B.S. Industrial Engineering

What is IE?

Industrial engineering deals not only with things but also with people, finance, information, and the environment. Industrial engineers answer complex questions:
  • How can we improve safety, quality, productivity and service?
  • What products or services should we offer? What price should we charge?
  • What materials and methods should we use?
  • How can we best motivate and reward people?
  • How much inventory do we need?
  • Where should we locate our plants, stores, and warehouse?
  • How can we use our historic data to improve our business?

IE Careers

Most Lamar University (LU) industrial engineering graduates find employment in manufacturing, but industrial engineers also find employment in health care, banking, consulting, transportation, warehousing, retail, and government. Recent LU industrial engineering graduates have found employment with Bell Helicopter, DuPont, Lyondell-Bissell, Schlumberger, Gerdau, Invista, Georgia Pacific, BASF, Accenture, IBM, HP, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Walmart, Disney, and other leading companies.


Most of our graduates participate in internships and co-ops prior to graduation. The vast majority of engineering internships are paid with salaries typically about $20 per hour ($15 to $30 per hour). The Industrial Engineering Department and College of Engineering is highly supportive of internships and co-ops. The College of Engineering has a formal co-op program. The Industrial Engineering Department offers all junior and senior level courses online or in person. Industrial Engineering students have interned with leading companies nationwide including UPS, GE, Invista, Dupont, Toyota and others. Students have also interned with leading local companies in the chemical, manufacturing, paper and steel industries.

Elective Tracks


BS Industrial Engineering program has 12 hours of technical electives. Most engineering, math, computer science, chemistry and physics courses at the junior or senior level can be used as electives if part of a cohesive plan of study. Students should develop their own elective plan to match their career goals. This plan must be approved by the undergraduate advisor. The following are illustrative technical elective options:
1. Business Administration (MBA Preparation / 5 year BSIE-MBA Program)
2. Manufacturing
3. Reliability
4. Supply Chain Management
5. Management
6. Statistics and Data Mining
Students should work with the undergraduate advisor to develop a list of electives that match your career goals.