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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial Engineering

What is Industrial and Systems Engineering?

Industrial and systems engineers (ISE) design, enhance and manage complex, large-scale data-driven processes and systems to inform decision making. Involving both people and technology, ISEs help companies use resources effectively to solve complex problems. ISEs use computer-based tools to analyze information and present solutions, by combining engineering expertise with a business perspective. Companies seek ISEs for their expertise in understanding, evaluating and improving the performance of entire technical and business systems. Because of its versatility, an ISE degree opens doors for careers in business, health care, consulting, government and manufacturing.

Do my interests fit?

Industrial and systems engineering students typically have interests in:

  • Math
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • People-oriented

High school preparation should include math and physical sciences. Additional classes that may help are economics, psychology and statistics. 

How can OU Industrial and Systems Engineering help me?

OU industrial and systems engineering students develop skills through experiential learning by practicing what is learned in the classroom through real world experiences. Students are tutored and mentored by upper-classmen with opportunities to expand horizons through study abroad. With accomplished faculty and expert guest speakers, students are empowered through professional development and receive competitive advantages in pursuing future careers.

How can I get involved?

There are numerous clubs industrial and systems engineering students can be a part of. Check them out:

Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies
Dean’s Leadership Council (D.L.C.)
Engineers’ Club
E-1 Club
Helping Engineers Learn Processes and Programs (H.E.L.P.P.)
Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (S.M.E.)
Tau Beta Pi

Triangle Fraternity
Sooner Engineering Entrepreneurs Club (S.E.E.C.)
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (A.I.S.E.S.)
National Society of Black Engineers
Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (S.A.S.E)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (S.H.P.E.)
Society of Women Engineers (S.W.E.)

Industrial and systems engineering specific organizations:

Institute for Operations Research & Management Sciences (Informs)
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (I.I.E.)
Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (H.F.E.S.)
Alpha Pi Mu

For more information on student organizations, click here.

What courses will I take?

Industrial and systems engineering courses include:

  • Enterprise Engineering
  • Applied Engineering Statistics
  • Design & Manufacturing Processes
  • Deterministic Systems Models
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Probabilistic Systems Models
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Production Systems and Operations
  • Design Project - Capstone

What kind of career could I pursue?

Industrial engineer
Quality engineer
Cost estimator
Health and safety engineer
Industrial production manager
Management analyst
Materials engineer
Architectural and Engineering Manager

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Program Accreditation

The School of Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. An industrial and systems engineering student graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degree. Three accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs are available as well. Click here for more information on accelerated programs.


School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Phone: (405) 325-3721