Undergraduate Degree Program


Baccalaureate Program

Director, Undergraduate Program:  Rostyslav (Rosty) Korolov

The Industrial and Management Engineering program at Rensselaer is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the commission’s General Criteria, the Program Criteria for Engineering Management and Similarly Named Engineering Programs, and the Program Criteria for Industrial Engineering and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

The ISE department offers an undergraduate curriculum in Industrial and Management Engineering (IME). The first two years of this curriculum provide a strong foundation in basic science, engineering science, mathematics, and the humanities and social sciences. These two years are oriented toward the quantitative (mathematical) approach. Computer-based technology, including simulation, computational modeling, and systems design, is emphasized.

In the last two years of the program, students concentrate on building expertise in statistics, operations research, manufacturing and services engineering, and industrial engineering methods and models. Through the appropriate choice of electives, students can focus on their selected areas of interest. Design projects include problems in manufacturing, services, and public systems. It is advisable to develop a Plan of Study leading to the desired degree and concentration by the beginning of the third year. The department recommends that students declare their intent to major in Industrial and Management Engineering as early as possible in their academic career. Students are also urged to work closely with their assigned faculty advisers to ensure that all degree requirements are satisfied.

This curriculum requires the completion of the course requirements shown in the typical four-year program presented in the adjacent catalogs.  Please consult the catalog for your class as these are not identical.

An introductory video of Industrial and Systems Engineering

How does ISE differ from other engineering disciplines?

  1. It is focused on systems integration;
  2. It places more emphasis on human interaction;
  3. It encourages broader business orientation.

ISEs focus their attention on the relationship between people and technologies by developing human-centered systems that effectively integrate scientific discovery and societal needs

Interested in Majoring in Industrial and Management at RPI? 

Check out this webinar (https://youtu.be/pLIlci8b1l8) to learn more about the industrial and management engineering major at RPI.

Prospective students are encouraged to send an email to ise@rpi.edu with questions. 

If you are currently an RPI undergraduate, visit the SOE Advising Hub (https://eng.rpi.edu/students/hub) for further details on how to change your major to IME.

Program Educational Objectives of the Undergraduate Curriculum

The Industrial and Management Engineering program is designed to prepare students for continued learning and successful careers in industry, government, academia, and consulting. Within a few years of graduation our graduates of the Bachelor of Science program demonstrate the following PEO accomplishments:

  • Be in professional positions in industry and/or graduate study programs in their areas of interest.
  • Contributed to the body of knowledge in their professional discipline through problem-solving, discovery, leadership, and responsible application of technology.
  • Developed both professionally and personally through activities such as participation in professional societies, continuing education, and community service.

Student Outcomes of the Undergraduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

  • 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.

  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

  • an ability to integrate management systems using appropriate analytical, computational and experimental practices into a series of different technological environments.

Enrollment and Graduation Data



Enrollments Degrees Awarded
Year   1 2 3 4 UG Total Grad Total Bachelors Masters (MS/MEng) Doctorates
16/17 FT 22 32 52 53 169 20 59 25  
17/18 FT 36 34 38 46 154 25 53 12 3
PT           1
18/19 FT 21 50 46 35 152 15 33 6 5
PT           4
19/20 FT 16 37 57 56 166 32 54 10 4
20/21 FT 11 16 40 68 135 21 54 6 2
21/22 FT 11 14 27 52 104 18 55 7  
22/23 FT 19 15 22 29 85 17      

FT = full time, PT = part time


Arch Program

The Arch (previously known as the Summer Arch) requires rising juniors to remain on campus the summer between their sophomore and junior years to immerse themselves in academics and experiential activities. The students then use either the fall or spring semester of their junior year as an “away” semester. Students are advised to contact the Center for Career and Professional Development, CCPD, for additional information and help.

Details of the Arch program can be found in the Arch Fact Sheet.  Students should consult the ISE Summer Arch Draft Curriculum Template for courses.

In 2017, Rensselaer launched the first of two pilots of the Arch program. Rising juniors (members of the Class of 2019) from the School of Engineering and the Lally School of Management had the opportunity to stay on campus and participate in the Arch program. In 2018, the second pilot was launched, and rising juniors (members of the Class of 2020), enrolled in all schools, had the opportunity to participate in the Arch program. The ultimate launch will take place in summer 2019 and will include all members of the Class of 2021.

Data Science and Engineering Minor

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers a minor in Data Science and Engineering (DSCE) for undergraduates (minimum of four (4) classes required). The minor contributes to students’ ability to organize, analyze and act upon data, particularly for data associated with engineered systems.  Click here for the Minor Approval Form.

Required courses for the DSCE Minor are:

  • ISYE-4360 Applied Data Science. Credit hours: 4
  • OR
  • ISYE-4370 Engineering Data Analytics. Credit hours: 4
  • AND
  • ISYE-4330 Design of Experiments. Credit hours: 3

Students must also take a total of at least two (2) courses from either or both of the following areas:

Data Quality and Architectures

  • CSCI 4350 Data Science. Credit hours: 3
  • CSCI 4370 Data and Society. Credit hours: 4
  • CSCI 4380 Database Systems. Credit hours: 4
  • CSCI 4390 Data Mining. Credit hours: 4 
  • ISYE 2530 Information and Data Systems. Credit hours: 4**
  • ITWS 4350 Data Science. Credit hours: 3
  • ITWS 4400 X-Informatics. Credit hours: 3
  • MATP 4400 Introduction to Data Mathematics. Credit hours: 4*

Inference and Learning

  • BIOL 4200 Biostatistics. Credit hours: 4
  • BMED 4470 Biostatistics for Life Science Applications. Credit hours: 3
  • BMED 4480 Biomedical Data Science. Credit hours: 4
  • CSCI 4250 Frontiers of Network Science. Credit hours: 4*
  • ECON 4570 Econometrics. Credit hours: 4*
  • ISYE 4140 Statistical Analysis. Credit hours: 4**
  • ISYE 4260 Human Performance Modeling and Support. Credit hours: 3*
  • ISYE 4350 Systems Engineering and Social Media. Credit hours: 3*
  • PSYC 4310 Research Methods and Statistics II. Credit hours: 4*

Other courses are subject to ISE Department approval. Students pursuing this minor must satisfy the prerequisites and/or corequisites as needed, which may involve additional course work.

* -- IME majors may not use this course as a Technical Elective.
** -- IME majors may not use this couse for their minor.