Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering

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The BS in Industrial Engineering Program at LSU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, This page overviews the program's curriculum and requirements, as well as issues that may be relevant to students seeking admission to the program. Please be aware that the LSU General Catalog for the year you enter college is your ultimate rule book for the curricular requirements to earn your degree, and that the information presented here is intended only to summarize and supplement that document for the current catalog year (2016-17).

General Education Requirements

General education courses provide students with a broader understanding of the world around them, insuring that they can relate to the diversity of cultures, attitudes, and backgrounds that they will encounter in their careers. They are the means by which students learn to think, describe, interpret, and analyze the world. Their primary aim is to educate, rather than train, and to instill a desire for life-long learning.

To fulfill these requirements, students must complete 39 hours of course work in six major areas: 

  • English composition (six hours)
  • Analytical reasoning (six hours)
  • Arts (three hours)
  • Humanities (nine hours)
  • Natural sciences (nine hours)
  • Social sciences (six hours)

The BSIE program requires specific courses be taken in several of these categories.

General Education Area Course Required
English composition (6 hrs) ENGL 1001, ENGL 2000
Analytical reasoning (6 hrs) MATH 1550, MATH 1552
Arts (3 hrs) Choose 1 from the Gen. Ed. list
Humanities (9 hrs) CMST 1061 or 2060, plus choose 2 from the Gen. Ed. list
Natural sciences (9 hrs) CHEM 1201, CHEM 1202, BIOL 1001 or 1201
Social sciences (6 hrs) ECON 2030 plus 1 from the Gen. Ed. list


Students may alternatively take the Honors college equivalent of these courses.

The General Education list may be found in the LSU General Catalog for your catalog year. It is critical that you only choose General Education courses listed for your specific catalog year.

Global Knowledge Requirements

Today’s engineers work on global projects in culturally diverse environments. To help prepare for this environment, students in industrial engineering must meet a global knowledge requirement. This can be accomplished in one of two ways:

  • Through participation in a study abroad program of six or more weeks in length, during which course credit is earned.
  •  By taking a general education course that meets the global knowledge requirement (the course also counts towards the general education requirement). Currently approved courses are kept on a list available in the College of Engineering office. For a course to be included on this list, it must include instruction and guidance on at least two of the following:
    • Systematically compare the ideas, values, images, cultural artifacts, economic structures, technological developments, or attitudes of people from different modern societies.
    • Identify the historical context of ideas and cultural practices of global cultures and their dynamic relations to current societal contexts.
    • Explain how a culture changes in response to internal and external pressures.
More about Global Knowledge Requirements

Industrial Engineering Technical Electives

In the BSIE Curriculum, you will see 9 credit hours (3 courses) of "Industrial Engineering Technical Electives" listed in the Senior year.  The electives allow a student to begin specializing into a particular area of Industrial Engineering matching their career objectives. At least one course must come from the Tech A electives, with the remainder from either Tech A or B electives.

List of IE Tech Electives

Many Industrial Engineering students pursue minors in addition to their IE degree. If you have a clear idea as to the type of industry you want to focus in upon graduation, a minor can help you gain additional understanding of the field and strengthen your competitiveness in that industries job market.   Minors  require that students earn a C or better in every course required for the minor, and that the student maintains at least a 2.0 overall GPA in the minor coursework (this includes counting repeated courses). A listing of all minors at LSU can be found near the front of the LSU General Catalog; descriptions of requirements given may be found in the General Catalog under the corresponding college or department overseeing the minor.

To declare a minor, see a counselor in the College of Engineering Dean's Office. They will enter it into the records system, after which it will appear as a new section on your degree audit. You may enroll in multiple minors.

To earn a minor, you MUST complete minor requirements PRIOR to graduation from LSU; you cannot return later to complete a minor.  However, an incomplete minor will not prevent you from graduating; it will simply be removed from your transcript if you graduate before all minor requirements are completed.

Following is an overview of requirements for minors commonly taken by Industrial Engineering students. Occasionally the requirements noted here may become dated if the minors are changed mid-year.  If interested in pursuing a minor, always contact the College of Engineering Dean's office to get the latest requirements for the minor.

Minors of Interest to Industrial Engineers

Course Substitutions

Occasionally it is impossible for a student to take all required courses (for example, a course on an older catalog may no longer be taught). In such cases it is possible to substitute an equivalent course. Such substitution requires the approval of the IE Undergraduate Coordinator. The substitution will appear on your degree audit and transcript once approved.

Taking Courses at Other Schools

You may decide to take a course at another university or another campus in the LSU system, perhaps during the summer. If you plan to use these credits toward degree requirements, you must be in good academic standing at LSU and you must obtain prior approval in writing for each course. Approval forms are available in the College of Engineering office. Approval for engineering courses must be obtained from the IE Undergraduate Coordinator and possibly the coordinators of other engineering programs (if taking non-IE engineering courses). The approval form also establishes what the equivalent course at LSU is. To see course equivalencies for Louisiana and other state colleges and universities, see the LSU Tiger Transfer Tables website.

Be aware that other universities may have different credit hour and semester systems. For instance, a 4 credit hour course at a University with a trimester system (8-10 week semester) may only transfer as 2.5 credit hours to LSU. You should make sure that courses taken at other schools will transfer with sufficient credit to replace the equivalent course at LSU.

LSU has a special relationship with Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College which allows cross-registration in courses considered equivalent to LSU courses (students can take courses at Southern and BRCC at the same time taking courses at LSU). For courses taken during the normal academic year semesters, students are limited to at most 1 math, 1 science, and 1 engineering course. This limit does not apply to courses taken during the summer terms. See the College of Engineering counselors for approval and instructions for cross-registering.

Note that there is a minimum residency requirement for College of Engineering. Students must take AT LEAST 30 credit hours of coursework within the College of Engineering at LSU. This limits the number of engineering courses that can be taken at other universities.

Required courses failed at LSU cannot be retaken at other universities. They must be retaken at LSU.

Exchange Programs

LSU has been actively promoting having students study abroad for one or more semesters. Exchange programs broaden students exposure to and understanding of other cultures, which is critical in our increasingly global economy. Please see for more details on these opportunities and how to arrange them.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission the College of Engineering, transfer students must have earned a 2.5 GPA for all college-level course work attempted as well as all other college admission requirements. The calculation is made using LSU's system of counting all attempts at all courses, even if your former institution used another system, such as replacing grades in repeated courses. The catalog allows the Dean to grant admission in exceptional cases if the GPA is below a 2.5, but above a 2.0. Upon written request, the Dean will evaluate an applicant's entire academic record and may grant admission to the College.

The transfer process is a multi-step process:

  1. First apply and have your transcripts sent to LSU.

  2. Attend a Transfer Student Orientation (You will be assigned an orientation date once you are accepted to LSU).

  3. Once you arrive at LSU, LSU Admissions will evaluate your coursework taken at other institutions to   determine if they can be accepted at LSU. This process does not evaluate whether courses are equivalent to existing   courses at LSU (exception: other higher education institutions in Louisiana have established equivalency relations with LSU for many courses).

  4. Transferred courses are then evaluated by specific programs (Physics transfer courses would be evaluated by Physics for example) and by the IE Undergraduate Coordinator to determine equivalence to existing LSU courses required by the IE program. Substitutions are then made for courses deemed equivalent.

Students contemplating transferring often would like an idea of what might transfer before applying to or arriving at LSU. While an official evaluation cannot be made until you are accepted and arrive at LSU, it is recommended that you contact the IE Undergraduate Coordinator (see "Contact Us" link for contact information) to get an idea of which courses will likely transfer and apply to the IE program. To see course equivalencies for Louisiana and other state colleges and universities, see the LSU Tiger Transfer Tables website.

Meeting Graduation Requirements

In addition to advising, the College of Engineering has a procedure called "Senior Check-Out" which is designed to assure you meet graduation requirements. The check-out procedure occurs early in the semester prior to the semester in which you anticipate graduation. You will be contacted by the College of Engineering to initiate the check out process. See the IE Undergraduate Coordinator for this procedure and NOT your assigned IE faculty advisor. Get to know your classmates and the IE students a year or more ahead of you. They know the ropes and can help answer your questions. Join the student organization, IIE. It will help you get to know fellow students, department alumni, and your profession.