systs3
MATH 3323Matrix Algebra C3
MATH 4329Numerical Analysis3
Technical Electives:
Select three courses from the following, or any other upper divison course from the College of Engineering, College of Science, or College of Business Administration:9
Engineering Problems
Special Topics Industrial Engr
Intl Manufacturing Intern I
Technical Writing
Total Hours120

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6