Industrial & Systems Engineering

College of Engineering

The Industrial & Systems Engineering curriculum focuses on system integration and methods to analyze, design, and improve manufacturing and service systems. The first two years include pre-engineering courses, basic mathematics, natural science, engineering fundamentals, humanities and social science. The last two years are devoted to studies in operations research, including optimization and stochastic models, manufacturing engineering, production planning and plant layout, human factors and human interface technology, statistics and design of experiments, quality and reliability engineering, and a comprehensive senior design experience. Industrial & Systems Engineering students are encouraged to take a systems view when solving problems, recognize the organizational and societal impact of technical decisions, develop good oral and written communication skills, participate in teams, and take initiative

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic: Engineering

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 5
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Transfer students must submit two separate applications: one to the Office of Admissions and one to Industrial Systems & Engineering.
  • To be eligible to apply, you must have a 2.0 (“C” grade) minimum GPA in each prerequisite course and a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all the prerequisites. These are minimums; the actual GPA of those admitted is much higher.
  • To plan your transfer, be sure to utilize the Engineering transfer admission website, and contact the department if you have additional questions. A separate departmental application is required in addition to the UW application for admission.
  • For more information, please visit the department’s website.

Courses required for the major:

  • MATH 124 NSc RSN – Calculus Analytic Geometry I 1
  • MATH 125 NSc – Calculus Analytic Geometry II1
  • MATH 126 NSc – Calculus Analytic Geometry III1
  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 1
  • CHEM 152 NSc RSN – General Chemistry 2
  • PHYS 121 NSc RSN – Mechanics1
  • PHYS 122 NSc – Electromagnetism 1
  • PHYS 123 NSc – Waves, Light, and Heat2
  • A A 210 NSc – Engineering Statics1
  • CEE 220 NSc – Introduction to Mechanics of Materials2 or M E 230 NSc – Kinematics and Dynamics2
  • English composition C 1


  • 1 Application requirements (completed by application deadline)
  • 2 Enrollment requirements (completed by the start of your first quarter in the major)
  • Completion of 60 credits by the April 5th application deadline required.
  • Transfer applicants are urged to complete the following courses prior to autumn quarter: MATH 207, MATH 208, CSE 122 (or CSE 142).

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 115
Total from Washington community colleges: 8

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 2
3.50 – 3.74: 3
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 1
2.75 – 2.99: 2
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes