Undergraduate Degree Program


Baccalaureate Program

The Industrial and Management Engineering program at Rensselaer is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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 a minimum of 131 credit hours and 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

Year 1 2 3 4 UG Total Bachelors Awarded
13/14 20 23 60 44 147 40
14/15 16 44 41 62 163 58
15/16 15 34 63 36 148 37
16/17 22 32 52 53 159 59
17/18 36 34 38 46 154 47
18/19 21 50 46 35 152 33
19/20  - 37 57 56 166 54


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 (DSE) for undergraduates (minimum of 17 credits required). The minor contributes to students’ ability to organize, analyze and act upon data, particularly for data associated with engineered systems.

Required courses for the DSE Minor are:

  • ISYE-4530 Information Systems. Credit hours: 4**
  • ISYE-4140 Statistical Analysis. Credit hours: 4**
  • ISYE-4330 Design of Experiments. Credit hours: 3

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

Data Quality and Architectures

  • CSCI 4370/ITWS 4960 Data and Society. Credit hours: 4
  • CSCI 4380 Database Systems. Credit hours: 4
  • CSCI 4390 Database Mining. Credit hours: 4 
  • ITWS 4400 X-Informatics. Credit hours: 3
  • ITWS/CSCI 4350 Data Science. 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: 3
  • BMED 4480 Biomedical Data Science. Credit hours: 4
  • ECON 4570 Econometrics. Credit hours: 4
  • ISYE 4260 Human Performance Modeling and Support. Credit hours: 3
  • ISYE 4760 Mathematical Statistics. Credit hours: 4
  • ISYE 4810 Computational Intelligence. 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 as needed, which may involve additional course work.

** IME students can’t use these required courses (ISYE-4140 and ISYE-4530) for their minor.  Check with professor Mendonça for acceptable substitute courses

ISE Summer Reading List

We encourage incoming IME Freshmen to consult this readng list to help them get a more deep and thorough understanding of the field.

2017-2018 Industrial and Systems Engineering Recommended Reading List:

1.) Kim, G., Bahr, K., Spafford, G., The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, First edition, IT Revolution Press, 2013.

2.) Goldratt, Eliyahu M., 1947-2011. The Goal : a Process of Ongoing Improvement. Great Barrington, MA :North River Press, 2004.

3.) Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1979.

4.) Lewis, Michael. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.

5.) Assad, Srjang A., Gass, Saul I, Profiles in Operations Research: Pioneers and Innovators, Springer, 2011*.

*Emphasis on the following chapters:

O/R Foundations

Decision Analysis

Decision Making