Associate Professor Puerzer, Adviser
Industrial engineering contributes to the management decision-making process. It is concerned with the optimal utilization of integrated systems of people, methods, materials, machines and energy to achieve organizational goals. In the application of principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, it is distinguished from other engineering disciplines in its concern with problems which involve human effort and energy, production systems, economy in the use of money, materials and time, and a high utilization of the social sciences.
Using the scientific method, industrial engineers establish factual information from which alternatives are defined, problems recognized and solved. In their concern for the design, improvement and control of systems, they collect, analyze, arrange and statistically examine data. They introduce new techniques and tools into the organization and into the decision-making process.
Areas of specialty associated with industrial engineering are administrative engineering, production and inventory control, automation, plant location and layout, methods engineering, quality control, data processing, operations research, cost forecasting and control.
Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of the program will:
- Become successful practitioners in industrial engineering.
- Apply their liberal arts background to business and society.
- Continue to develop intellectually.
- Acclimate to the business environment.
The 11 generic indicators of achievement listed under the Department of Engineering student outcomes apply specifically to industrial engineering graduates, as a measure of the program’s effectiveness in meeting its stated objectives.
Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:
1. The Successful Completion of at Least 131 Semester Hours
The successful completion of at least 131 semester hours and a cumulative grade
point average of 2.0 in work completed at Hofstra. Military Science may not be
counted toward this total semester hour requirement.
2. Liberal Arts
At least 62 semester hours must be completed in the liberal arts. No course in the Department of Engineering may count toward this requirement except for:
3. Residence Requirements
There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at
Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization and the last 30
semester hours. The 15 semester hours need not be included within the last 30
4. General and Major Requirements
The following general and major requirements: WSC 1 or placement examination* and WSC 2; 3 hours in literature, literature in translation or comparative literature (chosen from distribution courses designated LT); 3 hours in behavioral social sciences (chosen from distribution courses designated BH); and 3 hours in history, philosophy, religion in social sciences (chosen from distribution courses designated HP). Students transferring in with previous social science/humanities credits may use them in place of distribution requirements in the same category as the transferred credits. Courses may not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis.
5. Cumulative Average
A cumulative average of C or better is required in all engineering courses. A cumulative average of C or better is required in the courses: listed below. Reflecting the fact that not all full-time students can and do adhere to a four year time frame for degree completion, the suggested sequence below shows a possible alignment of courses within that compass.
Suggested Four-Year Sequence - Total Hours: 131
B.S. Specialization in Industrial Engineering
* If this requirement is fulfilled by passing the placement examination, 3 semester hours in the humanities or social sciences should be taken with adviser’s approval.
** With adviser’s approval.