Industrial and manufacturing systems engineers design, analyze and improve production systems. Where other engineers design products, industrial engineers (IE) design processes to make goods and provide services. They work with people at all levels of an organization and are more business and people-oriented than other engineers.
IEs use computers, mathematics, science, problem solving and engineering skills to solve complex business problems. They work in manufacturing, health care, transportation, financial organizations, communications, government, military and consulting.
Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering
The industrial engineering curriculum is based on a strong background in mathematics and science. The first two academic years are used to build the knowledge and experience base necessary for our students to learn and apply fundamental engineering concepts and principles.
Areas of emphasis
Accelerated B.S./M.S. program
The industrial engineering department offers an accelerated B.S./M.S. degree (pdf) in which high-performing students can earn bachelor's and master's degrees at the same time. Students choose between completing a thesis or pursuing a course-work only option.
To qualify for the program, you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 after completing 80 hours towards the industrial engineering degree. Typically, it takes most graduates an additional year to complete the B.S./M.S. degree.
Career placement includes 2021-2022 K-State industrial engineering graduates who are employed or enrolled in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation. Data provided by the K-State Career Center.