Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in industrial and systems engineering is offered by the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Systems Engineering (MCISE), and is open to qualified students under the New England Regional Student Program. The Industrial and Systems Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. ( The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in systems engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in industrial and systems engineering. In collaboration with the College of Business Administration, qualified students could choose to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree that will take one extra year following their completion of the B.S. in industrial and systems engineering.

Faculty: Professor Rousseau, Chairperson; Professors Sodhi and Wang; Associate Professor Maier-Speredelozzi;  Assistant Professor Macht; Adjunct Professors Jones, P. Miller, and Spengler; Professors Emerti Boothroyd, Dewhurst, and Knight.

Department Mission Statement. Provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education that will prepare graduates for successful careers in mechanical, industrial and systems engineering and related fields. Conduct high quality research that supports our educational goals, state and national needs, and advances the state of knowledge in our fields of study. Provide professional expertise, service and outreach to local and national industries and agencies.

Program Educational Objectives.  

Three to five years after graduation from the B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering program, graduates will:

  1. Successfully practice industrial and systems engineering to serve local, state, regional, national, and international industries, and government agencies.
  2. Work professionally in the fields of industrial and systems engineering in either manufacturing or service sectors, working in areas such as systems engineering, quality engineering, logistics, supply chain management, advanced manufacturing, human factors, health care or transportation.
  3. Achieve personal and professional success with an understanding and appreciation of ethical behavior, social responsibility and diversity, both as individuals and in team environments.
  4. Pursue continued life-long learning through further graduate education, short courses or other training programs in engineering or related fields.

Student Outcomes. Industrial and systems engineering students demonstrate knowledge in all outcomes required by ABET, Inc. which are listed in the college’s student outcomes section of this catalog.

Program Description. The industrial and systems engineering curriculum is designed to provide significant strength in mathematics, basic science, and engineering science, together with a coordinated set of courses important to the professional industrial or systems engineer. Fundamental manufacturing processes, economics, statistics, quality systems, and mathematical and computer modeling of production and service systems are included.

The industrial and systems engineering major requires 121-124 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 15 credits
CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and general education outcome(s)1 (6).

Second semester: 16 credits
EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); PHY 203 (3), 273 (1); and general education outcome(s)1(6).

Sophomore Year First semester: 17 credits
[ISE 240 (3) and 241 (1) or MCE 201 (3) and ISE 220 (1)]; MCE 262 (3); MTH 243 (3); PHL 212 (3); and PHY 204 (3), 274 (1).

Second semester: 16 credits
CVE 220 (3); [ISE 240 (3) and 241 (1) or MCE 201 (3) and ISE 220 (1)]; MCE 263 (3); MTH 362 or 244 (3); and Science Elective(3).

Junior Year First semester: 15 credits
BUS 201 (3); CHE 333 (3); and ISE 311 (3), 325 (3), 332 (3).

Second semester: 15 credits
ELE 220 (3); ISE 304 (3), 312 (3), 333 (3); and professional elective3 (3).

Senior Year First semester: 12 credits
ISE 401 (3) [capstone], 420 (3), 451 (3); and professional elective3 (3).

Second semester: 15 credits
ISE 402 (3) [capstone]; professional electives3 (9); and general education outcome(s)1 (3).

1General Education Outcomes (A1-D1): if all outcomes are satisfied in fewer spaces than provided, you must take a course of your choice (Free Elective) to fill each remaining space in order to meet the required earned credit total of your degree plan. A complete detailing of these requirements are listed in the college’s curriculum requirements section of this catalog.

2Science Elective: choose from CHM 112, CHM 124, KIN 122, NRS 100, or PHY 205 and PHY 275

3Professional Elective Requirements: Must be satisfied by fifteen (15) credits of professional electives, at least six (6) of which must be 400- or 500-level ISE courses not required by the ISE major. The remaining courses may be any 300-, 400-, or 500- level courses offered by the College of Engineering not required by the ISE major, CSC, MTH, or PHY (except CHE 428, 451, 452; CSC 320; MTH 381, 420, 451, 452; PHY 322, 381, 382; courses in professional practice; seminars); BUS 320, 341, 344, 355, 365, 420, 443, 444, 448, 449 450; ECN 323, 324, 327, 328, 344, 363, 368, 376; any 500-level STA courses (except STA 532); MBA 530, 550; PSY 335, 384, 385, 434. Note: Only ISE 513 or STA 513 will be allowed – not both (these are cross-listed courses).

Minor in Nuclear Engineering. Qualified industrial and system engineering students may pursue a minor in nuclear engineering. Requirements for the minor can be found in the college’s minors section of this catalog. Additional information can be found at

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. Eligibility for this program requires second semester junior status with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00. URI also offers a five-year program that includes a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering and an M.B.A. from the College of Business Administration.