Degree Program

The program in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan is designed to prepare students for challenges in the areas described above or for continuing their academic work to acquire an M.S.E. or Ph.D. degree. Approximately 40 percent of the courses required for the B.S.E. in I.O.E. degree are common College of Engineering core requirements, in mathematics, basic physical sciences, digital computing, humanities and social sciences, along with a broad base in engineering fundamentals. Fundamental topics in industrial engineering are provided by the nine (9) 200-and 300-level IOE courses. A solid technical foundation is obtained through 12 credits of departmental IOE electives. In addition, students gain valuable experience applying their knowledge in a senior-level design course.

The opportunity for students to tailor their studies in pursuit of individual interests is provided by an additional six (6) credits of technical electives and nine (9) credits of general electives. The goal of the technical electives is to provide a background in areas related to industrial and operations engineering. This allows students to deepen their knowledge in specific areas of industrial and operations engineering and provides an opportunity to prepare for advanced studies in other engineering disciplines, or in medicine, law or business.

Sample Schedule

B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering

The Industrial and Operations Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Please see the PDF version of the sample schedule. Additional information can be found on the department advising website, http://www.engin.umich.edu/ioe/academics/undergrad.


Operations Research

Operations research is an applied science devoted to describing, understanding, and predicting the behavior of systems, and guiding them towards better performance. Courses in this area cover the use of mathematics in constructing models to analyze and design operational systems. Students study a variety of model structures and their application to real-world processes such as production, maintenance, inspection, resource allocation, distribution and scheduling.


Ergonomics emphasizes the technical knowledge necessary to analyze and predict the performance of humans in human-machine systems. Basic courses cover the capabilities and limitations of major human subsystems including cardiovascular, muscular and cognitive (information processing) systems. Knowledge of these human subsystems is used to aid in the design of effective and safe working environments.

Management Engineering

In the design and implementation of integrated systems, industrial engineers must be able to master the technology of new systems, to understand the technical change process, and to achieve the benefits of such systems. Management engineering courses emphasize the role of people acting as individuals, and in groups, in operating systems.

Theories of administration, group dynamics and human motivation are applied to specific managerial problems related to the establishment, clarification and modification of an organization’s objectives.

They also cover the design, evaluation and improvement of human-machine systems for accomplishing these objectives.

Production, Distribution, and Logistics

How does one add maximum value to an organization through world-class operations in the service and the manufacturing sectors? One needs highly effective production/transformation, inventory/sales and delivery/fulfillment operations that are cost effective as well. The PDL area educates engineers and managers to lead through operational excellence. Emphasis is placed on global supply chain design, inventory management, production planning and control, facilities layout and planning, material handling, manufacturing strategy and related issues.

Quality Engineering

Industrial and Operations Engineering graduates understand how to cope with uncertainty in the design of engineered systems. In particular, they design quality control systems and apply reliability analysis and experimental design techniques to design better products and processes.

Computer and Information Processing

Computers and information systems are important components in most modern systems. Students are introduced to the basic terminology and concepts of information system design, construction and usage. The values and limitations of computing capabilities are explored. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer hardware and software systems in information processing and on the interface of information systems with management in helping to achieve the objectives of an organization.