Department of Industrial Engineering

Location: 2612B Cherry Building, Phone (409) 880-8804

Chair: Dr. Brian Craig

Industrial engineering serves vital functions in today’s world and provides a wide range of career opportunities. It is particularly well positioned to develop individuals who provide solutions for the fields of supply chain management, logistics, operations research, design and manufacturing, project management, six sigma and "lean" engineering, economic analysis, safety, quality assurance management, plant operation control/design, and managerial problems. Industrial engineering deals not only with technology but also with people. See our careers page for more information on what industrial engineers do.

The bachelor's program in industrial engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The mission of the Department of Industrial Engineering is to provide students with high quality, accessible undergraduate and graduate industrial engineering education; to engage and empower students with skills and knowledge to thrive in professional careers; and to serve society through economic and technological development of Southeast Texas and beyond.

Program Educational Objectives

Constituents: Current students, alumni, employers, and faculty

1. Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in an industry relevant to industrial engineering.
2. Contribute to organizational objectives with significant societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.
3. Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of higher educational degrees, and individual professional development.

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes used by the industrial engineering program are those published in the ABET “Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs” document.  Those outcomes are as follows:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) 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
d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Criteria

The Industrial Engineering Program criterion as listed in the ABET "Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs" is as follows:


The curriculum must prepare graduates to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy. The curriculum must include in-depth instruction to accomplish the integration of systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (B.S.)
Master of Engineering (M.E.)
Master of Engineering Science (M.E.S.)
Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M)
Doctor of Engineering

Bachelor of Science – Industrial Engineering Online (2+2) Option

The Department of Industrial Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) in a 2+2 online format.  This program allows students to complete the final two years of an Industrial Engineering degree online with minimal travel from home. The program is designed for students who are unable to attend a traditional IE program due to geographic location and scheduling issues (work and other issues). The program also offers a lower cost approach to becoming an Industrial Engineer.

The BSIE degree earned with this delivery method is identical to the degree earned by on-campus students. Our on-campus students often enroll in the same online courses due to co-op and employment at local companies.

The 2+2 online program is designed for students who have completed lower division courses at a community college or four year institution and want to finish their industrial engineering degree via online instruction. All junior and senior courses are delivered via online instruction, except for a 3 day manufacturing lab that requires one weekend visit to Beaumont, Texas. Most freshmen and sophomore courses are also available online from Lamar or at your local community college.  A maximum of 66 hours can be transferred from 2 year community colleges.  To ensure that your transfer credits are maximized, it is important that you speak with a college of engineering undergraduate advisor early in the application process.