University of Southern California

Viterbi School of Engineering

Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Education Program Mission

The mission of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering undergraduate program is to:

  • Provide students: the skills and knowledge to obtain employment and achieve leadership with the industrial and systems engineering profession or to proceed with graduate education; the intellectual resources to continue life-long learning; and the knowledge of professional ethics and critical reasoning skills necessary for contributing to society.
  • Provide employers of industrial and systems engineering professionals with candidates who are technically competent, business aware, collaborative, able to communicate effectively, and ethically grounded.
  • Maintain and enhance the reputation of the Epstein department within the engineering, business and academic communities.

Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering program are prepared to achieve any of the following accomplishments:

  • Obtain employment in an organization that values people who demonstrate both technical competence and business awareness.
  • Pursue graduate or professional education.
  • Assume a leadership role in their employment organization or community.
  • Utilize critical reasoning, collaboration and creativity to contribute to society.

Undergraduate Program Criteria

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering prepares graduates to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy. The curriculum includes in-depth instruction to accomplish the integration of systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices.

For additional information, visit usc.edu/dept/ise.

Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The requirement for the degree is 128 units. A cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) is required for all upper division courses applied towards the major, regardless of the department in which the courses are taken. See the common requirements for undergraduate degrees.

Composition/Writing Requirement UNITS
WRIT 150 Writing and Critical Reasoning — Thematic Approaches 4
WRIT 340 Advanced Writing 3
General Education units
General education* + 24
Pre-Major Requirements UNITS
Math Requirement
MATH 125 Calculus I 4
MATH 126 Calculus II 4
MATH 225 Linear Algebra and Linear Differential Equations 4
MATH 226 Calculus III 4
Physics Requirement
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics 4
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4
Chemistry Elective
CHEM 105aL General Chemistry, or
CHEM 115aL Advanced General Chemistry, or
MASC 110L Materials Science 4
major requirements UNITS
Engineering Requirement
ENGR 102 Engineering Freshman Academy 2
Computer Science Elective
CSCI 101L Fundamentals of Computer Programming, or
CSCI 103L Introduction to Programming 3
Industrial and Systems Engineering Requirement
ISE 105 Introduction to Industrial and Systems Engineering 2
ISE 220 Probability Concepts in Engineering 3
ISE 225 Engineering Statistics I 3
ISE 315L Engineering Project Management 3
ISE 330 Introduction to Operations Research: Deterministic Models 3
ISE 331 Introduction to Operations Research: Stochastic Models 3
ISE 410 Planning and Scheduling 3
ISE 435 Discrete Systems Simulation 3
ISE 440 Work, Technology, and Organization 3
ISE 460 Engineering Economy 3
ISE 495abx Senior Design Project 2-2
Database Design Elective
ISE 382 Database Systems: Concepts, Design and Implementation, or
DSO 435 Enterprise Data Architecture 4
Human Factors Elective
ISE 370L** Human Factors in Work Design, or 4
ISE 470 Human/Computer Interface Design 3
Major Electives units
Major electives** 24
At least 12 units must be from one of the approved Focus Groups
At least 9 units must be from the Approved Engineering Electives
Total units: 128
*GE Category E is fulfilled by PHYS 151L or CHEM 105aL.

GE Category F is fulfilled by MATH 125.

**Students selecting ISE 370L are only required to complete 23 units of major electives.

Focus Groups:

Students must select at least 12 units from one group; however, all courses in a group are recommended.

Operations Group Units
ISE 310L Facilities and Logistics 4
ISE 327 Six Sigma and Lean Operations 3
ISE 426 Statistical Quality Control 3
Plus at least one course from among the following:
ISE 232L Manufacturing Processes 3
ITP 488x Managing Supply Chains with Advanced Planning and Optimization 3
ACCT 410x Foundations of Accounting 4
Information Systems Group Units
ITP 320x Enterprise Information Systems 4
Plus at least 8 units from among the following:
DSO 431 Foundations of Digital Business Innovation 4
DSO 433 Business Process Design 4
ITP 482 Engineering Database Applications 3
ITP 487 Data Warehouses 3
Approved Engineering Electives:

Students must select at least 9 units. Courses not listed may be petitioned for approval through the department.

AME 314a, AME 341b, CE 408, CE 460, CE 471, DSO 427, EE 326, ISE 232L,ISE 310L, ISE 327, ISE 344, ISE 426, ITP 215Lx, ITP 320x, ITP 325x, ITP 421x, ITP 422L, ITP 454x, ITP 457, ITP 466, ITP 482, ITP 486, ITP 487, ITP 488x, NSC 335, NSC 337

Minor in Engineering Management

This minor is designed to provide students who have a sound foundation in mathematics and the sciences with tools and skills for managerial analysis and problem solving.

Science and technology are driving significant portions of American and global economies. Individuals, companies and governments are demanding products, services and systems, which grow more complicated every day. Suppliers are forced by competition to provide goods and services efficiently and economically.

Scientists and engineers are trained in scientific and technical subjects which form an excellent base for building complex, technical products, services and systems. But more and more, scientists and engineers are managing the financial, material and human resources required to turn abstract ideas into physical and virtual reality, often without any formal management training. This minor provides that training, a complement to any science or technology degree.

Application Procedures

Applicants must be upper division students in good standing and complete the Change/Addition of Major, Minor or Degree Objective form. The minor is not open to industrial and systems engineering majors.

Prerequisites Units
ISE 220 Probability Concepts in Engineering (or equivalent) 3
ISE 225 Engineering Statistics I (or equivalent) 3
MATH 125 Calculus I 4
MATH 126 Calculus II 4
MATH 225 Linear Algebra and Linear Differential Equations (or equivalent) 4
MATH 226 Calculus III 4
Required Courses Units
BUAD 301 Technology Entrepreneurship 3
ISE 330 Introduction to Operations Research: Deterministic Models 3
ISE 370L Human Factors in Work Design 4
ISE 440 Work, Technology, and Organization 3
ISE 460 Engineering Economy 3