Undergraduate Minors

Minors offer another opportunity for industrial engineering (IE) students to tailor their education to support their future career plans. Listed below are minors that integrate well with the IE major; we encourage students to read through them to find one that best meets a student's individual interests and goals.

Students are urged to meet with their advisers as early as possible to discuss the steps necessary to complete a minor. For information on how to enroll in a minor, please see the Minors section of the Penn State handbook.

In April 2016, the University Faculty Senate approved a new policy (59-00) indicating that at least 6 credits of a minor must be unique from any other degree or minor earned by a student. This policy applies to students entering the University (not the IE major) summer 2016 or later. How students are able to double-count credits is affected by this policy. For specific information on how credits can double count for both the IE major and a particular minor, click on the appropriate link below.

Students that were admitted to the IE program in summer 2018 or later

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Students that were admitted to Penn State prior to summer 2016

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Biomedical Engineering

The 18-credit minor in bioengineering enables students to develop an interest in medical engineering applications while pursuing an undergraduate degree in any area, but is particularly suitable for engineering students seeking careers in health-related professions. Applicants wishing to enroll in the Biomedical Engineering minor should have completed background courses in mathematics and physics, and have evidence of excellent grades.

Business/Liberal Arts

An interdisciplinary minor providing students with a business-oriented supplement to their academic major. It is designed to introduce students to a variety of fundamental business skills while at the same time allowing a reasonable degree of flexibility in program emphasis. Only courses in which the student earns a grade of C or better may be counted toward fulfillment of the requirements for the minor.

IE students can substitute IE 425: Stochastic Models in Operations Research and IE 433: Regression Analysis and Design of Experiments towards the minor requirement: 6 credits of additional courses.


In order to earn a minor in Economics a student must pass ECON 102: Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy, ECON 104: Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy, ECON 302: Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis, ECON 304: Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis, and 6 additional credits in Economics courses at the 400 level. A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses that are used to fulfill the minor in Economics. Courses used in the minor may not be taken on a Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory basis. Only courses in the Economics Department may be counted. Substitutions of courses in other departments are not permitted. Students who wish to take their 400-level courses at the Behrend or Capital Campuses must obtain the approval of the undergraduate officer. A student must be enrolled in a specific degree granting major or program before applying for this minor. A minor certificate will be awarded to each graduate successfully completing this minor. A statement that a Minor in Economics has been conferred will appear on a student's transcript.

Engineering Leadership Development

An interdisciplinary minor for engineering students seeking development of critical principles and skills in leadership. Engineers must be able to deal effectively with other people, including the ability to work in teams and to interact with customers and other organizations on both national and international levels. Engineering graduates must demonstrate the ability to assume leadership roles in a competitive, technologically complex global society. Students will employ engineering case studies in active and collaborative classroom settings to develop these skills.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI)

The ENTI minor helps students to become innovation leaders, develop entrepreneurial mindsets, and be agents of positive change. The world needs new ways to deliver products and services to meet market needs and address significant problems in all disciplines including the arts, business, engineering, science, agriculture, healthcare, and education. The interdisciplinary ENTI minor is open to students in all majors who are interested in creating a new product or service to meet a need or creating their own jobs.

The ENTI courses develop skills in problem solving, opportunity recognition, self-efficacy, leadership, communication, and learning from failure. Penn State's majors prepare students with skills and knowledge for a variety of employment options or graduate school. The ENTI minor broadens student's education and Penn State experiences, enabling them to see challenges as opportunities and thrive in a job, class or activity that includes unknowns, deadlines and ambiguities.

Information Sciences and Technology for Industrial Engineering Minor (IST-IE) 

Collection and processing of information have increased in all sectors for solving engineering problems, including manufacturing and service related problems. Efficient and timely analysis of data is critical for the survival of companies. There is a need for industrial engineers with a strong background in information technology and systems. The minor in Information Sciences and Technology for Industrial Engineering will augment the skills of students in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in the information systems area. All students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Industrial Engineering are eligible for this minor.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor. Click here for the IST-IE Entrance to Minor application form.


The minor is designed to provide students with an interest in mathematics an opportunity to study a broad range of mathematical topics. The requirements allow students a great deal of flexibility in choosing courses of interest.


The nanotechnology minor is designed to help prepare students from a broad range of disciplines for careers involving nanotechnology, from medicine and catalysis to textiles and to quantum computing. The minor provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in nano-scale simulation, design, syntheses, characterization, properties, processing, manufacturing, and applications. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the 18-credit minor.

Product Realization

An interdisciplinary, hands-on minor for engineering students interested in state-of-the-art practice in integrated product/process design and manufacturing. The program culminates with a one- or two-semester project involving the design and manufacture of a new product. More information


Psychology is a scholarly discipline, a scientific field, and a professional activity. Its overall focus is the scientific study of behavior and experience, and of the associated mental and physiological processes. Students in the Psychology minor are not assigned a specific adviser in psychology, but are welcome to contact the Psychology Advising Center for assistance concerning the minor.

Service Enterprise Engineering

New for the summer 2018 semester, this minor gives students the ability to apply industrial engineering techniques to processes in hospitals, nonprofit organizations, retailers, banks, financial institutions, airlines, and more. MORE

Six Sigma

The Six Sigma minor is an 18-credit minor designed for any student who is interested in the Six Sigma statistical methodology. Six Sigma is a structured, quantitative approach to improving the quality and cost of products and processes. It provides a framework for quality improvement and innovation that builds upon statistical tools to achieve results. More information


The Statistics minor introduces students to the quantitative aspects of research. Understanding statistics is useful for research in many areas including agriculture, business, education, social science and sciences as well as many jobs in industry and government.

Supply Chain and Information Science and Technology

The minor in SCIST is structured to provide students not majoring in Supply Chain & Information Systems or Management Information Systems with the opportunity to develop working knowledge of information technology, supply chain management, and their interdisciplinary synergies. The joint minor is designed for professional careers in business, information systems, software development, consulting, and government. The successful minor must, at a minimum, possess basic knowledge of quantitative techniques, computer applications, and microeconomics.

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