Industrial Engineering (BS)

What is Industrial Engineering?

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers the B.S. in Industrial Engineering to prepare students for a broad range of employment opportunities that include operations management, manufacturing, and healthcare. Our vision is to produce graduates who will lead their organizations to competitive advantage by applying the tools and techniques of industrial engineering. We believe that exposing students to diverse industries in our educational program will enhance their professional skills.

What can I do with an Industrial Engineering Degree? 

The demand for industrial engineers is rapidly increasing, especially in the age of technology innovation and rapid market evolution. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects IE to be a high-growth field for the next decade 2019-2029, with greater than 10% growth per year!  Another study conducted by the Bureau revealed that nearly 30 thousand IEs were employed in the state of Michigan in 2019, with 20 thousand jobs concentrated in metro Detroit alone.

   Course planning

Choose an area of study (associate degree), earn Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and complete pathway courses. The below pathway outlines the required Henry Ford College courses.  Courses not taken or transferred from Henry Ford College can be completed at Wayne State University.

Choose an area of study

Associate Degree
Pre-Engineering: General -Associate in Science (AS)
*Pre-Engineering: Mechanical/Industrial (AAS)
Associate in Science (AS)
Associate in General Studies (AGS)

*Due to the requirements associated with these programs the total amount of credit earned will likely exceed the minimum bachelor's degree requirement.

Earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

MTA Requirement/Specific Course Credit Hours Notes
ENG 131 Intro to College Writing (ENG 1020) 3  
*ENG 135 Business & Technical Writing/Research (ENG 3010)                  3  
*MATH 180 Calculus I (MAT 2010) 5  
*CHEM 141 General & Inorganic Chemistry I (CHM 1225) 5  
*PHY 231 Engineering Physics I (PHY 2175) 5  
**BEC 152 Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 2010) 3 This course also satisfies the WSU Industrial Engineering Directed Elective requirement. 
Approved Social Science (see MTA) 3 Second Social Science must be from different discipline
*SPC 131 Fundamentals of Speech (COM 1010) 3  
Approved Humanities/Fine Arts (see MTA) 4 Second Humanities/Art must be from different discipline
Total                                                    34 credits (minimum)  

*Meets MTA requirements and/or satisfies Wayne State degree requirement (prerequisites may be required, see HFC Academic Advisor). 

*A technical report can be submitted to WSU for ENG 3050 credit (see WSU advisor).

**Required if pursuing the business minor or Operations Management Leadership Program. 

Complete pathway courses

Course Credit Hours
ENGR 130 Intro to Engineering (BE 1200) 3
MATH 183 Calculus II (MAT 2020) 5
MATH 280 Calculus III (MAT 2030) 5
PHY 232 Engineering Physics II (PHY 2185) 5
ENGR 201 Science of Materials (BE 1300) 3
*ENGR 232 Statics (ME 2410) 3
*ENGR 233 Dynamics (ME 3400) 3
*ENGR 235 Mechanics of Materials (ME 2420) 2
Total 29 credits

*Satisfies the engineering breadth requirement.

   Course planning 

The following courses are required to finish the degree requirements.  Any pathway course(s) not completed at the community college can be completed at Wayne State University. 

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial Engineering

Course Credit Hours
ENG 3060 Technical Writing II: Presentation 3
MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
BE 1310 Materials Science Lab 1
BE 1600 Introduction to Programming and Computation: Python 3
BE 2100 Basic Engineering III: Prob & Stats 3
PHI 1120 Professional Ethics 3
IE 3120 Work Design 3
IE 4260 Quality Control 3
IE 4560 Operations Research 3
IE 4850 Engineering Economy 3
IE 4800 Engineering Design I 2
IE 4250 Data Analysis 3
IE 4310 Production Control 3
IE 4330 Facilities Design 3
IE 4420 Systems Simulation 3
IE 4880 Engineering Design II 2
IE Technical Electives - See WSU advisor  16
IE Directed Elective - See WSU advisor  0-3 
Total 61 credits (minimum)

 Transfer credit summary

Transfer credit summary Credits
Henry Ford College transferable credits 63 credits

Required Wayne State University Major credits

61 credits (minimum)

Total credits required to complete bachelor's degree 124 credits (transferred or WSU)
  • WSU requires a minimum of 30 hours in residency. 
  • You can review how courses transfer using the course equivalency tool for other acceptable equivalences. 

How do I get started?

  • Join Wayne State Transfer Pathways
  • Schedule a WSU Transfer Success Appointment         
  • Meet with your academic advisors and track your academic progress 


  • The pathway allows multiple associate degree options with the flexibility to customize your degree path. The minimum eligibility to participate in the Wayne State Transfer Pathways is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and an associate degree (earned or Reverse Transfer).  
  • All college-level (non-developmental), non-duplicated courses with a 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) or above will be considered for transfer credit.  Earned credit will transfer as 1) direct course equivalency, 2) major/department credit, or 3) elective credit. Credits not earned at the community college will need to be taken at WSU.  
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of community college and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion. 

Primary contacts

    Henry Ford College
    Academic Advising
    313-317-6845 |                                     

             Transfer Student Success Center 
             313-577-2487 |
             Industrial Engineering Department
             313-577-2660 | Academic Advisors                                     

Career insights

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