Industrial and Systems Engineering Undergraduate Program

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, The area of emphasis within Industrial and Systems Engineering is part of the Industrial and Systems Engineering accreditation.

Total Number of Students Graduating in Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
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 above, 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


An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering


An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data


An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental,social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability


An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

Problem Solving

An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems


An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


An ability to communicate effectively

Contextual Understanding

The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

Life-Long Learning

A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

Current Issues

A knowledge of contemporary issues

Tools for Practice

An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice