Nov 13, 2018  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Industrial Engineering, B.S. Major in

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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:

  1. Become successful practitioners in industrial engineering.
  2. Apply their liberal arts background to business and society.
  3. Continue to develop intellectually.
  4. 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 hours.

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

First Year

  1st. Sem. 2nd. Sem.
ENGG 15 , 10  6 -
ENGG 19  - 3
CHEM 3A , 3B  4 -
WSC 1 , 2  3 3
MATH 71 , 72  4 4
PHYS 11A , 11B    - 5
Total 17 15


Second Year

  1st. Sem. 2nd. Sem.
ENGG 25 , 26   3  3
ENGG 28 , 30 , 119   -  9
MATH 73 , 131   4  3
PHYS 12A   4  -
PSY 1  3  -
SPCM 1  or 7   3  -
Total  17  15


Third Year

  1st. Sem. 2nd. Sem.
ENGG 34 , 110   1  3
ENGG 112   2  -
ENGG 27 , 101   3  3
ENGG 185 , 186   3  3
ENGG 113   -  3
ACCT 101   3  -
CSC 187 , 132   3  3
ECO 1   3  -
MGT 101   -  3
Total  18  18


Fourth Year

  1st. Sem. 2nd. Sem.
ENGG 156 , 158     
ENGG 100       
ENGG 160A , 188     
MGT 130 , 175     
PSY 33     
TPP 112     
Social science or humanities  **    



* 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.

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