Admission to the College as a Freshman

Students applying to UW–Madison need to indicate an engineering major as their first choice in order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering. Direct admission to a major means students will start in the program of their choice in the College of Engineering and will need to meet progression requirements at the end of the first year to guarantee advancement in that program.

Cross-Campus Transfer to Engineering

UW–Madison students in other schools and colleges on campus must meet the course and credit requirements for admission to engineering degree granting classifications specified in the general college requirements. The requirements are the minimum for admission consideration. Cross-campus admission is competitive and selective, and the grade point average expectations may increase as demand trends change. The student’s overall academic record at UW–Madison is also considered. Students apply to their intended engineering program by submitting the online application by stated deadlines for spring and fall. The College of Engineering offers an online information tutorial and drop-in advising for students to learn about the cross-campus transfer process.

Off-Campus Transfer to Engineering

With careful planning, students at other accredited institutions can transfer coursework that will apply toward engineering degree requirements at UW–Madison. Off-campus transfer applicants are considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering by applying to the Office of Admissions with an engineering major listed as their first choice. Those who are admitted to their intended engineering program must meet progression requirements at the point of transfer or within their first two semesters at UW–Madison to guarantee advancement in that program. A minimum of 30 credits in residence in the College of Engineering is required after transferring, and all students must meet all requirements for their major in the college. Transfer admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and selective, and students who have earned more than 80 transferable semester credits at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

The College of Engineering has dual degree programs with select four-year UW System campuses. Eligible dual degree applicants are not subject to the 80 credit limit.

Off-campus transfer students are encouraged to discuss their interests, academic background, and admission options with the Transfer Coordinator in the College of Engineering: or 608-262-2473.

Second Bachelor's Degree

The College of Engineering does not accept second undergraduate degree applications. Second degree students might explore the Biological Systems Engineering program at UW–Madison, an undergraduate engineering degree elsewhere, or a graduate program in the College of Engineering.

University General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.

General Education
  • Breadth—Humanities/Literature/Arts: 6 credits
  • Breadth—Natural Science: 4 to 6 credits, consisting of one 4- or 5-credit course with a laboratory component; or two courses providing a total of 6 credits
  • Breadth—Social Studies: 3 credits
  • Communication Part A & Part B *
  • Ethnic Studies *
  • Quantitative Reasoning Part A & Part B *

* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.

Summary of Requirements

The following curriculum applies to students admitted to the Industrial Engineering, BS, degree program beginning in Fall 2020 or later. Required courses and electives satisfying the Mathematics and Basic Science, Computer Sciences, IE Focus Area, and General Education Communication requirements are indicated. For Liberal Studies Electives refer to the College of Engineering Liberal Studies Guidelines.

Mathematics and Basic Science30-31
Probability and Statistics6
Computer Sciences7-8
Required I SY E Courses28
I SY E Focus Area Technical Electives 18
Professional Electives, Communication Skills, and Liberal Studies27
Free Electives4
Total Credits120-122

Mathematics and Basic Science

MATH 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 15
MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 24
MATH 234 Calculus--Functions of Several Variables4
MATH 340 Elementary Matrix and Linear Algebra3
Select one of the following:5-6
General Physics
General Physics
and Dynamics
and Dynamics
Choose 9 credits from the following list:9
Basic Science
Introductory Biology
Introductory Biology
Introductory Biology
Introduction to Human Biochemistry
General Chemistry I 1
Advanced General Chemistry
Chemical Principles I
General Chemistry II
Chemical Principles II
Chemistry Across the Periodic Table
Fundamentals of Analytical Science
Fundamentals of Analytical Science
Elementary Organic Chemistry
Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Intermediate Organic Chemistry
Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory
General Microbiology
General Microbiology Laboratory
General Physics
General Physics
A Modern Introduction to Physics
Modern Physics for Engineers
Introduction to Modern Physics
A Modern Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
Techniques in Ordinary Differential Equations
The Theory of Single Variable Calculus
Introduction to Combinatorial Optimization
Introduction to Modern Algebra
Applied Linear Algebra
Introduction to Combinatorics
Analysis I
Analysis II
Linear Optimization
Introduction to Stochastic Processes
Total Credits30-31

Probability and Statistics

STAT 311 Introduction to Theory and Methods of Mathematical Statistics I3
STAT 312 Introduction to Theory and Methods of Mathematical Statistics II3
or I SY E 210 Introduction to Industrial Statistics
Total Credits6

Computer Sciences

COMP SCI 220 Data Science Programming I4
Select one of the following:3-4
Programming I
Programming II
Data Science Programming II
Programming III
Introduction to Numerical Methods
Total Credits7-8

Required I SY E Courses

I SY E 191 The Practice of Industrial Engineering2
I SY E 312 Data Management and Analysis for Industrial Engineers3
I SY E 313 Engineering Economic Analysis3
I SY E 315 Production Planning and Control3
I SY E 320 Simulation and Probabilistic Modeling3
I SY E 321 Simulation Modeling Laboratory1
I SY E 323 Operations Research-Deterministic Modeling3
I SY E 348 Introduction to Human Factors Engineering Laboratory1
I SY E/​PSYCH  349 Introduction to Human Factors3
I SY E 350 Industrial Engineering Design I3
I SY E 450 Industrial Engineering Design II3
Total Credits28

I Sy E FOCUS Area Technical Electives 

Choose 1 of the following 5 focus areas.

Engineering Analytics and Operations Research

Choose at least 3:9
Fundamentals of Industrial Data Analytics
Introduction to Combinatorial Optimization
Uncertainty Analysis for Engineers
Analysis of Capital Investments
Introduction to Decision Analysis
Machine Learning in Action for Industrial Engineers
Introduction to Optimization
Linear Optimization
Advanced Linear Programming
Introduction to Computational Geometry
Methods for Probabilistic Risk Analysis of Nuclear Power Plants
Special Topics in Engineering Analytics and Operations Research
Simulation Modeling and Analysis
Stochastic Modeling Techniques
Introduction to Stochastic Processes
One elective I SY E course other than those listed in the Engineering Analytics and Operations Research area3
Additional elective I SY E courses in any area6
Total Credits18

Healthcare Systems Engineering

Choose at least 3:9
Health Systems Engineering
Decision Making in Health Care
Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Systems
Patient Safety and Error Reduction in Healthcare
Special Topics in Healthcare Systems Engineering
Safety and Quality in the Medication Use System
Health Information Systems
One elective I SY E course other than those listed in the Healthcare Systems Engineering area3
Additional elective I SY E courses in any area6
Total Credits18

Human Factors and Ergonomics

Choose at least 3:9
Wearable Technology
Human Factors Engineering
Human Factors Engineering Design and Evaluation
Human Performance and Accident Causation
Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Systems
Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics
Special Topics in Human Factors
Organization and Job Design
Design and Human Disability and Aging
One elective I SY E course other than those listed in the Human Factors and Ergonomics area3
Additional elective I SY E courses in any area6
Total Credits18

Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

Choose at least 3:9
Introduction to Manufacturing Systems, Design and Analysis
Facilities Planning
Inspection, Quality Control and Reliability
Engineering Management of Continuous Process Improvement
Quality Assurance Systems
Introduction to Quality Engineering
Special Topics in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Information Sensing and Analysis for Manufacturing Processes
Production Systems Control
Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
Performance Analysis of Manufacturing Systems
Engineering Models for Supply Chains
One elective I SY E course other than those listed in the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management area3
Additional elective I SY E courses in any area6
Total Credits18

 Distributed Focus Area

Total credits in Distributed Focus Area:18
Choose 6 courses in at least 3 of the 4 areas listed above (Engineering Analytics and Operations Research, Healthcare Systems Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics, and Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management)

PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVES, Communication Skills, and Liberal Studies

Professional Electives 16
Choose 6 credits from:
College of Engineering courses numbered 200 or higher
Biological, natural, social, or physical sciences; humanities; or literature at the Intermediate or Advanced level
At most 5 credits of I SY E 699 and/or I SY E 1
School of Business courses numbered 200 or higher (as well as ACCT I S 100)
Communication Skills6
ENGL 100 Introduction to College Composition3
or COM ARTS 100 Introduction to Speech Composition
or LSC 100 Science and Storytelling
or ESL 118 Academic Writing II
INTEREGR 397 Engineering Communication (was EPD 397 prior to Fall 2020)3
Liberal Studies15
Liberal Studies Electives (according to CoE requirements)11
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics4
Total Credits27

Free Electives

4 credits of Free Electives4
Total Credits4

Minimum Required Credits: 120

University Degree Requirements

Total Degree To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.
Residency Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.
Quality of Work Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.
  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. Recognize, describe, predict and analyze systems behavior
  9. Understand physiological, cognitive, and sociotechnical aspects of humans as components in complex systems design
  10. Apply the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice, such as quality engineering, optimization, simulation, and project management


First Year
MATH 221 or 2755I SY E 1912
ECON 1014MATH 222 or 2764
Communications A3Liberal Studies Elective3
 16 14
Second Year
I SY E 3133I SY E 3153
MATH 2344I SY E 3481
Liberal Studies Elective2I SY E/​PSYCH  3493
Computer Sciences Elective3-4MATH 3403
Math and Basic Science Elective3Math and Basic Science Elective3
 I SY E 2103
 15-16 16
Third Year
I SY E 3123I SY E 3203
I SY E 3233I SY E 3211
Professional Elective3I SY E 3503
STAT 3113INTEREGR 397 (was EPD 397)3
Liberal Studies Elective3I SY E Focus Area Elective3
 Free Elective1
 15 14
Fourth Year
I SY E Focus Area Elective3I SY E 4503
I SY E Focus Area Elective3I SY E Focus Area Elective3
Professional Elective3I SY E Focus Area Elective3
Free Elective3I SY E Focus Area Elective3
Math and Basic Science Elective3Liberal Studies Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 120-121


Each College of Engineering program has academic advisors dedicated to serving its students. Program advisors can help current College of Engineering students with questions about accessing courses, navigating degree requirements, resolving academic issues and more. Students can find their assigned advisor on the homepage of their student center. 

Engineering Career Services

Engineering Career Services (ECS) assists students in identifying pre-professional work-based learning experiences such as co-ops and summer internships, considering and applying to graduate or professional school, and finding full-time professional employment during their graduation year.

ECS offers two major career fairs per year, assists with resume writing and interviewing skills, hosts workshops on the job search, and meets one-on-one with students to discuss offer negotiations.

Students are encouraged to utilize the ECS office early in their academic careers. For comprehensive information on ECS programs and workshops, see the ECS website or call 608-262-3471.


Laura Albert (Chair)
Oguzhan Alagoz
John D. Lee
Jeffrey Linderoth
James Luedtke
Robert Radwin
Leyuan Shi
Raj Veeramani
Shiyu Zhou

Associate Professors

Alberto Del Pia
Kaibo Liu
Nicole Werner
Douglas A. Wiegmann

Assistant Professors

Justin J. Boutilier
Carla Michini
Yonatan Mintz
Xin Wang
Qiaomin Xie
Gabriel Zayas-Caban

Faculty Associates

Amanda G. Smith
Sinan Tas
Charlene Yauch


Terry Mann
Hannah Silber
Tina Xu

Undergraduate Advisors

Stacy Harnett
Francisca Jofre

Graduate Program Coordinator

Pam Peterson

See also Industrial and Systems Engineering Faculty Directory.


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Note: Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes are made publicly available at the Departmental website. (In this Guide, the program's Student Outcomes are designated by our campus as "Learning Outcomes.")