Quinnipiac Professor Corey Kiassat School of Engineering helps senior computer science major Leah Austin into an aging suit at the School of Engineering open house for faculty and staff Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Center for Communications & Engineering on the university's Mount Carmel Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)
,Quinnipiac Professor Corey Kiassat School of Engineering helps senior computer science major Leah Austin into an aging suit at the School of Engineering open house for faculty and staff Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Center for Communications & Engineering on the university's Mount Carmel Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University),Quinnipiac Professor Corey Kiassat School of Engineering helps senior computer science major Leah Austin into an aging suit at the School of Engineering open house for faculty and staff Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Center for Communications & Engineering on the university's Mount Carmel Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)
,Quinnipiac Professor Corey Kiassat School of Engineering helps senior computer science major Leah Austin into an aging suit at the School of Engineering open house for faculty and staff Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at the Center for Communications & Engineering on the university's Mount Carmel Campus. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

BS in Industrial Engineering

By the Numbers

$93,350


Rewarding

Average salary for Industrial Engineering graduates holding industrial engineering degrees (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Top 20


Satisfying

The rating for industrial engineering for best jobs based on working environment, income, employment outlook, physical demand and stress (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

4


Promising

The ranking of industrial engineering in the publication “200 best Jobs for Renewing America” (Laurence Shatkin, PH.D.)

Program Overview

Industrial engineers consistently research the inner-workings of conveyer belt assembly lines to maximize efficiencies in production. The Fliker scooter assembly line is one example of a permanent fixture in the industrial engineering workshop that is used to study this process.

A model of efficiency

Industrial engineers consistently research the inner-workings of conveyer belt assembly lines to maximize efficiencies in production. The Fliker scooter assembly line is one example of a permanent fixture in the industrial engineering workshop that is used to study this process.

As an industrial engineer, you will draw upon a unique skill set that combines the technical field of engineering with the world of business management. An organization’s budget and bottom line will rest on your ability to examine the big picture. Automotive and aeronautic manufacturing firms, health care organizations and distribution centers alike will rely on you for the timely creation and delivery of their parts, products and services, as well as for managing their greatest resource: people.

Our curriculum is hands-on and career-focused, with a particularly strong emphasis on the fields of manufacturing and health care. You will learn how to design and implement systems and processes that effectively coordinate people, machines, materials, energy and other resources to eliminate waste, increase output and ensure quality. A range of state-of-the-art facilities such as our performance optimization lab will give you hands-on education in the many human and technological factors at play each day in any number of complex systems.

Throughout the program, interdisciplinary research projects will acclimate you to working in teams with other aspiring engineering professionals, while internships in professional settings such as Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, MidState Medical Center, Holo-Krome and Sikorsky prepare you for a successful career in industrial engineering.

Our accelerated dual-degree program enables you to earn either a BS and MBA in 5 years, or a BS and JD in 6 years, giving you a significant advantage as you start your career.

Our industrial engineering curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, meaning it meets the highest standards of engineering education. Its innovative combination of modern theory, interdisciplinary field projects and powerful internships builds the foundation necessary to launch a rewarding career.

Internship Opportunities

Proven in the field

As interns, our students do far more than observe, and we're building quite the reputation. Thanks to a deep network of partnerships, our students are able to make themselves indispensible to some of the best hospitals, component and consumer product manufacturers, and aircraft developers in the state. 

Examples of where our students have interned in Connecticut


  • Aptar Beauty Products, Stratford
  • MidState Medical Center, Meriden
  • Holo-Krome, Wallingford
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury
  • Crash Safety, East Hampton
  • Medtronic, North Haven
  • Unicorr, North Haven
  • Sikorsky, Stratford
  • UTC Aerospace

Virtual reality simulation

Mike Smizaski '17, a biomedical science major, partnered with industrial engineering majors Nico Northcutt ’17 and Nick Pinero ‘18 and faculty and students from 5 other disciplines across the university to create a patient simulation program.

Experiential learning

Mike Smizaski '17, a biomedical science major, partnered with industrial engineering majors Nico Northcutt ’17 and Nick Pinero ‘18 and faculty and students from 5 other disciplines across the university to create a patient simulation program.

Virtual reality simulation developed to help prevent patient-drops

A team of Quinnipiac students and faculty have developed a virtual reality simulation that teaches patient-transfer techniques to future health care professionals. The program addresses both patient and health care providers: it aims to reduce the risk of dropping a patient during a transfer and reduce the risk of lower back injury among the health care provider lifting the patient.

“We were looking for a high-impact project that addressed actual problems,” said nursing professor Karen Myrick. “We found out that back injuries take the most nurses and physical therapists out of the workforce. The idea grew from there, and morphed into a major initiative.”

The simulation tracks a user’s movements through a virtual hospital setting that mimics the most common patient-transfer situations. It is customizable and offers users real-time feedback as to their posture and lifting technique. The simulation is also fully autonomous, enabling faculty to engage with students in other ways.

The project, made possible by The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, required the collaborative expertise of students and faculty from 6 disciplines across the College of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Engineering, Health Sciences and Nursing: biomedical science, computer science, game design, industrial engineering, nursing and physical therapy.

In their Words

A model of efficiency

Casey Miller '17 works with a pneumatic process automation machine, the same kind used in plants and on assembly lines all over the world. Miller received the scholarship award for outstanding achievement from Institute of Industrial Engineers Central CT Chapter two years in a row.

Casey Miller ’17 is an example of a student who took advantage of the vast array of opportunities in the School of Engineering. For instance, she has the distinction of being the founder and president of the Quinnipiac University chapter of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, a nationwide organization. She was also awarded the scholarship for outstanding achievement from Institute of Industrial Engineers Central CT Chapter two years in a row.

For Miller, however, the real joy came in applying her skills as a budding industrial engineer. She earned a university-funded research project through the Quinnipiac University Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship Symposium program, in which she worked in St. Mary’s Hospital to improve start-times for outpatient procedures. After analyzing surgical data and observing staff in the hospital’s operation department, Miller implemented Lean initiatives that significantly decreased late-starts and enabled staff to complete their daily caseload with limited strain.

“I’m so glad I was able to apply all of what I learned in my courses to all of my internship experiences,” she said.

Miller received outside recognition for her work on the project, and is set to present on it at two conferences, one in the realm of health care and the other in industrial engineering. 

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Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Industrial Engineering Curriculum

The program requires 120 credits as outlined here:

University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 285Applied Statistics3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
Humanities3
Social Science3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry:
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
MA 151Calculus I4
MA 152Calculus II4
Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts 16
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
Foundational Courses for Industrial Engineering
MA 251Calculus III4
PHY 121University Physics4
CSC 110
& 110L
Programming and Problem Solving
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
4
Select one of the following Mathematics and Science Electives:3
BIO 102
General Biology II
BIO 208
Introduction to Forensic Science
CHE 111
General Chemistry II
MA 205
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (CSC 205)
MA 229
Linear Algebra
MA 301
Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MA 365
Ordinary Differential Equations
PHY 122
University Physics II
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Industrial Engineering Courses
IER 310Operations Research I3
IER 320Production Systems3
IER 330Lean Systems Engineering3
IER 335Systems Engineering and Management3
IER 340Physical Human Factors and the Workplace1
IER 360Operations Planning and Control3
IER 430Statistical Process Control3
IER 465Cognitive Human Factors and the Workplace2
IER 490Engineering Professional Experience1
IER 491Capstone Project I3
IER 498Capstone Project II3
Industrial Engineering Electives
IER Technical Electives 212
CER, IER, MER, SER Technical Electives 33
Open Electives9
Total Credits120
1

 Take two classes, each from a different area.

2

All IER courses that are not required for an IE degree.

3

One additional IER technical elective or any 300-level or higher ENR, CER, MER, SER courses that are not required for an IE degree.

Depending on math sequence taken, additional UC electives may be required.

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Enrollment and Graduation Data

Student enrollment


  • 2017-18: 28
  • 2016-17: 20
  • 2015-16: 19
  • 2014-15: 14
  • 2013-14: 7
  • 2012-13: 1

Number of industrial engineering program graduates


  • 2016-17: 3
  • 2015-2016: 4, inaugural class