Industrial Engineering (B.S.)


Industrial engineering is all about systems — people, environment and equipment. Industrial engineers design how everybody and everything works — from airport security checkpoints to emergency evacuations — in order to help companies operate effectively and competitively. But it’s more than just building systems. As an industrial engineering major, you’ll learn how this diverse discipline will allow you flexibility in your future career path. We teach you how to manage people, machines and systems so you will be prepared to be the next-generation engineer or executive. Industrial engineering is one of the fastest growing and most sought after professions in the world, and our graduates work in industries from manufacturing to service to banking. 


  • Industrial engineering is one of the fastest-growing engineering fields, with projected growth of 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.
  • Banks, hospitals, manufacturing and warehousing industries and government agencies all depend on the skills of industrial engineers.
  • Our graduates have found positions with companies such as BMW, General Electric, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, Fluor, Boeing and Microsoft.
  • The industrial engineering profession has the highest percentage of women of all engineering disciplines.
  • On the Clemson admissions application, you'll apply as a general engineering major.


Freshmen who major in engineering at Clemson are initially admitted into our general engineering program, where you’ll have a year to explore many different engineering disciplines, meet faculty from each of our engineering departments and discover which major fits your personal interests and talents. On the admissions application, you will apply as a general engineering major.

If you decide to major in industrial engineering, you’ll take classes in logistics, transportation, system safety and supply chain design. You’ll spend your days learning how to design, implement and improve the complex systems that are vital to our society.

Hands-on learning begins the moment you step into your first industrial engineering class where you’ll complete a project for an on-campus client such as parking services or Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson offers on- and off-campus research opportunities in state-of-the-art labs, supporting research in supply chain optimization and logistics, human factors and safety in health care, and other complex environments.

Six Sigma Certificate Program
The Six Sigma Certificate program requires students to specifically complete IE 3600, IE 3610 and IE 4620. The Six Sigma Certificate will be noted on an undergraduate student’s transcript when the student has completed all the requirements.

Popular Minors

  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Military Leadership


Industrial engineering students work on plenty of hands-on projects and take advantage of numerous cooperative education opportunities to help them redesign how everybody works. In fact, your very first industrial engineering course project will have you working for an on-campus client. Your capstone project will allow you to apply everything you’ve learned to a project for an off-campus client.

 Students who decide to participate in a co-op have the opportunity to spend up to a year working for companies such as BMW, Delta Airlines, GE Power Systems and Michelin.
 Freeman Hall’s $10 million addition, which opened in fall 2015, includes 15 faculty offices, two large student spaces, three conference rooms, four administration offices and a 100-seat auditorium.
 Top students are invited to join Clemson's chapter of the industrial engineering honor society, Alpha Pi Mu. Members promote the discipline while creating friendships with their peers and connections to the field's top professionals.
 Each Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers student chapter provides a learning and networking environment. Meet other students and network with professional members from the local professional chapter.
 Come together with students from other majors to learn about health care improvement and patient safety as part of The Clemson University Chapter of the IHI Open School for Health Professions. Network, volunteer and take IHI courses online.



Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • Process Improvement Engineer

    Milliken & Company

  • Business Technology Analyst


  • Manufacturing Associate


  • Industrial Engineer

    The Boeing Company

  • Engineer I

    FedEx Ground


  • M.S. Industrial Engineering

    Georgia Tech

  • M.Eng. Industrial and Systems

    University of Florida

  • M.Eng. Engineering Management

    Cornell University

  • Master of Health Administration

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • M.A. Analytical Political Economy

    Duke University


    • Industrial
    • Operations and Supply Chain Analyst 
    • Usability Analyst
    • Manufacturing Management
    • Information Engineering
    • Computer Systems Design and Development
    • Quality and Health Care Analyst
    • Production 
    • Sales and Marketing 
    • Management 
    • Consulting 
    • Research and Development 
    • Teaching 
    • Law

Used with permission from the University of Tennessee.


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Christopher Porter

CECAS Undergraduate Recruitment Director