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  Feb 19, 2018
2017-2018 University Catalog

Industrial Engineering, B.S.: 194 units

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Offered by: College of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Industrial engineering is a dynamic profession with incredible growth and increasing importance. Industrial engineers use engineering principles to design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy. As problem-solvers, industrial engineers are equipped with practical and scientific tools to tackle complex industrial problems and to increase the productivity of workers, capital, and facilities.

The industrial engineering curriculum provides a broad background in humanities and social sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, engineering science, analysis, design, and systems. It provides a good balance between the traditional industrial engineering subjects and the most recent developments in the discipline. Industrial engineering students take courses in work analysis and design, process design, human factors, facilities planning and layout, engineering economic analysis, production planning and control, systems engineering, computer utilization and simulation, operations research, quality control, automation, robotics, and productivity engineering. The program is designed to provide the student with a good foundation of basic concepts and principles in addition to applied engineering techniques. The department and university laboratories and equipment, including computers, are integrated into the coursework throughout the program.

Address: 3801 W. Temple Avenue
                 Building 17, Room 2643
                 Pomona, CA 91768
Telephone: 909-869-2555

Program Educational Objectives

Industrial Engineering graduates will:

  1. Enjoy successful careers in industry, research, or academia.
  2. Continue to pursue knowledge and professional growth.
  3. Perform leadership roles by enhancing collaboration between engineers, scientists, professional, and business people.
  4. Contribute as professionally, ethically, and globally aware members of society.
  5. Engage in design and integration of production, quality management, and information systems to provide optimal solutions.
  6. Understand and influence the fiscal aspects of their business or company.

The Student Learning Outcomes at the time of graduation are:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of foundational material in the sciences and communication arts.
  2. Ability to design and conduct an experiment.  
  3. Understand system design concepts and approaches and how to assess the interaction between sub-systems.  
  4. Be able to successfully function on an interdisciplinary team. 
  5. Ability to identify problems and determine their root causes. 
  6. Knowledge of what constitutes professional and ethical behavior. 
  7. Demonstrate the ability to develop a mathematical model and disseminate it so others can understand it.  
  8. Understanding of diversity between cultures, countries, and groups. 
  9. Ability to recognize the need for and be able to pursue lifelong learning. 
  10. Awareness and understanding of contemporary issues including organizations and resources that could be used for further enrichment. 
  11. Knowledge and ability to choose proper tools for design and problems solving. Effective use of software and other tools to design and solve problem
  12. Understand financial aspects of business organizations and make viable recommendations to management. 
  13. Professional employment upon graduation 

Industrial Engineering students are encouraged to join the Cal Poly Pomona chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Eligible students may be invited to join the student chapter of Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering honor society. There are also student chapters of the American Foundrymen's Society and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

The Industrial Engineering program consists of 194 quarter units: 89 quarter units of Core courses, 10 units of Elective Core courses, 49 units of Required Support courses, 7 units of Elective Support courses, and 68 units of General Education courses (reduced by 29 units being double-counted in the Required Support courses area).

Required Core Courses for Major: 89 units

Required of all students. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in core courses in order to receive a degree in the major.

Elective Core Courses: 10 units

Industrial Engineering Electives **

**Select from the approved list in consultation with an advisor.

Elective Support Courses: 7 units

Select from the approved list in consultation with an advisor.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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