Undergraduate Electives

Note: Course descriptions can be found in the University Bulletin.

Technical Electivesavailable for spring 2019

Note: Only IE courses listed

  • IE 306: Machining Process Design & Analysis – may be used as Technical if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • IE 307:  Additive Manufacturing Process and Reverse Engineering - may be used as Technical if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • IE 402: Advanced Engineering Economy
  • IE 419: Work Design – Productivity and Safety - may be used as Technical if not being used as a Human Factors elective requirement
  • IE 436: Six Sigma Methodology
  • IE 468: Optimization Modeling and Methods

Science Electives - 3 credits required

  • AGECO/RSOC 134: Sustainable Agriculture Science and Policy
  • 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
  • CHEM 112: Chemical Principles II
  • EARTH 103: Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century
  • EARTH 104: Climate, Energy and Our Future
  • EARTH 105/AFR 105: Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change
  • EARTH 107: Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
  • ERM 210: Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply
  • FOR 201: Global Change and Ecosystems
  • GEOG 110: Climates of the World
  • INART 050: The Science of Music
  • 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 463: Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
  • IE 497: Micro/Nano Fabrication

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 (Applies to students admitted to the IE major in Summer 2018 or later)

Many of the courses may require prerequisites that are outside the degree requirements for IE students.  In these cases, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are being met for the course of interest. Questions regarding prerequisites must be directed to the department offering the course. 

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

Credits from completion of a minor will no longer be used to meet an engineering elective requirement. 

  • Any 200-, 300-, or 400-level course chosen from the following programs, that is not required for the IE major: AE, AERSP, BE, BME, CHE, CE, CMPEN, CMPSC, EE, EMCH, ENVSE, ESC, MATSE, ME, MNG, NUCE, PNG
  • Courses outside of this list, with sufficient technical content, may be petitioned for possible use
  • 3 credits from any combination of co-op or internship. Students must register for 1 credit (ENGR 195, ENGR 295, ENGR 395, ENGR 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

Engineering Electives – 6 credits required (Applies to students admitted to the IE program prior to summer 2018)

  • CMPEN 270: Digital Design: Principles and Practice, or CMPEN 271: Introduction to Digital Systems, or EE 211: Electrical Circuits and Power Distribution, or EE 212: Introduction to Electronic Measuring Systems
  • ME 201: Introduction to Thermal Science
  • EMCH 212: Dynamics
  • 3 credits of an approved minor
  • 3 credits from any combination of co-op or internship after completing three rotations
  • 3 credits upon completion of the ROTC program.

Technical Electives - 6 credits (Applies to students admitted to the IE major in Summer 2018 or later) 

All 6 credits must be IE courses from Department List. No courses outside of IE 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.)

All Technical Electives – 6 credits required, 3 credits must be an IE course (Applies to students admitted to the IE program prior to summer 2018)

  • IE 306: Machining Process Design & Analysis - may be used if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • IE 307: Additive Manufacturing Process and Reverse Engineering - may be used if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • IE 311: Principles of Solidification Processing - may be used if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • IE 402: Advanced Engineering Economy
  • IE 408: Cognitive Work Design - may be used if not being used as Human Factors elective requirement
  • IE 418: Human/Computer Interface Design - may be used if not being used as Human Factors elective requirement
  • IE 419: Work Design - Productivity and Safety - may be used if not being used as Human Factors elective requirement
  • IE 428: Metal Casting
  • IE 433: Regression Analysis and Design of Experiments - only one (IE 433 or STAT 462) may be counted towards the elective requirement
  • IE 434: Statistical Quality Control
  • IE 436: Six Sigma Methodology
  • IE 454: Applied Decision Analysis
  • IE 456: Industrial Robot Applications
  • IE 462: Introduction to Expert Systems
  • IE 463: Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing - may be used if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • 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/EDSGN 479: Human Centered Product Design and Innovation
  • IE 497: Data Envelopment Analysis
  • IE 497: Micro/Nano Fabrication - may be used if not being used as a Manufacturing Processing elective requirement
  • BME 402: Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurements
  • BME 406: Medical Imaging
  • CE 422: Transportation Planning
  • ESC 445: Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices
  • ESC 450/MATSE 450: Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices
  • ESC 475/MATSE 475: Particulate Materials Processing
  • ENVSE 400: Safety Engineering
  • ENVSE 450: Environmental Health and Safety
  • ENVSE 457: Industrial Hygiene Measurements
  • ENVSE 470: Systems Safety and Risk Engineering
  • IST 441: Information Retrieval and Organization
  • MATH 416/STAT 416: Stochastic Modeling
  • MATH 451/CMPSC 451: Numerical Computations
  • MATH 455/CMPSC 455: Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 456/CMPSC 456: Introduction to Numerical Analysis II
  • ME 446/NUCE 446: Reliability and Risk Concepts in Design
  • STAT 462: Applied Regression Analysis - Only one (IE 433 or STAT 462) may be counted towards the elective requirement

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