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Undergraduate Program

Industrial and systems engineering consists of a technical approach to business that includes applied statistics, simulation, economics, management, etc. Industrial and Systems Engineers also work on improving efficiency and systems of all kinds such as factories, Disneyland queues, rapid prototyping, etc.

Students come to USC because of our academics and innovative programs, but we also offer:

  • Outstanding, well-paid, career choices in California's high-tech economy.
  • Personal contact with a top-ranked faculty, who are both world-renowned researchers and experienced engineers.
  • A modern and challenging curriculum emphasizing information technology.
  • Top students who are attracted to Los Angeles' international economy from around the world.


Viterbi School Admissions

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers its 1800 undergraduate students more than 30 degree options, two of which are available in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Degrees Offered

For more detailed information on course and degree requirements, please see the Online Catalogue.


The program in Industrial and Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The area of emphasis within Industrial and Systems Engineering is part of the Industrial and Systems Engineering accreditation.

Undergraduate Education Program Mission

The mission of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering undergraduate programs is to:

  • Provide students:
    1. the skills and knowledge to obtain employment and achieve leadership with the industrial and systems engineering profession or to proceed with graduate education,
    2. the intellectual resources to continue life-long learning, and
    3. the knowledge of professional ethics and critical reasoning skills necessary for contributing to society.
  • Provide employers of industrial and systems engineering professionals with candidates who are technically competent, business aware, collaborative, able to communicate effectively, and ethically grounded.
  • Maintain and enhance the reputation of the Epstein department within the engineering, business, and academic communities.



Undergraduate Education Program Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering programs are prepared to achieve any of the following accomplishments:

  • Obtain employment in an organization that values people who demonstrate both technical competence and business awareness.
  • Pursue graduate or professional education.
  • Assume a leadership role in their employment organization or community.
  • Utilize critical reasoning, collaboration, and creativity to contribute to society.



Undergraduate Education Program Outcomes


Industrial and Systems Engineering provides an education that blends information technology, engineering and management, with a strong emphasis on people skills, problem-solving skills and communication skills. Our objective is to prepare students for successful careers by teaching students to:

  • Describe the essential components and inter-connective relationships within complex systems.
  • Design and execute experiments and create mathematical, numerical, heuristic and other objective models.
  • Synthesize inventive and innovative solutions for creation and improvement of products, processes, and systems.
  • Generate and validate solutions to a problem.
  • Work with others in a collaborative environment and contribute to the success of an organization.
  • Clearly articulate and communicate findings.
  • Understand contemporary developments in the field.
  • Describe the principles for managing and operating production systems within their area of emphasis.