Future undergraduate students

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE)

Industrial & Systems Engineering offers a robust program toward a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) degree and prepares students to serve as organizational change agents. Students are encouraged to take a systems view when solving problems, recognize the organizational and societal impact of technical decisions, develop good oral and written communication skills, participate in teams, and take initiative.

Being an industrial engineer is about choices. Industrial engineers have the opportunity to work in a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations. The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the flexibility it offers. Many industrial engineers move into supervisory or management positions where they continue to draw on their technical backgrounds.

The first two years of the curriculum include pre-engineering courses, basic mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals, humanities, and social science. The Industrial & Systems Engineering curriculum focuses on system integration and methods to analyze, design, and improve manufacturing and service systems. The last two years are devoted to studies in operations research, including optimization and stochastic models, manufacturing engineering, production planning and plant layout, human factors and human interface technology, statistics and design of experiments, quality and reliability engineering, and a comprehensive senior design experience.

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Peer mentors

If you are a pre-engineering student looking to learn more about life as a student in the ISE Department, consider connecting with a peer mentor via the College of Engineering Mentor Program. Peer mentors are upper-division engineering students who are ready to answer your questions and talk to you about their experiences studying engineering at the UW. Note that a NetID login is required to view the list of mentors.

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