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2005-2006 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2005-2006 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

B.S. Specialization in Industrial Engineering

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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. Assistant Professor Puerzer, Adviser

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 130

1. The Successful Completion of at Least 130 Semester Hours

The successful completion of at least 130 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 ENGG 101, 149, and 185.

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: ENGL 1 & 2 or placement examination*; 6 hours in literature, literature in translation or comparative literature; 15 hours in humanities or social science electives**; the two literature courses must be chosen from distribution courses in CLL, ENGL, FRLT, JWST, LIT or SPLT in the humanities division. The 15 credits of social sciences and humanities electives must include SPCM 1 or 7, TPP 112, one distribution course in behavioral social sciences and one distribution course in history and philosophy in social sciences. 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 following courses:

Suggested Four-Year Sequence - Total Hours: 130

For Full-Time Students

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.

First Year

1st semester - Total Hours: 15

Second Year

1st Semester - Total Hours: 17

Third Year

Fourth Year

2nd Semester - Total Hours: 17

  • Social Science or Humanities Electives Credits: 6 s.h.
    (See footnotes *)

Part-time Students - Semester Hours: 128

Part-time students follow the same curriculum as listed under the full-time program of study, with the exception of ENGG 9A. Candidates for graduation must fulfill all requirements listed under the individual program. The B.S. Specialization in Industrial Engineering requires 128 semester hours of part-time study.


* If this requirement is fulfilled by passing the placement examination, 6 semester hours in the humanities or social sciences should be taken with adviser’s approval.

** With adviser’s approval. Courses may not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis.

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