Undergraduate Electives

Course descriptions can be found in the University Bulletin.

Technical Electives Available for Fall 2022

  • IE 306: Machining Process Design and Analysis – may be used as Technical if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • IE 311: Principles of Solidification Processing – may be used as Technical if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • IE 408: Cognitive Work Design: may be used as Technical if not being used as a Human Factors elective requirement
  • IE 433: Regression Analysis and Design of Experiments
  • IE 434: Statistical Quality Control
  • IE 468: Optimization Modeling and Methods
  • IE 479: Human Centered Product Design and Innovation
  • IE 497: Manufacturing & Design of Nano Devices

Science Electives – 3 credits required

  • AFR 105: African Biodiversity and Conservation
    (can count as Science Elective and IL)
  • AGECO 134N: Sustainable Agriculture Science and Policy
    (may count as Science Elective or GS/Interdomain)
  • AGECO 144: Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture
  • ASTRO 291: Astronomical Methods and the Solar System
  • BIOL 133: Genetics and Evolution of the Human Species
  • BIOL 141: Introductory Physiology
  • BIOL 155: Introduction to the Biology of Aging
  • BIOL 161: Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • CHEM 112: Chemical Principles II
  • EARTH 103N: Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century
    (may count as Science Elective or GS/Interdomain)
  • EARTH 105N: Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change
    (may count as Science Elective or GS/Interdomain)
  • EARTH 107N: Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
    (may count as Science Elective or GS/Interdomain)
  • ERM 210: Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply
  • FOR 201: Global Change and Ecosystems
  • GEOG 6N: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution
    (may count as Science Elective or GS/Interdomain)
  • GEOSC 001: Introduction to Physical Geology
  • GEOSC 40: The Sea Around Us
  • INART 050: The Science of Music
  • INART 050Z: The Science of Music
    (may count as Science Elective or Linked)
  • MATH 310: Elementary Combinatorics
  • MATH 311M: Honors Concepts of Discrete Mathematics or MATH 311W: Concepts of Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 401: Introduction to Analysis I
  • MATH 405: Advanced Calculus for Engineers and Scientists I
  • MATH 411: Ordinary Differential Equations
  • PHYS 214: General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics

Manufacturing Process Electives – 3 credits required

  • IE 306: Machining Process Design & Analysis
  • IE 307: Additive Manufacturing Process and Reverse Engineering
  • IE 311: Principles of Solidification Processing
  • IE 428: Metal Casting

Human Factors Electives – 3 credits required

  • IE 408: Cognitive Work Design
  • IE 418: Human/Computer Interface Design
  • IE 419: Work Design – Productivity and Safety

Engineering Electives – 6 credits required

Some of the courses may be enrollment controlled by the department offering the course. Please check with the specific department to determine their policy on letting students from other majors enroll in the course.

  • CE 422 – requires approval of instructor
  • CE 423 – requires approval of instructor
  • CMPEN 270 (4 credit course; only 3 credits will count)
  • EE 211 or EE 212 or EE 210 (4 credit course; only 3 credits will count)
  • EMCH 212
  • ENVSE 450 or ENVSE 470 – Controlled course; Contact ENVSE department for enrollment at the beginning of semester
  • IST 210 or IST 220 – Controlled course; Contact IST department for enrollment at the beginning of semester
  • MATSE 403
  • ME 201
  • MNG 230
  • 3 credits from any combination of co-op or internship. Students must register for 1 credit (ENGR 195, 295, 395, 495) prior to or during each semester of work. Substitution for engineering elective requires the completion of 3 credit-earned rotations.
  • 3 credits upon completion of the ROTC program.

(Note: EDSGN credits from the Summer by Design program can be petitioned to count)


Technical Electives – 6 units required

All 6 credits must be IE courses from the Department List. No courses outside of IE will be accepted.

Note: Students completing the Six Sigma minor can only use one of the 400-level courses: IE 433, IE 434, or IE 436 due to the policy requiring 6 credits of a minor to be unique from the major. Students completing the Six Sigma minor will have to take one IE Technical Elective that is not required for the minor.

  • IE 306 *: Machining Process Design & Analysis
  • IE 307 *: Additive Manufacturing Process and Reverse Engineering requirement
  • IE 311 *: Principles of Solidification Processing
  • IE 402: Advanced Engineering Economy
  • IE 408 +: Cognitive Work Design
  • IE 418 +: Human/Computer Interface Design
  • IE 419 +: Work Design – Productivity and Safety
  • IE 428 *: Metal Casting
  • IE 433: Regression Analysis and Design of Experiments
  • IE 434: Statistical Quality Control
  • IE 436: Six Sigma Methodology
  • IE 454: Applied Decision Analysis
  • IE 456: Industrial Robot Applications
  • IE 466: Concurrent Engineering
  • IE 467: Facility Layout and Material Handling
  • IE 468: Optimization Modeling and Methods
  • IE 477: Computer Control of Manufacturing Machines and Processes
  • IE 478: Retail Services Engineering
  • IE 479: Human Centered Product Design and Innovation EDSGN 479
  • IE 494A: Honors Thesis Research
  • IE 497: Manufacturing & Design of Nanoscale Devices

* May be used if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement.

+ May be used if not being used as Human Factors elective requirement.

A Only Schreyer Honors students can register for IE 494 and may use 3 credits as Technical Elective. Honors students need to contact the IME Undergraduate Program Office to register for IE 494.


 
 

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