Industrial Engineering | LSU Majors

Industrial Engineering

You want to make complex processes easier in everyday life.

About Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineers are engineers with a business flair who enjoy working with people. They apply engineering design to create and improve systems that deliver products or services. They strive to improve the productivity of their organizations and respond to changing customer needs and wants quickly and constantly. For instance, an industrial engineer may be involved in designing a new production plant for a car manufacturer (a product) or in designing an effective emergency room for a hospital (a service). In designing these systems, an industrial engineer integrates equipment, materials, energy, information, and people together to meet business objectives while ensuring product/service quality and reliability, the safety and satisfaction of customers and employees, and the effective and productive use of resources.

The versatility of industrial engineers allows them to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of businesses, governments, and nonprofits. For example, industrial engineers engage in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, conduct quality assurance activities to help businesses keep their customer bases satisfied, and work in the growing field of project management as industries across the economy seek to control costs and maximize efficiencies. With skills that can be applied to almost any industry, industrial engineers can work in almost any field and at any type of organization/company.

Sample Course Plan

This is to be used as a guide for prospective students to get an idea of what courses are taken with this program. The General Catalog houses the most accurate and current degree requirements for each program at LSU.


Legend: Major-Specific Engineering Other Engineering Science Math General Education




Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Industrial ENGR Fundamentals Engineering Statistics Supply Chain Logistics I Lean Manufacturing Systems
Methods and Systems ENGR Introduction to the Use of Computer Supply Chain Logistics II Senior Design I
Physics I: Particle Mechanics Information Technology Project Management Advanced ENGR Statistics Senior Design II
Intro Physics Lab Comprehensive Electrical ENGR Information Systems ENGR Plant and Systems Design
General Chemistry I Statics Quality Control and Six Sigma Tech Elective
Calculus I Materials of ENGR Principles of ENGR Economy Tech Elective
Calculus II Physics II: Fluids Thermodynamics, Waves, and Modern Physics Human Factors ENGR Tech Elective
General Ed: English Comp I Elementary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra Manufacturing Processes and Methods General Ed: Arts
Fundamentals of Communication or Public Speaking Economic Principles Mechanics of Materials (Strengths) General Ed: Social Sciences
  General Ed: Life Science General Ed: English Comp II General Ed: Humanities
    General Ed: Humanities  



Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 hours of credit in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • grade of “C” or better in MATH 1550

Senior College

College of Engineering


B.S.I.E., Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math:  High Intensity
  • Technology:  High Intensity
  • Business & Economics:  Medium Intensity
  • Communication:  Low Intensity
  • Lab Hours or Field Work:  Low Intensity
  • Science:  Low Intensity

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