Industrial and Systems Engineering Undergraduate Program

What is Industrial and Systems Engineering?

Industrial and systems engineering (ISE) deals with the optimization of complex processes, systems or organizations. Engineers who specialize in this field work to eliminate wasted time, money, materials, man-hours, machine time, energy and other resources that do not generate value. According to the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, they devise how to do things better by engineering processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. An industrial and systems engineering education provides a fundamental base for success in a broad spectrum of career paths. USC's Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering offers a strong curriculum taught by world renowned and dedicated faculty. In conjunction with the Daniel J. Epstein Institute, our department is uniquely positioned to be the thought leader in ISE education and research.

Diverse Opportunities

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

Degree Offered

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

  • B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE)

The program in Industrial and Systems Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Total Number of Students Graduating in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023
Total Program Enrollment

Mission, Objectives & Criteria


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

  • Provide students:
    • the skills and knowledge to obtain employment and achieve leadership with the industrial and systems engineering profession or to proceed with graduate education;
    • the intellectual resources to continue life-long learning; and
    • 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

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering program are prepared to attain any of the following accomplishments within a few years of graduation:

  • 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


In addition to the abilities and knowledge listed among the Student Outcomes below, students in the Industrial and Systems Engineering undergraduate program will also develop an ability to design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.

Student Outcomes

Problem Solving

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics


An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors


An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts


An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences


An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

Life-Long Learning

An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning stategies 


An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions 

Published on March 21st, 2017

Last updated on June 20th, 2024