To support the ISE Undergraduate Program, the ISE Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC) (comprised of ISE faculty, Academic Advisors, and an undergraduate student representative) is established to fulfill the following mission:

The mission of the ISE UPC is to manage the ISE Undergraduate Program by overseeing the recruitment and retention of students, monitoring and improving the BSISE curriculum, addressing individual student appeals, and serving as an advocate for the Undergraduate Program in Departmental planning and decision making.

The UPC is chaired by Associate Professor, Dr. C. Patrick Koelling.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Created value by applying the appropriate industrial and systems engineering tools to design/redesign integrated systems/processes, solve problems, implement innovative solutions, and improve organizational outcomes.
  2. Provided formal and informal project, administrative, or technical leadership.
  3. Pursued professional development via graduate study and/or continuing education in industrial engineering or related areas.
  4. Communicated effectively using written, oral, and visual media adapted to different audiences and stakeholders.
  5. Worked effectively in cross-functional team environments comprised of members with varying organizational backgrounds, positions, and geographic locations.
  6. Served the profession, community, and society, as exemplified in our motto Ut Prosim.

Student Outcomes

  1. Ability to apply computational and industrial engineering tools and techniques encompassing manufacturing systems, operations research, human factors and ergonomics, and management systems engineering.
  2. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, physical and social sciences, and engineering to IE problems.
  3. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve structured and unstructured IE problems.
  4. Ability to model, analyze, and evaluate work systems and processes, using appropriate experimental design, measurement tools/techniques, and data.
  5. Ability to generate and evaluate alternatives to design an integrated work system or process to meet requirements through a systems perspective.
  6. Ability to evaluate the impact of IE solutions in the broader context of the organization and society, with an appreciation of different cultures and perspectives.
  7. Knowledge of the role of industrial engineers in contemporary issues.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and using written, oral, and visual media.
  9. Understanding of professionalism, good citizenship, and ethical behavior.
  10. Ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  11. Understanding of the need for continued professional development and ability to engage in life-long learning.

BS in ISE Enrollment 

Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013
310 321 334 341 346 350 400 476 563 601

BS in ISE Degrees Conferred

2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
107 105 119 128 123

ISE Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate courses offered by the ISE Department are provided in the ISE Department section of the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Catalog and in the ISE Undergraduate Student Handbook.  The Department offers required and elective courses encompassing the breadth of the industrial engineering discipline: human factors engineering and ergonomics, manufacturing systems, operations research, and management system.  In addition to formal courses, the Department has also increased opportunities for Undergraduate Research where students work one-on-one or in small groups with faculty on research activities.

The curriculum requirements for the BSISE degree are provided in the ISE Checksheet defined for each class year. More information about the Undergraduate Program is provided in the ISE Undergraduate Student Handbook. The checksheets and the undergraduate student handbook can be found on the right side bar of this page.